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Industrial engineering, generally mistaken to be related to the manufacturing industry, is a stream related to the management of an industrial process. It deals with the understanding, development and implementation of systems involving resources and people. It also covers methods to manage and make optimum utilization of resources available by applying mathematical and engineering tools. Industrial engineers should analyse, design, install, control, evaluate, improve, and increase an organization's efficiency, profitability and safety in areas like retail, finance, health care, information technology, manufacturing, transportation and energy. Industrial engineers are interested in people and how they interact with technology.
Students who wish to pursue studies in this field should be proficient in mathematics, business models and aware of upcoming technology. They should be good in team-oriented activities and know how to organize, manage and work with them. They should be able to look at tasks from a larger perspective and be able to suggest ideas on how it can be improved upon. Industrial engineering can be a flexible career, so aspirants should not be limited to thinking along the lines of one industry or location only, but be adaptable and available as required. Industrial engineers can work in manufacturing, planning, consultancy, software, logistics, inventory management or supply chain management.
- Reliance Industries Ltd.
- Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
- Indian Railways
- Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
- Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
Students can pursue their Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Industrial Engineering as well.
Topics covered in Industrial Engineering
- In the first year, students usually learn basic engineering subjects such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
- The third and fourth semesters may cover subjects like thermal engineering, principles of management and managerial economics, data structure and file handling using C, machine drawing and computer-aided drafting, theory of machines, environmental studies, instrumentation and metrology, facilities planning and industrial planning.
- The fifth and sixth semesters can include subjects like fluid power engineering, productivity and improvement, operations research, modelling and simulation, machine design, production, planning and control, supply chain management, and entrepreneurship development.
- The last semester might deal with subjects like industrial automation, material management, quality engineering, organizational behaviour, creativity and innovation, database management systems, engineering economy and cost control.
Colleges offering Industrial Engineering Courses
Some colleges that offer the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) or Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in Industrial Engineering in India are given below.
|1||GSBA Engineering, Pharmacy & Management Institute - Roorkee|
|2||Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi|
|3||Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur|
|4||National Institute of Technology - Kurukshetra|
|5||College of Engineering & Management - Nagpur|
|6||Vishwakarma Institute of Technology - Pune|
Programs are subject to change, it is advisable to check directly with a school for current program availability.