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Job Summary of Industrial Engineer

Duties/Tasks:
1) Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards.

2) Coordinate quality control objectives and activities to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, and minimize cost.

3) Confer with vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, procedures, product specifications, manufacturing capabilities, and project status.

Education:
Entry-level industrial engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.

Job Outlook:
Employment of industrial engineers is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.