What does an Industrial Engineer do?

As an Industrial Engineer you will find efficient ways to use workers, machines and materials to maximize business profits. You will develop management control systems to make financial planning more efficient. You will meet with clients about product specifications and negotiate with vendors and review the status of projects.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in engineering with a minimum of 3 years of experience and a PE designation. You will have experience working on multidisciplinary teams and be skilled in negotiation tactics as well as creative problem solving. You need to have excellent written and oral communication skills and be adept at critical thinking with complex issues. You will also be willing to travel up to 25%.

What responsibilities are common for Industrial Engineer jobs?
  • Review engineering specifications
  • Develop management controls systems
  • Institute quality control procedures to resolve quality control procedures
  • Design control systems to design control systems and coordinate activities and production planning
  • Responsible for vendor management to negotiate
  • Discuss product specifications with clients
  • Determine how to deliver services with maximum efficiency
  • Lead research to determine the most profitable places to locate manufacturing or processing plants
What are the typical qualifications for Industrial Engineer jobs?
  • Master's degree in engineering, preferred
  • 3+ years of experience in management
  • PE designation, preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Experience working on multidisciplinary teams
  • Skilled at negotiation tactics
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Adept critical thinking skills for complex issues
  • Willingness to travel 25% of the time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Industrial Engineer make?

Confident
$87,122 /yr
Total Pay
$76,189
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$10,933
 /yr

Additional Pay

$87,122

 / yr
$60K$128K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Industrial Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become an Industrial Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Industrial Engineer
$87,122/yr
Senior Industrial Engineer
$117,372/yr
Industrial Engineer

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
22%
2 - 4
38%
5 - 7
15%
8+
25%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Industrial Engineer Insights

Read what Industrial Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Intel CorporationIntel Corporation
Industrial Engineer
Apr 8, 2021

“There are so many opportunities and also to find mentors and sponsors to develop your career.”

Epsilon SystemsEpsilon Systems
Industrial Engineer
Jan 8, 2021

“If you do good work there can be great opportunity to go government/ DoD Employee”

JabilJabil
Industrial Engineering
May 14, 2021

“Pressure and career growth is not as expected”

ALTENALTEN
Industrial Engineer
Apr 9, 2021

“It is not a nice environment to work and pay is not good”

Marsh McLennanMarsh McLennan
Industrial Trainee
Aug 19, 2021

“Nothing as such.. Overall a great place to start your career in an MNC.. Great exposure in desired field.”

UPSUPS
Industrial Engineering Supervisor
Nov 26, 2022

“Money was good Job was easy”

Johnson-DavisJohnson-Davis
Industrial Engineering
Oct 16, 2021

“Nothing since it is better and good”

JabilJabil
Industrial Engineer
May 28, 2021

“really good workforce and balance to work life and personal given priority”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Industrial Engineer

When working as an Industrial Engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are MS Office Applications, AutoCAD, English Language, Lean Six Sigma, and BS Degree.

The most similar professions to Industrial Engineer are:
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer

The most common qualifications to become an Industrial Engineer include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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