Industrial Engineering


Industrial Engineering (general)
: Industrial engineering is a branch of engineering that concerns the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, material and process.  Industrial engineering draws upon the principles and methods of engineering analysis, synthesis and design, as well as mathematical, physical and social sciences to specify, predict and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.  In lean manufacturing systems, Industrial engineers work to eliminate wastes of time, money, materials, energy, and other resources.  Industrial engineering is also known as operations management, systems engineering, production engineering, manufacturing engineering or manufacturing systems engineering; a distinction that seems to depend on the viewpoint or motives of the user.  Where as most engineering disciplines apply skills to very specific areas, industrial engineering is applied in virtually every industry. The name "industrial engineer" can be misleading. While the term originally applied to manufacturing, it has grown to encompass services and other industries as well. Similar fields include Operations Research, Management Science, Financial Engineering, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Management, Overall Equipment Effectiveness, Systems Engineering, Ergonomics, Process Engineering, Value Engineering and Quality Engineering. (Source: Wikipedia).

Industrial Engineering (Argentine degree)
: The undergraduate program in Argentina also covers topics such as corporate finances and accounting, labor-related sociology and psychology, legal aspects of engineering, quality, electronics, transactional IT systems and others.  I completed the credits (in fact I exceeded the required number of credits) with the following subjects: systems dynamics (defined by the Systems Dynamics Society as a methodology for studying and managing complex feedback systems, applied to business, social or practically every sort of feedback system), marketing, distribution (logistics), microeconomics, and negotiation.  In Argentina, Industrial Engineering is perhaps the most popular branch of engineering because its widespread subjects give multiple employment and career options (an example of this is my switching from Supply Chain to HR).