Job Family: Engineering and Scientific Research Industrial Engineers
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard

Photo 1: Industrial engineers conduct large-scale evaluation. Photo 2:
Engineer surveys work area.

Short Description
In the military, people need to know that the equipment they are using will perform as expected when a crisis arises. Industrial engineers manage quality control programs to ensure that the military develops and uses high quality products and systems. They also do research to determine the most effective ways for the military to use its people and equipment.

What They Do
Industrial engineers in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Use mathematical analysis to study operations and improve the way work is done
  • Calculate the human and material resources required to produce an end product in the desired time
  • Plan and direct quality control and production control programs
  • Conduct studies to determine performance and reliability of equipment or systems
  • Design, implement, and test new systems for managing production processes
  • Study how people work with machines or computers and determine effects of human factors
  • Develop mathematical models to perform various types of cost analyses
  • Coordinate production activities with other organizations and contractors to ensure requirements are satisfied

Helpful Attributes
Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to plan and organize studies
  • Interest in technical work
  • Interest in working closely with people
  • Interest in working with mathematical models and formulas

Training Provided
Job training is offered for some specialties. Training length varies, depending on the specialty. Course content typically includes:
  • Management standards, principles, and policies
  • Problem analysis and decision making
  • Production and purchasing methods

Work Environment
Industrial engineers usually work in offices. They may work outdoors while performing field studies or overseeing the installation of equipment and systems.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian industrial engineers work primarily in manufacturing and consulting firms. They also work in other industries and businesses, including insurance companies, retail stores, banks, public utilities, and hospitals. Civilian industrial engineers perform duties similar to those performed in the military. Depending on the specialty, they may also be called production engineers, safety engineers, production planners, or quality control engineers.

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