Industrial engineering focuses on the design and implementation of integrated systems of people, materials, machines, energy and information.
After specifying system objectives, industrial engineers combine technical knowledge and skill from the physical, engineering and social sciences to design, evaluate and monitor system performance. The industrial engineer is charged with the responsibility of ensuring high quality while simultaneously meeting cost and output goals. This is accomplished through the optimal allocation of resources throughout the system.
Industrial engineers practice in both administrative and production segments of manufacturing and service organizations.
Industrial engineers are commonly employed in heavy industry (such as steel), medium industry (such as plastics and computers), light industry (such as electronic assembly), health care delivery, electronics, telecommunications, transportation, service and government. In each environment, industrial engineers are involved with a variety of systems such as marketing, production and process design, production planning, management information, facility layout, job andworkplace design, material flow and distribution.
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The undergraduate programs (systems engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management) offered by the UA department of systems and industrial engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.