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  • About Pakistan Society of Industrial Engineers

    We are a non-profit organization dedicated solely towards developing the industrial engineering community of Pakistan. We are striving to spread the awareness about the field and create a network of our professionals both nationally and internationally.

  • Membership Information

    Pakistan Society of Industrial Engineers is a dedicated non-profit organization which has a mission to serve the industrial engineers of Pakistan. We are striving to create a community of IEs of our country and will be linking them up with the international communities of Industrial Engineers.

  • Student Chapter at your University

    We are looking to develop the industrial engineering community of Pakistan. Our aim is to gather all the students and professional IEz. Our organization is looking to not only form a network of industrial engineers within Pakistan but we are also looking to connect the Pakistani industrial engineers who are residing outside of our country. We wish to provide them with latest from the field updates as well as receive their feeds related to latest developments in the field outside.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Industrial Engineering

    We have prepared a special section in our website dedicated to answering most frequently asked questions about the field of Industrial Engineering specially for Pakistani Industrial Engineers who mostly require a lot of assistance in understanding their role in industries and what kind of job they are to perform.

Webinar: The Art of Data Acquisition and Analysis

Posted by PSIE Webmaster On 8:05 PM


It is a well known fact today that due to the enormous technological advancements, professionals today are more empowered to make better and concrete business decisions, make future predictions and build better products and services. But how do they do it? They do it using large sets of data acquired from the real world using modern computing technologies 

Data acquisition is an integral part of advanced modern systems. Today, it serves as the most important element in collecting data of important metrices in research, development, scientific experimentation, manufacturing, logistics, inventory management and supply chain management. The advent of sophisticated transducers, sensors, actuators and signal acquisition devices empower professionals, engineers, researchers, students and teachers to find new horizons in their investigations and make better decisions. But doing so requires essential knowledge of the basic associated tools and techniques used in data acquisition. The data is collected through sophisticated hardware and analyzed through powerful computing softwares.

For an industrial engineer knowledge of modern age high-end computing technologies is highly critical as it empowers them to build and improve manufacturing systems. The world of tomorrow is going to be full of sensors, actuators and mobile devices that will allow users to collect data from real world, analyze and make better informed decisions. 



So, to share this basic knowledge with our IE community Azeem Iqbal from Physlab, LUMS is hosting an online webinar session exclusively for the members of PSIE society. It is particularly targeted at professionals, researchers, teachers and students who would like to get an insight to modern data acquisition tools and techniques that are allowing companies worldwide in improving their productivity and efficiency.

Join PSIE today to not miss this opportunity.


Endeavors to uplift Industrial Engineering in Pakistan

Posted by PSIE Webmaster On 2:11 PM

The Physlab at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering recently completed its collaborative project with Karachi's Habib University. The project was to foster a new episode in sharing cutting-edge tools and techniques in modern, research-inspired science education and also to promote the development and transfer of indigenous instructional systems developed at the Physics Lab of the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering.

In this research oriented environment Azeem Iqbal worked as an industrial engineer and contributed right from planning to the timely execution of every phase of the project, from market surveys and purchasing, to manufacturing and assembling, testing and inspection, all within an intensively active period of two months. The project was worth around 3 million and was increasingly onerous. But as an industrial engineer it was his job to zealously contribute in making the project a success.

This is indeed beginning of a new chapter for Industrial Engineering community in Pakistan that should be understood by a common man that the word "industrial" does not refer only to the factories. It also refers to the systems that produce tangible as well as service oriented in-tangible outputs. The Industrial Engineers are not confined to factories, they are an integral part of every system setup in a country. And their job  is to bring about a change and make the process more efficient and productive.

Industrial/Systems Engineering is a world-wide rapidly developing field right now. And in conning years as the systems and industries grow more and more complex the need for individuals such as Industrial Engineers (who are trained in mathematics, engineering and management sciences) will exponentially increase. And soon we will be able to see how this field will generate productive and efficient outcomes for humanity.


What is the job of an industrial engineer?

Posted by PSIE Webmaster On 6:08 PM

Industrial engineering is about choices. Other engineering disciplines apply skills to very specific areas. IE gives practitioners the opportunity to work in a variety of businesses.
Many practitioners say that an industrial engineering education offers the best of both worlds: an education in both engineering and business.
The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the flexibility it offers. Whether it’s shortening a rollercoaster line, streamlining an operating room, distributing products worldwide, or manufacturing superior automobiles, these challenges share the common goal of saving companies money and increasing efficiencies.
As companies adopt management philosophies of continuous productivity and quality improvement to survive in the increasingly competitive world market, the need for industrial engineers is growing. Why? Industrial engineers are the only engineering professionals trained specifically to be productivity and quality improvement specialists.
Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better. They engineer processes and systems that improve quality and productivity. They work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy and other commodities. This is why many industrial engineers end up being promoted into management positions.
Many people are misled by the term industrial engineer. It’s not just about manufacturing. It also encompasses service industries, with many IEs employed in entertainment industries, shipping and logistics businesses, and healthcare organizations.
The benefits of industrial engineering are widespread as indicated in three different slide shows.
IEs make processes better in the following ways:
  • More efficient and more profitable business practices
  • Better customer service and product quality
  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased ability to do more with less
  • Making work safer, faster, easier, and more rewarding
  • Helping companies produce more products quickly
  • Making the world safer through better designed products
  • Reducing costs associated with new technologies

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By Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) 

What Is Industrial Engineering – As a College Major?

Posted by PSIE Webmaster On 6:36 PM

industrial engineeringMany teens exiting high school or “undeclared” college freshman are at an uncertain time in their lives: They may have interests and subjects they enjoy, but simply don’t know what they want to pursue for work after graduation.
However, many may not even be aware of a major that could lead to an interesting and prosperous career: industrial engineering. While industrial engineering is not the most well-known engineering discipline, it is the most diverse amongst the many professional engineering fields of study.

What Is Industrial Engineering?

What makes industrial engineering such a broad field is that its goal is to optimize processes and systems by finding ways to save time, money, energy, and materials across a range of industries. This is done by leading the implementation of business strategies, such as 5S, Lean, Supply Chain Management, and Six Sigma. 
It is often said that the goal of industrial engineering is to take what other engineers have done and make it better. Industrial engineers can be found in almost every industry: manufacturing, logistics, entertainment, hospitality, service, healthcare, energy, and aerospace, to name a few. Within each of these industries, industrial engineers may find themselves working on a variety of projects, such as:
  • Making wait times shorter for rides at Walt Disney World to increase guest satisfaction
  • Optimizing the nursing staff levels at a hospital to improve patient care
  • Streamlining the manufacturing processes of automobiles at Ford to make cars more affordable
  • Simplifying a supply chain for UPS so deliveries can be made more expediently
  • Leading a team of engineers to design new equipment for NASA
  • Improving the quality of your favorite candy bar at Hershey to increase customer satisfaction
  • Performing energy audits to enable more companies to go green to save money – and our planet
  • Consulting and training people to use the latest technology to improve operations
  • Designing safer and more ergonomic ways to work on the factory floor at a manufacturing plant
industrial engineering

Industrial Engineering Jobs

Industrial engineering can entail a wide variety of things, so it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what to expect on the job or even what is fair compensation. Here are some job profiles that will give you an idea of how varied this profession can be:

Healthcare Management Engineer

The healthcare industry is a very interesting and exciting area where industrial engineers play an integral role. Often called “management engineers” as opposed to industrial engineers, these professionals act as internal or external consultants to hospitals and other healthcare systems. Their main role is to be problem solvers who have a well-established understanding of the industry.
Projects can include everything from determining staffing levels to implementing new technology to streamlining office processes. While pay is competitive with other industries, expect a lower-than-average salary if you are working for a nonprofit.

Lean Coordinator

“Lean” is a popular business practice of reducing waste so that what you are left with are only value-adding processes and activities. Lean coordinators are found in all types of industries, but most commonly in manufacturing.
Duties include lean training and various lean implementation tasks related to process improvement, cost reduction, and workplace organization. A lean coordinator identifies areas for improvement, and then leads a team in making improvements. For example, a lean coordinator may notice a bottleneck in part of the production line due to a cluttered environment; the lean coordinator would then plan a more effective layout and implement the idea.

Theme Park Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineers generally work in theme parks as internal consultants. Much like other industrial engineers, these engineers are asked to assist in solving issues and streamlining processes.
One aspect of industrial engineering in a theme park is being part of the development of a new product or attraction. For those types of projects, industrial engineers are consulted to determine the best process for launching the product or the best way to take a guest through the attraction.
Another important aspect of industrial engineering is understanding and analyzing guest flow to better balance the guest population throughout the park.

Supply Chain Solutions Engineer

These industrial engineers are quickly growing in numbers, as companies understand how valuable they are to save money. Their focus is to determine the best way to arrange people, organizations, information, technology, and activities to move a product or service from the supplier to the customer. To do this, supply chain solution engineers must analyze costs, processes, materials, and technology to determine the logistics to maximize profits and customer satisfaction. For industrial engineers just getting started in their careers, this is an ideal area because it is growing and in high demand.

Quality Assurance Engineer

Quality assurance engineers are found in almost every manufacturing industry, and their main task is to ensure that products are consistently high quality. Quality engineers’ objectives are to determine the level of quality, what areas of a process are disrupting quality, and how to resolve those quality issues. An engineer must do all these things through audits to make sure the process is standardized and low-cost. Some quality issues that these engineers concern themselves with include strength of a product and product lifecycle.

Project Managers

Many industrial engineers of all types eventually find themselves in the position of project manager. As project managers, industrial engineers are in charge of coordinating a team to accomplish a set of objectives.
The project manager will assign responsibilities to team members and monitor the project’s progress. It is also the project manager’s responsibility to act as a problem solver. Industrial engineers make excellent project managers since they possess an understanding of many different engineering disciplines, and tend to have good leadership and people skills.
project management

How to Become an Industrial Engineer

To attain one of the jobs discussed above, you must first have a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. It is not necessary to get a master’s degree, as it is not required for most entry-level positions. Plus, many industrial engineers pursue an MBA degree as opposed to a master’s degree once they are in the work force.

Courses

Undergraduate coursework includes:
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Differential equations
  • Statistics
  • Computer science
  • Engineering design
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Operations research
  • Supply chain management/logistics
  • Quality control
  • Facilities design
  • Ergonomics
  • Basic business courses
Depending on where you go to school, the learning emphasis may be on different aspects of the field, but the general education should be the same. For example, many Midwest schools place more focus on manufacturing than Southern schools, as many Midwest industrial engineering jobs are in the manufacturing industry.
My husband and I both have industrial engineering degrees: My husband received a very theoretical education at Georgia Institute of Technology, while my education at the University of Florida focused more on practical application, even though we took the same courses with the same exact textbooks.

Top Schools

Not only will you want to keep in mind what aspects of industrial engineering a university program will emphasize, but you may also want to consider the national ranking of a school when choosing your college. According to US News, these schools offer the top industrial engineering programs in the United States for 2012:
How can a student prepare to attend one of these prestigious schools to get a degree in industrial engineering? The best course of action is to take as many math and science classes as possible, particularly those at a college level.
Additionally, high school students can further prepare by taking an introductory course to computer programming. It’s also a good idea for a high school student to shadow a few industrial engineers in various industries to get a better idea of what the career is like on a day-to-day basis.
industrial engineering students

Reasons to Consider Majoring in Industrial Engineering

Besides playing an important role in giving companies a competitive edge, industrial engineering can be exciting and rewarding.
1. The Field Is Broad
Industrial engineering is an exceptionally broad field, which means you will not be stuck doing the same thing day-in and day-out for the next 30 to 40 years. Besides being able to switch roles within an industry, you can try out a different industry if you desire a change.
For instance, if you start your career in manufacturing but decide later that your real passion is healthcare, there is certainly a place for you in the healthcare industry. If you are working on streamlining processes, but find your real talent lies in working with people, you’ll fit right into a position within project management.
2. Pay Is Exceptional
Currently, the average starting salary of an entry-level industrial engineer is between $55,000 and $65,000. Furthermore, your salary will continue to rise throughout your years of employment. The average salary of industrial engineers as of May 2010 was $78,450, with the top 10% earning more than $112,000 a year. Even the lowest 10% earn close to $50,000, which is above the $44,410 average salary of all occupations.
3. Career Offers Movement
Once an industrial engineer gets some experience, it is not uncommon to be promoted to a managerial position. In fact, for someone whose ultimate goal is to get into management, industrial engineering offers a quick and easy pathway.
While industrial engineers receive similar business training as business students, they have a leg up due to their additional math, science, and technology training. Furthermore, industrial engineers often complete summer internships, which also make them more marketable and desirable to employers, and they also frequently minor in business administration or sales to complement their major. Many industrial engineers round out their education by earning an MBA, either directly after their bachelor’s degree or after a few years of experience.
4. Demand Is High
Due to the wide range of services that industrial engineers provide, it only makes sense that the number of available jobs would continue to grow. With so many businesses looking to cut costs, the hiring of an industrial engineer pays for itself, thus making it a great career field for the future.
With nearly 203,000 employed in this field mid-2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this number to continue to grow at a rate of 14% over the next decade – faster than the average of all other occupations. Regardless of the overall state of the economy, companies will always have a need for industrial engineers to continually help reduce costs and improve processes.
5. Degrees Are Available
While not every college offers a degree in industrial engineering, they are becoming more prolific. Accredited degree programs are now available at more than 70 schools nationwide, with Georgia Institute of Technology ranked at the top of the pack.
When choosing a college to attend, there is a good chance that you’ll consider one with an industrial engineering program. Furthermore, some trade schools, such as the Milwaukee School of Engineering, do offer industrial engineering programs, so it is not necessary to attend a traditional university to get an accredited industrial engineering education.
6. Scholarships Are Available
College scholarships are available for industrial engineering students through various organizations, the most notable being the Institute for Industrial Engineers, which offers several scholarships each year. Other organizations offering scholarships to industrial engineering students include theSociety of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Association of Iron and Steel Technology Foundation.
industrial engineer at work

Is Industrial Engineering Right for You?

Industrial engineering is a suitable career for anyone who enjoys problem solving and finding not just any solution, but the best one. Math, science, statistics, and programming skills are heavily emphasized, so it is important to excel in these areas. Industrial engineering also suits those who like to think outside of the box and use their creativity. Initiative, leadership skills, discipline, diligence, and people skills all make an industrial engineer successful.
On the other hand, if your math and science abilities are lacking or you are uninterested in those subjects, industrial engineering is probably not for you. If you lack attention to detail, you may also find this career to be out of your comfort zone. Furthermore, if you do not desire to hold a leadership or management role, you may fail to grow in your career, as many industrial engineers eventually get promoted to such positions.

Final Word

To major in industrial engineering is to get an education that you will likely not regret. Not only will you receive a well-rounded foundation in math, science, business, and technology, you’ll be entering a career field that is ever-changing and never boring. You’ll solve puzzles to save your company money while improving efficiency, productivity, and quality.
Have you had any experience in industrial engineering? What other industrial engineering careers are out there?

Written by: Casey Slide