The Industrial Engineer is concerned with the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, material and process. In lean manufacturing systems, Industrial engineers work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other resources.
Established in 1955, The IIE is the professional and qualifying body for those involved in Industrial Engineering.
The Institute has affiliations and co-operation agreements with like minded organisations in other countries. To enhance the benefits to members the Institute became a chapter of the American Institute while maintaining its status as an independent national body. The Institute is a founding member of the World Confederation of Productivity Sciences. The Institute is recognised by Government, Unions and Education Organisations in Ireland. The Government has granted the Institute the right to make a nomination to the Industry and Commerce panel of the Irish Senate and is often consulted for its input to Government industry white papers.
The industrial engineering profession has evolved from methods engineering and work measurement, to a profession which now covers a wide range of skills which would be utilised by national and multinational organisations both large and small across all sectors of business. This wider range of skills include, plant layout, computer simulation, production planning, MRP systems, project management, motivation and psychology, industrial relations, engineering mathematics, quality management and resource planning. The next evolution will include topics associated with the green economy. The skills required will include