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 energy management, waste management, water and effluent treatment, sustainability and environmental management. These skills will provide a wider scope for the employment of industrial engineers broadening the industry sectors in which they can operate.
In the current testing economic climate it is expected that the role of the industrial engineer as the catalyst for productivity improvement will have a larger role to play in Irish based industrial, financial and service organisations.