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A degree in engineering and industrial management provides students with the skills and education necessary to design, test, implement and maintain the means of production in an industrial setting. Individuals will learn about the methods used to design such production lines, the various costs associated, the obtaining of material used in manufacturing a given product, the use of computers to aid in design, and the measurement of overall efficiency in a given line. Students will utilize various studies in order to better understand the various aspects of production, developing practical skills necessary in order to apply the knowledge gained in a real world setting. A bachelor's degree will provide students with an education in engineering, production and management, with a master's degree providing greater depth in the design of a production line, including the use of computers to design model productions and test their efficiency prior to implementation.
A curriculum in engineering and industrial management:
- Principles of Management
- Supply Chain
An individual pursuing a career in engineering and industrial management will be responsible for determining the needs to produce a given product, identify the most cost efficient materials for production, develop a production system that proves to be the most efficient, and develop the methods for testing and maintenance of a given system. As a manger, individuals will also be responsible for employees related to production, educating them on the various aspects of the production line, and ensuring they operate within given parameters. Managers will also be responsible for keeping costs low, while maintaining the expected level of quality as provided by the product being produced. Entry level positions, often working under a more experienced manager typically require a bachelor's degree. A master's degree will have an individual working more closely with the design and implementation of production techniques, and the overall management of a given production line or system.
Engineering and industrial managers are expected to experience limited job growth in the United States due to foreign competition and more efficient automation. Though some industries will continue to operate in the use, a large number will have moved overseas resulting in a highly competitive US market for such position. The average salary is approximately $88,000 per year, with more experienced managers, or those with higher levels of education earning significantly more.