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Industrial Engineer

Spend your life making your life easier

Industrial engineers devise techniques to eliminate wastefulness in the production process. With knowledge and skills in a variety of engineering disciplines, they manage various parts of the production system to maintain internal and national standards as they maximize efficiency and minimize costs.

Historically, other token industrial engineers are: Samuel Colt, pioneer of the assembly line; Eli Whitney, who popularized interchangeable parts in muskets; Henry Ford, who ran the first assembly line to mass produce cars; and Lillian Gilbreth, the mother of modern management that consulted on innovative appliances to better suit the disabled.

Estimates show an annual job opening for Industrial Engineers of 456!

 Almost 200 Industrial Engineers are needed per year in the Gulf Coast Region.

Industrial Engineers can earn over DOUBLE the regional median salary

Industrial Engineers can earn over DOUBLE the regional median salary

It doesn't matter where you are. Industrial Engineers make life easer everywhere.

It doesn't matter where you are. Industrial Engineers make life easier everywhere.

Is this career right for you?*

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as an industrial engineer. The numbers below describe the relative important of each knowledge/skill area to the occupation.


Engineering & Technology

Knowing practical applications of engineering sciences and applying them to the production of various technologies for consumption and services.


Production & Processing

Knowing about quality control, production processes, raw goods, costs, and other techniques to maximize efficacy.


Problem Sensitivity & Comprehension

The ability to recognize and understand the source of a problem or potential issue needing to be solved.

*Source: Texas Career Check

Pathway to Becoming an Industrial Engineer

Endorsement: STEM

The base requirement to become an industrial engineer is to obtain a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering or a related field of industry-related engineering (e.g. mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, manufacturing engineering, etc.). Some 5- or 6-year cooperative programs can gain a bachelor's, master's and practical experience.

For higher levels of occupational independence in the future, chemical engineers can obtain a Professional Engineer (PE) license. The following must be obtained to get a PE license from the State Board of Professional Engineers: ­  

Various other certifications are available to allow the industrial engineer to display their expertise and knowledge of broad ideas such as the Standards Professional Certification from The Society for Standard Professionals or a small variety such as the Fluid Power Systems Designer from the International Fluid Power Society.

Helpful Tech to Get Ahead

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software: Autodesk AutoCAD, Dassault Systemes CATIA, or PTC Creo Parametric
  • Development Environment Software: Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual Studio, or National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Development & Coding:  C++ or Python
  • Project Management Software: Microsoft Project

Major Programs in the Gulf Coast Region


Major Employers


Related Occupations: Health and Safety Engineers, Materials Engineers, Industrial Production Managers, Quality Control Inspectors


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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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