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Industrial Engineer

Also called: Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Operations Engineer, Process Engineer, Engineering Manager, Manufacturing Specialist

Industrial engineers research, design, and implement systems to maximize the efficiency of production processes. Their work involves minimizing wastefulness through precise coordination of time, workers, machinery, materials, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.

Median Salary in St. Louis


Employment Projection in St. Louis

2016 Employment: 2,609

2026 Projected Employment: 2,814

Industrial Engineer Facts

Roles & Responsibilities

What they do: Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

On the job you would:

  • Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization.
  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
  • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control.
Skills Needed on the Job

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Requirements
  • ABET accredited degree (Bachelor of Science in engineering) or one that is equivalent to an ABET accredited program (this will be decided upon an approved NCEES credential evaluation report).
  • If you earned your degree from a non-ABET accredited program/school, you will need to obtain a Master’s degree in engineering from a school that is ABET accredited.
  • All foreign-educated applicants holding a bachelor of science in engineering degree not accredited by ABET are required to submit a favorable evaluation report completed by NCEES Credential Evaluations.
Licensure Requirements
  • Passing the FE exam (administered by NCEES)
  • Examinees usually have to be approved by the Missouri State Licensing Board before you can sit for an NCEES exam
ABET Approved Programs

No programs offered in St. Louis. The closest school that offers an industrial engineering degree is Missouri Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri. They offer a degree in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering with a designated tract in Industrial Engineering. More information can be found here.

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