What ISEs do

What ISEs do

Industrial and systems engineers (ISEs) work to make things better, including processes, products and systems.

Depending on the type of industry, industrial and systems engineers may do all (or some) of the traditional industrial engineering activities, including:

  • Root cause analysis problem solving
  • Process improvement and product flow analysis
  • Lean/six sigma projects
  • General project management with small teams
  • Inventory control and  supply chain management
  • Production scheduling and shop floor control
  • Standard data development and time studies
  • Cost estimating and product cost development
  • Distribution, transportation and warehousing
  • Facility planning and layout
  • Strategic planning and long range forecasting
  • Safety and ergonomic reviews
  • Maintenance and tooling studies

In addition, some ISEs:

  • Work in specialty industries/organizations like hospitals, construction, defense contractors, and government agencies (both federal and state)
  • Do consulting work (both engineering consulting and management consulting)
  • Go into management (at all levels, including senior and top management positions)
  • Do research in a commercial lab environment or at a university
  • Teach at engineering schools
  • Are full-time writers and engineering book editors

The Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE)'s Career Center further describes what ISEs do.