Role Of Communication In Industrial Engineering

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Communication in Industrial Engineering
The world will always need engineers to bring ideas into life, however engineering is not for everyone. Thankfully, there are many different branches of engineering, whether it be mechanical, electrical, chemical, etc. One commonly overlooked is the field of industrial engineering. After I was certain I wanted to go into engineering, I took a good look at all the fields available. I decided that industrial engineering was the best fit for me, but I still wanted to gain a deeper insight into the complex intricacies of a job in industrial engineering. I interviewed Robert Plescow, a paint manager at BASF, and Steven Engler, a civil and industrial engineer. Speaking to these men really brought me a glimpse
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One of the appeals of industrial engineering was its versatility, which is apparent when one looks at all the fields it is applicable. There are industrial engineers working in hospitals, factories, aerospace, and even amusement parks. Anywhere something could be made more efficient, an industrial engineer could work. For one to become an industrial engineer, typically they must undergo a four-year program to get a degree. However, many colleges offer further education which could be an added level of credibility and advantage over the competition in the job market. Stephen Engler, who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, did a dual major in Civil engineering and Industrial engineering, which provided him many more opportunities, “Taking a dual major was difficult, but well worth it in the end. It opens a lot more options and really sets you apart from the other 20 people applying for the same job.” (Engler) Industrial engineering is a perfect degree to do a double major with as it is applicable in almost every field. Industrial engineers typically work for big companies, but they could also find jobs in smaller businesses, government or even nonprofit organizations. Many of the larger companies offer paid internships, which could eventually lead to a position at that company. Employers look for good skills in communication, problem solving, team-work, and leadership in their industrial engineering interns. Leadership is key, as many industrial engineers go on to hold management positions. There has been many great CEOs throughout history that have held industrial engineering degrees. Both Lee Iacocca, former CEO of Chrysler and Tim Cook, current CEO of Apple, have industrial engineering degrees. The general versatility and adaptiveness of

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