Industrial Engineering

Career Objectives

Have professionals with both technical and *financial knowledge to optimize the management of the operation of production plants and the business service area in order to obtain higher quality, productivity and flexibility and the dynamics of change of the modern world.

Professional Profile

He is in charge of the programming, organization, implementation and control of the company’s production processes.

He carries out their technical and economic assessment and makes a prediction of their behavior.

He integrates the elements that make up a system or a process: people, technology, machines, equipment, materials and information, to optimize their performance and quality, reducing their costs and respecting environmental factors, in a *sustainable development framework.

He develops and evaluates projects of the most diverse nature since he has both technological and *business management training, that makes him an expert in the design and management of production and business processes.

He applies computing, *IT and automation systems to the industrial production activities and management services.

Expert in mathematical methods of optimization of problems and in the application of these techniques to specific industrial, *logistic, *human resources, environmental and *financial processes.

He takes part in work teams with other professionals to make decisions at the level of strategic management of the company and technically advises the different departments.

The industrial engineer is born from the need of industries to optimize the production processes to increase their performance; and on the part of the service area, the need of its executives to be advised to make decisions in areas of their performance where they don’t have the specific knowledge of the area. -For instance, advice on the approval of a *line of credit for projects in specialized areas such as agriculture, mechanics, the chemical industry, etc.

The work of an Industrial Engineer includes industrial production, trade, distribution, energy, health, education, financial services, agroindustry, information technology, transport, etc.

Specific tasks or activities carried out in the profession

In his field of action, he can perform tasks such as:

Through computer models, he studies and optimizes production processes and methods.

He organizes and distributes the production plan (installation of assembly lines).

He designs operational and *logistic systems for manufacturing.

He establishes the program and production levels at short and long term.

He carries out the analysis of deficiency in the production or services to it and undertakes corrective actions.

He suggests methods to reduce congestion and stock of the production.

He controls the installation, preventive maintenance and repair of manufacturing equipment.

He observes and separates the different operations and stages of the manufacturing process and determines the standard time used in them, looking for an optimization in production times.

He designs, introduces and improves work systems and methods.

He selects, adjusts and designs specific equipment and material for production.

He establishes the communication links between the line and other departments of the company. (Purchases, maintenance, sales…)

He selects and *manages the purchase of new machinery (control, manufacturing, safety) and coordinates their installation and maintenance.

He organizes the personnel according to needs.

He designs, introduces and improves quality control systems.

He sees ways to reduce costs and risks for workers.

He develops and applies techniques for the measuring and assessment of productivity.

He directs and advises the organization of technical areas (production, quality, methods and times, materials, etc) and supervises the industrial processes.

He prepares reports, graphs and statistics on operation.

He formulates mathematical models about each problem, generally for their programming and *computer processing (for instance, efficient *input-output models).

He plans, directs and evaluates *information systems.

He studies technological evolution.

He formulates investment projects.

He carries out technical and economic assessment of investment projects.

He conducts the design, development and production of new products and services.

He investigates about new products, materials, energy sources, technology and procedures to achieve improvements in quality and costs.

He analyzes the causes of product deficiencies and proposes corrective measures.

He proposes the launch, readjustment and withdrawal of products and services.

He controls the application of the standards established (safety, environmental protection...) in new projects.

He performs and supervises laboratory and manufacturing tests.

He collaborates in the design of machines and specific tools.

Improvement of technical infrastructure

The market needs are reported through the sales and marketing department.

He designs and controls the managements of the organization.

Occupational Field

-Companies of the manufacturing and process industry, such as mining, food, article manufacturing, fishing, agroindustrial, etc.

-Service companies such as: Banks, Insurance companies, Consulting firms, Computer companies, Land transport, Maritime transport, Air traffic, etc.

-State agencies or companies such as ministries, governance and municipalities.

-As an independent professional, as consultant, researcher or advisor for companies or organizations.

-Besides, he is also able to create and *manage new companies.

Estimated time of College years

Around 5 years

Main courses considered in the syllabus

Basic Training Courses

Mathematics (5 levels), General Chemistry, Physics (3 levels), Statistics, *Financial Accounting, *Cost Accounting.

Basic Engineering Science Courses

-Introduction to Industrial Engineering, Graphs in Engineering, *Computing for Engineering, *Fluid Mechanics, *Hydraulic Machinery, *Information Systems, *Information Technology, *Electrotechnics and Electrical Machines, Industrial Electrical Installations and Electronics, *Thermodynamic Processes, *Materials Science.

Professional Training Courses

-Systemic View of the Organization, *Microeconomics, *Macroeconomics, *Operations Research, Engineering Economics, Strategic Management, Operations Management I, II, Technology for Online Business, Process Industry, Manufacturing Process, Technological Innovation, Chemical Industrial Processes, *Marketing, *Human Resources Management, Environmental Impact Management, Risk Prevention, Quality Management, Project *Development and *Evaluation, Industrial Facilities.

Complementary Training Courses

-Development of Entrepreneurship, Contemporary History of Science and Technology, Philosophy of Science, Business Environment Legislation, *Professional Ethics.


Although there are no formal majors, it is possible to specialize in the following areas:

*Business Management, Operations Management, Design of Systems and Organizations, Production Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Service Companies.

Vocation, Skills and Interests required in the candidate to this career


-Interest in planning and organizing tasks or activities.

-Importance for things to be done efficiently.

-Taste for relating to people.

-Interest in technology and motivation for its application.

-Tasks with machines and tools draw his attention.

-Motivation for production.

-Motivation for conceiving projects.

-Seek that innovation and creativity are the signature of his job.

-Valuation for exact sciences.

-Taste for calculation and information handling (documents, forms and in all types of formats).


-Ability to notice spatial relationships and integrated view.

-Structure of logical-deductive thinking.

-Analysis and Synthesis capacity.

-Ability for mathematical calculation.

-Creative and innovative in operating devices or systems.

-Imagination towards technology.

-Ease to work in teams.

-Ability to organize work groups.

-Structured thinking ability.

-Ability to exercise leadership in work teams.


Create wealth for a common good. Build and create in pursuit of production.

Or any specific dream or longing which feels involved or oriented towards this direction.

Candidate Personality




Good relationship with people

Entrepreneurial when it comes to organize and / or want to produce, process

Work Scope

-Management tasks in office work or industrial or field work, depending on whether it is an administrative, agroindustrial, metalworking, farming or mining system, etc.

Related Careers

-Transport Engineering, Airport Management.

*Glossary of Terms

*Materials Science: Physical studies and development of materials. –Resistance, elasticity, plasticity, stress, deformation and hardness studies. –Mechanical properties, alloys, among others.

*Financial Accounting: It is about economic and *financial evaluation of companies. (Profit, Costs, Investments).

*Cost Accounting: Record of the costs of organizations, identifying the types of costs existing within a company whether coming from the production, or by remuneration, or operating costs, etc) applying different systems for their calculation and making it useful for decision making.

*Credit: Loan with the promise to pay at a later date.

*Sustainable Development: Development that continues to nourish itself and thus remains in time.

*Electrotechnics: Electricity techniques, such as analysis methods and circuit theorems.

*Professional Ethics: It deals with the morals and the obligations of the professional.

*Project Evaluation: Study of the cost-benefit ratio the project will have.

*Financial: Finance: It deals with the collection and determination of the cash flow (inflows or outflows of money) required by the company, in addition to the distribution and management of those funds in order to maximize the economical value of the company.

*Management: Conducting the inquiries and procedures to carry out a project.

*IT: Related to information.

*Input: Good employed in the production of other goods.

*Operations Research: Science that uses methods, mathematical models and techniques in the scientific resolution of business problems and the study of the decision-making systems, or computer systems used as decision aid.

*Line of Credit: *Credit amount authorized for an individual, company or institution.

*Logistic*: Logistics: Technique to perform and control an efficient flow and storage of goods, from the point of origin to the point of consumption.

*Macroeconomics: Study of the factors of national economy related to the production and consumption of the country’s wealth and the problems related to employment.

*Hydraulic Machinery: Machine that works by means of water.

*Marketing: Study of the functions that a company must perform to investigate the consumer’s needs and translate that information into the creation, production and introduction of new products to the market.

*Fluid Mechanics: Related to Statics (no movement) and Dynamics (in motion) of fluids.

*Microeconomics: Economic analysis relative to the individual behavior of consumers, trades, producers, companies and industries, etc.

*Human Resources: Team of employees or collaborators of an organization.

*Information Systems: Processing of the information within the company, such as accounting processes, costs, inventories, etc.

*Information Technology: Referred to Internet, databases, multimedia, etc.

*Thermodynamics: Part of Physics that studies the movement generated by calorific phenomena.