Industrial Engineers investigate and review the utilisation of personnel, facilities, equipment and materials, current operational processes and established practices, to recommend improvement in the efficiency of operations in a variety of commercial, industrial and production environments.

Specialisations: Process Engineer (Industrial).

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering or a related field is needed to work as an Industrial Engineer. Some Industrial Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Studies functional statements, organisational charts and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication.
  • Establishes work measurement programmes and analyses work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation.
  • Analyses workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies.

More about Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

  • $2,414 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Industrial Engineers

  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Industrial Engineers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 4,500 in 2011 to 3,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Industrial Engineers work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing56.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services13.8
Wholesale Trade5.6
Construction5.4
Other Industries18.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateIndustrial EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.731.6
VIC39.125.6
QLD11.420.0
SA9.07.0
WA10.610.8
TAS1.02.0
NT0.51.0
ACT0.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketIndustrial EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-245.0-9.39.3
25-3427.9-22.922.9
35-4429.2-22.022.0
45-5420.0-21.621.6
55-598.0-9.09.0
60-645.4-6.06.0
65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationIndustrial EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate22.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree50.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV10.1-21.121.1
Year 124.5-18.118.1
Year 110.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.8-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering or a related field is needed to work as an Industrial Engineer. Some Industrial Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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Employers look for Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    73% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Production and processing

    71% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  3. Mechanical

    70% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Technical design

    68% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2112.00 - Industrial Engineers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Teamwork

    91% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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