industrial engineering


industrial engineering

noun

Definition of INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

:  engineering that deals with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems (as of people, materials, and energy) in industry
industrial engineer noun

First Known Use of INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

circa 1924

industrial engineering

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Application of engineering principles and techniques of scientific management to the maintenance of high levels of productivity at optimum cost in industrial enterprises. Frederick W. Taylor pioneered in the scientific measurement of work, and Frank (1868–1924) and Lillian (1878–1972) Gilbreth refined it with time-and-motion studies. As a result, production processes were simplified, enabling workers to increase production. The industrial engineer selects tools and materials for production that are most efficient and least costly to the company. The engineer may also determine the sequence of production and the design of plant facilities or factories. See also ergonomics.

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