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Industrial Specialization
Industrial engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information, equipment, and energy. The discipline draws upon specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences, together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.
To a large extent the industrial engineer is a “people” engineer, joining the worker together with the “things” that are designed by engineers from other disciplines such as mechanical and electrical engineering. As a consequence of the need for people skills the Mercer program places a heavy emphasis on working as a team and working on real industrial engineering problems from the neighboring communities. The development of the skill in working with and through other people results in many industrial engineers rising to the top of technical companies through the ranks of management.
The industrial specialization at Mercer draws upon four foundational areas—management science, the application of mathematical techniques to solve management problems; ergonomics, the study and design of the interaction between humans and machines; manufacturing, the design and development of processes and systems to transform inputs to products; and quality, the application of statistical methods and managerial principles to improve the quality of products and services. This broad base provides industrial specialization students at Mercer with a solid and varied background.