Branches of industrial engineering and what can you specialize in?

Branches of industrial engineering

Branches of industrial engineering

When you think about what industrial engineers do, do you perceive a professional profile that is too broad?

Do not worry! At the beginning of your professional career, after studying a degree in industrial engineering , it is possible to work in different areas, before finding what you dedicate the majority of your professional career to. In fact, versatility is one of the keys to keep moving forward because you will have the skills to succeed in several different positions both in the technical area and in the business management area. 

At the same time, focusing on one of the industrial engineering specialties that interests you the most will help you advance in your professional career. In this post, you will learn about some of the most prominent branches of industrial engineering with the greatest job opportunities.

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING SPECIALTIES – THE MOST COMMON

While you will develop interests in specific areas as you advance in your career, it is important to think about what area of ??the industry you would like to specialize in while in college. For this reason, many universities, the European University included, offer a portfolio of engineering programs for all profiles.

Some of the most common specialties or branches are:

  • Mechanical . If you want to be a participant in the automation processes that are to come within the so-called fourth industrial revolution or industry 4.0, this mention will allow you to prepare for it. The fundamentals of electronics, microprocessors, automatons and perception systems will allow you to participate in the creation and development of practically any process of a company or industry. All this you can do from an ENABLING Degree for the exercise of the profession of industrial technical engineer with the support of the Professional Associations of Graduates and Technical Engineers .
  • Electronic and automatic. If you want to be a participant in the automation processes that are to come within the so-called fourth industrial revolution or industry 4.0, this mention will allow you to prepare for it. The fundamentals of electronics, microprocessors, automatons and perception systems will allow you to participate in the creation and development of practically any process of a company or industry. All this you can do from an ENABLING Degree for the exercise of the profession of industrial technical engineer with the support of the Professional Associations of Graduates and Technical Engineers.
  • Industrial organization. This mention makes you an expert in technical-economic management, with the most appropriate profile to be a professional capable of making decisions in any area of ??the industry. Skills in operations, process, or financial management research complement technical capabilities in manufacturing or industrial automation. Thus, you will be able to participate in the production and distribution strategy, knowing the capacities and limits of technical and economic resources.
  • Industrial technologies . If you are one of those who wants to have a global vision of the operation of industries, from this mention a balance is sought between knowledge of mechanics, electronics and automation, and energy. With a multidisciplinary nature, it is designed for those who have decided to continue training in the future in the MASTER IN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING .
  • MECHANICAL ENGINEERING + AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING . By adding training in vehicle dynamics or electric mobility to the knowledge of the mechanics specialty, you will expand the possibilities of developing yourself in a cutting-edge and constantly changing sector.
  • ELECTRONICS AND AUTOMATION + ROBOTICS . The Electronics and Automation specialty is complemented by specific training in robotics, a sector present in the manufacturing industry (industrial robotics) and in our day-to-day (service and collaborative robotics).

WHAT IS INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING ABOUT?

In addition to deciding which industrial area you would like to focus on, it is important to also start thinking about what role or position interests you on a day-to-day basis. With a presence in the logistics, transport, health, food, energy, legal, chemical, financial sectors, etc. some of the work areas will be:

  • Technical area, participating in specification and development of solutions, technical support, R&D, projects, etc.
  • Commercial area, being the technical interlocutor with the client, providing the experience of operation and maintenance of the products and facilities
  • Operations area, controlling all the processes of the company, both logistics or production among others, managing warehouses, purchases, departures, times …
  • Quality and improvement area, where it is defined how the company should function, establishing what is fundamental and how to control it. How do I guarantee that what I manufacture meets your requirements? How to control singular projects or parts that are manufactured in billions a year?

All this from service companies, manufacturers, consultants, providers of essential services (water, energy …), accrediting companies or from the independent exercise of the profession, without forgetting the public function of Engineering through Town Halls, Autonomous Communities, Ministries or public entities.

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AT THE EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY

At the European University we understand the need to receive training that allows you to have the skills most in demand today. In any degree of our academic offer in Engineering Degrees and Careers that you decide to study , you will learn by developing real projects from day one and for important companies in the sector. You will also have access to first-rate facilities, such as the Industry 4.0 laboratory, the automotive and manufacturing workshops, the robot learning lab or the wind tunnel.

Along with classroom training, you can also expand your skills and abilities in Student Clubs: FormulaUEM, UE Robotics club or Air Division among the more than 20 within the University.

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