What is Industrial & Systems Engineering?

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineers are involved in the science of engineering, the analysis of systems, and the management of people. They design, manage, and improve business and industrial processes. They help to make organisations more efficient, maximise profits, minimise risks, and improve quality and competitiveness.
They apply management techniques and utilise complex models to systematically record and critically examine existing and proposed ways of doing work with a view towards finding improvement.


This is the branch of engineering that wants “to make or do things better”. ISEs work to eliminate waste of money, effort, time, materials, and energy. Those who work in the profession need to have highly developed numerical abilities, excellent communication skills, and a strong desire to solve problems and implement innovative solutions.

It is a profession that attracts and retains people with strong analytical skills coupled with a dogged perseverance who enjoy the variety of tackling a huge range of industrial and commercial problems and are willing to propose and implement imaginative courses of action.

“The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history.”

– James Kip Finch, American engineer and educator