6 Highest Career Prospects as Industrial Engineers

Industrial engineering is known as one of the applicable disciplines, because students studying this are certainly equipped with very versatile skills. Before talking further, let us first discuss the definition of Industrial Engineering. Basically, industrial engineering is diverse (various) disciplines concerned to improve and optimize integrated systems that consist of human, equipment, material, information, energy, and capital. In general, an industrial engineering person works to find ways in making innovation, finding the most efficient flow in the formation and distribution of products, developing products, performance measures, research of products and services, improvements or problem solving. This ability makes them able to get the work done most efficiently by taking into account various factors such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, and cost efficiency.

The skills mentioned above are of course very versatile and applicable in almost any type of company. Which company does not need innovation, problem solvers, and moves in improvement in making the best flow to its customers? Even though the job opportunities of an industrial engineer are so wide, we’ll discuss six of them with the highest prospects:


Information & Communication

An industrial engineer can work in the information & communication industry. The scope of work is wide, let’s say you work in a company that produces smartphones. Industrial engineers can take roles from the assembly process, cost and time calculations, system development, distribution from factory to warehouse as well as to distributors, and sales flow to run smoothly. As the figure who most understands about effectiveness, industrial engineers can play a role, for example as system development, sales & marketing, as well as person in charge of the warehouse.

Financial and Insurance Services

The role that industrial engineers usually have is to take into account risk analysis. It can be seen in banks, multifinance, insurance companies, or loan provider companies. Here the industrial engineer can form a consideration of what types of loans are feasible, what kind of prospective borrowers are eligible for a loan, calculating insurance premium packages, selecting potential insurance customers for which applications are acceptable, based on their risk analysis. Several types of positions are involved (but not limited) for example risk analyst and quantitative analyst, value chain, quantitative analyst.

Energy, Mining, and Exploration

Just like any other work area, an industrial engineer certainly functions to direct the workflow as efficiently as possible during energy and mining exploration. An industrial engineer can also use his skills to determine production costs and utilize the budget to be as efficient as possible. An industrial engineer can calculate cost estimates and measure so that budget objectives during the exploration process can be as efficient as possible and measure actual performance whether it is running accordingly or not. 

Distribution, logistics, and supply chain 

The role of industrial engineers in this field, for example, forms a distribution system and manages the workforce and resources so that the distribution and delivery of products can run on schedule and be efficient. In terms of supply chain, you will also be able to understand the details of the production flow – from the origin of the raw materials to the arrival of the product to the consumer. Several types of positions of an industrial engineer in this field of work (but not limited to), for example, logistics and supply chain project manager, warranty and quality assurance.

Processing and manufacturing industries

An industrial engineer can also play a role in fulfilling public demand, so industrial engineers ensure that the flow of supply and distribution of related products / services can run smoothly. An industrial engineer conducts a review to ascertain what is the best method in manufacturing products. There is a possibility, they also optimize the use of certain tools so that improvement occurs and produce more effective and efficient products.

Consultants, professionals, scientific and technical services

It turns out that an industrial engineer can also play a role in the consulting area. In short, the key role of an industrial engineer in the consulting field is to solve problems faced by clients with solutions that are full of improvement and efficiency. Take for example the role of an industrial engineer as a human resources consultant. An industrial engineer can manage the quality and performance of employees and make improvements in the recruitment, orientation and training system.

Industrial Engineering at SGU

In developing industry 4.0, of course, we need human resources who are able to compete globally and have skills that continue to adapt to changing times. For that, you also need to take the best education that can equip you with these skills. 

In Industrial Engineering at SGU, we provide a curriculum with international standards that not only focus on building hard skills, but also soft skills. We prepare you to be ready to work and compete globally, and ready to adapt to technological developments and industry 4.0 which involve the use of sophisticated tools. This is possible because all SGU industrial engineering students will take several classes in Germany with our partner university, Fachhochschule Südwestfalen. Here, they will get additional education in a country that is always at the forefront of technological developments

One of the obligations that SGU industrial engineering students must do is an internship in Germany. Germany has indeed been known as one of the countries with the best economy, has become the world’s technological standard, and is known as the country most synonymous with innovation, technology and high quality. Here, SGU students get the first hand opportunity to work directly with the best world-class human resources with a superior work ethic. Working directly with these people in Germany means enabling SGU students to see and use first-hand the best work systems with the latest technology, and adapt to their work ethic and professionalism. 

This internship opportunity in Germany is one of the right steps in preparing every SGU industrial engineering graduate to become a confident workforce and ready to compete globally. This can certainly enable you to become industrial engineers needed by various multinational and world-class companies. 

SGU Industrial Engineering offers 3 curricula:

  • Single Degree
  • Double Degree at Fachhochschule Südwestfalen at Germany
  • Double Degree at EAH Jenna at Germany

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About SGU

SWISS GERMAN UNIVERSITY (SGU) is an international university in Indonesia, was established in 2000 as a joint effort between Indonesia, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. We are the pioneer in offering international curricula in Indonesia. Qualified students can graduate with a Double Degree from Indonesia and Germany, which SGU provides in cooperation with partner universities; surely a valuable tool for your future careers. Ever since its establishment, SGU has been dedicated to delivering quality education in line with international standards and aims to develop skilled professionals who meet the demands of the industry. In order to achieve its objectives, SGU offers quality-oriented learning through 12 Bachelor’s Degree Programs and 4 Master’s Degree Programs ranging from Engineering, Information Technology, and Business to Life Sciences and Social Sciences. Furthermore, with small class sizes, and with English as the medium of instruction, you can look forward to pursuing your tertiary education and degree with full confidence.


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