At some point during an internship or in your Industrial Engineering coursework the terms “Lean,” “Six Sigma” or Continuous Improvement are certain to surface. And perhaps as you learn more about these topics, you’ll find yourself wondering if this is just another class or industry jargon, or if it is an actual career, or branch of IE, that could be pursued. From firsthand experience, I can tell you that yes it can be a career path, and an ever-evolving and rewarding one, and a strong skill set to have in your repertoire. Let’s examine what it is like to work in continuous improvement, and what you can do to get started down that path.
The first thing to remember is that Industrial Engineering essentially is all about “process improvement.”