Organizing for Industrial Engineering Department and Function

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The organization of an industrial engineering department demands three steps [1].

1. The authority, responsibility and accountability of the department must be clearly mentioned.

2. The department must be integrated in the company plan of organization.

3. Every provision must be made so that the department can effectively perform its assigned tasks.
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The Basis for Organization



The organization of an industrial engineering department demands three steps [1].



1. The authority, responsibility and accountability of the department must be clearly mentioned.



2. The department must be integrated in the company plan of organization.



3. Every provision must be made so that the department can effectively perform its assigned tasks.



According to Tully Shelley [1], Principal at McKinsey & Company, the basic objectives of an IE department are (1) Establishment of methods for controlling production costs and (2) Development of programs for reducing those costs. Shelley discussed his organization plan based on these objectives.




Suggested Organization Patterns



Shelley proposed the following sections under a Chief Industrial Engineer [1]



Methods Section



Operations analysis

Motion study

Materials handling

Plant layout





Time Study Section



Time study of direct labor

Measurement of indirect labor

Measurement of machine interference





Training Section



Operator training

Supervisor training



Wage Programs Section



Job evaluation

Wage incentives

Merit rating



Product Section



Product design

Tool design

Estimating

Equipment selection



Operations Research Section



Mathematical model building





If the company has variety of production facilities, the organization can be patterned along production divisions.



Heavy Machine Shop Section

Light Machine Shop Section

Assembly Department Section

General IE Techniques Section





Management Duties of IE Department Head

Establishing priorities for projects

Programming the work

Reviewing the progress of projects

Proposal By Narayana K.V.S.S.

Industrial Engineering department can undertake activities under three major sections.

1. Human Effort Engineering
2. Systems Efficiency Engineering
3. Systems Design, Installation,and Improvement Management.

Areas under Each of the proposed sections

1. Human Effort Engineering

Work Station Design
Interface Device Design: Jigs and Fixtures
Motion Design: Motion Study
Posture Design
Comfort Design: fatigue analysis
Safety Design: Safety Aids
Occupational Hazard Analysis Certification
Work Measurement
Operator Training
Job Evaluation
Incentive scheme design

2. Systems Efficiency Engineering

Methods Study
Value Engineering
Statistical Quality Control
Operations Research


3. Systems Design, Installation,and Improvement Management.

Facilities Design
Production Systems Design
Quality Systems Design
Supply Chain Systems Design
Information Systems Design
Project Management


References


1. Tully Shelley, “Organizing for Industrial Engineering’, Chapter 3 in Industrial Engineering Handbook, H.B. Maynard (Editor-in-chief), 2nd Edition, McGraw – Hill.

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