Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge

What is industrial engineering?

Industrial engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skill in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.

What is the Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge?

These documents represent a repository of essential information for industrial engineering (IE) and is made up of knowledge areas representing a taxonomy of relevant IE concepts. The Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge (IEBoK) is composed of 12 knowledge areas. Each knowledge area is represented by an outline that defines what needs to be known to achieve a mastery in the field of IE. A list of references is included in each knowledge area providing the reader with a resource to the requisite detail necessary to obtain a mastery of the areas provided in the IEBoK. In addition, a section of Related Topics is provided that includes closely associated areas with which an IE should be familiar.

View or download the full document

Click on the links below to view or download the individual IEBoK knowledge areas:

0. Introduction

1. Work Design & Measurement

2. Operations Research & Analysis

3. Engineering Economic Analysis

4. Facilities Engineering & Energy Management

5. Quality & Reliability Engineering

6. Ergonomics & Human Factors

7. Operations Engineering & Management

8. Supply Chain Management

9. Engineering Management

10. Safety

11. Information Engineering

12. Related Topics
       12.1. Product Design & Development
       12.2. System Design & Engineering


What is the process for updating the IEBoK?

The IEBoK is an evolving document and windows of opportunities will be available to make edits to the content for each knowledge area and its structure as well as the possibility of adding new knowledge areas. Policies and procedures are being developed for individuals to submit recommendations for modifications or changes, and a process for reviewing the proposed edits is also being finalized. The Governing Board is currently in the process of drafting policies and procedures for the editing and maintenance of the IEBoK. Proposed changes will be considered for approval by the Content Review Board.

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