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.

Body of Knowledge Governing Board 2019 - 2021

Diana Berry, BoK Governing Board Chair, Supply Chain Specialist, Harsco Rail, ISE Vice President Technical Operations

Alison M. Knight, Senior Process Improvement Consultant, Carilion Clinic

Joel Brock, Director Operations Excellence, West Monroe Partners

Binil Starly, Professor Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Bryan A. Norman, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering, Texas Tech University Room

Krishnan Krishnaiyer, Light Products Supply and Logistics - Integration and Optimization, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Jose Monreal, Senior Technical Staff, Manufacturing and Test Engineering, Product Operations, Missile Systems, Raytheon Company

Russell Wooten, IISE Fellow, SEMS President 2019 - 2021

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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. Design and Manufacturing Engineering

13. Related Topics
     13.1. Product Design & Development
     13.2. System Design & Engineering


What is the process for updating the IEBoK?

The IEBoK is an evolving document and there are defined windows of opportunities 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 now available to submit recommendations for modifications or changes, please review these in the link below.

IEBoK Policies and Procedures 


To propose changes to the Body of Knowledge, please complete the BoK Change Proposal Form and submit it to: bok.changes@iise.org

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