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Oklahoma State University

Skills & Qualities Needed

  • Good math skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Good common sense
  • A strong desire for organization and efficiency
  • Excellent communication/salesmanship
  • Creative problem solving
  • Quantitative skills
  • Technical competency
  • Continuous drive for improvement
  • Resourcefulness
  • Listening skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Diplomacy
  • Patience
  • Ability to adapt to many environments, wear many hats and interact with a diverse group of individuals
  • Inquisitive mind
  • Continuous desire to learn
  • Leadership skills
  • Ethics
  • Passion for improvement

Advice from an IIE Member

“Successful industrial engineers must possess the ability to communicate effectively, for without it you cannot sell your ideas. You must be able to manage projects and multiple tasks, for without those skills you will be less efficient and of less use to your employer. You must be able to observe others and understand why they are doing what they do, for without that change is an uphill battle.”