Industrial engineers in a factory.
Systems engineering techniques are used in complex projects: spacecraft design, computer chip design, robotics, software integration, and bridge building. Systems engineering uses a host of tools that include modeling and simulation, requirements analysis and scheduling to manage complexity.
Watt's steam engine (Technical University of Madrid)
QFD House of Quality for Enterprise Product Development Processes
The International Space Station is an example of a very complex system requiring Systems Engineering.
The scope of systems engineering activities

It overlaps technical and human-centered disciplines such as industrial engineering, process systems engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, production engineering, control engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, cybernetics, aerospace engineering, organizational studies, civil engineering and project management.

- Systems engineering

Depending on the sub-specialties involved, industrial engineering may also overlap with, operations research, systems engineering, manufacturing engineering, production engineering, supply chain engineering, management science, management engineering, financial engineering, ergonomics or human factors engineering, safety engineering, logistics engineering or others, depending on the viewpoint or motives of the user.

- Industrial engineering
Industrial engineers in a factory.

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NASA's illustration showing high impact risk areas for the International Space Station

Safety engineering

Engineering discipline which assures that engineered systems provide acceptable levels of safety.

Engineering discipline which assures that engineered systems provide acceptable levels of safety.

NASA's illustration showing high impact risk areas for the International Space Station
A fault tree diagram
Vessel level instrumentation
Vessel pressure instrumentation
A NASA graph shows the relationship between the survival of a crew of astronauts and the amount of redundant equipment in their spacecraft (the "MM", Mission Module).

It is strongly related to industrial engineering/systems engineering, and the subset system safety engineering.

A Liberator in standard RAF green/dark earth/black night bomber finish as originally used by Coastal Command

Operations research

Discipline that deals with the development and application of advanced analytical methods to improve decision-making.

Discipline that deals with the development and application of advanced analytical methods to improve decision-making.

A Liberator in standard RAF green/dark earth/black night bomber finish as originally used by Coastal Command
Map of Kammhuber Line

Because of its emphasis on practical applications, operations research has overlap with many other disciplines, notably industrial engineering.

Systems engineering

The Ford Motor Company's factory at Willow Run utilised Production Engineering principles to achieve record mass production of the B-24 Liberator military aircraft during World War II.

Manufacturing engineering

Branch of professional engineering that shares many common concepts and ideas with other fields of engineering such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, and industrial engineering.

Branch of professional engineering that shares many common concepts and ideas with other fields of engineering such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, and industrial engineering.

The Ford Motor Company's factory at Willow Run utilised Production Engineering principles to achieve record mass production of the B-24 Liberator military aircraft during World War II.
A set of six-axis robots used for welding.
Ford assembly line, 1913.
KUKA industrial robots being used at a bakery for food production
CAD model and CNC machined part
Mohr's circle, a common tool to study stresses in a mechanical element
A CAD model of a mechanical double seal
Training FMS with learning robot SCORBOT-ER 4u, workbench CNC mill and CNC lathe
A typical FMS system
Close-up view of a friction stir weld tack tool

Manufacturing Engineering is based on core industrial engineering and mechanical engineering skills, adding important elements from mechatronics, commerce, economics and business management.

Manufacturing engineering is considered to be a subdiscipline of industrial engineering/systems engineering and has very strong overlaps with mechanical engineering.