1. This job involves painstaking work of acquiring data from the shop-floor, analyze it and then recommend changes.
  2. As it is difficult to measure the impact of our work, it becomes difficult to show your performance to higher management.
  3. As an industrial engineer, one has to be updated with the latest manufacturing and automation tools and technologies to do a good job.
  4. I don’t pay a lot of emphasis on the college, as what matters more is exposure, creativity, and attitude.
  5. The work-life balance and salary are good.
  6. Unlike several other manufacturing jobs, industrial engineer isn’t usually expected to work in night-shifts.

Profile Details

Name – Kunal Sethi

Profession – Industrial Engineer

Age – 29 years

Gender – Male

City – Delhi

Industry – Manufacturing

Where have you been born and raised?

I have been living in Delhi since birth. I did my schooling from DL DAV Model School, Shalimar Bagh, and B.Tech. in Mechanical and Automation from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

My father retired from State Bank of India and my mother is a homemaker. I have one elder brother, who is working as a Commercial Accountant in DTIIDC.

Who all had the most influence on you and how?

I belong to a middle-class family. We would all keep busy in our day to day life having a normal standard of living. That influenced me to do something different and technical.

Moreover, since childhood, I had a passion for playing and working with Gadgets.

Please give us a summary of your career.

I have overall 9 years of work experience in the manufacturing industry.

I started working with Motherson Sumi Systems Limited as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in Production Engineering Centre with a monthly salary of 12,500 INR. Below is the summary of my work profile

Which institutes are best for the education/training of this profession?

I think, in the end, the institution doesn’t matter the most, it’s all about your learning, exposure, creativity, and mindset.

But, if I really have to name a few, I would definitely suggest IITs and NITs.

What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?

It varies from thousands to lakhs INR per year (4 years course) depending upon the college/university and with infrastructure and faculty they have.

What are the typical entry-level jobs in this profession?

After graduation, you become part of a methodology called Lean Six –Sigma which is a collective teamwork. Then you start getting promotions.

What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?

5 years’ experience – 6 to 12 lakhs INR per annum

10 years’ experience – 12 to 20 lakhs INR per annum

20+ years’ experience – 30 lakhs+ INR per annum

Please describe your work.

Apart from a few routine activities, most of my activities are dependent on the phase of the project I am working on. These phases are Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control.

It can be related to documentation, follow-ups, technical discussion, analytical working.

I work for 8–10 hours daily for 5–6 days a week.

I am not required to do night shifts, although some of my colleagues have occasionally done it.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider industrial engineer as a profession?

  1. It’s a creative job, which keeps you motivated throughout the job.
  2. The work is agreeable and the work hours are well balanced making it easier to create a good work-life balance.
  3. The work environment is pretty good and you get to work with numerous people of varying talents which helps you improve your efficiency.
  4. The pay is substantial to support a fairly decent lifestyle.

What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?

  1. Difficult to measure and show your performance to management as in most of the cases, the outcome is intangible.
  2. The industrial engineer job profile is related to improvements in the manufacturing process. Therefore, a lot of time needs to be spent on the shop floor for data collection before making a conclusive statement. The work requires a lot of patience and hard work.
  3. The work is Time-consuming and may not have the positive results always, as you have to map the processes, right from input to the final output.
  4. Most of the time, the changes I suggest involves cost. It is a challenge to convince the management when high cost involves.

What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?

It’s been low-cost automation projects involving mechatronics and PC based systems which may be used with Vision or Sensor Applications.

You must know different types of tools for effective production monitoring and its calculation. Different types of Time & Motion Study techniques based upon Value-added and non-value added activities.

Knowledge of Process Mapping and Lean manufacturing tools is essential. Working and implementation of Smart boxes to get more Productive and Accurate results are also necessary.

What kind of person would be happy in your career?

I think the person who is creative and keen to learn, has patience, and more importantly having time management skills will be happy.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

Rather, I will become an entrepreneur having a lead in Smart box manufacturing as far as the technical side is concerned.

On to the non-technical side I wish to run a food outlet having different kinds of dishes.

What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?

Just be yourself. Be creative, focus on your job, learn new things and try to implement them in your day to day life, welcome inputs and be a good listener, also try to manage time and gaps between personal and professional scenarios.

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