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02:25 Dec 14, 2001
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Education / Pedagogy
German term or phrase: Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen
from a Diplom. Previous KudoZ questions have agreed on "industrial engineering," which is what all my dictionaries say. One person suggests "Master's Degree in Engineering with a minor in Economics," which is an accurate description, but I'm not happy with it. I am also familiar with academic programs entitled "Engineering Management" See for example: http://www.asem.com/

Compare with: http://www.isye.gatech.edu/www-ie/

In any case, my difficulty is not so much the translation, but on the differences between "Engineering Management" and "Industrial Engineering" Can someone more familiar with the field explain the difference and help me make a decision?
Bryan Kampbell

Summary of answers provided
4 +1industrial engineering
4German equivalent to Master of Engineering and Business Adminstration
Andy Lemminger
4industrial engineering (well, almost...)
Tom Funke
4field of economic analysisgangels



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industrial engineering

engineering = Ingenieurwesen

Check out
http://dict.leo.org/?search=industrial engineer&searchLoc=0&...

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agree  xxxHenri
7 hrs

agree  Jacqueline McKay
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industrial engineering (well, almost...)

I was not familiar with this term, am no engineer, and am basing my following response (opinions!) to your question on your references, the references below, and two decades of experience in product marketing with medical electronics manufacturers -- in close contact with engineers and engineering managers, among others.

***Engineering management*** in my view refers to the body of knowledge and necessary actions to manage engineering programs, resources and staffs with emphasis on operational and human resources issues, perhaps less emphasis on strategic issues, and not necessarily limited to manufacturing.

***Industrial engineering*** in my view refers to the body of knowledge and necessary actions to plan and help implement manufacturing and other industrial systems (such as transportation) from a technical, logistical, management and marketing point of view, but not as a rule to manage them.

In a manufacturing environment, both an engineering manager and an industrial engineer would need to have substantial expertise in ***production engineering***, which in my view deals in particular with the technical resources, processes and materials handling (and human interfaces) in production systems.

***Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen*** as defined in the reference below appears to be at least very similar to industrial engineering, but like other such job names these two disciplines may not be entirely “deckungsgleich”: The reference suggests (at least to me) that the German discipline may contain an even greater component of product management and marketing than is customary in industrial engineering, and (implicit in the name) perhaps even greater emphasis on economics, possibly including macroeconomics.


(Your reference:) Industrial engineers integrate human, information, material, monetary, and technological resources to produce goods and services optimally.
Major areas of specialization
- Engineering economics and decision analysis
- Human factors (human-machine/computer interaction)
- Manufacturing systems
- Optimization
- Production, distribution, and material handling
- Statistics
- Stochastic systems

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(apparently not very common terms):

FHWT - Fachbereich Wirtschaftsingieurwesen - [ Translate this page ]
... Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen. Der Studienort: Vechta. Der Studiengang. Druckbare Version
dieser Seite anzeigen. Das Berufsbild "Wirtschaftsingenieur/in" stellt eine ...
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Wirtschaftsingenieurswesen - [ Translate this page ]
Das Berufsbild. Das Studium des Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen ist eine akademische Ausbildung
mit dem Abschluß Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur/in (FH), die ein sehr ...
- Das Berufsbild
Das Studium des Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen ist eine akademische Ausbildung mit dem Abschluß Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur/in (FH), die ein sehr breites Einsatzgebiet vorwiegend in der Industrie eröffnet. Das Studium soll insbesondere auf die Ausübung von Tätigkeiten an den Schnittstellen zwischen betriebswirtschaftlichen und technischen Funktionen im Unternehmen vorbereiten. Primär standen hier die Aufgaben im technischen Vertrieb von komplexen Maschinen im Vordergrund. Heute finden sich auch in vielen anderen Funktionsbereichen (siehe auch Funktionen) Einsatzmöglichkeiten für Wirtschaftsingenieure. Wirtschaftsingenieure sollen in der betrieblichen Praxis nach kurzer Einarbeitungszeit in der Lage sein, Entscheidungen an den Schnittstellen kaufmännischer und technischer Funktionen vorzubereiten und die Verantwortung für deren Umsetzung zu übernehmen.
- Die Funktionen
Einsatzgebiete für Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieure finden sich neben der Industrie auch in Handels-, Bank-, Dienstleistungs- und Versicherungsunternehmen aller Größenordnungen und im öffentlichen Dienst und Verbänden typischerweise in folgenden Aufgabenfeldern:
- Fertigungsplanung und -vorbereitung
- Produktmanagement
- Controlling
- Technischer Vertrieb und Marketing
- Materialwirtschaft und Logistik
- Unternehmensplanung
www.nordakademie.de/studium/wing/body.htm - 4k - Cached - Similar pages

Studiengang Wirtschaftsingenierwesen der Uni Bremen - [ Translate this page ]
... Studiengang WIRTSCHAFTSINGENIEURSWESEN. ... Mit der Veranstaltung „Einführung Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen"
im ersten ... Grundzüge des Wirtschaftsingenieur Studiums ...
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BERUFEnet: Dipl.Ing. (BA) - Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - [ Translate this page ]
... Ing. (BA) - Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen: Rückblick/Ausblick ... dem Vorbild Wirtschaftsingenieur/in
Tribut ... Im Unterschied zum Wirtschaftsingenieurswesen werden dort ...
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Unternehmen bieten eine Zukunftschance - [ Translate this page ]
... Mathematik - Kommunikationswissenschaften - Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen. ... Maschinenbau
- Wirtschaftsingenieur. ... Luft- und Raumfahrt - Wirtschaftsingenieurswesen. ...
www.zukunftschancen.de/z1/unternehmen/z1-unternehmen.htm - 28k - Cached - Similar pages

[PDF] Studieren in der Umgebung
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... Der Fachbereich Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen bietet das ... schluss Dipl. Wirtschaftsingenieur
(FH) ab ... das Studium Wirtschaftsingenieurswesen / Marketing / Vertrieb ...
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Studenten - [ Translate this page ]
... der TH Darmstadt Wirtschaftsingenieurswesen. Ich bin ... Verena: Wirtschaftsingenieur.
Interviewerin: Und ... hin – und Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen, Elektrotechnik, und ...
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... Wirtschaftsinformatik" Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen ... Studiengang Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur",
Studienangebot für ... Wirtschaftsinformatik", Wirtschaftsingenieurswesen ...
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All the best (also for the Holidays!) Tom

    20 years experience in manufacturing companies (but no expert)
Tom Funke
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field of economic analysis

I believe reference is made to "economics", not "industry', "Ingenieur" in the sense where someone specializes in assembling and dissecting economic data.

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German equivalent to Master of Engineering and Business Adminstration

This degree combines two studies: Engineering and Business Administration so I would use the above term.

Greetings from a Diplom-Wirtschaftsinformatiker... :-)

Andy Lemminger
Local time: 10:00
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