What it takes to be a world-class industrial/manufacturing engineer

November 1, 2011

By Mr. Brian Sage, Operations Manager, Caterpillar at IMET Honor/Awards Banquet, May 3rd, 2011

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I have identified 5 key things that seem to differentiate those that do well and those that do not.

It is a combination of what you learn, how well you apply it, and on your character as a individual.

  1. Learn how to really use the tools of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.
  2. Do the hard work and apply the Engineering science – Even if they don’t ask or require it.
  3. Speak the language of Business – Money , and build confidence in your ability to deliver.
  4. Learn how to Lead and to create Culture– The ground work for future leaders.
  5. Demonstrate accountability – Don’t make excuses.

After leading organization in 2 large corporations (General Motors and Caterpillar), these truths appear to be consistent across both of them.

Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering is an outstanding field.

If I had it all to do over again I would still get this degree. The opportunities are limitless.