Yolanda is an industrial engineer for General Motors in Bedford, Indiana. With the help of data analysis and statistics, she designs systems that check automotive components for mistakes and scrap any defective parts before they’re assembled into vehicles.
Yolanda’s work helps GM know their production line is making high-quality products as efficiently as possible. Industrial engineers create systems that help people, machines, materials, and plans work together to create a product. They use mathematics and data analysis to create solutions for assembly line design, worker safety strategies, or, like Yolanda, ensure that the line is producing quality components.
Resources for Educators, Parents, and Students
These standards-aligned activities provide students with opportunities to practice the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a career similar to Yolanda’s role as an industrial engineer. Each activity guide provides educators with both leader notes and student handouts, as well as detailed materials lists and timing guides. Click on the activities below to learn more!
Design and build a conveyor system to move objects from one place to another.
Design and build an obstacle course to extend the travel time of a marble.
Use lean manufacturing strategies to create an optimal process.
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