Our History

Our History

The Institute of Industrial Engineering and Safety Management Systems (IIESMS) has a rich history from 1955. Initially established as a professional and qualifying body for Engineering, the Institute was first known as “The Irish Work Society”. It later became the “Irish Work-Study Institute” in 1963. As the Institute expanded its scope to cater to a broader range of techniques required by its members, it adopted the name Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1970. The Institute celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2005, marking 50 years of service to the engineering profession.

The Institute maintains a branch structure throughout Ireland, with each branch selecting a Committee represented by its Chairperson on the National Council. The National Council serves as the policy-forming and managing body of the Institute, ensuring that the organisation’s operations align with its mission and vision. The Institute also maintains affiliations and cooperation agreements with like-minded organisations in many other countries, promoting international collaboration and knowledge exchange.

The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), a professional organisation for industrial engineers and other professionals working in engineering, was founded in 1948 in the United States. It has grown to have chapters and members in many countries worldwide, including Ireland. The IIE is dedicated to advancing the engineering profession and promoting the value of professional engineers to businesses, organisations, and society. It achieves this through various activities, including professional development, research, and promoting best practices in the field.

In 1996, the Institute became the 79th Chapter of the American Institute, enhancing the benefits available to its members while maintaining its status as an independent national body. Members of the IIESMS are also eligible for membership in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IIES), providing them access to additional membership benefits.

In 2020, the Institute evolved into the I Industrial Engineering and Safety Management Systems (IIESMS). It is a founding member of the “World Confederation of Productivity Sciences”, further cementing its position as a leader in the field.

The Institute is recognised by Ireland’s Government, Unions, and Education organisations. As a result, the Government has granted the Institute the right to make a nomination to the Industry and Commerce panel of the Irish Senate. The Institute is often consulted for input to government-industry white papers and has taken an active role in many European Union-funded projects in recent years.