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BS in Industrial Engineering

BS in Industrial Engineering

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  • Degree BS
  • Study Level Bachelors

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Industrial engineering involves the design and analysis of systems that include people, equipment, and materials and their interactions and performance in the workplace. Industrial Engineering (IE) applies mathematics to different aspects of business processes to improve efficiency and productivity. IE uses technology to manage all kinds of resources, including human beings, effectively. IE has global impact by designing and analyzing complex systems that integrate technical, economic, and social factors for all types of organizations. The methodologies involved in IE are probability and statistics, optimization, economic decision analysis, system simulation and human factors engineering. Important application domains are lean principles and lean manufacturing, healthcare, supply chain management, operations, planning, project management, quality control, computer systems, economic and financial systems and many others. The program in industrial engineering offers students a base of traditional engineering courses such as design, probability, statistics, and engineering economy, while emphasizing such contemporary areas as simulation, logistics and inventory planning, database system design, quality control, supply chain management, operations research and facilities planning. To gain the skills they need to make informed managerial and professional decisions, students take courses in management, economics, and technical subjects, as well as in the humanities and social sciences. Industrial engineers work in transportation, telecommunications, manufacturing firms, hospitals, banking and insurance, public utilities, government agencies, environmental systems and consulting firms. Among the projects they undertake are lean principles applied in multiple hospital and health care settings, design and implementation of computer-integrated manufacturing systems, design of robotics systems in manufacturing environments, long-range corporate planning, development and implementation of quality control systems, simulation analyses to improve processes and make operational decisions, design of workstations to enhance worker safety and productivity, and development of database systems to optimize information systems. Co-op jobs generally increase in level of responsibility as students gain theoretical and technical knowledge through their academic work. A sophomore might begin as a computer analyst evaluating the performance of a manufacturing system and progress to designing manufacturing engineering workstations by the senior year. There are a variety of co-op employment opportunities ranging from small local firms, to consulting firms, large global companies as well as hospitals and healthcare facilities, and government and banking offices.