Industrial Engineering

You might be surprised if you attended a gathering of Bradley University industrial engineering graduates. The group would include a production manager, hospital administrator, stockbroker, management consultant, lawyer, surgeon, and other professionals. In fact, majoring in industrial engineering appeals to many young people because it offers so much flexibility and so many choices.

Combine engineering skills with business principles

Industrial engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems. These systems may involve people, materials, information, equipment, or energy. The work of industrial engineers involves carefully analyzing and improving these systems. IEs have a strong background in mathematical, physical, and social sciences, as well as in engineering analysis and design. They also learn many of the same principles studied in business school. With preparation in both engineering and business, IE graduates have many employment opportunities.

The Big Picture

Industrial engineers have a slightly different focus than other engineers. Instead of focusing on engines, gears, circuits, or bridges, IEs concentrate on overall systems and processes. They step back and look at the big picture so they can improve quality and productivity in a wide range of environments.

Many Opportunities

Since IEs can work in so many different fields, the list of projects they may be assigned can be quite varied. For example, an IE may design the admissions procedure at a hospital, improve a product assembly process to increase quality and reduce worker injury, or work with other engineers to design a new office building. Bradley’s graduates from the industrial engineering program have an average starting salary exceeding $62,500 per year.

Where do IE’s work? 

  • Large and small manufacturing facilities
  • Service industries such as hospitals and city government
  • Consulting organizations


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Pre-requisite Flow Chart

IE program pre-requisite flow chart

Course Descriptions

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Course Syllabi

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Enrollment Information

The Number of Students in Fall 2013 : 91
The Number of Graduates in Academic Year, 2012-2013 : 15

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years into their careers, the graduates from the Industrial Engineering Program at Bradley University will have successful careers based on

  • Demonstrated ability to recognize business and technical engineering problems and implement effective solutions to such.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead cross-functional multi-disciplinary diverse teams in the design, implementation, and/or improvement of processes and systems both regionally and globally.
  • Demonstrated professional development through continuous learning opportunities such as varied work assignments, promotions, graduate schools, and/or professional associations.
  • Demonstrated involvement in service activities that benefit the profession or the community.

Student Outcomes

Industrial Engineering graduates will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to system modeling and to problems related to production processes or services.
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data.
  3. an ability to design, select, implement, and control a manufacturing or service system and its components or processes to meet desired needs.
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams and the ability to apply a concurrent approach and project management to process and product development.
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and determine optimal solutions to system problems, while considering physical and economic constraints as well as safety and ergonomic issues.
  6. an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities of an industrial engineer.
  7. an ability to effectively communicate technical and social concepts through appropriate methods.
  8. an understanding of the impact of industrial engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. the recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in continuous improvement projects and lifelong learning.
  10. knowledge of contemporary issues facing industrial engineers.
  11. an ability to use the proper techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for industrial engineering practice utilizing supporting technologies.