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.
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.
Where do IE’s work?
- Large and small manufacturing facilities
- Service industries such as hospitals and city government
- Consulting organizations
Pre-requisite Flow Chart
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.
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to mathematical modeling and to problems related to systems that produce products and services;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze data and interpret experimental results;
- an ability to design or select components or processes of a production or service system to obtain desired output based on performance, economic and productivity criteria;
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams, an understanding of the concurrent approach to process and product development, and an ability to perform project management;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and find optimal solutions to system problems, while considering physical and economic constraints as well as safety and ergonomic issues;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities of an industrial engineer;
- an ability to utilize modern tools and techniques to effectively communicate technical requirements and functionality in oral, written and graphical forms;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
- the recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in continuous improvement projects and lifelong learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues facing engineers;
- an ability to use techniques, skill and modern engineering tools necessary for industrial engineering practice, utilizing supporting technologies or techniques including economic measurement, information systems design, occupational ergonomics, human behavior, systems planning, and total quality management.