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
All students must complete the following classes.
Shown below is the recommended schedule for degree completion in four years:
|IME 101 Introduction to Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering||1|
|IME 103 Computer Aided Graphics||2|
|MTH 121 Calculus I||4|
|CHM 110 General Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 111 General Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|ENG 101 English Composition||3|
|Gen. Ed. Social Forces Economics 100/121||3|
|IME 110 Intro. to Computers & Computational Analysis||3|
|MTH 122 Calculus II||4|
|PHY 110 University Physics||4|
|COM 103 The Oral Communication Process||3|
|Gen. Ed. - Western Civilization||3|
|IME 301 Engineering Economy||3|
|IME 341 Intro. to Manufacturing Processes||3|
|MTH 223 Calculus III||4|
|C E 150 Mechanics I||3|
|Gen. Ed. Human Values||3|
|IME 311 Intro to Engineering Statistical Methods||3|
|IME 386 Industrial & Managerial Engineering||3|
|PHY 201 University Physics II||4|
|C E 270 Mechanics of Materials||3|
|MTH 224 Differential Equations or MTH 207 Elementary Linear Algebra||3|
|IME 305 Engineering Economy II||2|
|IME 312 Engineering Statistical Methods||3|
|IME 313 Operations Research I||3|
|IME 331 Fundamentals of Materials Science||3|
|IME 361 Introduction to Simulations and Expert Systems||2|
|Gen Ed. Fine Arts||3|
|IME 466 Facilities Planning||3|
|Concentration Core (or) IE Elective I||3|
|Concentration Core (or) IE Elective II||3|
|Technical Elective I-Approved List||3|
|Gen. Ed. Non-Western Civilization||3|
|IME 422 Manufacturing Quality Control||3|
|IME 485 Occupational Ergonomics||3|
|Concentration Core (or) IE Elective III||3|
|Technical Elective II-Approved List||3|
|Technical Elective III-Approved List||3|
|Concentration Core (or) IE Elective IV||3|
|IME 499 Senior Industrial Design Project||4|
|Eng. 305 Technical Writing||3|
|Gen. Ed. Social Forces||3|
*for Engineering Management concentration Approved Management Minor Elective (300 or 400-level) replaces Technical Elective III
***Contact Dr. Lin for more details, concentration specific guides, and approved elective courses.
Engineering Management Concentration
The Engineering Management concentration incorporates 12 hours from the existing minor in Management that is already being offered by the Foster College of Business (FCB).
|BMA 352 Managing in Organizations||3|
|BMA 356 Human Resource Management||3|
|BMA 357 Leadership and Interpersonal Behavior||3|
|Approved Management Minor Elective (300 or 400-level)||6|
Logistics and Supply Chain Concentration
The Logistics and Supply Chain concentration emphasizes courses that will improve the student’s analytical skills, particularly as they pertain to material procurement within complex supply chain systems.
|IME 461 Simulation of Human-Machine Systems||3|
|IME 481 Lean Production Systems||3|
|IME 483 Production Planning and Control||3|
|IME 486 Logistics & Supply Chain Systems||3|
Systems Engineering Concentration
The Systems Engineering concentration gives the student a program that most closely resembles our traditional IE program
|PSY 310 Industrial & Organization Psychology||3|
|IME 314 Operations Research II||3|
|IME 468 Expert Systems||3|
|IME 483 Productions Planning & Control||3|
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.