Industrial Engineering

The industrial engineering major gives you the skills needed to design, operate, manage and improve complex systems that involve people, materials, information, equipment and money. You gain the ability to analyze and optimize these systems to improve quality, productivity and safety of complex systems.

Preparing You for Success

As an industrial engineering major, you learn how business interests work together with engineering principles to provide goods and services for the global economy. Courses give you a foundation in engineering analysis, statistics, mathematics and computer applications. Because an industrial engineering degree is beneficial to management positions in many professions, the program includes the option of a management minor. You can tailor the degree to your career interests by adding a concentration in engineering management, logistics and supply chain engineering or systems engineering.

Because industrial engineers can work in so many different fields, the list of projects they may be assigned can be varied. For example, an industrial engineer 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.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • Analysis of economic aspects of engineering decisions; Statistical and data analytical skills for Big Data analysis
  • A laboratory-intensive introduction to manufacturing machinery and processes, tooling, and safety
  • Analysis of factors affecting product quality during manufacturing
  • Designing work environment with ergonomics and human factor principles
  • Optimizing complex systems via analytical modeling and virtual computer simulation
  • Networking and professional development through student organizations such as the American Society for Quality, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and APICS (the association for supply chain management)
  • Researching projects, study abroad programs, co-op programs, internships and a semester-long senior design project

Making Your Mark

Industrial engineering major is valuable in manufacturing and retail companies, and service industries, such as hospitals, government and logistics and also consulting firms. In recent years, almost all industrial engineering students found jobs or continued their education within six months of graduation. They are working at places such as Accenture, Amazon, Caterpillar, John Deere, Kohler, Microsoft and SpaceX.


Bradley's industrial engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 44 hrs.

  • IME 101: Introduction to Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - 1 hr.
  • IME 103: Computer Aided Graphics - 2 hrs.
  • IME 110: Introduction to Computers and Computational Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • IME 301: Engineering Economy I - 3 hrs.
  • IME 305: Engineering Economy II - 2 hrs.
  • IME 311: Intro to Engineering Statistical Methods - 3 hrs.
  • IME 312: Engineering Statistical Methods - 3 hrs.
  • IME 313: Operations Research I - 3 hrs.
  • IME 331: Fundamentals of Materials Science - 3 hrs.
  • IME 341: Introduction to Manufacturing Processes - 3 hrs.
  • IME 361: Introduction to Simulation and Expert Systems - 2 hrs.
  • IME 386: Industrial and Managerial Engineering - 3 hrs.
  • IME 422: Manufacturing Quality Control - 3 hrs.
  • IME 466: Facilities Planning - 3 hrs.
  • IME 485: Occupational Ergonomics - 3 hrs.
  • IME 499: Senior Design Project - 4 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose four) - 12 hrs.

  • IME 314: Operations Research II - 3 hrs.
  • IME 412: Design and Analysis of Experiments - 3 hrs.
  • IME 461: Advanced Simulation - 3 hrs.
  • IME 466: Facilities Planning - 3 hrs.
  • IME 468: Expert Systems - 3 hrs.
  • IME 483: Productions Planning and Control - 3 hrs.
  • IME 486: Logistics and Supply Chain Systems - 3 hrs.
  • IME 487: Occupational Safety and Health - 3 hrs.

Approved Technical Elective Courses (choose four ) - 12 hrs.

All courses with number 301 or above in the college of Engineering and Technology are approved as technical electives for this concentration.  A list of additional technical electives is shown below:

  • Any CE, EE and ME course numbered 301 or higher
  • ATG course numbered 304 or higher
  • BLW 342 The Legal Environment of Business
  • ENT 385 Technology Entrepreneurship
  • CS courses numbered 203 or higher
  • FIN courses numbered 322 or higher
  • QM 326 Business Forecasting
  • HS 460 Kinesiology
  • HS 480 Motion Analysis
  • IB courses numbered 306 or higher
  • ML courses numbered 315 or higher except ML 394, MTG 394 and ML 459
  • MTG courses numbered 304 or higher
  • MTH courses numbered 301 or higher
  • PSY 320 Human Factors Psychology
  • PSY 321 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • BIO courses numbered 302 or higher
  • CHM courses numbered 316 or higher
  • PHY courses numbered 305 or higher

Total Hours - 125