Industrial Engineering

Combine engineering skills with business principles

Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, operation, management and improvement of complex systems. These systems may involve people, materials, information, equipment and money. Industrial Engineers analyze, optimize, and automate these systems to improve quality, productivity and safety of complex systems or the product of the systems. Industrial engineers have a strong background in engineering analysis, statistics, mathematics, and computer applications. They also learn business principles studied in business school from engineering point of view. With balanced preparation in both engineering and business, Industrial Engineering graduates have many employment opportunities.

The Big Picture

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

Many Opportunities

  • Large and small manufacturing and retail companies
  • Service industries such as logistics, hospitals, amusement parks and government
  • Consulting organizations

Since Industrial Engineers can work in so many different fields, the list of projects they may be assigned can be quite 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.


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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 2014 : 76
The Number of Graduates in Academic Year, 2013-2014 : 22

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.