Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Industrial Engineering BS

Program Overview

The industrial engineering curriculum covers the principal concepts of contemporary process design, facilities planning, human performance, mathematical modeling and production control, project management, systems simulation, and quality.  Specifically, industrial engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, equipment and information typically found in all industries (e.g. manufacturing, healthcare, banking and other services, entertainment, distribution – including the design and management of supply chains, as well as the integration of sustainable practices). Lean production and Six-Sigma concepts are also introduced and reinforced throughout the curriculum.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year, including 1 year of co-op) Options in: Ergonomics/Human Factors, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, and Lean Six Sigma
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering dual degrees
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science dual degrees
  • Master of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering


  • Approximately 300 full-time undergraduates, 10 part-time graduates, 75 full-time graduates.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete a total of four (4) co-op work periods during 3rd-5th years. Work periods occur year around; two summers and two semesters.

Salary Information

Ind. Eng. Co-op:     $18.00                     $11.00 - $35.00
Ind. Eng. Grad:
BS:                           $65,000
MS/ME:                  $77,500

Student Skills & Capabilities

Use of computers as an engineering tool; including programming and PC applications (AutoCAD, MS Project, Access, Minitab)
-Data analysis,
-Modeling physical systems
Applied statistics (including quality control)
Operations research (including production and inventory control)
Engineering economics
Human Factors/Ergonomics (including workplace and methods design and safety)
Contemporary production methods (e.g. lean production, flexible systems)
Project management
Work measurement and process improvement
Engineering design methodologies
Six-Sigma concepts
Systems facilities & planning
Logistics and supply chain management
Technical writing and oral presentations
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Technical writing and oral presentations


Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012-telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Equipment & Facilities

The ISE department is located in the James E. Gleason building, within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The department houses several state-of-the-art laboratories to support their programs, including the Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Lab, the Human Performance Lab, the Systems Modeling and Optimization Lab, the Toyota Production Systems Lab, and two general computer labs. These labs are fully accessible to all ISE students.

There are ample computing facilities within these specialized labs, as well as dedicated computer PC labs. These labs offer an extensive library of software to support industrial engineering research and project work, including, conventional word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications (ACCESS, FoxPro), data acquisition (Lab View) statistical analysis (Minitab, SAS), facilities layout (AutoCAD, Factory Flow, Factory Plan), systems simulation applications (ProModel, ARENA, Simio), and manufacturing software (MasterCam, material selection software.)

Nature of Work

Industrial Engineers review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand manufacturing and service methods and activities. They figure out how to manufacture parts or products or deliver services with maximum efficiency and develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient. They enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs, work with customers and management to develop standards for design and production, design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning to ensure that products meet quality standards and confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects. Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service. (Source: O.O.H.)

Training / Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree programs typically are 4-year programs and include lectures in classrooms and practice in laboratories. Courses include statistics, production systems planning, and manufacturing systems design, among others. Many colleges and universities offer cooperative-education programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Some colleges and universities offer 5-year degree programs that lead to a bachelor’s and master’s degree upon completion. A graduate degree will allow an engineer to work as a professor at a university or to engage in research and development. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H)

Job Outlook

Numerous openings will be created by the need to replace industrial engineers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.This occupation is versatile both in the nature of the work it does and in the industries in which its expertise can be put to use. Because they are not as specialized as other engineers, industrial engineers are employed in a wide range of industries, including major manufacturing industries, consulting and engineering services, research and development firms, and wholesale trade. This versatility arises from the fact that these engineers’ expertise focuses on reducing internal costs, making their work valuable for many industries. For example, their work is important for manufacturing industries that are considering relocating from overseas to domestic sites. In addition, growth in healthcare and changes in how healthcare is delivered will create demand for industrial engineers in firms in professional, scientific, and consulting services. Projected declines in employment in some manufacturing sectors will temper growth for industrial engineers overall. Employment of industrial engineers is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Likely retirements over the next decade will create more openings within the occupation and therefore more employment opportunities for aspiring industrial engineers. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H)

Job Titles

Ergonomist; Operations Analyst; Quality Engineer; Management Engineer; Materials Handler; Manufacturing Engineer; Industrial Engineer, Systems Engineer, Process Engineer, Supply Chain Engineer, Production Supervisor, Controls Engineer, Product Engineer, Continuous Improvement Analyst.


In 2014, there were 241,100 Industrial Engineer job opportunities. Employment Projection 2024:  243,200 (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Boeing, CooperVision Inc, Corning Tropel Corp., Cummins, General Electric-Aviation, General Motors, Gorbel, Harris Corporation, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, LMI, Moog, Northrup Gruman, Penske, Raytheon, Robert Bosch, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Toyota, UPS, UTC Aerospace Systems, Volvo, UTC Aerospace, Walt Disney, Wegmans, Xerox

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Annette Stewart, the career services coordinator who works with the Industrial and Systems Engineering program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Annette K. Stewart, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5466
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603

Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education.