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Careers and Co-op

Industrial engineering is a dynamic field that allows professionals to work in almost any industry, including manufacturing, service, distribution, healthcare, banking, and entertainment.

Some of the activities performed by industrial engineers include work measurement, operations research, applied statistics, human factors, plant layout, materials handling and design, production planning and control, manufacturing, management information systems, management consulting, logistics/distribution planning and design, and technical sales. Balance, rather than specialization, has allowed our graduates to pursue varied paths. A few examples of industrial engineering positions, that show the diversity of opportunities, are listed below:

Potential Co-op Employers

In manufacturing industries:

  • perform product life studies
  • lay out new or improve existing work areas
  • design and implement an information system
  • optimize production processes in a semi-conductor manufacturing plant
  • investigate and analyze the costs of purchasing new vs. repairing existing equipment
  • investigate waiting times in connection with a product line
  • investigate delivery of materials, including scheduling, route modification and material handling
  • assist in setting up a production control monitoring board
  • create computer programs for product pricing policies
  • perform downtime studies of various operations using time study and work sampling
  • develop and computerize a forecasting model
  • perform ergonomic studies and evaluations of workstations and product designs
  • participate in design process of new products and processes to ensure ease of manufacture
  • supervise daily operations of a manufacturing line


In service industries:

  • evaluate the ergonomics of workstation designs
  • design information systems
  • monitor safety and health programs
  • manage hazardous and toxic materials storage and disposal programs
  • do cost analyses of distribution procedures
  • schedule operations, information flow
  • design supply-ordering systems
  • manage operations services at hospitals
  • evaluate waiting time and space utilization in amusement parks