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BS Industrial Engineering

The BS in Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the EAC Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Creating High-Quality, Cost-Effective Products and Systems
Industrial engineers design, optimize, and manage the process by which products are made in manufacturing plants or the ways services are delivered in industries such as banking, health care, or entertainment and amusement. Industrial engineers ensure high-quality products and services are delivered in a cost-effective manner. See Co-Ops and Careers for more details.

Industrial engineering is ideal if you enjoy both technology and working with people. Industrial engineers frequently spend as much time interacting with other engineers and product users as they do at their desks and computers. Typical computer work involves developing applied computer-based simulations of processes to evaluate overall system efficiency. Among the engineering disciplines, industrial engineering offers you a significant opportunity for job diversity.

Be prepared for a flexible long-term career. Employers have consistently praised the quality of RIT industrial engineering graduates, noting that the range of their abilities includes both technological knowledge and "people" skills. RIT industrial engineering graduates have used their technical base as a spring-board to careers in management, consulting, medicine, law, sales, manufacturing, computer programming, and teaching. See the IE Course Sequence for more information.

What You'll Study
With rapidly changing work environments, you need a well-rounded education that will allow you to apply engineering principles to new situations. In your first two years, you study industrial engineering, mechanics, computer tools, mathematics, science, and foundation courses in the liberal arts.

Starting in your third year, you have the choice of a general degree in industrial engineering or a specialization in ergonomics, manufacturing, or information systems. The general degree and options encourage a team approach. You may work with students in other engineering disciplines to solve problems for clients outside of RIT. Clients have included manufacturers and service industries (e.g., hospitals, amusement parks). Experiences like these provide opportunities to face challenges you'll find in your career.