BS Industrial Engineering
The BS in Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the EAC Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111
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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.