Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Industrial Engineering BS

Program Overview

A degree in industrial engineering offers students a significant opportunity for a flexible long-term career. Employers have consistently praised the quality of RIT's industrial engineering graduates, noting that the range of their abilities includes both strong technical knowledge and communication skills. Graduates have used their technical base as a springboard to careers in management, consulting, manufacturing, sales, health care, law, and education.

Because of the flexible nature of the major, the industrial engineering student can gain a breadth of knowledge in many different areas of industrial engineering, including, but not limited to, advanced manufacturing, distribution/logistics, ergonomics/human factors, modeling/simulation, and sustainable design and development. Students may choose free and professional electives for this purpose. Faculty are committed to high-quality engineering education as well as the program's educational objectives.

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


  • Approximately 244 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 4 blocks, 48 weeks total
  • Co-op availability: second-year summer, summer-fall block; third-year fall; fourth-year summer; fifth-year spring, spring-summer block

Salary Information

Ind. Eng. Co-op:     $19.41                     $10.00 - $32.00
BS:                           $63,500

Student Skills & Capabilities

Use of computers for programming & PC applications (AutoCAD, MS Project, Access, Minitab)
Data analysis
Modeling physical systems
Simulation Applied statistics (quality control)
Operations research (production, inventory control)
Engineering economics
Human Factors/Ergonomics
Lean production & flexible systems
Project management
Work measurement & process improvement
Engineering design methods
Six-Sigma concepts
Systems facilities & planning
Logistics & supply chain management

Equipment & Facilities

Brinkman Machine Tools & Manufacturing Lab, Human Performance Lab, Systems Modeling & Optimization Lab, Toyota Production Systems Lab These labs offer an extensive library of software for research and project work, including: (ACCESS, FoxPro), data acquisition (Lab View) statistical analysis (Minitab, SAS), facilities layout (AutoCAD, Factory Flow, Factory Plan), systems simulation applications (ProModel, ARENA, Simio), & manufacturing software (MasterCam, material selection software.)

Job Titles

Quality Engineer; Industrial Engineer; Process Engineer; Manufacturing Engineer; Supply Chain Engineer; Controls Engineer; Ergonomist; Production Supervisor; Management Engineer; Materials Handler

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Boeing, CooperVision Inc, Cummins, GE Aviation, General Motors, Harris Corporation, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Moog, Northrup Gruman, Raytheon, Robert Bosch, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Toyota, Volvo, UTC Aerospace, Walt Disney, Wegmans

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