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Industrial Engineering

The field of Industrial Engineering has been defined as follows:

Industrial engineering is a branch of engineering dealing with the optimization of complex processes or systems. It is concerned with the development, improvement, implementation, and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, materials, analysis, and synthesis. The industrial engineer incorporates the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems or processes.

Industrial and Systems Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, equipment, information, and energy. In short, Industrial Engineering makes things better, faster, and less expensive.

Employment Opportunities

Upon graduation with a degree in Industrial Engineering, opportunities for employment will fall within the following fields (click on the image to open a larger view:)


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Educational Preparation

In becoming an Industrial Engineer, a student will focus studies in the following areas (in addition to core subject courses) at the college and university levels:

IE Expertise

Coursework for Transfer

The following diagram illustrates a recommended two-year transfer plan leading to a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering (click on the image to open a larger view:)

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To ensure that you are ready for the courses as shown, please take note of the prerequisite flowchart as shown below (click on the image to open a larger view:)

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The Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Industrial Engineering; institutions participating in the Compact; and the entire Industrial Engineering Tuning Packet, which outlines critical skill areas needed by students and graduates of Industrial Engineering programs, can be viewed and downloaded here.

Institutions participating in the Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact means that these institutions have agreed to: a) teach courses at the lower-division level as listed in the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual, which is updated and published each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and 2) accept the courses listed for transfer into the Industrial Engineering program at the university level as specified in the Compact.

For further or more specific information regarding transfer to a Industrial Engineering program at a Texas university, it is recommended that you contact the engineering department at the institution of interest.

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