Industrial Engineering

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Industrial engineering is an adventure.

It begins here.

Iowa State’s industrial engineering program has a wide range of resources and services to help you be creative in your field of study and life. Your adventure will take you places you can’t begin to imagine!

Engineer your future

Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants.

  • The average starting salary of industrial engineering graduates is $61,500/year.
  • Co-op and internship salaries for our students average more than $19/hour.
  • More than 500 companies visit the College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.
  • 100 percent of our industrial engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

Discover your passion.

You order a laptop online and expect it to be delivered to your door within 48 hours. That simple transaction sets in motion a complex web of activities involving information, manufacturing and delivery systems. Industrial engineers design, build, analyze and continuously improve these systems for industries such
as health care, defense, manufacturing, entertainment and transportation. Industrial engineers help people get more out of life by improving work environment, providing better service and reducing the cost of products that people buy. They find new ways to reduce times in lines at amusement parks; create optimal schedules for professional sports leagues; and design admissions procedures at hospitals. Industrial engineers work at Fortune
500 companies and small businesses to create systems that are safer, more responsive to customers, cost less and have a reduced impact on the environment.

Be greater than you imagine

The industrial engineering department is small enough for you to have personal attention
from faculty, but large enough to choose from a variety of educational opportunities. Areas of study: Learn the fundamentals of the profession and develop specific expertise in areas that interest you:

  • Engineering management: Learn to manage a successful company by taking courses like supply chain management, technical sales, economics, marketing and accounting.
  • Manufacturing: Plan a successful manufacturing operation by studying processes, production systems and quality-control procedures.
  • Human factors (ergonomics): Study the relationship between people
    and their physical environment and design safer and more productive design workspaces.
  • Enterprise computing: Design and implement cutting-edge computational techniques for today’s high-tech world.
  • Operations research: Find the best solution for improving a system
    by optimizing inventory, scheduling, transportation and logistics.

Industry careers: If you are looking for a flexible career path, industrial engineering is for you. Consider these industry products and services that people use every day and where these career paths can take you:

  • Manufacturing: Help make better quality products that last longer
    and are produced for a competitive price.
  • Health care: Save lives by ensuring quality and consistency in producing medical devices; and designing hospital processes that allow people to see doctors sooner, and make treatments more efficient and effective.
  • Technical sales: Companies hire industrial engineers to sell their technical products to other companies, because they use their problem solving skills to show how the products can add value. Combine your technical and communication skills to meet this industry-wide need.
  • Airlines: Help airlines determine the best schedules so their customers are satisfied with travel options while reducing operating costs.

Hands-on learning:
You won’t just hear about concepts. Our laboratories and industry projects provide many opportunities for hands-on learning including:

  • Applied ergonomics
  • Enterprise computing
  • Machining processes
  • Metalcasting
  • Metrology
  • Operations research and production systems
  • Rapid manufacturing and prototyping
  • Technical sales engineering
  • Welding processes
  • Industrial automation systems

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