Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways for an organization to use its various resources--people, machines, materials, information, and energy--to make a process or product. Their work does not stop there, however, for they also design and manage the quality control programs that monitor the production process at every step. They also may be involved in facilities and plant design, along with plant management and production engineering.
These multiple responsibilities of an industrial engineer require knowledge not only of engineering fundamentals, but also of computer technology and management practices. At first glance, the industrial engineer might be seen as the engineering equivalent of a systems analyst--except that the industrial engineer plays many more roles and has a much wider window of career opportunities.
Perhaps the single most distinguishing characteristic of industrial engineers is their involvement with the human and organizational aspects of systems design. Indeed, the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) describes industrial engineering as "The People-Oriented Engineering Profession" (See IIE link on the left).
To pursue Industrial Engineering you should work with an Engineering Faculty Advisor (see below) as soon as possible to develop a plan of study leading to the Associate of Science Degree.
It is especially critical to meet with a faculty advisor if you tested into a math class lower than MATH& 151 or an English class lower than ENGL& 101, or if you haven't had high school chemistry or physics.
If you haven't yet taken the Accuplacer test for placement contact the Student Entry Advising Center as soon as possible, but BEFORE contacting the faculty advisor.
Contact a Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jeff Brown