Industrial Engineering

  • Overview
  • Program Details

img-ie-photos1-2011Often described as the “people-oriented” engineering profession, industrial engineering combines your abilities in math, logic and organization with a core understanding of business objectives to streamline operations and conserve resources.

The industrial engineering (IE) program at MSOE offers a student-centered, interactive learning environment, with a hands-on orientation and practical industry-based project experiences. Industrial engineers combine their logic and engineering skills with their business knowledge and communication skills to help organizations run more efficiently.

Companies are facing competition from around the globe like at no other time in history. Any organization that is able to reduce operating costs, manufacturing time and lost productivity could significantly improve its standing. MSOE’s IE graduates learn how to identify and implement such improvements in the workplace. As a result, they are aggressively pursued by a diverse array of employers in manufacturing and service industries such as consulting, health care, logistics and retail.

The results

The placement rate for MSOE industrial engineering graduates was 100% in 2013-14 and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $57,000.

IE graduates started great careers with companies such as:

  • Accenture
  • Generac
  • John Deere
  • Kohl’s Department Stores
  • Marshfield Clinic

The field

Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways for an organization to use its resources—people, machines, materials, methods and procedures, information and energy. They are often in charge of quality control. They work in a wide variety of settings, from manufacturing to health care, retail, government and more.

You may want to consider IE if you…

  • Possess abilities in logic, judgment, math, organization and leadership
  • Enjoy seeking ways to improve and streamline processes and systems
  • Prefer activities involving technical and business aspects
  • Enjoy interacting with diverse groups of people
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills

Curriculum Year by Year

Freshman Year

Hone skills that will carry you through your four years at MSOE and beyond, including calculus, composition, speech and advanced use of spreadsheets.

Junior Year

Focus heavily on IE-specific courses your junior year, including ergonomics, simulation, production planning and inventory control and facilities design.

Sophomore Year

Dive into more specialized engineering and mathematics classes your sophomore year, including statics, work methods, and contemporary manufacturing systems.

Senior Year

Put your classroom knowledge to work in the real world during your senior year, when you complete an IE-related senior design project. You’ll continue taking IE-specific classes this year, with more opportunity to take elective courses. You’ll also take business classes including accounting and international management.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Read more here.

Program Director

Dr. Charlene Yauch, P.E.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the academic program is preparing the graduates to achieve. MSOE’s IE program is committed to producing baccalaureate engineers who, within five years after graduation, will:

  • demonstrate management and leadership skills, including negotiating with and influencing others, and leading a project team.
  • demonstrate problem-solving skills, utilizing relevant data-driven IE methods.
  • uphold ethical standards and contribute to the broader engineering community.
  • drive organizational improvement efforts, providing training, mentoring or subject matter expertise to others.
  • understand and adapt to their organization’s long-term strategy, vision and business objectives.
  • have a sense of self awareness, intellectual curiosity and readiness for change.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. At the conclusion of the industrial engineering program at MSOE, the student will have the ability to:

  • apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
  • function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  • communicate effectively.
  • understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  • understand contemporary issues.
  • use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.
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