Industrial Engineering

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.

Sophomore Year

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

Junior Year

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

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.

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