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Industrial Engineering

What is an industrial engineer?

Industrial engineers manage business operations, ensure quality control and workplace safety, make manufacturing more efficient, model logistics for humanitarian relief, and design facilities for people with disabilities. They design, improve, install, and manage systems of people, material, and equipment in banks, plants, hospitals, government, transportation, construction, social services, and electronics.

Mines majors solve industry-based projects on multidisciplinary teams and hone their entrepreneurial skills through the department's new Student Enterprise for Creative Design program.


Average Starting Salary

Working for companies like:

  • John Deere
  • Hormel Foods
  • 3M
  • Polaris
  • Peabody Energy
  • Target
  • American Express
  • Stryker
  • BNSF Railway
  • Caterpillar
  • GE
  • Jennie-O Turkey


  • manufacturing, operations, logistics
  • facilities design
  • material handling, computer-aided design
  • plant manager, quality control
  • statistician
  • systems or process engineer
  • healthcare
  • research or global sourcing analyst
  • ergonomics, workplace safety
  • hazard recognition and control, emergency response

Internships & Co-ops

75% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships and co-ops at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 240 employers in 39 states. Students also aid faculty research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math education, safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, and economic development and entrepreneurship.

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Global Experiences

Experience the adventure of international travel and apply your engineering knowledge to humanitarian efforts with Engineers & Scientists Abroad. Mines students have completed projects in Suriname, Chile, Mongolia, Haiti, Guatemala, Egypt, Colombia, and Tanzania.

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Not just academic experts, faculty in the Department of Industrial Engineering consult with industry and government on important regional, national and global projects.

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