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Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Degree

Program Offerings

• Bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
• Master of science degree in Engineering Management
• Minor in Occupational Safety
• Certificates: Occupational Safety, Engineering Management and Leadership, Technology Innovation and Six Sigma Greenbelt

What is Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management?

Industrial engineering uses science, math and engineering methods to eliminate wastefulness in the production process - maximizing efficiencies and minimizing waste. Industrial engineers solve complex problems faced by a business or industry, using a diverse toolkit of engineering disciplines and skills.

What does a industrial engineer do?

Industrial engineers are often called the engineer’s engineer. Rather than focus on a specific engineering discipline, industrial engineers take a broader approach, training in all engineering areas in order to manage a system or operation. Industrial engineers develop efficiency systems to integrate workers, machines, materials, information and energy to provide a service or produce a product.

The IE discipline lends itself to a wide range of jobs, from mine safety to office ergonomics. They design, improve, install, and manage systems of people, material and equipment in banks, plants, hospitals, government, transportation, construction, social services and electronics.

Some duties an industrial engineer might do include:
• Design facilities for people with disabilities
• Oversee workplace safety
• Model logistics for humanitarian relief
• Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
• Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows and other information to understand a manufacturing process
• Design and enact quality control procedures to minimize costs
• Gathering data
• Data analysis
• Design layout of equipment, materials and workspace to identify efficiencies
• Estimate production costs

First-Year Courses

Engineering graphics
Chemistry
Calculus
Composition
Physics
Psychology

Course Curriculum

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Internships and Co-ops

77% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships and co-ops. Industrial engineering students intern with industry and government, including the following businesses:
• Doran Companies in Minneapolis/St. Paul
• Michelin in South Carolina
• Solvay Chemicals
• Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
• Vishay
• Daktronics

Career Outlook

Starting salary for an SD Mines industrial engineering graduate is $60,239.

Careers

Careers that industrial engineers might pursue include:
• 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

Employers

SD Mines industrial engineering graduates have taken positions with the following companies:
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Terex
US Army
Gerdau
John Deere
Hormel Foods
3M
Polaris
Peabody Energy
Target
American Express
Stryker
BNSF Railway
Caterpillar
GE
Jennie-O Turkey

Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Research

The industrial engineering faculty is engaged in research in the following areas:
• STEM education
• Human engineering
• Economic development and entrepreneurship

Students also aid faculty research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math education, safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics and economic development and entrepreneurship.

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