Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.
Whether it’s shortening a roller-coaster wait line, streamlining an operating room, managing a worldwide supply chain, manufacturing and designing superior automobiles, or solving logistics problems, industrial engineers are at the forefront.
Many industrial engineers move on to supervisory and management roles and may become executive leaders in their chosen industries. Some have called industrial engineering the “fastest way to the CEO suite.”
Manufacturing engineers develop, design, implement and monitor manufacturing processes, equipment, tools and machinery used in making a wide variety of products. Their primary goal is to create the stages of a manufacturing system that creates a product in the most time-efficient and cost-effective way possible why maintaining safety and product quality.
"My time at NDSU and in the IME department made me what I am today. I've worked in healthcare my entire career, and the opportunities it has provided have occurred because of the IEM program." - John Hansmann BSIE 1983, MSIE 1991
"During my time as an IEM student, I was continuously encouraged to think differently about engineering challenges, use innovation to find more robust solutions, and develop a broad set of skills necessary to be successful in a variety of industries." - Kevin Black, BSIE 2010
"The IME department at NDSU gave experiences and knowledge that I have been able to apply in my career. I attribute my success to the faculty and staff who mentored and helped me during my time as a student and their passion sto see students prosper." - Hanna Quade, B.S. 2017, Manufacturing engineering