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Industrial Engineering and Management Major

Industrial Engineering and Management is a good choice for people with the aptitude and interest for careers that blend technology and people.  First, this is an engineering program, with the traditional content of mathematics, sciences, engineering analysis and design.  Graduates are traditionally very successful in nationally-normed professional engineering examinations.  Beyond the basics, IE&M students study people systems, cost analysis, facilities and other elements of the business enterprise.  The “engineering” and “management” pieces are blended and integrated.

 Just as the profession requires a blend of scientific, technological and humanistic skills, student learning in IE&M is an integrated process.  The discipline-specific courses place the student in position to experience many elements of real situations in industry and commerce.  Moreover, the program has been nationally cited for integrating design across all levels, with freshmen and juniors or sophomores and seniors often working together.


Graduates of the IE&M program will be able to

1.    Apply statistical, operations research and simulation tools to solve problems relevant to modern production, commercial, social and/or governmental organizations, with principal emphasis on quality, productivity, continuous improvement, and enterprise integration.

2.    Design processes and systems to effectively and economically employ and integrate technology and people in organizational environments in industrial, healthcare, logistics, service and/or governmental settings, with appropriate consideration for environmental factors, health and safety, manufacturability and ethical, economic, social and political issues.

3.    Engage in effective learning in topics and areas relevant to professional advancement and to enhancing the quality of personal life.

4.    Participate effectively in multidisciplinary teams in both leadership and fellowship roles.

5.    Effectively communicate complex technological concepts, issues and professional details to a variety of audiences.

IE&M graduates are in high demand across a wide spectrum of industries.  In recent years, the most active employers have represented transportation, warehousing and distribution, healthcare, information systems, software, facilities development and consulting industries, as well as many of the production sectors that have been the traditional concentration for industrial engineers.  IE&M graduates are sought after for responsible positions in project and organizational management, financial modeling, technological training, logistics, and design of processes, procedures, facilities, and systems.

 Industrial Engineering and Management Areas of Emphasis

Students majoring in Industrial Engineering and Management may prepare for specific career choices by careful use of the technical electives included in the IE&M major.  It is suggested that students confer with their academic advisor for assistance in choosing the most appropriate optional courses.  Particular areas of emphasis may be selected in the following special interests:

·         Healthcare management engineering

·         Production operations and management

·         Process and production engineering

·         Reliability and quality management

·         Lean manufacturing

·         Specialized manufacturing processes (electronics, aircraft, plastics and composites)

These topical areas are also available for post-graduate study, leading to the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management and the Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering degrees.

 Management Sequence for Non-Majors

The practices and procedures learned in the Industrial Engineering and Management major are universally applied in public and private organizations of all kinds.  IE&M courses are available as electives for students majoring in computer science, mathematics, sciences, business administration, cereal science, agricultural economics, and facility management.  Courses recommended for non-majors are:  Work/Station Design (IME 311), Engineering Economy (IME 440), Management of People Systems (IME 455), Program and Project Management (IME 456), and Evaluation of Engineering Data (IME 460).



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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7287 / Fax: (701) 231-7195
Campus address: Civil and Industrial Engineering 202
Physical/delivery address: 1410 14th Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2485 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Last Updated: Friday, October 31, 2014 11:45:14 AM