Industrial Engineering and Management
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World leadership—whether for nations, states or individual companies—depends upon providing the highest quality in goods and services at costs that are affordable to the widest possible audience. Retaining world-class status requires relentless continuous improvement in all aspects of the business or governmental enterprise. Industrial engineers use a systems approach and focus on the processes for achieving quality, continuous improvement and cost effectiveness for all types of enterprises—manufacturers, healthcare service industries, non-profits and governments.
Industrial engineers are involved in the creation of wealth and prosperity. This is achieved through designing and implementing better, more productive systems in both a manufacturing and a service environment. Industrial engineering is an interdisciplinary program by nature. Industrial engineers design, install, fabricate and integrate systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy necessary to accomplish the desired function. Industrial engineers are hired in every industry type such as manufacturing, healthcare, hotel, banking and finance, food processing, chemical and oil industry, distribution and logistics, and more.
Industrial engineers often are responsible for productivity improvements, supply chain optimization, project management, feasibility studies for new technologies and applications, lean and just-in-time implementation, health care management and logistics, and systems integration and engineering. Whether it’s shortening a rollercoaster 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.
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at North Dakota State University offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management and in Manufacturing Engineering. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
As a graduate of industrial engineering, you will have the opportunity to design systems and processes that improve the quality and productivity of an organization’s business activities. You will employ a strong base of fundamental engineering and management skills to effectively integrate people and resources to create positive change. Quite simply, you will design and implement the best way to get work done.
The Faculty and Facilities
The faculty and staff in the IME department have extensive experience in industrial and manufacturing specialties. The IME faculty and staff will know your name, understand your potential and problems, and will give encouragement when you need it. When you leave NDSU, you will have built excellent capabilities for career success, the confident ability for life-long personal growth, and a network of friends and professional colleagues.
The IME department has 7 laboratories with a significant amount of equipment that provide valuable services in support of students’ educational needs. The departmental laboratories include computer simulation, human factors, automation and robotics, additive manufacturing engineering, quality & reliability, SPACHES, PLC, manufacturing/fabrication, rapid prototyping, CNC machining, and microfabrication, as well as electronics, welding and precision manufacturing.
The IME programs can help you to open the door to various opportunities starting your professional career in a wide range of industries or to seek advanced degrees at NDSU or another university. The IME programs will help you to develop a strong base in general education and engineering fundamentals that provide the foundation for a very wide range of career choices and a lifetime of growth. The IME programs’ core will help you develop industry-standard skills—the skills you can use to open the door to many career opportunities that can offer you financial rewards and exceptional professional growth.
Graduates of the IME programs have become a source of talent working in industries such as health care, manufacturing, consulting, food, transportation and distribution, and information systems. Recent IME graduates command starting salaries in the top rank of engineering disciplines. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary was $85,880 in 2017 (www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/industrial-engineers.htm).
Students who have studied two years of pre-engineering at another institution may be able to transition into the industrial engineering and management program with no loss of credits.
Scholarship and Financial Aid
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering awards several scholarships annually. The majority of these scholarships are awarded to upper-division students, and a few are directed toward incoming freshmen and transfer students. At NDSU, academic scholarships for freshmen are coordinated through the Office of Admission. These scholarships include the Helgason Scholarship, which is available only to College of Engineering students. Other forms of financial aid are available through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering has minimum admission requirements for transfer students. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3.
Industrial Engineering and Management Minor
Students majoring in any engineering discipline may elect a minor in Industrial Engineering and Management. These optional studies offer engineering students the opportunity to add important career-enhancing skills to their technological competencies. The elected courses in an IE&M minor add skills for integrating technology and resources within the complex of people, technology, machinery and information that make up the successful modern business enterprise. Students completing this minor will achieve better understanding of organizational and management processes and will be better prepared to work in the multi-functional teams crucial to success in industry.
Please note this is a sample plan of study and not an official curriculum. Actual student schedules for each semester will vary depending on start year, education goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize an individual plan of study.
|ENGL 110||4||MATH 166||4|
|ENGL 120||3||ME 212||3|
|MATH 165||4||ME 221||3|
|COMP SCI ELECTIVE (Select from approved list of computer science electives)||3||CHEM 122||3|
|COMM 110||3||IME 311||3|
|IME 330||3||IME 440||3|
|MATH 129||3||MATH 266||3|
|MATH 259||3||PHYS 252|
|ME 222||3||ENGR SCI ELECTIVE (Select from approved list of electives)||3|
|GEN ED Humanities/Fine Arts and Global Perspectives||3|
|IME 456||3||IME 461||3|
|IME 460||3||IME 470||3|
|ENGL 321||3||IME 472||3|
|ENGR SCI ELECTIVE (Select from approved list of electives)||3||ENGR SCI ELECTIVE (Select from approved list of electives)||3|
|GEN ED Humanities/Fine Arts||3||GEN ED Social & Behavioral Sci and Cultural Diversity||3|
|GEN ED Wellness||2|
|ENGR 402||1||IME 450||3|
|IME 480||3||IME 485||3|
|IME 482||3||IME 489||3|
|ENGR SCI ELECTIVE (Select from approved list of electives)||3||TECHNICAL ELECTIVE (Select from approved list of electives)||3|
|GEN ED Social & Behavioral Science||3||TECHNICAL ELECTIVE (Select from approved list of electives)||3|
|TECHNICAL ELECTIVE (Select from approved list of tech electives)||3|
|Total Credits: 132|