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College of Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Shaping the Future of Manufacturing and Operations

As an industrial engineer, you will have the broadest variety of opportunities, as this profession found in virtually every type of industry. You will find industrial engineers in distribution companies, financial markets, manufacturing firms, healthcare, and technology, to name a few. You will learn all the tools you need for problem solving and decision-making in complex real world systems. The curriculum incorporates a blend of theory, laboratory, and industry-based project work that will prepare you to enter the profession and/or graduate study.

Why Choose Industrial and Engineering Management?

Industrial engineers take a system’s view of things and strive to improve products and processes. You may work in a hospital, trying to design new emergency room procedures to improve wait times and decrease costs, or in an automobile manufacturing plant trying to redesign a production line for better worker ergonomics and improved quality. Maybe you would like to work in a distribution center, analyzing and improving the operations for better customer satisfaction, or as an operations analyst conducting system monitoring, or even designing the layout of a theme park for the best guest flow and minimal wait times. The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the career flexibility it offers.

$98,880 median pay (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022)
100% Class of ’22 employed/attending graduate or professional school within 6 months of graduation

What to Expect Industrial

“I [was] a sponge, trying to get as much information, as many experience, meet as many people and mentors as I possibly could. What’s what you hear about Western New England all the time—that really makes us stand out is the community.”–Lyndsey St. Jean ’16

What Will You Study?

Your faculty will inspire and challenge you through a flexible curriculum that allows you to take courses in production management, quality, statistics, analytics, supply chains, operations research, finance, and more. You will graduate as a well-rounded industrial engineer with an entrepreneurial perspective of business operations as they pertain to engineering.

We also offer programs to accelerate your studies to achieve your personal goals.

Accelerated combined degree programs include:

  • Five-year Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Five-year Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Five-year Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering/MBA
  • Six-year Engineering/Law

Students can also choose to further their education after the completion of their bachelor degree in the following programs:

Unique Learning Opportunities

Industrial and Engineering Management Students

First Year Program

"Design, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking from day one" is the cornerstone of engineering education at Western New England University. Our first-year engineering program teams students up to design, code, and prototype a robot to compete in the Bot Battle at the end of the first semester. In the second semester, data acquisition and processing, ethical standards, communication, and business skills are developed. Student teams design a product to improve lives through the application of smart technology. The prototypes are presented at the Emerging Engineers Expo at the end of the year.

Senior Design Projects

Senior Design Projects

Take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to solve a real industry problem in a Senior Design Project that caps off your engineering education. You'll research, design, and develop a project that advances industry knowledge. Regional companies may sponsor and guide you through the completion of your project, which will allow you to leverage the opportunity into a full-time job. Recent examples of Senior Design Projects are creating a data-driven inventory analysis, an LED-based spectrophotometer for testing medication quality, and testing reliability and life-span of lithium ion batteries.