B.S. in Industrial Engineering

Program Overview

Industrial and manufacturing systems engineers figure out how to better produce and deliver goods and services. They use computers, mathematics, statistics and problem-solving techniques to solve complex business challenges and design modern production systems. Industrial engineers work to design, analyze and improve production systems, increasing productivity of individuals and organizations.

Program accreditation

Areas of emphasis

Manufacturing processes and systems
Manufacturing is a highly complex activity that ultimately converts raw materials into useful products. To truly master this field requires an understanding of both individual manufacturing processes as well as the integration of these into complex production systems.

Operations research
Operations research helps decision makers understand business problems, generate and evaluate innovative solutions, and make complex decisions in the face of uncertainty.

Human factors engineering
Human factors engineering is the study of human characteristics for the appropriate design of tools, machines, controls, workstations and environment to improve productivity.

Engineering management
This area focuses on management of technical people, projects and organizations. Engineering managers deal with resource utilization including management of money, materials, information, people, facilities and equipment.

Industrial engineering academic areas

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Make an impact

Industrial engineers help make the world a better and more efficient place by —

  • understanding business challenges and generating innovative solutions.
  • increasing productivity.
  • utilizing resources effectively including money, materials, information, people, facilities and equipment to produce goods and services.
  • helping make complex decisions in times of uncertainty.
  • designing tools, equipment and workstations to efficiently produce quality products safely.
96% career placement
$70,944 average starting salary

Career opportunities

Industrial engineering graduates pursue careers as —

  • consultants
  • project engineers
  • manufacturing engineers
  • logistics engineers
  • financial analysts
  • supply chain managers
  • production supervisors
  • operations analysts

Internships allow students to gain industry experience in the summers during their collegiate
careers. On average, industrial engineering students have two professional internships prior
to graduation.

K-State industrial engineering alumni live in 48 states and 42 countries.

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Career placement and salary data provided by the K-State Career Center. Career placement includes K-State industrial engineering graduates who are employed or enrolled in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation.