Industrial Engineering

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What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial engineers help improve the productivity of all types of companies by designing tasks, systems, and products which are more efficient, more safe, more profitable, and make better use of resources. There are more than 200,000 industrial engineers working in the United States—making it one of the five largest engineering disciplines. Businesses employing industrial engineers vary widely and include all types of manufacturing as well as hospitals, utilities, retail companies, and software development companies. Industrial engineering students at UW-Platteville may work with the advisor and design an elective sequence to meet career goals. Students may also complete a minor in a field such as business administration, computer science, a foreign language, mathematics, or psychology.

Why Choose Industrial Engineering?

Career Potential

The job titles of recent IE graduates include industrial engineer, project engineer, quality engineer, manufacturing engineer, project manager, process engineer, and continuous improvement engineer.  Many IE alumni have the opportunity to take on managerial responsibility within the first three years of their careers.  Experienced UW-Platteville IE alumni have job titles including president, director of operations, and director of global supply chain.  In addition, several IE alumni have started their own companies.

Demand for industrial engineers continues to be strong.  In recent semesters, 90 percent of the IE graduates seeking employment found full-time positions in the field.  Since 1986, over 96 percent of the students graduating from UW-Platteville with an industrial engineering degree found full-time employment in the field within a few months of graduation.

Companies which employ recent IE graduates include John Deere, Hormel, Frito-Lay, Generac, and General Electric.  About 67 percent of the IE alumni are working in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, or Iowa.  There are IE alumni working throughout the country and abroad.

High Quality Education

The average industrial engineering class has about 18 students and there are fewer than 25 IE majors for each faculty member.  Within the curriculum are several opportunities for student teams to work on design projects sponsored by area companies providing students with hands-on experience.  IE students may also gain work experience through the co-op/internship program.

At UW-Platteville, industrial engineering students are well prepared by the curriculum to pass the national Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and have a rate of passing the exam far exceeding the national average for industrial engineers. Passing this exam is the first step in becoming a licensed professional engineer.

Students are encouraged to be active participants in the UW-Platteville student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Activities sponsored by IIE last year included plant tours, guest speakers, and attendance at the regional student conference.

Want to Find Out More About Industrial Engineering?

Contact Swaminathan Balachandran, IE Program Coordinator at balachas@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.1718 or visit any of the IE faculty.

Since 1987, UW-Platteville’s Industrial Engineering Program has been fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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