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Industrial Engineering

What sets industrial engineering apart from other engineering disciplines is its broader scope. An industrial engineer deals with people as well as things, relating to the total pictures of productivity and quality improvement. Productivity in its simplest terms means producing the most for the least input at the best quality.

An industrial engineer looks at the "big picture" of what makes society perform best - the right combination of human resources, natural resources, and man-made structures and equipment. Professionals in this field bridge the gap between management and operations, motivating people in addition to determining what equipment, computers, etc., should be used and how they should be used.

Career Profile

Our recent graduates have found a broad array of opportunities in the marketplace. Traditionally, most industrial engineers started their careers in manufacturing facilities, but this trend has been changing. Today about half of our graduates are employed in the service sector while the other half begin their careers in manufacturing.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

ENGR 101 Engineering Problem Solving 1 HIST 102 Western Civilization: 1600 to Present CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry MATH 155 Calculus 1 ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric

Senior Year

EE 221 Introduction to Electrical Engineering IENG 446 Plant Layout/Material Handling IENG 471 Design of Productive Systems 1 IENG 455 Simulation by Digital Methods IENG 417 Total Quality Management

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The industrial engineering baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Alumni Profile

George Bennett

George Bennett founded four successful businesses and reshaped the practice of management consulting. He donated $1 million to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources to support research in energy, nanotechnology, biomedical sciences and biometrics.

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