Industrial Engineering
Undergraduate Program

What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial Engineering is hard to define. The Institute of Industrial Engineers has made this video to help define Industrial Engineering.

Click here to watch the IIE video

 Do you always see ways to improve?


Industrial Engineering (IE) considers an array of issues all dealing with efficiency and quality of systems. IE Improve

From this image, the IE might ask, “Is this the best position for the worker to do his job?” Ergonomics helps us answer this question to prevent injury.

An Industrial Engineering working in an internet shopping company may ask, “What is the best way to arrange my warehouse?”  Operations Research helps us answer this question to ensure customers receive their goods quickly and popular items are in stock.

Industrial Engineering at Clemson

Our IE program includes ergonomics and human factors, operations research, and probability and statistics. Core IE courses include simulation, engineering economic analysis, and facilities planning and design.  Students can learn more about topics such as logistics and transportation, quality engineering, system safety, and supply chain design through technical electives in their senior year.

Clemson’s IE faculty have expertise in operations research, ergonomics and human factors, and production systems, and teach courses at all levels of the curriculum.  Our student body of nearly 200 students find our faculty to be accessible and interested in their learning.    

The first IE course introduces engineering design through a hands-on project for an on-campus client.
 IE course
Clemson’s IE students designed the temporary parking pass used by Parking Services and the concession stands at Littlejohn Coliseum.  

 The final IE class is a capstone design course in which the knowledge gained in previous semesters is applied for an off-campus client such as Caterpillar, 3M, or Milliken.

Industrial Engineers are educated in traditional engineering topics, including physics, chemistry, calculus, statics, materials, circuits, and engineering economy.  This strong foundation in engineering fundamentals in the Clemson Industrial Engineering curriculum supports our students in taking and passing the NCEES Industrial Engineering Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, the first step in pursuing professional licensure in Engineering

Industrial Engineering: Always in Demand

IE demand

Banks, hospitals, manufacturing and warehousing industries, and government agencies all depend on the skills of Industrial Engineers to operate effectively and competitively.

Only Michigan has a higher concentration of Industrial Engineers than South Carolina, and our graduates are sought after in all parts of the United States. Recent graduates have found jobs at companies in the manufacturing and service sectors, including General Electric, BMW, Federal Express, 3M, Lowe’s, Bank of America, Micron, UPS, Lockheed Martin, Eaton, Exxon, Boeing, and Disney.

Industrial Engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields, with projected growth of about 20% between 2006 and 2016.  This drove the 2007 average BSIE starting salary to $55,000.


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