Industrial Engineering (B.S.)


  • Our graduates work at BMW, General Electric, Bank of America, ExxonMobil, Fluor Corp., Boeing and Microsoft.
  • In 2010, the average starting salary of our graduates was $64,000.
  • Banks, hospitals, manufacturing and warehousing industries and government agencies all depend on the skills of industrial engineers.
  • The industrial engineering profession has the highest percentage of women of all engineering disciplines.

Industrial engineering is all about systems — people, environment and equipment. Industrial engineers design how everybody and everything works — from airport security checkpoints to emergency evacuations — in order to help companies operate effectively and competitively. But it’s more than just building systems. As an industrial engineering major, you’ll learn how this diverse discipline will allow you flexibility in your future career path. We teach you how to manage people, machines and systems so you will be prepared to be the next-generation engineer or executive. Industrial engineering is one of the fastest growing and most sought after professions in the world, and our graduates work in industries from manufacturing to service to banking. 


What you'll study:

Freshmen who major in engineering at Clemson are initially admitted into our general engineering program, where you’ll have a year to explore many different engineering disciplines, meet faculty from each of our engineering departments and discover which major fits your personal interests and talents.

If you decide to major in industrial engineering, you’ll take classes in logistics, transportation, system safety and supply chain design. You’ll spend your days learning how to design, install and improve the complex systems that are vital to our society.

Hands-on learning begins the moment you step into your first industrial engineering class where you’ll complete a project for an on-campus client such as parking services or Littlejohn Coliseum. Clemson offers on- and off-campus research opportunities in state-of-the-art labs, supporting research in supply chain optimization and logistics, human factors and safety in health care, and other complex environments.

Six Sigma Certificate Program
The Six Sigma Certificate program requires students to specifically complete IE 360, IE 361 and IE 462. The Six Sigma Certificate will be noted on an undergraduate student’s transcript when the student has completed all the requirements.


Popular Minors:

  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Military Leadership

Similar Majors:


Industrial engineering students work on plenty of hands-on projects and take advantage of numerous cooperative education opportunities to help them redesign how everybody works. In fact, your very first industrial engineering course project will have you working for an on-campus client. Your capstone project will allow you to apply everything you’ve learned to a project for an off-campus client.

Internships and Research Projects:

We are preparing to begin construction on our new lab and classroom facilities, which will mean more collaborative space and state-of-the-art facilities for you to work in.
Top students are invited to join Clemson’s chapter of the industrial engineering honor society, Alpha Pi Mu. Members promote the discipline while creating friendships with their peers and connections to the field’s top professionals.
Each Institute of Industrial Engineers student chapter provides a learning and networking environment. Meet other students and network with professional members from the local professional chapter.
Come together with students from other majors to learn about health care improvement and patient safety as part of The Clemson University Chapter of the IHI Open School for Health Professions. Network, volunteer and take IHI courses online.

Connect with Other Students:


What are students doing at graduation?*




Grad School


Seeking Employment



Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

    Michelin — Industrial Engineer
    Ernst & Young — Staff Consultant
    General Electric — Quality Engineer

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Virginia Tech — Ph.D.
  • Stanford University — Master’s
  • Georgia Tech — Ph.D.

Common Career Areas**

  • Industrial
    • Operations and Supply Chain Analyst 
    • Usability Analyst
    • Manufacturing Management
    • Information Engineering
    • Computer Systems Design and Development
    • Quality and Health Care Analyst
  • Production 
    • Sales and Marketing 
      • Management 
        • Consulting 
          • Research and Development 
            • Teaching 
              • Law
              *Represents 40 of 108 Clemson industrial engineering graduates who completed Michelin® Career Center surveys from 2010 to 2012.
              **Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.
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