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Industrial Engineering

Certificate Programs

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Success is when preparation meets opportunity. Clemson University offers a range of certificates that help to bridge the gap between foundational engineering knowledge and professional skills sought by many industries. These areas include production, renewable energy, health science, and management.

Industrial Engineering students at Clemson have several certificate options available throughout the university. The key for students is to know how those certificates will prepare them after graduation for their careers. This section is designed to aid students in better understanding their options.

Why are certificates ideal for industrial engineers?

Our background applies to any industry wanting to make products or services better, faster, cheaper, safer, or smarter. Virtually all industries hold these goals as top priorities and certificate programs can help prepare Industrial Engineers for a future career in their chosen field. Not only do companies tend to look for key skills in student resumes, but being able to understand the basic vocabulary of your specialty field during an interview setting can set you apart from other candidates.

Because the industrial engineering mindset is so broadly applicable, students may transition into non-traditional fields throughout their careers. Certificates help students develop some of their interests and expose them to a broader range of professional opportunities than they might have imagined.

Certificates Offered

CERTIFICATES WITHIN IE: Industrial Engineering offers certificates for 6σ Green Belt and Sales Engineering. More detailed information on courses and contacts can be found below.


  • Sales Engineering Certificate (IE)

    Interested in earning a Sales Engineering Certificate?

    Be sure to make plans to register for IE 3840, MKT 4210*, and MKT 4240; the three Economics and Sales courses offered that qualify you for a Sales Engineering Certificate. These classes will allow you to develop important technical sales skills, including understanding the sales cycle, strategic communication, personnel management, and sales presentation. Though specifically tailored to jump-start sales engineering careers, these classes will aid all students tune skills necessary for professional interviews, networking, and communication. View the course descriptions and complete the Certificate Plan of Study.

    IE 3840 Engineering Economic Analysis 3 credits (3 contact hours)

    Basic principles and techniques of economic analysis of engineering projects. Consideration of time, the value of money, short- and long-term investments, replacement analysis, depreciation methods, cost allocation, and cost-effectiveness measures.

    MKT 4210 Technical Selling 3 credits (3 contact hours)

    Introduces the principles of selling across industry contexts with a focus on the technical selling role. Students learn critical thinking skills in developing selling strategies for specialized applications and ideas. This course is intended for students in engineering and closely related science majors.

    MKT 4240 Sales Management 3 credits (3 contact hours)

    A comprehensive examination of professional sales organizations' planning, implementation, and control.
    - If MKT 4210 is not listed in iRoar, contact your curriculum advisor for the most up-to-date information.
    - MKT 4240 requires overrides for IE students. Contact the Marketing Registration Coordinator, Rob Massey, for appropriate overrides.

  • Six Sigma (IE)
    Clemson IE Six Sigma Logo

    Introduced in 1986, 6σ (Six Sigma) is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement in which 99.99966% of all opportunities to produce some feature of a part are statistically expected to be free of defects.

    The Six Sigma Green Belt is for those who would like to specialize in executing Six Sigma projects.  It’s recognition that a student has learned to identify, analyze and solve quality problems within improvement projects.

    Upon successful completion with satisfactory IE 3600, IE 3610, & IE 4620 scores, the Industrial Engineering Department of Clemson University will issue a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.  In addition, submitting a Certificate Plan of Study form before you graduate will permanently note the Six Sigma Certification on your university transcripts.

    Benefits of Certification

    Personal Marketability

    Those who know Six Sigma know dozens of different methods to reduce costs, increase revenue, streamline business processes and improve employee buy-in, all of which lead to a better bottom line.
    Six Sigma Certification also prepares one to become an agent of change within their organization; with the ability to create data-driven process improvement strategies that positively impact the quality of what is delivered to customers, Six Sigma Certification is highly sought after by today’s biggest companies.

    Increased Earning Potential

    Whether it is an increased starting salary, or a requirement to move up the professional ladder, Six Sigma Certification increases your value as an employee and expected compensation.

  • Systems Engineering Certificate (IE - Graduate)

    Systems engineers manage large and/or complex projects comprised of multiple technical disciplines. They see the big picture and coordinate all aspects of a project throughout its life cycle from inception to development to commissioning and completion. The Systems Engineering Certificate provides practicing engineers and scientists with an educational program covering the fundamentals of systems engineering. On completing the graduate-level courses in the certificate, participants have a basic understanding of systems engineering and a skillset to manage design projects from inception through project completion to meet stakeholder needs. Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree either in an engineering discipline or computer science.

    Students must complete 12 credit hours of approved coursework, each with a grade of C or better and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Systems Engineering Program