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Industrial Engineering

Students are analyzing simple products made from Lego to understand the complexities of lean work design.

Home Department: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Interim Department Head:

Dr. Farnaz Ghazi-Nezami
Room 1-700J, AB, 810-762-7974

Program Overview

The Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (IE).  The department emphasizes development of the student’s ability to analyze operational requirements and to design processes that systematically integrate customer needs, technology, and economic and social factors for industrial, service, and governmental organizations.

Industrial Engineering is a discipline known for its breadth of scope and application.  The preparation received in industrial engineering is valuable to virtually all industrial, commercial and governmental entities that are engaged in manufacture of a product or provision of a service.  Graduates typically are responsible for the design of integrated systems at one of two levels.

The first level may be described as the “human activity systems” level and is concerned with design of the physical workplace at which human activity occurs.  The second level, the “management control system” level, is concerned with planning, measuring, and controlling the activities of the organization for optimal utilization of its resources.  The use of computers and the development of the associated software are integral parts of both levels of systems design.  Industrial Engineers are concerned with systematic design and integration of people, raw materials, facilities, information, and energy to produce safe and quality products and/or services at an affordable cost to the consumer.

The Industrial Engineering curriculum develops the engineering theory, the practical background, and the people skills necessary to design optimal productive work and management control systems for an organization.  The Industrial Engineering curriculum is designed to provide the student with a sound theoretical background while being oriented toward applied problem-solving.  Classroom instruction is backed by hands-on application in well-equipped laboratory facilities including Applied Control Systems, Work Design, Human Factors (Ergonomics), Manufacturing Materials and Processes, Methods Analysis, and Simulation Modeling.

The Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering graduates will have attained:

  • The ability to apply current principles of Industrial Engineering to solve complex, real-world problems and overcome challenges facing themselves, their organizations, and the community.
  • Exemplary teamwork and leadership skills, growing professionally and increasing their level of responsibility and authority.
  • The ability and motivation to expand their knowledge and technological skillset throughout their lives and careers.

Dual Majors

Coordinated programs are available to earn both a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in other fields such as Management, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering.  Generally, completing such a program requires one or two additional academic terms at Kettering University. It is the student's responsibility to determine that all requirements are satisfied for both programs. The student must be advised by both programs each term.


Many academic departments offer minors.  For a list of minors see Academic Programs, Minors.


Undergraduate students also have an opportunity to get their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years with the BS/MASTERS Pathway

Industrial Engineering Program Curriculum Requirements

First Year Experience
CILE-101First Year Foundations1
General Education
COMM-101Rhetoric & Writing4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
LA-201Sophomore Seminar: Exploring the Human Condition4
LA-489Sr. Seminar:Leadership, Ethics4
Advanced Humanities Electives 18
Advanced Social Science Electives 18
Total Credit Hours33

Humanities and Social Science advanced electives must be selected from approved 300 and 400 level courses.

Mathematics and Basic Sciences
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
MATH-102Calculus II4
or MATH-102X Calculus II
MATH-203Multivariate Calculus4
or MATH-203X Multivariate Calculus
Select one of the following:4
Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms
Matrix Algebra
MATH-258Probability and Statistics4
IME-332Engineering Statistics4
Newtonian Mechanics
and Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
Science or Math Electives 14
Credit Hours Subtotal: 40
Engineering Topics
IME-100Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing4
IME-200Introduction to Industrial Engineering4
Select One of the following4
Computing & Algorithms I
MATLAB and C Programming
Algorithms and Computer Programming
IME-321Operations Research - Deterministic Models4
IME-351Engineering Economics4
IME-361Lean Work Design4
IME-452Production System Design4
IME-453Supply Chain Design4
IME-454Senior Design Project4
MECH-100Engineering Graphical Communication4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 48
IE Program Electives
Select one of the following Human Factors requirements:4
Safety and Human Factors
Human-Computer Interaction and Interface Design
Select one of the following Manufacturing requirements:4
Manufacturing Processes
Computer Numerical Control Machining
Industrial Robotics
Applied Control Systems Design
Select one of the following Quality & Statistics requirements:4
Quality Control
Design of Experiments
Lean Six Sigma
IME Electives8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Technical Electives 28
Free Electives8
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Culminating Undergraduate Experience
CILE-400Culminating Undergraduate Experience: Thesis4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Total Credit Hours128

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161


The Science or Math Elective may be any course with a MATH, CHEM, PHYS or BIOL prefix except MATH-100. Students taking CHEM-135 may not take CHEM-137 as a Science Elective. 


Technical electives include any CE, CHME, CS, ECE, EE, IME, or MECH course not already used to satisfy degree requirements.  One must be 200-level or higher and one must be 300-level or higher.


Students are automatically registered for CILE-400 in a co-op term when they reach Junior II status.

Representative Program

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
CILE-101 First Year Foundations 1
COMM-101 Rhetoric & Writing 4
CHEM-135 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
MATH-101 Calculus I 4
IME-100 Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing 4
 Credit Hours17
Freshman II
MATH-102 Calculus II 4
PHYS-114 Newtonian Mechanics 3
PHYS-115 Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory 1
MECH-100 Engineering Graphical Communication 4
IME-200 Introduction to Industrial Engineering 4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore I
ECON-201 Economic Principles 4
Algorithms and Computer Programming
or Computing & Algorithms I
or MATLAB and C Programming
MATH-203 Multivariate Calculus 4
MATH-258 Probability and Statistics (Select One of the Following) 4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore II
LS-201 Sophomore Seminar: Exploring the Human Condition 4
Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms
or Matrix Algebra
IME-351 Engineering Economics 4
IME-361 Lean Work Design 4
 Credit Hours16
Junior I
CILE-400 Culminating Undergraduate Experience: Thesis 4
Advanced Humanities or Social Science Elective 4
PHYS-224 Electricity and Magnetism (Advanced Communications Elective) 3
PHYS-225 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory 1
MECH-210 Statics 4
IME-321 Operations Research - Deterministic Models 4
IME-332 Engineering Statistics (Advanced Communications Elective) 4
 Credit Hours24
Junior II
Advanced Humanities or Social Science Elective 4
Technical Elective 4
IE Program Elective (Ergonomics, Manufacturing, or Quality & Statistics) 4
IME-452 Production System Design 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior I
Math or Science Elective 4
Technical Elective 4
IME-422 Simulation 4
IME-453 Supply Chain Design 4
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
Advanced Humanities or Social Science Elective 4
IE Program Elective (Ergonomics, Manufacturing, or Quality & Statistics) 4
IE Program Elective (Ergonomics, Manufacturing, or Quality & Statistics) 4
IME Elective 4
Free Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior III
Advanced Humanities or Social Science Elective 4
IME Elective 4
Free Elective 4
IME-454 Senior Design Project 4
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours161

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161