Industrial Engineering

The increase in productivity is a basic proposition for continuous economic growth in the modern world.  A shortage of modern industrial/manufacturing engineers in this country results from the lack of this type of education in our colleges and universities.  South Carolina State University recognized this deficiency and took concrete steps to remedy this problem by implementing a new program in Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) in the fall of 1984.

The IET program was accredited in 1992 as the first accreditation in University’s history by The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC of ABET) and has been accredited since then. SC State University received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) beginning in Fall 2015.

SC State University received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) beginning in Fall 2015.  SACS approval followed SC-Commission on Higher Education permission to modify the current BS in IET program to a full BS in Industrial Engineering (IE) in February 2015.  The IE curriculum provides students with a comprehensive understanding of industrial/manufacturing engineering principles that will enable them to determine the most effective ways for an organization to use the three basic factors of production – men, machines, and materials to design, construct, operate, maintain and manage technical engineering projects.  Classroom lectures are supplemented by laboratory experiences designed to illustrate in the application of basic principles to practical devices.

Industrial Engineering offers the principal concepts of engineering economics and project management, facilities planning, human performance, mathematical and simulation modeling, production control, applied statistics and quality, and contemporary manufacturing production processes that are applied to solve the challenges presented by the global environment and economy of today.  The curriculum stresses the application of contemporary tools and techniques in solving engineering problems.  Industrial Engineers solve problems dealing with the location and layout of plant facilities, materials handling, human factors, wage and salary payment plans, work measurements, production planning and control, quality control, occupational safety and health, and economic cost studies.  To enable the graduate to solve such a wide variety of management problems, the study curriculum will be broad and exciting.  The field of IE offers the student a challenging career in industry, business, construction, education, or government.

There is an increased need for persons with this broad-based interdisciplinary knowledge who can communicate with the upper management as well as those involved in production.

A degree in Industrial Engineering prepares the students to meet the standards for

  • Industrial Management Engineering
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Process and Quality Control
  • Health, Safety, and Ergonomic Engr.
  • Financial Modeling
  • Graduate School programs

Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Graduates are acknowledged in their profession as capable designers, developers, implementers, and professionals who are able to improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices.
  2. Graduates continue to apply information technologies in post-graduate work and their professions to the practice of industrial engineering.
  3. Graduates are able to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner and provide meaningful contributions in graduate work and industry.
  4. Work and communicate effectively with colleagues at every level in the organization.

Student Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.