Industrial Engineering

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    Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management

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Design a successful future with an industrial engineering degree

From developing and analyzing methods for building the Space Station to designing and improving manufacturing lines, industrial engineers make it possible for people, information, equipment, materials, and energy to work together effectively and efficiently. Prepare for a successful career carrying out this important work with an undergraduate industrial engineering degree from Mercer University.

As an industrial engineering major, you will gain specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences, as well as engineering analysis and design principles and methods.

Your industrial engineering education will help you learn not only to develop and install useful integrated systems, but also to evaluate and improve them. As a result, you will graduate with an industrial engineering degree and the credentials you need to build a meaningful, successful career in the field.

Add a minor to your industrial engineering degree

The best colleges with industrial engineering programs—Mercer included—offer opportunities to take your knowledge and experience to the next level and add to the value of your industrial engineering degree.

Enhance your studies as an industrial engineering major with a minor:

  • The engineering for development minor, or E4D, prepares you to design and implement sustainable solutions that benefit people and the environment.
  • The technical communication minor shows you how to evaluate your audience and tailor messaging accordingly—no matter how technical or complex it may be.

Your Mercer industrial engineering degree experience

Industrial engineers determine how to join people with products and tools designed by other engineers. Because people are at the core of what industrial engineers do, the industrial engineering major emphasizes teamwork to solve real-world problems.

As a result, you develop strong skills for interpersonal communication, collaboration, leadership, and critical thinking—in addition to the technical knowledge and skills the field requires.

These highly sought-after qualities not only help industrial engineers grow successful careers, but also rise to the top of organizations and take on managerial and leadership roles.

Hands-on learning opportunities

From internships and undergraduate research to projects and lab work, Mercer will position you for success in top companies for industrial engineers and beyond through hands-on learning.

Each of these experiential learning opportunities will provide you with the chance to grow as an industrial engineering major, help you form connections and work together with other professionals, and allow you to practice what you learn to further develop your skills.

Discover industrial engineering degree program courses

Mercer’s industrial engineering degree program draws upon four foundational areas:

  • Ergonomics, which delves into the study and industrial engineering design of the interaction between humans and machines
  • Management science, which involves the application of mathematical techniques to solve management problems
  • Manufacturing, which includes the design and development of processes and systems to transform inputs into products
  • Quality, which employs statistical methods and managerial principles to improve the quality of products and services

At Mercer, you will explore each of these areas through challenging and engaging coursework, taking classes such as:

  • Design of Experiments
  • Ergonomics and Work Measurement
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Reliability and Quality Assurance

Explore course descriptions and view program requirements for the industrial engineering degree.

Learn from experienced faculty

Take courses and conduct research alongside professors who specialize in several areas that fall under the industrial engineering design and management umbrellas, including probability and statistics, systems design, human factors engineering, ergonomics, manufacturing and production (both traditional and additive), operations research, simulation, supply chain and logistics, Lean Six Sigma black belt, and process improvement.

Your professors will guide you through your course and lab work, act as mentors, and help you network so you can succeed in the classroom and after industrial engineering school.

Meet our industrial engineering degree program professors.

Careers and graduate study options for industrial engineering degree graduates

At Mercer, you will prepare for a variety of roles in different fields or to pursue graduate studies.

With an industrial engineering degree, you can design airplane cockpits or power plant control rooms. Your work can keep airlines on schedule during inclement weather or ensure the quality of manufactured goods while keeping workers safe. You can lay the groundwork that allows large systems with many moving parts to operate accurately and efficiently.

Build a career at top companies for industrial engineers through a variety of roles, such as:

  • Engineering manager
  • Industrial engineer
  • Industrial systems engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Project manager
  • Program manager
  • Production engineer
  • Plant manager
  • Quality engineer
  • Safety engineer
  • Supply chain analyst

Through the 4+1 Integrated Degree Program, eligible students can choose their master’s specialization in their junior year and receive a 50% graduate tuition benefit during their fifth year of study to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees more quickly and affordably.

A few of Mercer’s graduate engineering programs include:

Mercer University female engineering student writing in notebook in engineering lab

Find your purpose with Mercer 

Take the next step toward becoming an industrial engineering major and apply to Mercer today.

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.