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What is industrial engineering?

Industrial engineering is a field of engineering that focuses on optimizing complex systems, processes, and resources to enhance productivity, efficiency, and quality in the production of goods and services. Industrial engineers apply scientific principles, mathematical methods, and engineering techniques to streamline operations and eliminate wasteful practices. They analyze and design workflows, considering factors such as time, cost, materials, and human resources. They identify bottlenecks, develop performance metrics, and implement strategies to improve overall system performance. Industrial engineering can also utilize computer simulations and data analysis to help businesses make informed decisions.

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Industrial engineering course curriculum

If you are interested in studying industrial engineering at an advanced level, a strong foundation in subjects such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, and chemistry can help prepare you for higher education. An industrial engineering curriculum can include coursework on production systems planning, manufacturing systems design, supply chain management, and more. Specialized online industrial engineering courses also allow you to hone in on specific areas of interest. You can study how to apply data-driven decision making in engineering design or learn how to perform engineering simulations with relevant industry tools. 

Start building the knowledge you need to work in this industry with online learning delivered through the edX. Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore industrial engineering jobs

Industrial engineering is a versatile discipline, with applications in many different fields. Industries that can rely on industrial engineering include: 

  • Manufacturing: Designing new assembly lines, optimizing inventory levels, or reducing waste.

  • Logistics: Developing transportation networks, managing warehouses, or forecasting demand.

  • Healthcare: Improving operating rooms, optimizing patient flow, or reducing medication errors.

  • Telecommunications: Designing new networks, optimizing routing algorithms, or reducing network congestion.

  • Information technology: Developing new IT architectures, optimizing database queries, or reducing IT costs.

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