By the Numbers
Average salary for Industrial Engineering graduates holding industrial engineering degrees (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The rating for industrial engineering for best jobs based on working environment, income, employment outlook, physical demand and stress (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The ranking of industrial engineering in the publication “200 best Jobs for Renewing America” (Laurence Shatkin, PH.D.)
As an industrial engineer, you will draw upon a unique skill set that combines the technical field of engineering with the world of business management. An organization’s budget and bottom line will rest on your ability to examine the big picture. Automotive and aeronautic manufacturing firms, health care organizations and distribution centers alike will rely on you for the timely creation and delivery of their parts, products and services, as well as for managing their greatest resource: people.
Our curriculum is hands-on and career-focused, with a particularly strong emphasis on the fields of manufacturing and health care. You will learn how to design and implement systems and processes that effectively coordinate people, machines, materials, energy and other resources to eliminate waste, increase output and ensure quality. A range of state-of-the-art facilities such as our performance optimization lab will give you hands-on education in the many human and technological factors at play each day in any number of complex systems.
Throughout the program, interdisciplinary research projects will acclimate you to working in teams with other aspiring engineering professionals, while internships in professional settings such as Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, MidState Medical Center, Holo-Krome and Sikorsky prepare you for a successful career in industrial engineering.
Our accelerated dual-degree program enables you to earn either a BS and MBA in 5 years, or a BS and JD in 6 years, giving you a significant advantage as you start your career.
Our industrial engineering curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, meaning it meets the highest standards of engineering education. Its innovative combination of modern theory, interdisciplinary field projects and powerful internships builds the foundation necessary to launch a rewarding career.
Proven in the field
As interns, our students do far more than observe, and we're building quite the reputation. Thanks to a deep network of partnerships, our students are able to make themselves indispensible to some of the best hospitals, component and consumer product manufacturers, and aircraft developers in the state.
Examples of where our students have interned in Connecticut
- Aptar Beauty Products, Stratford
- MidState Medical Center, Meriden
- Holo-Krome, Wallingford
- St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury
- Crash Safety, East Hampton
- Medtronic, North Haven
- Unicorr, North Haven
- Sikorsky, Stratford
- UTC Aerospace
Virtual reality simulation
Virtual reality simulation developed to help prevent patient-drops
A team of Quinnipiac students and faculty have developed a virtual reality simulation that teaches patient-transfer techniques to future health care professionals. The program addresses both patient and health care providers: it aims to reduce the risk of dropping a patient during a transfer and reduce the risk of lower back injury among the health care provider lifting the patient.
“We were looking for a high-impact project that addressed actual problems,” said nursing professor Karen Myrick. “We found out that back injuries take the most nurses and physical therapists out of the workforce. The idea grew from there, and morphed into a major initiative.”
The simulation tracks a user’s movements through a virtual hospital setting that mimics the most common patient-transfer situations. It is customizable and offers users real-time feedback as to their posture and lifting technique. The simulation is also fully autonomous, enabling faculty to engage with students in other ways.
The project, made possible by The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, required the collaborative expertise of students and faculty from 6 disciplines across the College of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Engineering, Health Sciences and Nursing: biomedical science, computer science, game design, industrial engineering, nursing and physical therapy.
In their Words
Casey Miller ’17 is an example of a student who took advantage of the vast array of opportunities in the School of Engineering. For instance, she has the distinction of being the founder and president of the Quinnipiac University chapter of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, a nationwide organization. She was also awarded the scholarship for outstanding achievement from Institute of Industrial Engineers Central CT Chapter two years in a row.
For Miller, however, the real joy came in applying her skills as a budding industrial engineer. She earned a university-funded research project through the Quinnipiac University Interdisciplinary Program for Research and Scholarship Symposium program, in which she worked in St. Mary’s Hospital to improve start-times for outpatient procedures. After analyzing surgical data and observing staff in the hospital’s operation department, Miller implemented Lean initiatives that significantly decreased late-starts and enabled staff to complete their daily caseload with limited strain.
“I’m so glad I was able to apply all of what I learned in my courses to all of my internship experiences,” she said.
Miller received outside recognition for her work on the project, and is set to present on it at two conferences, one in the realm of health care and the other in industrial engineering.Learn more
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in Industrial Engineering Curriculum
The program requires 120 credits as outlined here:
|Foundations of Inquiry:|
|FYS 101||First Year Seminar||3|
|EN 101||Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing||3|
|EN 102||Academic Writing and Research||3|
|MA 285||Applied Statistics||3|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Lab
|General Biology I|
and General Biology I Lab
|MA 151||Calculus I||4|
|MA 152||Calculus II||4|
|Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts 1||6|
|Foundational Courses for Industrial Engineering|
|MA 251||Calculus III||4|
|PHY 121||University Physics||4|
|Programming and Problem Solving|
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
|Select one of the following Mathematics and Science Electives:||3|
|General Biology II|
|Introduction to Forensic Science|
|General Chemistry II|
|Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (CSC 205)|
|Foundations of Advanced Mathematics|
|Ordinary Differential Equations|
|University Physics II|
|Common Engineering Curriculum|
|ENR 110||The World of an Engineer||3|
|ENR 210||Engineering Economics and Project Management||3|
|ENR 395||Professional Development Seminar||1|
|Industrial Engineering Courses|
|IER 310||Operations Research I||3|
|IER 320||Production Systems||3|
|IER 330||Lean Systems Engineering||3|
|IER 335||Systems Engineering and Management||3|
|IER 340||Physical Human Factors and the Workplace||1|
|IER 360||Operations Planning and Control||3|
|IER 430||Statistical Process Control||3|
|IER 465||Cognitive Human Factors and the Workplace||2|
|IER 490||Engineering Professional Experience||1|
|IER 491||Capstone Project I||3|
|IER 498||Capstone Project II||3|
|Industrial Engineering Electives|
|IER Technical Electives 2||12|
|CER, IER, MER, SER Technical Electives 3||3|
Take two classes, each from a different area.
All IER courses that are not required for an IE degree.
One additional IER technical elective or any 300-level or higher ENR, CER, MER, SER courses that are not required for an IE degree.
Depending on math sequence taken, additional UC electives may be required.
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Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes
Within four to seven years of graduation, Quinnipiac University industrial engineering program alumni are expected to:
- Attain sustained employment in professional positions of increasing responsibility and impact.
- Successfully pursue professional training, engineering certification, advanced professional degrees, or graduate studies.
- Demonstrate professional and intellectual growth as managers and leaders in their profession, society, and communities.
Upon completion of the industrial engineering program, students will have acquired:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Enrollment and Graduation Data
- 2017-18: 28
- 2016-17: 20
- 2015-16: 19
- 2014-15: 14
- 2013-14: 7
- 2012-13: 1
Number of industrial engineering program graduates
- 2016-17: 3
- 2015-2016: 4, inaugural class