Explore Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways to use the basic factors of production—people, machines, materials, information, and energy—to make a product or provide a service. They are concerned primarily with increasing productivity through the management of people, methods of business organization, and technology.

To maximize efficiency, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully and then design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements with the help of mathematical methods and models. They develop management control systems to aid in financial planning and cost analysis, and they design production planning and control systems to coordinate activities and ensure product quality.

Industrial engineers also design or improve systems for the physical distribution of goods and services and determine the most efficient plant locations. They analyze data to find insights to make better business decisions. Many industrial engineers move into management positions because the work is closely related to the work of managers. Generally, industrial engineers are more widely distributed among industries than other engineers.

*Salary and Career Outcomes gathered from the 2018-2019 CSE Graduation Survey. Post-graduation outcomes reflect the percentage of students who were employed full-time in their field or were enrolled in a graduate program at 6 months post-graduation.

ISyE Career Prospects. Average Starting Salary: $69,816; Post-Graduation Outcomes: Employed 81.8%, Graduate School 15.6%, Other 2.6%