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Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Maximize Efficiency and Solve Unique Business Challenges with Your Industrial Engineering Degree

Are you process-oriented and on a perpetual quest to make things better and more efficient? At Kettering, we prepare you for interesting work across all stages of production and processing.

Unlike other engineering disciplines that apply skills to specific areas, industrial engineering is an interdisciplinary field that prepares you to work in various industries. Our undergraduate degrees and master’s-level courses cover a broad range of topics, including lean manufacturing, supply chain management, quality control and mathematical optimization.

You’ll learn to systematically integrate customer needs, technology and economic and social factors for industrial, service and governmental organizations.

Kettering’s unique Co-op program allows you to apply your skills and earn money while earning your degree with industry partners like UPS, DTE Energy, and various government agencies and contractors.

Meet Growing Demand for Process-Driven Team Leaders with Kettering’s Operations Management Degree Options

Will you improve workplace safety or reduce wait times for theme park rides? Develop innovative new processes to minimize manufacturing waste or work with local officials to expand public transportation? A bachelor’s in industrial engineering is the degree for people like you who want to solve challenges—big and small—that affect everyday life.

What is Industrial Engineering?

Simply put, industrial engineers make things better. It’s an interdisciplinary field that combines physical and social sciences with engineering principles to improve processes and systems.

While industrial engineers can’t predict the weather, they can interpret climate data to mitigate supply chain breakdowns or organize logistics for humanitarian relief efforts around the world. Industrial engineers are natural problem-solvers.

What will you solve with your degree?

Degrees and Programs Degree type
Bachelor's/Master's Degrees Pathway
Bachelor Concentration Minor Master Online Master Certificate Online Certificate
Bachelor Master
Engineering
Bachelor Concentration Minor Master Online Master Certificate Online Certificate
Bachelor Master
Engineering Management
Bachelor Concentration Minor Master Online Master Certificate Online Certificate
Master
Industrial Engineering
Bachelor Concentration Minor Master Online Master Certificate Online Certificate
Bachelor
Manufacturing Systems
Bachelor Concentration Minor Master Online Master Certificate Online Certificate
Concentration Minor
Mechatronic Systems
Bachelor Concentration Minor Master Online Master Certificate Online Certificate
Concentration
Mobility Systems
Bachelor Concentration Minor Master Online Master Certificate Online Certificate
Master
Robotic Systems
Bachelor Concentration Minor Master Online Master Certificate Online Certificate
Concentration

The Department of Industrial Engineering at Kettering is Committed to Your Success

At Kettering, we believe you learn best by doing. Our goal is to help students like you gain the necessary skills to be a successful engineer.


Co-op Model

Get real-life, on-the-job experience while earning an Operations Management degree. You’ll learn as a student but earn as a professional with one of our industry partners. Learn more about the Kettering Co-op.

Senior Design Project

Spend your final semester creatively solving a real-world, open-ended problem alongside a team of engineers. You’ll identify a project work plan and share your findings in a written and oral presentation.

State-of-the-Art Labs

Your courses are supplemented with hands-on applications in well-equipped laboratory facilities including:

Gain Diverse Industry Insight from Experienced Engineering Facult

From manufacturing to health care systems, waste reduction to human resources—and nearly everything in between—industrial engineers play a vital role in continually improving the quality of our everyday lives.

Your professors will teach you how to do that—and so much more—when you earn your degree at Kettering. From your first semester on campus through your final projects leading up to graduation, Kettering’s faculty will challenge and inspire you to think bigger. Several professors conduct research and always appreciate additional help from their students.

Kettering is an inclusive and collaborative environment with room to grow. Join us. Find out how our students are shaping tomorrow’s diverse engineering workforce.

Current faculty research areas

  • Alternative energy infrastructure
  • Modeling/simulation and statistical analysis
  • Energy-aware production systems
  • Ergonomics and human factors
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Production/logistics systems

What Are Some Examples of Entry-Level Operations Management Jobs You Can Pursue?

Traditional industrial engineering was limited to the manufacturing sector: That is no longer the case today. Your degree gives you the flexibility to work across a broad spectrum of industries, including aerospace, agriculture, alternative energy, health care and entertainment.

  • Entry-level industrial and engineering jobs include:
    • Business and Systems Integration Analyst
    • Compliance Manager
    • Ergonomist
    • Methods Process Analyst
    • Supply Chain Analyst
    • Workforce Optimization Manager
  • Kettering alumni work at some of the biggest companies in ϲʹ and beyond, including:
    • Asahi Kasei Plastics North America
    • BASF Corporation
    • Dow Inc.
    • General Motors
    • Umicore USA Inc.
    • Stellantis

Job growth in the engineering field is projected to grow 10% over through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Industrial engineering salaries are on the rise, too—industrial engineers average over $95,000 annually.

Financial Aid for Industrial Engineering Programs

An education is an investment in your future, perhaps the most important one you’ll ever make. At Kettering, we want to be as transparent as possible about cost—earning your degree isn’t cheap. But it may be a lot less expensive than you think. Here’s why:

  • Fixed-Rate Tuition Model: Pay the same rate each year. Say goodbye to unexpected price hikes and frivolous fees.
  • Generous Financial Aid: 99% of Kettering students receive grants, loans and/or work-study offers. You may be eligible for a merit-based scholarship ranging anywhere from $8,500 to $17,500 annually. There are engineering-specific scholarships and a growing number of need-based awards for underrepresented students.
  • The Kettering Co-op: Earn while you learn. On average, students earn between $45,000 and $70,000 over the course of their program. And that money is in addition to whatever scholarship, need-based aid or other financial assistance youmay qualify for.

Engineer Your Success with the Department of Industrial Engineering

Are you ready to take the next step toward your engineering career? If you’re interested in earning a bachelor’s in industrial engineering or learning more about the Department of Industrial Engineering or Operations Management degrees in general, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Meet the Faculty