Industrial and Systems Engineering, B.S.E.

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Oakland University’s industrial and systems engineering degree puts you way ahead of the pack in the job market.

Industrial and systems engineers help organizations design and streamline their processes, maximize their output, and reach their peak potential. Our industrial and systems engineering degree might have a similar effect on your career. Located in a world-class industrial region known as “Automation Alley,” Oakland University has state-of-the-art industrial and systems engineering centers and labs on campus with a focus on Industry 4.0, plus robust partnerships with global corporations that are headquartered nearby. Employers in engineering and manufacturing, supply chain, computer technology, health care, energy, aeronautics, simulation, robotics, and other high-growth sectors actively seek our students for full-time and internship positions. An industrial and systems engineering degree from Oakland University provides you with a rigorous academic foundation, along with hands-on workplace experience that may lead directly to your first industrial and systems engineering job.

Industrial and Systems Engineering: The Oakland University Advantage

Between our deep industry connections and our high-achieving graduates, Oakland University has earned a reputation as a prime source of industrial and systems engineering talent. Employers routinely start recruiting our industrial and systems engineering majors before graduation.

Our industrial and systems engineering degree helps you stand out in the job market because it offers:

  • Unique professional opportunities. With one-of-a-kind partnerships in high-profile industries, our industrial and systems engineering degree offers extraordinary opportunities for internships and other workplace experience. You’ll strengthen your resume, acquire advanced training, and develop professional polish that makes a huge impression on potential employers.
  • Practical, results-oriented instruction. Our industrial and systems engineering degree takes you way beyond textbook theory. You’ll get an applied education that emphasizes hands-on projects in real-world settings, using the same Industry 4.0 processes and technologies as professional industrial and systems engineers.
  • Stellar facilities. You’ll take most industrial and systems engineering courses in Oakland University’s state-of-the-art Engineering Center, which opened in 2014. You can also get involved in industry-sponsored engineering projects at campus facilities such as the Sharf Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Lab, Product Lifecycle Management Lab, Ergonomics and Human Performance Lab, and the Pawley Lean Institute.
  • Exceptional faculty. Our industrial and systems engineering degree is led by authorities in industrial and systems engineering. Some have years of prior industry experience, and most are actively involved as consultants or research partners with industry.
  • Personalized support. Although we’re large enough to boast top-notch facilities, Oakland University features small industrial and systems engineering classes that ensure lots of student-faculty interaction. You’ll develop one-on-one relationships with mentors who support your academic success and offer strong guidance for your engineering career.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Careers

Industrial and systems engineers have broad career options. While other engineering disciplines tend to have specific applications, industrial and systems engineering can add value to almost any business. Your professional challenges may span multiple continents (such as coordinating an international supply chain) or be confined to a single building (streamlining the procedures in a surgical facility or an automobile assembly plant).

Common areas of responsibility for industrial and systems engineers include:

  • Production management
  • Quality control
  • Operations management
  • Ergonomics and human factors
  • Digital and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Supply chain and logistics
  • Information systems

Industrial and Systems Engineering Degree: What You’ll Study

Oakland University’s industrial and systems engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Required courses span engineering, physics, and advanced math. Professional industrial and systems engineering coursework covers subjects such as:

  • Statistics and economic analysis
  • Operations Research
  • Ergonomics and human factors
  • Quality control
  • Computer simulation
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Digital enterprises
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • My future career:

    Engineering Manager

  • My future career:

    Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineer

  • My future career:

    Industrial Engineer

  • My future career:

    Industrial Production Manager

  • My future career:

    Manufacturing Engineer

  • My future career:

    Operations Research Analyst

  • My future career:

    Quality Control Systems Manager

  • Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Continuous Improvement Engineer
    • Engineering and Management Consultant
    • Health and Safety Engineer
    • Management Analyst
    • Operations Engineer
    • Plant Engineer
    • Process Engineer
    • Simulation Engineer
    • Supply Chain Engineer
    • Systems Engineer