The curriculum is designed to develop industrial engineers
(IE’s) capable of planning, designing, implementing, and
managing integrated production and service delivery
systems that assure performance, reliability, maintainability,
schedule adherence and cost control. The systems may be
socio technical in nature and integrate people, information,
materials, equipment, processes, and energy throughout the
life cycle of the product, service, or program.
Industrial Engineering adopts as its goals: profitability,
effectiveness, efficiency, adaptability, responsiveness,
quality, and the continuous improvement of products and
services throughout their life cycles. The humanities and
social sciences, computer sciences, basic sciences,
management sciences, along with physical, behavioral,
mathematical, statistical, organizational and ethical concepts
will be used to achieve these ends.
To provide our graduates with the knowledge and skills in Industrial Engineering necessary to hold professional positions in industry and government, to pursue graduate studies and life-long learning, and to contribute with the development of the community and the society.
The undergraduate program in Industrial Engineering at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico prepares graduates that:
Demonstrate knowledge of fundamentals of Industrial Engineering, and an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities that will prepare them for successful careers and life-long learning.
Demonstrate ability to design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems, processes or components that may include people, materials, information, equipment and energy.
Demonstrate technical competence within their field, including the ability to identify, formulate, analyze and solve industrial engineering problems by applying basic principles of mathematics, science, engineering, computational skills and modern engineering tools.
Demonstrate skills pertinent to the design process, including the ability to design and conduct experiments, to analyze and interpret data, to communicate effectively, and to function on multidisciplinary teams.
Demonstrate a broad education and knowledge of contemporary issues necessary to understand the impact of industrial engineering solutions in a global and societal context, and to become competitive professionals with leadership skills with a sense of social responsibility toward their communities.
Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish.
Demonstrate practical experience in working with IE projects in real life environments.
The following are specific program outcomes that graduates from the Industrial Engineering program shall demonstrate upon program completion:
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 production or service systems, components or processes to meet desired needs from an industrial engineering perspective.
An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
An ability to identify, formulate and solve industrial engineering problems, including the planning, design, implementation, and operation of systems components, and processes that meet performance, cost, time, safety, ergonomic and quality requirements.
An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
An ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish.
The broad education necessary to understand the impact of industrial engineering solutions in a global 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 techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
An ability to successfully engage in real-life projects.
Manufacturing and service
companies in both the private and public sectors seek
Industrial Engineering graduates for their skills and
competencies. In addition to the manufacturing industries
such as pharmaceutical, electronics, medical devices and
assembly-processes companies, which traditionally hire
IE’s; other employers of our graduates include banks,
hospitals, logistics-distribution firms, retailers, and consulting
firms. Practicing industrial engineers serve as transition and
integration consultants as well as developers and system
architects in the design for producibility and usability of
products and services. Industrial engineers, in senior
positions, are sought as strategic planners and integrators
because of their grasp of comprehensive and complex
systems. IE’s lead and manage engineering, manufacturing,
service delivery, research and entrepreneurial firms, always
searching for and fostering continuous change and
improvement. In short, IE’s are called upon to help assure
profits, total quality control, cost effectiveness, timeliness,
and satisfactory results for customers and strategic impact
through continuous improvement and innovation initiatives.
Industrial Engineers are particularly sensitive to promoting
human values of health, safety and satisfaction. The typical
career path is an entry-level engineering or line supervision
position that progresses to a management position in the
firm or institution. Often, Industrial engineers ultimately
become chief executive officers of their organizations.
DEGREE OFFERED: The Industrial Engineering
Department offers undergraduate instruction leading to the
degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
(BSIE). In order to earn the degree, the student must
complete the following minimum requirements:
24 Credit-hours in Mathematics
16 Credit-hours in Basic Science
24 Credit-hours in Socio-Humanistic Studies and