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Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

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.

Mission

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.

Objective

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.

Outcomes

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Graduation Requirements

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 Languages
  • 32 Credit-hours in General Engineering
  • 64 Credit-hours in Industrial Engineering
  • 3 Credit-hours in IE Technical Electives
  • 3 Credit-hours in Free Electives
  • 166 Total Credit-Hours


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