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Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Degree

Program Offerings

• Bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
• Master of science degree in Engineering Management
• Minor: Occupational Safety
• Certificates: Occupational Safety, Engineering Management and Leadership, Technology Innovation, and Six Sigma Greenbelt

*The BS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

What is Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management?

Industrial engineering is a diverse branch of engineering that focuses on how to improve the way things are done, eliminating waste and maximizing efficiencies in business and industry. As an industrial engineering major at South Dakota Mines, you will be trained in a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines, preparing you for a wide range of careers.

What does a industrial engineer do?

As an industrial engineer, you might manage business operations or supervise workplace safety and quality control. You might work in industry to make manufacturing processes more efficient.
You will have the option to work in a broad ranch of industries, from automotive manufacturing, aerospace, mining, healthcare, finance, education, and more. Some duties an industrial engineer might do include:
• Design facilities for people with disabilities
• Oversee workplace safety
• Model logistics for humanitarian relief
• Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
• Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows and other information to understand a manufacturing process
• Design and enact quality control procedures to minimize costs
• Gathering data
• Data analysis
• Design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to identify efficiencies
• Estimate production costs

First-Year Courses

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Course Curriculum

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Internships and Co-ops

At South Dakota Mines, you don’t have to wait for graduation to get work experience in your field. On average, 77% of Mines students land internships or co-ops before they graduate, earning an average salary of $20.00/hour.

Our industrial engineering students intern with companies such as:
• Tesla
• Doran Companies
• Michelin
• Solvay Chemicals
• Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
• Vishay
• Daktronics
• Disney World

Career Outlook

In the 2019-2020 academic year, our industrial engineering graduates landed jobs with an average starting salary of $66,425. The placement rate was 97%.


With a degree in industrial engineering from Mines, you will have everything it takes to pursue a career in fields such as:
• manufacturing, operations, logistics
• facilities design
• materials handling
• plant manager, quality control
• statistician
• systems or process engineer
• healthcare
• research or global sourcing analyst
• ergonomics, workplace safety
• hazard recognition and control, emergency response


South Dakota Mines industrial engineering graduates have landed prestigious positions with such companies as:
• Union Pacific Railroad
• Collins Aerospace
• Raytheon Missile Systems
• Polaris
• Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
• Bobcat
• Boeing
• Hormel Foods
• Terex Corporation
• US Navy
• Target
• Stryker
• Nucor
• Amazon
• L3 Harris

Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Research

At South Dakota Mines, you don’t have to wait to dive into research. Undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in faculty research in such areas as:
• STEM education
• Human engineering
• Economic development and entrepreneurship

You will also have the opportunity to aid faculty research in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math education, safety, industrial hygiene, and ergonomics.




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