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Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management Degree

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 IEEM major, you will be trained in a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines that will prepare you for a wide range of engineering careers.

What does an industrial engineer do?

After earning your industrial engineering degree from South Dakota Mines, you might manage business operations or supervise workplace safety and quality control. You might work in industry to make manufacturing processes more efficient.

As an industrial engineer, you will have the option to work in a broad ranch of industries, such as 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

Courses for this Degree

• Engineering Graphics and Computer Modeling
• Cost Estimating for Engineers
• Engineering Economics
• Work Methods and Measurements
• Creativity and Innovation
• Optimizing Techniques
• Production and Operation Management
• Facilities Planning
• Safety Engineering
• Industrial Hygiene

Course Curriculum

Catalog Links: Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

Internships and Co-ops

On average, 73% of South Dakota Mines students have applicable work experience when they graduate thanks to internships and co-ops. For these co-ops and internships, students receive an average salary of $22.62/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 2021-2022 academic year, Mines industrial engineering graduates landed jobs with an average starting salary of $70,850. The placement rate was 100%.


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 from their first day on campus 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.

Program Offerings

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

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




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