Industrial engineers design, analyze, and manage complex human-integrated systems such as manufacturing systems, supply chain networks, and service systems. These systems typically consist of a combination of people, information, material, and equipment. In such systems industrial engineers determine how to optimize the system for maximum efficiency, effectiveness, throughput, safety, or some other objective of interest to the stakeholders of the system. To achieve these objectives, an industrial engineer draws upon knowledge of mathematics, the physical and engineering sciences, and the management and behavioral sciences to function as a problem-solver, innovator, designer, coordinator, and system integrator. Industrial engineers are employed in and apply their skills in an extremely wide range of organizations, including manufacturing industries, service industries, and governmental agencies.
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Careers in Industrial Engineering
IE is used in a wide variety of industries, including business/management, manufacturing and processing, healthcare services, banking, insurance, transportation, construction, utilities, mathematics, entrepreneurship and government agencies. Businesses that hire graduates include Boeing, Amazon, Accenture, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Cummins, PepsiCo, Caterpillar, Allison, Procter & Gamble, US Steel, Timken, Zimmer Corp., G.E., General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Motorola, Intel, IBM, Delco, AT&T, Argonne National Labs, American Airlines, Eli Lilly, Halliburton, Nestle, Disney, U.S. Postal Service, UPS.
Transfer to Industrial Engineering
Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Additional Requirements: See the Engineering Transfer Criteria page for more detailed course requirements.
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