Industrial Engineering Major (Bachelor of Science)

Industrial engineers encourage people to collaborate and help businesses, service industries, and even non-profit organization run more effectively. Industrial engineers are often called "big picture" engineers, because they look at systems as a whole and come up with ways to improve them. They help people accomplish tasks safely, quickly and cost effectively.

Industrial engineering is all about choices - it is the engineering discipline that offers the most wide-ranging array of opportunities in terms of employment, and it is distinguished by its flexibility. While other engineering disciplines tend to apply skills to very specific areas, industrial engineers may be found working everywhere: from traditional manufacturing companies to airlines, from distribution companies to financial institutions, from major medical establishments to consulting companies, from high-tech corporations to companies in the food industry.

Industrial engineering has very close links to management - many industrial engineers move on to successful careers in management. If you think that one day you might want to start and run your own company, an industrial engineering program will provide you with the best training for this - regardless of what your company will make or what service you will offer!

Degree and Certificates

  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering
  • Fast Track B.S. to M.S. in Industrial Engineering
  • B.S. to Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering
  • Certificates in Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Salary Information

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Low: $56,470
Median: $87,040
High: $132,340
Projected growth through 2026: 10%

Why Industrial Engineering at UTA

Industrial Engineering students will be prepared for engineering practice through a curriculum culminating in a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills in earlier course work and incorporating appropriate engineering standards and multiple realistic constraints.

The curriculum will prepare graduates to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment and energy. The curriculum includes in-depth instruction to accomplish the integration of systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices.

We provide students with a comprehensive education in operations research; manufacturing; human factors/ergonomics; and management through coursework and hands-on experience. Our students become innovators who discover new solutions that address evolving challenges in a wide variety of sectors. The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is filled with companies and organizations that hire our students for interesting and educational internships. Those internships often turn into full-time job offers. There is no better place to become and be an Industrial Engineer!

What do Industrial Engineers Do?

So, what do IEs do? In very simple terms, while engineers typically make things, IEs figure out how to make or do things better. Industrial engineers are often called the people engineers. Like other engineers, industrial engineers solve difficult problems using science and mathematics. However, they are uniquely educated in dealing with the human factor, the people concerns that arise when human beings work in complicated technical systems. This “engineering for human factors” is an essential part of creating smooth, competitive operations that keep people safe while enabling productivity and promoting well-being.

As systems integrators, industrial engineers analyze and design facilities (buildings, rooms, equipment, infrastructures, etc.), material handling systems, manufacturing and production systems, information systems and individual and group workplaces. In the operations realm, IEs analyze, design, and manage manufacturing and service processes, production systems planning and control, resource allocation and scheduling, personnel assignment and scheduling, quality assurance, inventory control and system and personnel safety.

Where do Industrial Engineers Work?

Our graduates are recruited by large corporations, small businesses, government, and service industries. These include manufacturers, health care providers, transportation companies, engineering consulting firms and defense manufacturers and agencies.

Our graduates begin their careers in a variety of technical positions, including quality engineering, manufacturing engineering, technical sales, logistical planning and management engineering. Most then move into supervisory and management roles and many become executive leaders in their chosen industries.

More Information About Industrial Engineering


The program in industrial engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Enrollment and graduation data for the ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science program in Industrial Engineering can be found below.

Requirements for Licensure or Certification

All discipline specific programs in the College of Engineering meet educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

Degree Requirements

Industrial Engineering Major

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Dual Credit

Get a head start on your UTA industrial engineering degree in high school! If you have the prerequisites, our courses can be used to satisfy high school course requirements and can be applied toward your undergraduate degree.

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