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Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Industrial and manufacturing engineers are concerned with the design, improvement, installation, and operation of integrated systems of people, material, information, and energy for the development of environmentally sound and globally competitive enterprises.

Industrial/manufacturing engineers are needed in industries ranging from medical products and equipment manufacturing to automotive and electronic components manufacturing. Their skills benefit organizations such as hospitals, banks, airlines, telecommunications companies, and more. Some activities of an industrial/manufacturing engineer include: methods improvement; plant layout; integration of automation components (CAD and CAM); logistics; supply chain management; economic analysis; optimization of resources; quality control; reliability analysis; and ergonomics, i.e., design of workplaces, equipment, and tools for maximum productivity and employee comfort and safety.

In manufacturing companies, industrial/manufacturing engineers may be responsible for production and inventory control, quality control, plant layout, and work station design, and may lead the effort for the introduction of new technologies and other advancements. In service organizations these engineers may develop methods for optimal utilization of resources, such as doctors, nurses, and medical equipment in a hospital; determine the optimal number of communication lines and service level for a telephone company; participate in the development of a total quality management system for a bank, etc.

Mission Statement: The mission of the department is to provide a broad-based education in industrial and manufacturing engineering and to prepare students for a diversified career in industry, academia, government, and private sectors.

Program Educational Objectives: The educational objectives of the undergraduate Industrial Engineering Program are:

  1. Graduates will have successful careers as professionals in industrial engineering or related fields.
  2. Graduates contribute to improving efficiency, productivity, and/or quality of products manufactured or services provided by their organization.
  3. Graduates demonstrate professionalism and continue their professional development.

Accreditation: The industrial engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700.


The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in industrial engineering is 125. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

Engineering Core Courses: 26 credits

EAS 200

Professional Seminar


Ind Eng 111

Introduction to Engineering*


Ind Eng 112

Engineering Drawing and Computer-Aided Design/Drafting*


Ind Eng 360

Engineering Economic Analysis


CompSci 250

Introductory Computer Programming


Civ Eng 201



Civ Eng 202



MatlEng 201

Engineering Materials


ElecEng 301

Electrical Circuits I


* MechEng 110 and 111 may substitute for Ind Eng 111 and 112 for transferring students.

Industrial Engineering Major: 36 credits

Ind Eng 350

Manufacturing Processes


Ind Eng 370

Introduction to Operations Analysis


Ind Eng 455

Operations Research I


Ind Eng 465

Operations Research II


Ind Eng 467

Introductory Statistics for Physical Science & Engineering Students


Ind Eng 470

Methods Engineering


Ind Eng 475

Simulation Methodology


Ind Eng 485

Senior Design Project


Ind Eng 571

Quality Control


Ind Eng 575

Design of Experiments


Ind Eng 580



Ind Eng 583

Facility Layout and Material Handling


Mathematics Requirement: 14-16 credits1

One of the following Calculus sequences must be completed:

Math 231-232-233
Math 221-222 (Honors)
ElecEng 234 (Analytical Methods in Engineering)

Natural Science Requirement: 16-18 credits

Chem 102-104
Chem 105
Approved Natural Science Elective** (Minimum 3 credits)

Physics 209-210 (8 credits)

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits







English 310

Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century


Social Science



One of the arts, humanities, or social science courses selected must also meet the UWM cultural diversity requirement.

Free Electives: 4 credits

English Composition Requirement: 0-61

The English Composition requirement is satisfied by:

  1. Earning a satisfactory score on the English placement test, or
  2. Earning a grade of C or higher in English 102.

Foreign Language Requirement: 0-8 (for students starting fall 1999 or later)

The foreign language requirement can be completed with one of these options:

  • Two years of a single foreign language in high school;
  • Two semesters of a single foreign language in college; or
  • Demonstrate ability by examination.

** Approved Natural Science Elective Courses

Atmospheric Science (100 level or above)

Biological Sciences (150 or above)

Physics (300 level or above)

Conservation and Environmental Sciences 210

Geosciences (100, 102, 150 or above)

Math (240, 300 or above)

1 Placement Examinations. Once admitted to UWM, most engineering students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics, English, and chemistry. Students with previous college-level credits in these areas may not be required to take placement exams. The placement exams are administered by the UWM Testing Center, Mellencamp Hall, Room B28, (414) 229-4689. The results of these tests help students determine the appropriate course in which to register. Background prerequisite courses may be required in addition to the courses listed above. Possible math placements for engineering students are Math 090, 095, 105, 225, 116, 117, 231, or 221. Possible English placements are English 090, 095, 101, or 102. Possible chemistry placements are Chem 100, 102, or 105.

Technical Electives–Industrial Engineering Major. The industrial engineering program requires a total of 12 credits of technical electives, chosen from the following list. At least 6 credits must be in courses from the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department.

Ind Eng 390

Senior Thesis


Ind Eng 405

Product Realization


Ind Eng 572

Reliability Engineering


Ind Eng 582

Ergonomic Job Evaluation Techniques


Ind Eng 584

Biodynamics of Human Motion


Ind Eng 587

Lean Production Systems


Ind Eng 590

Topics in Industrial and Systems Engineering


Ind Eng 699

Independent Study



Co-op Work Period1


MechEng 474/ ElecEng 474

Introduction to Control Systems


Bus Adm 330



Bus Adm 473

Business Logistic Management


MechEng 301

Basic Engineering Thermodynamics


1 This option is open only to students who earn 3 or more credits of Co-op.


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