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Engineering/Industrial Management

Program Description

Just the Facts

Engineering/Industrial Management. A program that focuses on the application of engineering principles to the planning and operational management of industrial and manufacturing operations, and prepares individuals to plan and manage such operations. Includes instruction in accounting, engineering economy, financial management, industrial and human resources management, industrial psychology, management information systems, mathematical modeling and optimization, quality control, operations research, safety and health issues, and environmental program management.

This program is available in these options:

  • Certificate / Diploma
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree

High School Courses

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Additional Information

Engineering is a business, and like any business, it needs people with management skills to make everything run smoothly. Many schools have introduced majors in engineering management to train students in both the technical aspects of engineering and the business side of things.

Many of these programs are master's degrees, though you'll also find them at the undergraduate level. Often, they focus on a specific engineering field -- for example, civil engineering management or industrial engineering management.

Most undergrad programs take four to five years to complete. If you do a co-op program, which involves work terms as well as academic terms, count on taking five years to finish it.

Master's degrees take less time -- usually one to two years of full-time study.

At the University of Missouri at Rolla, students can earn a bachelor's, master's or PhD in engineering management, says professor Susan Murray. In general, students must exhibit excellent scientific and technical skills and demonstrate a desire to understand the business world as well.

Engineering management programs are often a cooperative effort between engineering and business administration or commerce faculties. Another route to a career in engineering management would be to get a bachelor's degree in engineering and study business administration or commerce at the graduate level.

Programs offer a broad range of courses in both engineering and management techniques. At the University of Missouri at Rolla, undergraduate students can expect to focus on math and science in their freshman and sophomore years and humanities and management in their junior and senior years.

Peter Flynn teaches in a graduate engineering management program. His students take one course in financial management, one course in people management, and one course in modeling, simulation and operations research.

High school students should focus on math and science, says Henry Wiebe. He is chair of the program at the University of Missouri at Rolla. But communication skills are also important, so take English.

Computer literacy is also very important in any engineering degree.

"There is no extracurricular activity that specifically prepares you for this program," says Flynn. "Students should ask themselves whether they are comfortable managing others and dealing with the complex problems of people."

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredits engineering programs in the U.S.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more information related to this field of study, see: Engineering and Natural Sciences Managers

K12 Engineering
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Engineering and Technology Management
From the Portland State University Library

National Engineers Week
Celebrating engineering achievement


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