What to Expect
Organization is key to the study of industrial engineering. Students tend
to hit the ground running.
Jason Smith says incoming students should expect to hit the books --
hard. "I didn't expect the first two years of core classes to be much
more challenging than the last three years of engineering studies, but they
are," he says.
Smith says he looked closely at the opportunities for co-op work terms
when he chose his industrial engineering program at the Rochester Institute
of Technology. "The co-op is definitely what I like best about my program,"
"I feel I have learned the ins and outs of a job search, and acquired valuable
on-the-job experience in the industrial engineering field."
Though the co-op is Smith's favorite aspect of his program, it does have
some drawbacks. Because you take time out for work experience, you'll likely
spend more years in school. "It is a five-year program, so you'll be here
for a while," he says.
How to Prepare
"Learn all the physics and calculus you can so you can breeze through
it at college," says Smith.
"Also remember that success in high school does not equate to success in
college. You will not have to study more, but adapt how you study and manage
Time management can also be the key to less time at night doing homework.
"I had less than one hour a night of homework to do during the week, but on
the night before a test I have to do about five or six hours of studying,"