Industrial Engineering Technology

 

Mission of B.S. Industrial Engineering Technology (IET)

The mission of the Industrial Engineering Technology program is to produce graduates who can easily make the transition from the university to planning and supervisory positions in the workforce, particularly that of the industrial sector, including manufacturing and service industries. In light of this, courses are infused with industrial applications and students are required to study problems identified in local industries. In their senior project course, students frequently interface with local industry and, under the guidance of faculty, analyze and solve problems that have real-world applications.

Industrial Engineering Technology Program Education Objective:

Graduates possess the necessary skills, critical thinking, discipline and work ethics consistent with the expectations of employers to enter planning and supervisory positions in manufacturing and service industries.

Program Description

Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) is a professional career field concerned with the application of engineering and management principles to solve problems in industry with the primary emphasis on improved productivity and more efficient use of resources. IET is a multi-disciplinary program encompassing many of the same interest areas as Industrial Engineering. However, unlike Industrial Engineering, which often stresses theoretical considerations, IET emphasizes problem solving method to solve problems in industry. IET has two concentrations – engineering and logistics. Engineering concentration requires Cal I and Cal II with Physics. The Logistics concentration takes into consideration the companies needs and prepares students in with strong technical and management capabilities. Logistics concentration requires Trigonometry as the highest math course, while students can take any of the science classes among Physics, Chemistry, and Geology. IET program is offered completely online and has 2+2 consortium agreements with all local community colleges.

Career Prospects

The career outlook for industrial engineering technology graduates is very promising as it is demanding and highly paid. One of the strengths of an education in industrial engineering technology is the diverse curriculum, which provides graduates with a wide variety of technical and management skills as well as problem-solving techniques. This diversity makes a number of career paths available, with the result that the overall demand for industrial engineering technologists remains high. Industrial engineering technologists perform a variety of important functions in business and industry. While most industrial engineering technologists have traditionally gone to work in manufacturing and related industries, an increasing number are being used in other areas including logistics transportation, supply chain, utilities, healthcare, government, and service industries.

Industrial Engineering Technology may be considered a hybrid discipline encompassing many of the same interest areas as Industrial Engineering. However, unlike Industrial Engineering, which often stresses theoretical considerations, Industrial Engineering Technology emphasizes problem solving technology to solve problems in industry.

In this way, Industrial Engineering Technology effectively bridges the gap between engineering design and manufacturing. This baccalaureate program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, Maryland 21202-Telephone: (410)347-7700.

WHAT DOES AN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIST DO?

Industrial Engineering Technologists perform a variety of important functions in business and industry. While most industrial engineering technologists have traditionally gone to work in manufacturing and related industries, an increasing number are being used in other areas including utilities, hospitals, service industries, and government. He or she may set up manufacturing systems for new products,develop plant layouts, improve work methods and process plans, work in quality control or production control, develop time and cost standards, work as a manufacturing supervisor; evaluate and implement exciting new technologies such as robotics and computer integrated manufacturing, and perform economic investment studies. Many Industrial Engineering Technologists are promoted to supervisory or management positions.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The career outlook for industrial engineering technology graduates is very bright. One of the strengths of an education in industrial engineering technology is the diverse curriculum, which provides graduates with a wide variety of technical and management skills and problem-solving techniques. This diversity makes a number of career paths available, with the result that the overall demand for industrial engineering technologists remains high. This diverse background also allows individuals to pursue paths and specialties which meet their interest, abilities, and personal career objectives.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

The School of Construction at The University of Southern Mississippi offers three baccalaureate tracks in Industrial Engineering Technology designed to prepare students to meet the demands of industry for employees with expertise in manufacturing processes, statistical quality control, production management and supervision, automation, and computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). In addition to the traditional Industrial Engineering Technology emphasizing productivity improvement, students may elect to follow a manufacturing or mechanical emphasis track. All of these programs provide the graduate with a background in applied science and mathematics, and prepares him or her for a wide spectrum of jobs in the manufacturing, service, and government sectors.

TRANSFERRING FROM A TWO YEAR INSTITUTE

Students intending to transfer into the program with Junior standing should present credits in the following areas: Applied Mathematics, 6 hours; Computer Programing 3 hours; Physics (with laboratory), 8 hours; Engineering Graphics, 3 hours. If a student is transferring without an association's degree, they must also have English I and II on their transcript. The Manufacturing Emphasis program is especially well suited to those who have earned an Associate degree in technical fields and wish to further their education. For more information on transferring coursework, use our Equivalency Calculator at www.usm.edu/admissions/equivalencies/index.php.

SOCIETY OF MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS

USM has an active Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) student chapter. SME is an international professional society dedicated to the advancement, assessment, and dissemination of technology relating to all aspects of manufacturing. Student members benefit from presentations, special programs, and plant tours of local industry. Joint activities with nearby SME senior chapters provide an opportunity for interaction with manufacturing professionals.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

The Cooperative Education (Co-op) program offers students an opportunity to gain practical, meaningful work experience relating to his or her major. Co-op students alternate semesters of full-time employment with semesters of on-campus study. The Career Services Office assists students in securing co-op assignments with industry. Co-op opportunities for Industrial Engineering Technology students have been generally very good. Contact the Career Services office for more information.

PLACEMENT

After completing the program, our graduates will have the skills and training to position themselves to a new level in their current career field or to find employment in a variety of industries – such as retail, transportation, or defense.

Some of the career paths open to graduates of the MS in Engineering Technology LMT emphasis include:

    • Industrial Engineering
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Design
    • Logistics Modeling
    • Logistics or Transportation Analyst
    • Inventory or Warehouse Manager

PROGRAM LOCATION

Students can complete this degree program entirely online and can supplement it with courses taken at either the Gulf Coast or Hattiesburg campuses.

ADMISSION

For admission into the IET Bachelor's program view the following information and complete the necessary documentation at this link:
https://apps.usm.edu/admissions/ugapp/

UNDERGRADUATE RECORD

The graduate committee will consider applicants from a range of undergraduate backgrounds.
The cumulative grade point average (GPA) from all institutions, the area(s) of concentration, the balance of verbal/communication and quantitative/analytical courses, and the trend of grades are considered.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS TEST

    • A candidate should strive to achieve good, balanced scores in all areas on either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Please request that your official graduate test scores be sent directly to the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. Our GRE/GMAT code number is 1479.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Students whose native language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 or more.
    • For more information on these tests, to download the complete test bulletins, or to register for their graduate admissions exam, applicants should visit the following Web sites.
      • GMAT www.mba.com
      • GRE www.ets.org/gre
      • TOEFL www.ets.org/toefl

WORK EXPERIENCE

    • Applicants are encouraged to submit resumes showing job responsibilities and accomplishments.
    • While work experience is not required for admission, two or more years of relevant responsibility strengthens the likelihood of admission to the program.

THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

    • Each applicant should request three recommendation letters, at least one of which addresses the applicant’s academic preparation.
    • Letters of recommendation should be from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study and should be sent directly from the reviewer to the program coordinator.
    • The admission committee reviews letters of recommendation to gain a more personal understanding of the applicant’s leadership ability in terms of communication and interpersonal skills.

ESSAY

    • All applicants should submit a two-page essay.
    • The essay requirement provides the applicant an opportunity to demonstrate writing competency and communication skills.
    • Applicants may utilize the essay component to provide the admissions committee with specific examples of demonstrated leadership, to discuss career plans, and to supply additional information that discusses what they will bring to and learn from the graduate program.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants should note that there are two (2) addresses involved when submitting admissions documentation in for evaluation for graduate studies.

Whether you are taking your courses on the Gulf Coast or in Hattiesburg, please send your application, immunization records, GRE or GMAT scores, and official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
The University of Southern Misssissippi
118 College Drive #10066
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Tel: 601.266.5137
Fax: 601.266.5138

www.usm.edu/graduatestudies

Your three letters of recommendation, along with your personal essay and resume, should be sent to:

Graduate Director
The School of Construction
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5138
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Tel: 601.266.6419
Fax: 601.266.5717


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