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What is Industrial Engineering?

Students operate robotic arm in Industrial Engineering lab.

Industrial engineering focuses on reducing wasted resources such as time, money, materials and energy by both designing and optimizing complex processes, systems and organizations.

Industrial engineers gain a wide range of skills so they can work in both technical positions and management. They minimize costs and maximize efficiency for the benefit of the companies they work for and the customer.

Degree Plan

St. Mary’s University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.

Combined Degree Option

The Department of Engineering also offers a unique five-year combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program. Undergraduate students begin graduate course work during their senior year and complete the master’s degree in the fifth year. (Students must select this option during their freshman year in order to complete both degrees’ requirements on time.)

Industrial Engineering Courses

Courses include:

  • Computer Aided Manufacturing and Robotics Lab
  • Lean Production Systems
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Optimization
  • Supply Chain Management

See the catalog for a complete list of courses and descriptions:

Industrial Engineering at St. Mary’s

The Industrial Engineering program was established in 1960 as the first Engineering program at St. Mary’s, and is the only industrial engineering program in San Antonio. Industrial engineers apply mathematical methods, practical design and other creative problem solving techniques to improve efficiency and productivity in the manufacturing and service industries.

Industrial Engineering students specialize in lean production, six sigma, supply-chain management, logistics optimization, decision analytics, additive and advanced manufacturing, and robotics.

Labs and Facilities

Engineering students have 24-hour access to an electrical engineering laboratory; an energy conversion laboratory for motors, generators and transformers; a manufacturing and robotics laboratory; and a research lab equipped with both UNIX and Windows workstations.

Career, Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Industrial Engineering graduates have gone on to graduate and doctoral programs, and have worked in entry-level positions such as lean and six sigma specialists, supply chain analysts, logistics engineers, business analysts, manufacturing engineers and service operations engineers.

Many junior and senior students volunteer their time to tutor freshmen and sophomores in mathematics and engineering courses.

Every Engineering senior also completes a year-long design project, some of which have even been patented. Many students also participate in the student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), a professional society for industrial engineers.


St. Mary’s Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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