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Industrial Engineering Technology Degree


Engineering Technology Department

About the Degree:

Look at the exciting opportunities that await you with an IET degree.

As companies adopt management philosophies that stress continuous productivity and quality improvement to survive in the increasingly competitive world market, the need for Industrial Engineering Technologists is growing. This major will help you develop the skills needed to engineer processes and systems that will eliminate wastes of time, money, materials and energy, thereby saving money.

What You'll Learn:

This Degree is Great for You if:

Options/Courses of Study:

Current Catalog

Bachelor of Science - Industrial Engineering Technology, BS
Associate of Science - Manufacturing Engineering Technology, AS
Continuous Process Improvement Certificate or Minor


Bachelor of Science - Industrial Engineering Technology, BS

2015-2016 Catalog

Bachelor of Science - Industrial Engineering Technology, BS

Accreditations and Memberships:

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET 


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

Engineers and Engineering Technologists are often called by similar titles or even the same titles. They often work in the same organizations at the same kinds of tasks. In common practice, the work of both engineers and engineering technologists are called the “field of engineering.” Hence, job titles for both are often just “engineer.”

Engineers typically take more courses in math and physics and develop a deeper view of the theory than Engineering Technologists.

Engineering Technologists gain a broader perspective of business enterprises by taking a variety of technology related courses and apply theory as well as practical experience to decision making and problem solving.

Do I get hands-on experiences in this degree program?

For a glimpse into the amazing experiences you will have in the laboratory courses, view this video.

The coursework in engineering technology provides a quality education to students that is application –oriented and connected to the needs of regional and global businesses.

Curriculum includes eight lab courses where students develop competency in the use of equipment and modern tools common to the discipline. Courses also include two major design experiences and multiple courses where students do projects in industry to get experience in complex and open-ended problem solving while applying technical and non-technical skills.

Does the department require internships?

Listen to this Engineering Manager's experiences with hiring MSSU IET interns and graduates.

The IET curriculum does not require formal internships - but rather, we assist to connect employers offering internships with students seeking internships. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in  interships where they apply their technical and non-technical knowledge to actual industrial problems.

E-mail from local manufacturing company that employs IET interns: "I have attached some pictures from a Kaizen Event that Caleb led over the last two weeks. This is a very important project to ramp up one of our assembly processes. He has provided leadership for this effort via this multi week event/project. He is doing Fantastic!" - Ramin Zarrabi, Reyco Granning, 7/2016

What kind of positions do IET graduates apply for?

Take a look into the world of an IET alumni.

The MSSU Industrial Engineering Technology degree program has a rich and varied curriculum that allows graduates to apply for a variety of positions.  Job titles of our graduates include Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Process Engineer, Quality Engineer,  Project Manager, and Six Sigma Black Belt.

Does it pay to get this degree?

Graduates with the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology from Missouri Southern typically earn around $56,500 their first year of employment. Most graduuates accept positions in the four states area. For detailed data on salaries, placement rates, employer satisfaction, alumni satisfaction, and enrollment, click here. 

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what Industrial Engineering Technology graduates are expected to accomplish within a few years of graduation. The Engineering Technology department at Missouri Southern will produce graduates who

  1. have the technical and managerial skills necessary to develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy
  2. function effectively on teams
  3. communicate effectively with professionals and lay audiences

Student Outcomes

The 11 student outcomes for the Industrial Engineering Technology program are listed below. They encompass all of the ABET/ ETAC Criterion 3.B outcomes.  The successful IET graduate will have

  1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of industrial engineering technology to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
    1. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of various manufacturing processes and use of modern tools.
    2. Ability to demonstrate expertise in CAD and design principles.
    3. Ability to apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of probability and statistics.
    4. Ability to apply knowledge, techniques, and skills of engineering economics.
  2. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to problem solving.
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design integrated systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems using appropriate analytical, computational, and application practices and procedures;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  8. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;
  11. a commitment to (a)quality, (b)timeliness, and (c)continuous improvement.