About the 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:
- The fundamentals of raw materials and manufacturing processes, along with computer aided drafting and design.
- Plant layout, material handling, quality control, work measurement and ergonomics.
- Principles of problem solving and data analysis.
- Maximizing customer value while minimizing waste.
This Degree is Great for You if:
- You want to use your knowledge to implement designs that allow for the most efficient use of personnel and materials, plan workflows and conduct statistical data analysis.
- You are interested in positions in the manufacturing and service industries where your goal is to optimize processes and systems by finding ways to save time, money, energy, and materials.
Students completing the degree requirements receive the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology (IET). The IET degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
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?
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?
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?
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 Industrial Engineering Technology program at Missouri Southern will produce graduates who:
- have an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of engineering technology.
- have the ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
- are able to identify and analyze problems and design effective engineering technology based solutions.
- contribute professionally by functioning effectively on teams.
- communicate effectively with professionals and lay audiences.
- have an understanding for the discipline of engineering technology and its role in a societal and global context.
The 21 student outcomes for the Industrial Engineering Technology program are listed below. They encompass all of the ABET TAC Criterion 3 outcomes.
- Ability to identify properties of common engineering materials, explain metallurgical processes. [ABET a]
- Ability to demonstrate knowledge of various manufacturing processes and use of modern tools. [ABET a]
- Ability to produce multi-view drawings using software and explain design principles. [ABET a]
- Ability to apply knowledge of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. [ABET a]
- Ability to apply knowledge of electrical systems. [ABET a]
- Ability to apply knowledge of probability and statistics. [ABET a]
- Ability to apply knowledge of engineering economics. [ABET a]
- Ability to apply knowledge of quality control and process improvement. [ABET a]
- Ability to apply knowledge of facilities and logistics. [ABET a]
- Ability to apply knowledge of work measurement and ergonomics. [ABET a]
- Ability to use software applications where appropriate. [ABET a]
- Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to problem solving. [ABET b]
- Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data, resulting in recommendations for process improvements.[ABET c]
- Ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components, or processes. [ABET d]
- Ability to identify, analyze, and solve technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools. [ABET f]
- Ability to fulfill team role, listen to others, research and gather information, and share in the work of the team.[ABET e]
- Ability to prepare written, oral, and graphical communication for varied audiences with appropriate (1) content, (2) clarity, (3) style, and (4) grammar/mechanics. [ABET g]
- Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning. [ABET h]
- Ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities. [ABET i]
- Respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues. [ABET j]
- Commitment to (a) quality, (b) timeliness, and (c) continuous improvement. [ABET k]