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About Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

Industrial and management systems engineers focus on improving performance for an entire system: productivity, quality, cost, safety, sustainability, employee health and market enhancement. Examples of typical systems that industrial engineers can be found include manufacturing, healthcare, logistics and distribution, retail environments, government agencies, financial institutions – virtually any product or service that has complex processes. We balance inputs to achieve the greatest good for the organization and society – the right combination of human resources, natural resources and man-made structures and equipment. Professionals in this field bridge the gap between management and operations, motivating people in addition to determining what equipment, information, etc., should be used and how.

The Department offers a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering; master's degrees in industrial engineering, and safety management; and PhD programs in industrial engineering and occupational health and safety. Our faculty work extensively with students in such areas as communication skills, personal growth and development, creation of summer internship opportunities, a senior capstone project experience and permanent job opportunities.

Employment Outlook

The most common job titles for our industrial engineering graduates are: industrial engineer/manufacturing engineer (29%), logistics supply chain engineer (18%) consultant (18%) and sales engineer (18%). Since 2000, 23 percent of our industrial engineering graduates have risen to a position of vice president or higher in their company. 


The mission of the bachelor of science in industrial engineering program is to advance the industrial engineering profession through innovative and high quality academic programs, relevant research and professional services that address the needs of West Virginia, the nation and the world.