Industrial engineers apply science, mathematics, and engineering methods to understand and integrate complex systems and processes. They increase productivity and quality by finding improved ways of doing things.
Industrial Engineers need to have knowledge and skills in a wide variety of disciplines. An Industrial Engineering degree at Wits will equip you with a solid foundation in the science of Engineering with an emphasis on developing analytical techniques and generalised problem solving skills.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Industrial Engineering (BSc Eng Industrial) is a 4 year full-time course. The first two years of study are common to the three branches taught in the School - Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering. From the third year onwards the curriculum becomes more focused on specific Industrial Engineering theories, principles and tools.
Typical subjects include Operations Management, Operations Research, Manufacturing Technology, Organisational Behaviour, Materials Science, Mechatronics, Finance and Economics, Systems and Project Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Advanced Maths and Statistics.
Wits has a strong history of collaboration with industry and other world class institutions. This enables students to tackle realistic projects within industry from the third year onwards. In final year, the second half of the year is dedicated to project work (design and research). These projects are often industry-related whilst others are at the forefront of the School's research, and frequently lead on to postgraduate study.
The University’s undergraduate engineering degrees are recognised by the Engineering Council of South Africa and have received the approval of professional accrediting bodies in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. Career opportunities for engineers are in high demand and extend beyond the engineering sector.