BS Industrial Engineering

What is IE?

Industrial engineering deals not only with things but also with people, finance, information, and the environment. Industrial engineers answer complex questions:
  • How can we improve safety, quality, productivity and service?
  • What products or services should we offer? What price should we charge?
  • What materials and methods should we use?
  • How can we best motivate and reward people?
  • How much inventory do we need?
  • Where should we locate our plants, stores, and warehouse?
  • How can we use our historic data to improve our business?

IE Careers

Most Lamar University (LU) industrial engineering graduates find employment in manufacturing, but industrial engineers also find employment in health care, banking, consulting, transportation, warehousing, retail, and government. Recent LU industrial engineering graduates have found employment with Bell Helicopter, DuPont, Lyondell-Bissell, Schlumberger, Gerdau, Invista, Georgia Pacific, BASF, Accenture, IBM, HP, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Walmart, Disney, and other leading companies.


Most of our graduates participate in internships and co-ops prior to graduation. The vast majority of engineering internships are paid with salaries typically about $20 per hour ($15 to $30 per hour). The Industrial Engineering Department and College of Engineering is highly supportive of internships and co-ops. The College of Engineering has a formal co-op program. The Industrial Engineering Department offers all junior and senior level courses online or in person. Industrial Engineering students have interned with leading companies nationwide including UPS, GE, Invista, Dupont, Toyota, Delta, and others. Students have also interned with leading local companies in the chemical, manufacturing, paper and steel industries.

Why Choose Lamar Industrial Engineering

  • Faculty members who are experts in supply chain management, safety, quality, logistics, reliability, operations research, design and manufacturing, project management, six sigma and "lean" engineering.
  • Ability to take junior and senior level course online.
  • Learning experience options beyond the classroom including internships, co-ops, student research, conference, and study abroad.
  • Faculty who are committed to undergraduate teaching.
  • Hand on labs where students learn how manufacturing, design, and business processes work. All graduates use machine tools as part of their lab experience.
  • Interesting senior design projects such as designing a robot or improving a layout or business process for a company.
  • Active student organizations.
  • Relatively low tuition costs with scholarship opportunities at the university, college and department level.
  • Interesting elective courses to develop a degree plan to support the students career goals.
  • Lamar ranks #5 in the nation for return on investment for engineering programs.