Manage information, supplies and equipment to coordinate and optimize operations while directing people to make products or provide services.

Industrial Engineering Technology

Industrial Engineering Technology Major

A major in the Industrial Engineering Technology Program
in the School of Engineering Technology

You will focus on both technical and human-centered approaches to technology management. You will learn how to manage and coordinate engineering operations and lead projects from research to design to implementation. Coursework is enhanced with an overview of business and economics. Some of your first year coursework includes: design thinking in technology and foundations of technology leadership.

When you major in industrial engineering technology at Purdue University, you will gain skills to prepare you for a wide variety of industries: manufacturing plants, government agencies, hospitals, healthcare organizations and retail companies. Graduates are prepared for variety of roles: consultant, analyst, industrial engineer, quality engineer, manager and more.

During your pursuit of an industrial engineering technology degree, you’ll work with faculty in the School of Engineering Technology who have years of experience in industry and are experts in helping organizations improve amongst technology nuances.

Special Features

  • Broaden your scope of expertise by adding coursework to earn a Six Sigma certification or minors in organizational leadership, biometrics and more.
  • Take advantage of real-world and global experiences with internships and international opportunities. Industrial engineering students have the opportunity to take courses abroad at partner institutions in Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and Peru without delaying time to graduation.
  • Gain real-world experience with courses in facility design and total productive maintenance. Solve design challenges with 3D printing and parametric modeling software in a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping lab.
  • Mold your curriculum to fit your talents and interests. Your plan of study is a hybrid of set courses and electives that range from business to engineering technology topics. 
  • Industrial engineering technology majors can take advantage of annual career fairs from Purdue University and the Polytechnic.
  • Benefit from faculty experience in industrial careers.
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate
  • If you participated in PROJECT LEAD THE WAY courses during high school, you can redeem up to 12 credit hours toward this major.
  • Degree in 3: Highly motivated and hard-working students can earn their degree in three years with an accelerated plan of study. Learn more about Degree in 3 for this major.

What can I do?

Industrial engineer
Manufacturing engineer
Production manager
Quality control engineer

Where can I go?

General Mills


The industrial engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s general criteria and program criteria for Industrial Engineering Technology and similarly named programs.

Majoring in industrial engineering technology has been a perfect fit for me. I am very much a hands-on learner. Learning is tough with just textbooks! In IET, we get to see exactly what we are learning and the end goal.
Taylar Worrell
Industrial Engineering Technology
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About the school/department

The School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University provides degree programs in mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, industrial, and supply chain engineering technologies, capitalizing on where the disciplines overlap. The learning environment mirrors the engineering teams most graduates will work in. Faculty research projects provide immediate industry results and help students put theory into practice.

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