Industrial Engineering

  • GU Possibilities
    • An in-kind product lifecycle management software grant from Siemens with an estimated commercial value of $373 million will make it possible for Gannon University engineering students to use the same technology in classrooms that companies worldwide depend on to design tomorrow's products. Read more about it here .     
    • As companies adopt continuous productivity and quality improvement measures to survive in an increasingly competitive world market, industrial engineers will become increasingly vital to organizational success. Industrial engineers are the only engineering professionals trained specifically to be productivity and quality-improvement specialists.       
    • Gannon University has received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, which is used to award approximately 20 scholarships per year, each renewable for up to four years, through Gannon's Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) scholarship program.      


    You Will Learn

    Industrial engineers learn to use people, machines, materials, information and energy to efficiently and profitably make a product or provide a service. Students in Gannon University’s industrial engineering (IE) program can choose one of six concentrations offered in the program. They are:

    • economics and financial systems  
    • ergonomics and human factors  
    • healthcare systems  
    • international industrial engineering  
    • production engineering  
    • supply chain and logistics systems      

    The IE program allows students the flexibility to collaborate with other areas on campus, such as mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, the Dahlkemper School of Business, the Small Business Development Center and the Erie Technology Incubator. This program will teach students to become leaders in IE as they learn key components of the field, such as designing efficient and safe working environments.

    You Will Experience

    The curriculum will prepare graduates to design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems using appropriate analytical, computational and experimental practices. Students who graduate from this program will have the background to obtain an engineering position in industry, enter an IE or engineering management graduate program or earn an MBA. All graduating seniors will qualify to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, which is the first step toward professional licensure. Students are encouraged to complete an internship. Local companies that have employed Gannon engineering students as interns include:

    • FMC Technologies Inc.  
    • GE Transportation  
    • Industrial Sales & Manufacturing, Inc.  
    • LORD Corporation      

    You Will Achieve

    Industrial engineers are employed in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, services, entertainment, shipping and healthcare. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to the following:

    • industrial engineer  
    • management engineer  
    • manufacturing engineer  
    • process engineer  
    • project manager  
    • quality engineer  
    • supply chain solutions engineer        

    You will Study

    The industrial engineering program at Gannon offers flexibility in a cross-disciplinary environment. Examples of courses in this program include:

    IE 310: Work Design

    The design and implementation of a production system is used to provide a fundamental understanding of work design and performance improvement concepts, tools and techniques. Topics include applied anthropometry, charting techniques, work methods, performance measurements, workplace organization and visual controls and human factors. 

    IE 410: Ergonomics

    Fundamentals of work design ground the student in human factors and ergonomics. Topics covered in this course include applied job design, manual material handling, cumulative trauma disorders, hand tool design, design of controls and displays, and ergonomic and human factors of product design. 

    IE 420: Supply Chain and Logistics Engineering

    Gain an understanding of the decision-making tools necessary to design value in the global supply chain from concept to customer. Quantitative methods are applied to demand forecasting and enterprise planning to increase profit and value for stakeholders. Basic concepts in strategy, forecasting and value stream mapping will be taught.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization. Nationally, at all levels of experience, industrial engineers can expect to earn:

    • Starting salary: $60,000
    • Mid-career salary: $81,490
    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (  

  • Fall Enrollment

       2015  2016 2017 
    Industrial Engineering 3 9 8

    Completions (july 1st to june 30th)

       2015  2016 2017 
    Industrial Engineering 0 0 2