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Industrial and Robotics Engineering Degree

  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

As companies adopt continuous productivity and quality improvement measures to survive in an increasingly competitive world market, industrial and robotics engineers will become vital to organizational success. Industrial and robotics engineers are the only engineering professionals trained specifically to be productivity- and quality-improvement specialists.

  • GU Possibilities
    • An in-kind product life-cycle management software grant from Siemens with an estimated commercial value of $373 million will make it possible for Gannon University industrial engineering students to use the same technology in classrooms that companies worldwide depend on to design tomorrow’s products.
    • As companies adopt continuous productivity and quality improvement measures to survive in an increasingly competitive world market, industrial engineers will become 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 25 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 and robotics engineers learn to apply human and material resources to efficiently and profitably make a product or provide a service. Students in Gannon University's industrial and robotics engineering (IRE) program can choose one of five concentrations, including:

    • Economics and financial systems
    • Healthcare systems
    • International industrial engineering
    • Robotics and production engineering
    • Supply chain and logistics systems

    The IRE 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 as they learn key components of the field, such as designing efficient and safe working environments. 

    Science, mathematics, business and engineering methods culminate in industrial and robotics engineering where students will learn to apply them to complex systems and processes. The IRE curriculum is designed to ensure that students acquire knowledge and skills in a wide variety of engineering and management disciplines as well as robotics. Because IRE is a wide-ranging discipline with numerous career options, students can choose where they want to work and their skill-sets will be directly applicable!

    Our industrial and robotics engineering program remains ahead of the curve in the constant evolution of the technology landscape. You will be part of the team responsible for defining the future of technology and creating innovative product and process designs.

    You Will Experience

    The curriculum will prepare graduates to design, develop, implement and improve integrated systems using appropriate analytical, computational and experimental practices. 

    You Will Achieve

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

    • Industrial engineer
    • Robotics engineer
    • Mechatronics engineer
    • Systems engineer
    • Management engineer
    • Manufacturing engineer
    • Process engineer
    • Project manager
    • Quality engineer
    • Supply chain solutions engineer

    You Will Earn

    Industrial and robotics engineering (IRE) is the primary engineering program that bridges the gap between engineering and business education, ensuring that students get the best of both worlds while going through college. Unique training will position students as the top candidate for technical management positions, with salaries ranking in the top group of high-paying engineering professions. The mean annual wage of industrial engineers is $90,340 in March 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

     All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (  

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    The industrial and robotics engineering program 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, 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, the 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.


    Some of the key technologies in our laboratories that students will have access to through the program include:

    • Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech) Laboratory
    • Applied Ergonomics & Computer-Human Interaction Lab (AECHI) Laboratory
    • Mixed, Augmented and Virtual Reality Lab (MAVR) Laboratory

    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.

  • Fall Enrollment

       2015  2016 2017 
    Industrial Engineering 3 9 8

    Completions (july 1st to june 30th)

       2015  2016 2017 
    Industrial Engineering 0 0 2