COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE

Industrial Engineering

Program Highlights

The Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers defines industrial engineering as a branch of engineering that deals with the optimization of complex processes, systems or organizations.

While some engineers design “things,” industrial engineers are often responsible for designing processes, or for analyzing and improving existing processes. Industrial engineers make things better in any industry—from automobile manufacturing and aerospace, to healthcare, forestry, finance, leisure, and education. An industrial engineer works to identify and eliminate waste and unnecessary costs, as well as to improve the safety of the worker. Many of our students are awarded a Six Sigma Green Belt certification (an industry-recognized quality control program that utilizes process-improvement techniques) by achieving a minimum grade of B in our statistics courses.

Industrial engineers work across a number of specialties, including operations research, systems, manufacturing, production, management science, safety or ergonomics.

The Louisiana Tech Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. To find out more information about the program mission, educational objectives, student outcomes and enrollment and graduation data, go to our Accreditation & Enrollment page.

Job Opportunities

  • Management engineer in healthcare
  • Quality engineer
  • Manufacturing system engineer
  • Production and inventory control
  • Human resources
  • Environment protection and industrial safety
  • Consulting engineering
  • Software management
  • Technical sales, marketing
  • Project management

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Advising Materials

For a list of prerequisites and required courses, select the curriculum sheets below.

Industrial Engineering Curriculum Fall 2019

Industrial Engineering Curriculum Sheet 2016

Faculty

Dr. Stanley Cronk

Senior Lecturer

Department: Industrial Engineering

Office: IESB 227

Phone: 318-257-3987

Email: cronk@latech.edu

Dr. John Easley

Senior Lecturer

Department: Industrial Engineering

Office: BOGH 230

Phone: 318-257-3165

Email: jeasley@latech.edu

Dr. Katie Evans

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Director – Mathematics and Statistics and Online Programs

Departments: Administrative and Technical Staff, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, Industrial Engineering, Integrated STEM Research Center, Mathematics and Statistics

Office: BOGH 201C

Phone: 318-257-3011

Fax: 318-257-2182

Email: kevans@latech.edu

Mary Fendley Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department: Industrial Engineering

Phone: 318.257.3994

Email: Mfendley@latech.edu

Dr. David E. Hall

Director – Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering Technology, Director – Industrial Engineering, Director – Project-Based Learning, Associate Professor – Mechanical Engineering

Departments: Industrial Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Office: IESB 120

Phone: 318-257-4127

Fax: 318-257-2562

Email: dehall@latech.edu

Dr. Beth Hegab

Senior Lecturer, Industrial Engineering; Senior Lecturer, Engineering Technology and Management; Master’s Coordinator, Engineering and Technology Management

Departments: Engineering and Technology Management, Industrial Engineering

Office: BOGH 229

Phone: 318-257-3107

Email: bhegab@latech.edu

Dr. Jun-Ing Ker

Program Chair, Associate Professor

Departments: Engineering and Technology Management, Industrial Engineering

Office: BOGH 228

Phone: 318-257-2963

Fax: 318-257-2562

Email: ker@latech.edu

Ashley Osborne

Project Based Learning Specialist

Departments: Administrative and Technical Staff, Industrial Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Systems Engineering Technology

Office: IESB 118

Phone: 318-257-3423

Fax: 318-257-2562

Email: aosborne@latech.edu

Advisory Board

About the Industrial Engineering Advisory Council

The Louisiana Tech University Industrial Engineering Advisory Council was established in the summer of 2001. The Industrial Engineering Program Chair is an ex-officio member and the secretary of the IEAC. The IIE Student Chapter President is also an ex-officio member of the IEAC and attends the IEAC meeting.

The purposes of the Industrial Engineering Advisory Council, as noted in its constitution, are:

1.  To provide counsel on educational activities and enhancement.
2.  To provide counsel on research directions.
3.  To facilitate communication between the program and industry, alumni, and government.
4.  To provide liaison with the Engineering and Science Foundation.
5.  To provide a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to interface with industry representatives to gain exposure to a broad spectrum of industry not in the recruiting role.
6.  To assess the effectiveness of the recommendations made to the program by the Council and in the abilities of graduates to achieve the program educational objectives and student outcomes.

Advisory Council Roster (as of May 2020)

1) Justin Garner, P.E. (BSIE 2002)
Vice President, LEED AP, CxA
Engineered Air Balance Co. Inc.
jgarner@eabcoinc.com
(2nd term expires: Spring 2020)

2) Ken Thurman (BSME 1985)
Quality Section Manager (retired)
Baxter Healthcare
Thurman.ken@yahoo.com
(2nd term expires: Spring 2021)

3) Cory Kinler (BSIE 2012)
Operations Engineers Manger
Lockheed Martin
cory.kinler@lmco.com
corykinler@gmail.com
(2nd term expires: Spring 2021)

4) Craig Caskey (BSIE 2009)
Continuous Improvement Manager
Alliance Compressors
Craig.Caskey@Emerson.com
(2nd term expires: Spring 2021)

5) Jade Shepard (BSIE 2013)
Manufacturing Engineer
MECO- Mechanical Equipment Company
Jtolbert@meco.com
(2nd term pending Spring 2022)

6) Ryan Grumble (BSIE 2012)
US Postal Service
Operations Industrial Engineer
Southern Area
ryan.a.grumble@usps.gov
(2nd term expires: Spring 2022)

7) Nwadiuto Adebamiji (BSIE 2015)
President and CEO
PP EXT 01, LLC
nwadi.ade@gmail.com
(2nd term expires Spring 2023)

8) Mark Taylor (BSIE 2015)
Project Manager
PumpWorks 610/DXPE
marktaylor@pumpworks610.com
(1st term expires Spring 2021)

9) John Garrison (BSIE 2002)
EBS Manager
Hydro Extrusion Delhi, LLC
Extrusion North America
john.garrison@hydro.com
johngarrison57@yahoo.com
(1st term expires Spring 2022)

10) Gauge T. Means (BSIE 2015)
QA Analyst
VF Workwear – Fort Worth
Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.
Gauge_Means@vfc.com
(1st term expires Spring 2022)

11) Adam F. Parker (BSIE 2016)
Operations Engineer Sr.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
adam.f.parker@lmco.com
(1st term expires Spring 2023)

12) Mary Peyton Payne (BSIE 2016)
Industrial Engineer
SLS Program, Boeing
Mary.P.Payne@boeing.com
(1st term expires Spring 2023)

13) Janelle Cooper (BSIE 2014)
LA Hydrocarbons Site Integration Manager
Dow Hydrocarbons & Resources, LLC
jcooper2@dow.com
(1st term expires Spring 2023)

14) John Davis (BSIE 2017)
Operations Industrial Engineer
Montgomery Processing & Distribution Center
US Postal Service
John.m.davis2@usps.gov
(1st term expires Spring 2023)

Concurrent Enrollment

If you have a 3.2 GPA or higher and are within 30 semester credit hours of finishing your degree, you can take up to 12 graduate semester hours during your undergraduate degree and get both graduate and undergraduate credit.  Below is a list of the eight INEN classes you can take at the graduate level that will count for both.

  • INEN 400: Engineering Statistics I or INEN 514: Statistical Analysis of Six Sigma
  • INEN 401: Engineering Statistics II or INEN 566: Six Sigma and Quality Control
  • INEN 403: Design of Experiments for Six Sigma or STAT 507: Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • INEN 420: Six Sigma Black Belt Project or INEN 520: Six Sigma Black Belt Project
  • INEN 407: Simulation or INEN 504: Systems Simulation
  • INEN 408: Lean manufacturing and Management Systems or INEN 511: Theory & Applications of Lean Manufacturing and Management
  • INEN 410: Manufacturing Systems Management or INEN 505: Manufacturing and Operations Analysis
  • INEN 416: Project Management or EMGT 518: Project Management

For information about the qualifications and how to apply go to https://coes.latech.edu/graduate-programs/concurrent-enrollment/ or contact your advisor.

Certifications

Six Sigma Green Belt

Requirements

Students are required to take the following courses and earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher in each of these courses to complete the requirements of the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

Take both of the following courses:

  • INEN 400 Engineering Statistics I and
  • INEN 401 Engineering Statistics II.

Total: 6 SCH of coursework.

More Information

The cost to take the two required courses is $1,261 per course for a total of $2,522 to complete the Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Acquiring a greenbelt certificate not only enhances a professional skill set but also improves an individuals’ marketability for obtaining competitive positions with successful organizations and companies. According to Villanova University, “while trained and certified in Six Sigma methodology, a Green belt does not usually practice the methodology full time.” Green Belts can spend up to half of their work time on Six Sigma projects and function as support for Black Belts. They will “use graphs to show process improvement…, create a communication plan to convey accurate information about the project to leadership and other stakeholders, and promote data-driven solutions.”

According to Indeed.com, the largest job website in the world, there are 63,000 jobs related to Lean Six Sigma. The average annual salary for these jobs is over $95,806.

Indeed.com states that average Six Sigma Green Belt salaries for job postings nationwide are 42% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide. Some examples of jobs are Lean Continuous Improvement Leader, Lean Process Improvement Engineer, Senior Supplier Quality Engineer, Lean Manufacturing Facilitator, etc.

For more information, contact Beth Hegab.

Six Sigma Black Belt

Requirements

Students are required to earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher in each of the following courses to complete the requirements of the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

Take all four of the following courses:
INEN 400:  Engineering Statistics I,
INEN 401:  Engineering Statistics II,
INEN 403:  Design of Experiments for Six Sigma, and
INEN 420:  Six Sigma Black Belt Project.

Total: 12 SCH of coursework.

More Information

The cost to take the four required courses is $1,261 per course for a total of $5,044 to complete the Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

The certified Six Sigma Black Belt is a professional who can explain Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools. A Black Belt should demonstrate team leadership, understand team dynamics and assign team member roles and responsibilities. Black Belts have a thorough understanding of all aspects of the DMAIC model in accordance with Six Sigma principles. They have basic knowledge of Lean enterprise concepts, are able to identify non-value-added elements and activities and are able to use specific tools.

According to Indeed.com, the largest job website in the world, there are 63,000 jobs related to Lean Six Sigma. The average annual salary for these jobs is over $95,806.

For more information, contact Beth Hegab.

Lean Certification

Requirements

Students are required to earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher in the following course to complete the Lean Certification.

  • INEN 408:  Lean Manufacturing and Management Systems

Total: 3 SCH of coursework

More Information

The cost to take the required course is $1,261 to complete the Lean Certification.

Acquiring a lean certificate validates one’s knowledge and experience with lean principles, enhancing the professional skillset as it interlaces innovative ways of thinking and doing business with real-world applications and results. It also improves an individuals’ marketability for obtaining competitive positions with successful organizations and companies. The lean methodology aims to deliver maximum value while minimizing waste, improving the operations and processes within the organization. When implemented, lean has proven to drive sustainable improvements and results within an organization, accomplishing business objectives.

According to salary.com and indeed.com, “the national average salary for a Certified Lean Specialist in 2019 is $81,574 per year while that of a Certified Lean Manager is $89,032 per year in the United States.”

Indeed.com states that average Lean salaries for job postings nationwide are 42% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide. Some examples of jobs are Lean Continuous Improvement Leader, Lean Process Improvement Engineer, Process Improvement Quality Engineer, Lean Manufacturing Facilitator, etc.

For more information, contact Beth Hegab.

Lean Six Sigma Certificate

Requirements

Students are required to complete six courses to earn the Lean Six Sigma Certificate:

1.       MATH 241: Calculus I, or MATH 220: Applied Calculus, or MATH 222: Business Calculus;

2.       MATH 242: Calculus II or STAT 200: Basic Statistics;

3.       INEN 400: Engineering Statistics I or EMGT 414: Statistical Analysis for Six Sigma;

4.       INEN 401: Engineering Statistics II or EMGT 466: Six Sigma and Quality Control;

5.       INEN 408: Lean Manufacturing and Management Systems or EMGT 411: Theory and Applications of Lean Manufacturing and Management; and

6.       INEN 420: Six Sigma Black Belt Project or EMGT 420: Six Sigma Black Belt Project.

Total: 18 SCH of coursework.

Who Should Pursue the Lean Six Sigma Certificate?

The course requirements allow learners from diverse technical backgrounds to earn the Lean Six Sigma with minimal prerequisites. For example, those who have completed all or part of a mathematics, technology or engineering degree may already have the mathematics and statistics requirements. Industrial Engineering Students at Louisiana Tech University can complete the certificate as they complete their undergraduate degree by taking only one additional course (INEN 420).

More Information

The cost to enroll in the six required courses is $1,261 per course for a total of $7,566 to complete the Lean Six Sigma Certification.

Lean Six Sigma is a method that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation. Lean Six Sigma not only reduces process defects and waste but also provides a framework for overall organizational culture change.

The term Lean is typically used for process/time focused analyses, and Six Sigma is typically more statistical/defect focused. Lean Six Sigma is the best of both sides; it allows you to bring variation in time performance to control and reduce defects with variability-based improvements.

Indeed.com states that the average salary for a Lean Six Sigma Specialist is $110,257 per year in the United States. Some examples of job titles are Lean Engineer, Lean Six Sigma Process Engineer, Quality Manager and Operational Excellence Engineer.

For more information, contact Beth Hegab.