Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology
Who manages the flow of people at theme parks or airports? Decides what kind of training employees need before they work with new equipment? Explains to accountants why the cost of a facility upgrade has changed? Determines where to add people or machinery for maximum impact? If you like to be at the center of the action, designing creative solutions that make business and industry work safer, faster, and leaner, the career for you is industrial engineering technology.
Offering the only Industrial Engineering Technology program in the University System of Georgia, Southern Polytechnic prepares you to help make organizations more efficient, productive, and cost-effective. This kind of skill adds directly to your company's—and your own—bottom line.
Who makes a good industrial engineering technologist? Students who are organized, analytical, and detail oriented, yet who can think of creative solutions to resolve problems. Since you work with people from many different areas, you need to enjoy interacting with diverse specialists. Excellent communication skills are crucial, too, as you translate engineering requirements to non-engineers and explain technical information to managers.
Industrial engineering technologists manage quality, resources, and systems of a wide range of workplaces, including commercial facilities, service organizations, hospitals, and insurance companies.
To compete today, business and industry must aim for the greatest productivity and quality. SPSU does the same. Our small classes ensure more individual attention from our expert faculty. Moreover, IET's Industry Advisory Board provides suggestions to keep our curriculum current.
As you master quality control, facility design, time studies, simulation software, and project management, you can immediately apply such course knowledge in a part-time job or internship. Employers appreciate our students' professionalism, learned by making class presentations and working in teams. This experience also prepares you to manage future projects—a new service, a new process, a new product or whatever new innovation your employer is considering.
SPSU's IET graduates work for such powerhouses as Delta Airlines, Shaw Industries, Milliken, General Electric, UPS, Lockheed Martin and several other top companies.
Traditionally industrial engineering technologists have pursued careers in manufacturing environments, but increasingly they hold positions in logistics, banking, healthcare, and transportation. Our student organizations—branches of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and American Society for Quality (ASQ)—put you in contact with professional networks before graduation.
The field of Industrial Engineering Technology offers the student a challenging career in business, industry, or government. Graduates deal primarily with the efficient management of money, materials, and labor in a business and industrial environment.
Career opportunities involve problem solving in the fields of:
Offering the only Industrial Engineering Technology program in the University System of Georgia, Southern Polytechnic prepares you to help make organizations more efficient, productive, and cost-effective. To enable the graduate to solve such a wide variety of business and industrial problems, the curriculum of study is broad and interesting.
Graduates of the Industrial Engineering Technology Program will:
Graduates of the Industrial Engineering Technology Program will demonstrate the following:
The B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET. Further information regarding the accreditation board may be found at abet.org.
Robert W. Atkins Professor
Thomas R. Ball Department Chair
David C. Caudill Professor and Associate VPAA
E. Lester Dollar, III Associate Professor
Ruston M. Hunt Professor and Dean of Extended University
Kenneth W. Jackson Associate Professor
Colleen Phillips Assistant Professor
Christina R. Scherrer Associate Professor
Gregory Wiles Assistant Professor