Industrial engineers optimise systems by creatively designing solutions that integrate people, processes and technology. They enable people, technology, information, materials, methods and money to work together productively and effectively. Industrial engineering originated more than a century ago during the industrial revolution when industries started to search for the best, cheapest and fastest way to manufacture products. However, today it is imperative to employ industrial engineers in various industries due to advancements in technology and the current demand of the market place.

Industrial engineering is among the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa. In order to study Industrial Engineering, the following admission requirements are needed:

  • 70% for Mathematics
  • 60% for Physical Sciences
  • 60% for Home Language (English or Afrikaans)
  • APS of 31
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The curriculum at the NWU for Industrial Engineering is as follows:

First Year

  •  Algebra and Calculus I
  •  Algebra and Calculus II
  •  Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  •  Statistics and Mathematical Modelling
  •  Basic Physics I
  •  Basic Physics II
  •  Programming for Engineers
  •  Electrotechniques I
  •  Engineering Graphics I
  •  Introduction to Industrial Engineering
  •  Practical Engineering Practice
  •  Material Science I
  •  Language and Academic Literacy skills

Second Year

  •  Advanced Calculus I
  •  Thermodynamics I
  •  Linear Algebra I
  •  Optimisation and Numerical Methods
  •  Dynamics I
  •  Operations Management for Engineers
  •  Differential Equations
  •  Introductory Labour Law
  •  Electrotechniques II
  •  Engineering Communication
  •  Algorithms and Optimisation
  •  Understanding the Technological World 

Third Year

  •  Simulation
  •  Predictive Modelling and Machine Learning
  •  Engineering Statistics
  •  Advanced Optimisation
  •  Object-Oriented Software Development
  •  Control Theory
  •  Operational Excellence
  •  Manufacturing Technology
  •  Supply Chain Management
  •  Science, Technology and Society
  •  Engineering Economics

Fourth Year

  • Quality Assurance
  •  Vacation Training
  •  Business Analytics
  •  Project
  •  Database and Web Programming
  •  Engineering Management
  •  Systems Engineering
  •  Business Engineering and Design
  •  Facilities Design

As an NWU​ Industrial Engineer you may register with the following professional Bodies:

Industrial engineers may work in the following industries:

  • Manufacturing, mining and energy
  • Food industry
  • IT and telecommunications
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Healthcare
  • Banking and finance
  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Agriculture
  • Service and consulting