Study the information below to familiarize yourself with the Industrial Engineering Programme. More information can be found in the Undergraduate Yearbook.

The curriculum for Industrial Engineering at the NWU is as follows:

First Year

  • Academic Literacy Development
  • Programming for Engineers
  • Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Basic Physics I
  • Introductory Algebra and Calculus I
  • Engineering Graphics I
  • Statics and Mathematical Modelling
  • Electrotechnique I
  • Introduction to Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Science I
  • Basic Physics II
  • Introductory Algebra and Calculus II
  • Practical Engineering Practice

Second Year

  • Dynamics I
  • Differential Equations
  • Electrotechnique II
  • Advanced Calculus I
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Algorithms and Optimisation
  • Understanding the World of Engineering
  • Thermal-Fluid Sciences
  • Operations Management for Engineers
  • Optimisation and Numerical Methods
  • Engineering Communication
  • Introductory Labour Law
  • Statistics for Industrial Engineering

Third Year

  • Engineering Economics
  • Operational Excellence
  • Simulation Modelling
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Object-oriented Software Development
  • Control Theory
  • Advanced Optimisation
  • Statistical Learning for Engineers
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Engineering in the South African and Global Context

Fourth Year

  • Engineering Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Facilities Design
  • Systems Engineering
  • Databases and Web Programming
  • Business Engineering
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Vacation Training Seniors
  • Project

Professional Bodies

As an NWU​ industrial engineer you may register with the following professional bodies:

Career opportunities

Industrial engineers work in many industries, such as the following:

  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Agriculture
  • Banking and finance
  • Food industry
  • Healthcare
  • ICT (information and communications technology)
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Manufacturing, mining, and energy
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Service and consulting
  • Tourism