Industrial Engineering

Virtually every organization: banks, the military, theme parks, airlines, restaurants, retail companies, manufacturers, software companies, even hospitals, need industrial engineers to find new ways to improve quality, save money, and increase productivity. And there’s no better place to launch your career as an expert in innovation than Kettering. Small classes, state-of-the-art labs, co-op and experiential learning opportunities—it’s no surprise that U.S. News & World Report has ranked us at the top for fourteen straight years.

A student calibrates a robotic arm during lab.

The Kettering Advantage

With our co-op program, you’ll have as much as two and a half years of experience by the time you graduate. That puts you ahead of other students who don’t start a co-op or learning assignment until their junior year. You don’t have to wait – you get to the good stuff now! It’s worth repeating: the learning experiences you gain give you the advantage, the Kettering advantage. Through co-op and our experiential learning opportunities you’re a professional and any money you earn is yours to keep.

Example of Employers

Beaumont HospitalsFederal-MogulLear Corporation
Borg-WarnerGeneral ElectricMagna
BoschGeneral MotorsOshkosh Corporation
Dart ContainerHonda of AmericaUPS
Denso Mfg

Get in the Lab

We have production-grade manufacturing equipment.

See our labs in action

Our labs include a foundry, sheet metal presses, machining centers, and plastic molding machines. And you’ll start using this equipment from the first year to learn real-world processes on real-world equipment.

  • Applied Control Systems Design Lab - equipped with state-of-the-art, industrial-grade hardware and software systems, this lab prepares you to apply your knowledge to solve problems in industrial, service, and governmental entities.
  • Human Factors Lab - you'll apply your knowledge of ergonomics in this lab where you’ll figure out how a computer keyboard, a penholder, or even a jackhammer can be improved to enhance efficiency and safety.
  • Work Design Lab - this is where we will teach you the big picture. You will design an entire production system—it could be an entire motorcycle factory, complete with assembly line—all done with Legos. That's right - Legos!
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing Lab - you will get a chance to use robots and computer driven equipment to boost workplace productivity and product performance.

The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET accredits Kettering University's engineering programs.


The Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

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