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Designing complex systems integral to society

Industrial Engineering is at the heart of the systems that are essential to our society. Industrial engineers design solutions to improve the performance of complex systems of people, technology, and information. Learn more about what Industrial Engineers do.

The Department of Industrial Engineering at Dalhousie provides an educational experience that will prepare you to become a successful professional, capable of undertaking both life-long learning and further advanced studies.

Our programs

We offer co-operative and non-co-operative undergraduate programs that aim to develop engineers who will be successful in their careers, able to address technological and societal challenges and prepares them for both life-long learning and further advanced studies.

We also provide opportunities for both course-based and research-based Masters Degrees and earned Doctorates. These graduate programs aim to develop highly-qualified postgraduates who are self-motivated, independent and clear-thinking individuals capable of undertaking an independent research program.

Real life experience

In their final year all students undertake a major project. Projects are drawn from companies or institutions outside the University and are treated as a consulting assignment. The students are evaluated based upon their ability to achieve an innovative solution by drawing upon the analytical skills developed throughout their program of studies. They must also, of course, satisfy the practical requirements of the outside client.

Gain hands-on experience

Lab work is considered an important component of your education. In the lab, you'll develop hands-on skill and experience and in working with others, you’ll gain the interpersonal skills necessary to be successful as a professional engineer.

Get set for an exciting career

Job opportunities for Industrial Engineers are both challenging and widely based. Former graduates are currently practicing Industrial Engineering in all types of work activity ranging from paper product manufacturing, to airlines, to utilities, to hospitals. Invariably, the work assigned is original in its nature demanding that the Industrial Engineer to be creative in applying his or her many abilities to achieve the best solution. Managers require such results if they are to keep their costs under control in this increasingly competitive world. This requirement will sustain the high demand for Industrial Engineers well into the future.