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This is an exciting time to be part of the modern-day, industrial and manufacturing revolution. Services, industries and government agencies are increasingly being automated and interconnected and an industrial engineering degree from UWM can prepare you to succeed in this rapidly-changing field. 

When you earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering at UWM, you’ll benefit from our long-standing collaborations with the region’s historically strong manufacturing community, many of whom offer well-paid internships, co-ops, and work with our students on classroom projects. 

Plus, you’ll also have access to a next-gen factory located on campus, a testbed where you can virtually simulate solutions to common manufacturing challenges and execute those solutions physically.

Program Type

Major, Minor

Program Format

On Campus

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Career Outlook

The job outlook is very positive for those with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering. It is one of fastest growing fields in engineering and in 2022 had a median salary of $96,350*.

Nationwide, there were 327,300 jobs in the field in 2022. Nearly 70,000 of those jobs were in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois.

 *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Engineering Drawing and CAD Design Course: Final Projects

What to Expect

You will study the design, control, operation, evaluation, and implementation of systems and processes for service and manufacturing industries as well as government organizations. The minimum number of credits required to complete this degree is 120. 

You can elect to develop a strength by earning one of three concentrations:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Operations Research and Logistics
  • Ergonomics and Human Factors.


You will be eligible for these honors in the major during your studies and upon completing your degree.

You also will be eligible for these honors during your studies and upon completing your degree.

UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science program provides many opportunities to pair classroom learning with hands-on experiences outside the classroom. The college’s location in Wisconsin’s largest city, with a broad network of industry partnerships, gives you easy access to well-paid internships and co-ops, as well as other important opportunities to enhance your resume. 

Did you know? 

  • 95.1 percent of our graduates launch their careers or continue their education upon graduation.
  • SOURCE: UWM First Destination Survey for the College of Engineering & Applied Science, December 2021

Internships & Co-ops

Our students have had many hands-on opportunities to develop their skills and to determine what type of career experience they would like after graduation, while often earning a significant paycheck over summer breaks and even during the academic year.

Here are some of the businesses where our industrial engineering degree students have had internships, co-ops or careers:

  • Apple
  • Bruno Independent Living Aids
  • Cree Lighting
  • FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Gardner Denver
  • Komatsu
  • Krones
  • Master Lock
  • Perlick
  • Rockwell Automation
  • UPS
  • Usinger’s
Capstones/Senior Design projects

In your senior year, you’ll team up with other students to complete a Capstone Project, during which you’ll use what you’ve learned in class to complete an experience similar to an employer request.

Student organizations

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Promotes the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and foster actions for sustainable development.

Institute for Operations Research & The Management Sciences

Encourages interest in the field of operations research and management sciences

Society of Manufacturing Engineering

Non-profit student and professional association for educating and advancing the manufacturing industry in North America.

Student Water Council

Seeks to create awareness of water issues and research opportunities, and to assist in the development of the greater Milwaukee region as a world water hub.

Water Environment Federation – American Water Works Association

Promotes student interest in environmental and water management issues; promotes professional development for students interested in the engineering aspects of these issues.

For full descriptions and contact information of all engineering and Industrial Engineering related student organizations and clubs, click here.

Resource Rooms & Teaching Labs

UWM students have a wealth of resources available to them within the College of Engineering & Applied Science. From computer labs and tutoring resources to teaching labs and spaces to create or collaborate. Details here.

Research Oppurtunities

We’re a top tier R1 research university and our students have the opportunity to work with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as artificial intelligence, batteries, data visualization, clean energy, power systems and grids, nanotechnology and sensors.

You can work with faculty engaged in leading-edge research in areas such as:

  • Lean manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Material handling & distribution
  • Real-time resource management
  • Systems design modeling
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational Biomechanics

Undergraduates also have the opportunity to get paid to do research with UWM’s SURF (Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows) Program which fosters a win-win situation for both faculty and students.

Both graduates and undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the annual Student Research Poster Competition to see who can best represent their research visually on a poster and verbally by describing it to judges.

Product Realization Course

This optional course is co-taught by an engineering professor and an art professor. Interdisciplinary teams of student engineers, artists and designers present ideas professionally, deliver presentations and take an idea from concept to design to prototype.    

Student Startup Challenge

Directed by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, the UWM Student Startup Challenge is an optional, co-curricular program that fosters our students’ innovative and entrepreneurial ideas. You can work alone or as part of a team as you gain the skills that come from entrepreneurial experience.

We’re Here to Help

We have a dedicated Career Services Department at the College of Engineering & Applied Science who works exclusively with our students to prepare them for a career after graduation.

What You’ll Do

As a graduate, you can work for public or private sectors to optimize complex processes and systems. Because of the flexibility and value of industrial engineering skills, your employment opportunities are numerous and diverse. Your work might focus on:

  • Improving productivity
  • Reducing waste/preserving natural resources
  • Maximizing profits
  • Minimizing injuries

Student Stories

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I have been provided with the opportunity to work in manufacturing where I can implement my classroom knowledge to (solve) real world problems.”

Valentina (Paid Internship, Krones)Senior, Industrial Engineering


Megan Wisnowski
  • Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names M-R
Brandon Clark
  • Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names A-E
Tina Current
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning F-L
  • Prospective Transfer Student Liaison
Jennie Klumpp
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning S-Z
  • Prospective Student Liaison


Steven Anderson
  • Retention Coordinator, Tutoring
  • Student Support Center Coordinator
  • Freshmen Orientation Instructor


Satya Akundi
  • Assistant Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Geospatial Data Science Lab
Dah Chuan Gong
  • Scientist II, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Jaejin Jang
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Department Chair, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Khan, Iftekharuddin
  • Teaching Faculty 1, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Lab Manager
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  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Co-Director (Co-PI), UWM Industrial Assessment Center
  • Director, NSF/S-STEM: Preparing Engineers Computer Scientists
Matthew Petering
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Dean Brett Peters
  • Dean, Engineering & Applied Science Office of the Dean
Hamid Seifoddini
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
The Industrial Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering

Contact Info:

Street Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784