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INDUSTRIAL AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Industrial and systems engineers design and improve processes to make work safe, faster, easier, and more rewarding in service industries, entertainment companies, shipping and logistics companies, and healthcare organizations. Whether shortening a rollercoaster line, streamlining an operating room, distributing products worldwide, or manufacturing superior automobiles, industrial and systems engineers face the challenge and common goal of saving money and increasing efficiency.

COURSE SELECTION

Freshman

  • Familiarize yourself with engineering requirements and explore interest areas
  • Complete pre-engineering courses

Sophomore

  • Maintain a strong GPA, seek academic support early and often
  • Complete gateway courses
  • Select Engineering elective and consider adding a minor

Junior

  • Complete gateway courses

Senior

  • Complete major courses, INSY electives, and technical elective
  • Schedule graduation check with Engineering Students Services academic advisor one semester prior to graduation
  • Register for the graduation list, Univ 4AAO EN1, for your final semester

ASK FOR ASSISTANCE

Freshman

  • Meet with Academic Advisor each semester to develop your academic plan and course schedule
  • Talk to professors about specific areas of interest
  • Enroll in the ISE department email list
  • Check out free ESS tutoring, study partners, and academic coaching
  • Visit the Engineering CDCR to discuss majors of interest and begin career planning

Sophomore

  • Form study groups with class mates. Continue to seek free Academic Support resources such as Study Partners, Supplemental Instruction, and academic coaching
  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to help you build a resume, learn about internships, and complete your Handshake profile
  • Attend ISE advising in Shelby Center

Junior

  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore companies, update your resume, and gain customized career assistance
  • Continue to meet with your departmental advisor to gauge your progress and modify planning as needed

Senior

  • Meet with the Engineering CDCR to explore career opportunities and for assistance with strategies for your full-time job search
  • Meet with your departmental advisor to review progress and plan for graduation

GAIN EXPERIENCE

Freshman

  • Identify someone in a professional position of interest to you. Conduct an informational interview with them to learn about what they do
  • Look for job shadowing opportunities in your areas of interest
  • Explore the Co-Op Program. Co-Op orientation take place during the first 3 weeks of each semester
  • Attend technical seminars in the department

Sophomore

  • Intern and/or participate in Co-Op to add valuable work experience to your resume
  • Explore study abroad opportunities
  • Explore undergraduate research. Learn more through Engineering Undergraduate Research and University Undergraduate Research. Talk to faculty and advisors for guidance
  • Attend fall and spring Career Fairs
  • Create a LinkedIn account and profile to increase your visibility to potential employers

Junior

  • Continue with Co-Op or Internships
  • Attend on-campus seminars by engineering professionals
  • Attend departmental Career Fair, as well as University Fall and Spring Career Fairs
  • If you are considering graduate school, start studying and take the GRE. Get involved with undergraduate research projects and explore publication opportunities. Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair. If eligible, apply to the Accelerated Masters Program
  • Use LinkedIn to identify alumni who can assist you in your job search

Senior

  • Attend fall and spring Career Fairs
  • Attend graduate and professional school recruiting events
  • Continue gaining experience through co-op, internships, part-time jobs, or job shadowing that will assist you during interviews for full-time employment

GET INVOLVED

Freshman

  • Check out AU Involve and Engineering organizations to identify groups of interest such as Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • Attend at least one professional society meeting

Sophomore

  • Consider leadership roles in organizations you are currently involved in
  • Seek campus and community service opportunities
  • Continue involvement in an organization where you can develop your interests, build social connections, and enhance your resume

Junior

  • Attain leadership roles in IISE, INFORMS, ASSE, HFES and other University-wide organizations
  • Become a student member in professional organizations related to your major
  • Attend regional and national conferences for professional and/or student organizations. Submit proposals to present your work

Senior

  • Become a team leader or project manager
  • Begin to use the connections you made through campus involvement and College or department alumni contacts to begin your full-time job search

SAMPLE JOB TITLES

Business Analyst
Minimum Education: B.I.S.E. / B.S.
Entry Level Salary Range: $60K - $83.9K

Manufacturing Engineer
Minimum Education: B.I.S.E.
Entry Level Salary Range: $60.5K - $109.2K

Technical Sales Representative
Minimum Education: B.I.S.E. / B.S.
Entry Level Salary Range: $29.5K - $74.2K