Industrial engineering and management is a broad area integrating engineering, economical, informatics, organizational, and management aspects. An industrial and management engineer applies scientific and engineering principles to systems that combine equipment, materials, and humans for problem solving in industry and services. One of the basic tools in systems analysis and in the system in general is the computer. Computerization is thus a major issue rewarding an industrial engineer and manager in almost all branches of industry (electronics, chemical industry, food processing, construction, etc.) as well as in services and commerce (communications and telecommunications, electricity and energy production, health services and hospitals, banking, insurance, to name just a few).
An industrial and management engineer must have a high degree of intellectual curiosity; the courage to pose tough questions on long-accepted notions; profound knowledge in a wide diversity of areas; analytical and creative thinking; the ability to integrate solutions from diverse areas; proficiency in planning and organization; a businesslike, cooperative attitude; and leadership qualities so as to implement plans and introduce changes.
Undergraduates learn to work in a wide spectrum of areas: systems operations and management, analysis and optimization of complex systems, planning and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, work methods analysis, developing computer integrated production systems, economic analyses, designing and integrating information systems for an organization, solving human engineering and complex operational problems, and planning factories and conveyor systems.
The study program combines acquiring theoretical and practical knowledge which includes learning the basic principles of mathematics, physics, in conjunction with theoretical and applied courses in all fields of industrial engineering and management. In addition to theoretical studies, the program emphasizes the students' acquisition of practical knowledge and experience through specialization in industry or services, and the students' final project under the combined tutelage of academic advisors and experienced engineers from industry and services.
Undergraduate studies last four years (eight semesters).
The program requirements:
· Compulsory courses (116-122 academic credits).
· Electives (30-36 academic credits).
· Fourth year final project (8 academic credits).
Students who excel in their first and second year can choose from the following areas of specialization:
· industrial systems
· information systems
· management systems
Students taking specialized courses must exceed a 75 points final in each course in order to obtain a specialization certificate.
The department reserves the right to implement changes in the program.
Department graduates are eligible for admission into the Engineers and Architects Registry.
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