Are you interested in big-picture problem solving to help companies increase productivity and profitability? Do you want an engineering related degree that is focused on improving systems, but less on mathematics? Do you want to have a variety of professional options after graduation?

IET majors are highly sought after by business and industry employers as they are good in two arenas: (1) making components and parts work together to create functioning automated systems, and (2) lead problem solving teams to improve productivity and profitability for business processes.

The industrial engineering technology program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in the improvement of processes in production and service environments. This includes instruction in process and productivity improvement, production line operations, inventory control, operations management, cost and capital project analysis, plant layout, work planning, quality systems, and statistical quality control. Our society needs technologists who can apply math and science to operate and improve complex systems and operate and manage production facilities to produce complex products.

Students in the program also gain valuable knowledge and experience in the establishment of systems, systems analysis, electronics and instrumentation, computer-aided design and manufacturing, programmable logic controllers, electronics, hydraulic and pneumatic control systems, robotics, and automation. Graduates from this program are hired as industrial engineers/technologists, productivity improvement specialists, process and quality control engineers, and for overall management in manufacturing and service industries. The program employs an application-oriented hands-on approach to allow students to learn and practice skills in communications, teamwork, problem solving, management, and leadership. Knowledge of Lean manufacturing, Lean Enterprise and Six-Sigma are also cornerstones of the program. A capstone project is conducted in the final semester by students to validate the concepts learned. After successfully completing the capstone project, many students from the program are offered full-time employment where they have conducted the project.

ECU Advantage

Instructors at ECU who teach in the IET program have several years of practical experience in their fields, and constantly consult with industry. This allows them to impart the latest knowledge to the students. The students also benefit by the instructors familiarity with regional industry through meaningful capstone projects and better job prospects. The ECU IET program, due to the wide knowledge-base covered, prepares students to work in a variety of professional fields immediately after graduation, including manufacturing, health care, banking, and other service industries.

Graduates from the IET program have performed extremely well in above mentioned areas in manufacturing and services businesses, and managed to quickly move into higher level technology and engineering functions. The wide appeal for the IET program is shown by the diverse range of firms who have employed the graduates. Graduates from this program with a bachelor's degree can expect a median salary in the range from $50,000 to $65,000.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Merwan Mehta (204 Science and Technology Building; 252-328-9721; mehtam@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement is 124 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics

  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or
  • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making

  • PHYS 1250 - General Physics I
  • PHYS 1251 - General Physics Laboratory I
  • PHYS 1260 - General Physics II
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology
2. Core - 69 s.h.
  • DESN 2034 - Engineering Graphics I
  • DESN 2035 - Engineering Graphics I Laboratory
  • DESN 2036 - Computer-Aided Design and Drafting
  • DESN 2037 - Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Laboratory
  • IENG 2020 - Materials and Processes Technology
  • IENG 2021 - Materials and Processes Technology Laboratory
  • IENG 2076 - Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • IENG 2077 - Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Laboratory
  • IENG 3020 - Robotics in Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • IENG 3021 - Robotics in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory
  • IENG 3300 - Plant Layout and Materials Handling
  • IENG 3600 - Statics and Strength of Materials
  • IENG 4020 - Manufacturing System Planning
  • IENG 4023 - Advanced Manufacturing Systems
  • IENG 4024 - Electromechanical Systems Integration
  • IENG 4025 - Electromechanical Systems Integration Laboratory
  • IENG 4200 - Work Methods and Ergonomics Analysis
  • IENG 4900 - Capstone
  • ITEC 2000 - Industrial Technology Applications of Computer Systems
  • ITEC 2054 - Electricity/Electronics Fundamentals
  • ITEC 2055 - Electricity/Electronics Fundamentals Laboratory
  • ITEC 2080 - Thermal and Fluid Systems
  • ITEC 2081 - Thermal and Fluid Systems Laboratory
  • ITEC 2090 - Electromechanical Systems
  • ITEC 2091 - Electromechanical Systems Laboratory
  • ITEC 3200 - Introduction to Statistical Process Control
  • ITEC 3290 - Technical Writing
  • ITEC 3292 - Industrial Safety
  • ITEC 3300 - Technology Project Management
  • ITEC 3800 - Cost and Capital Project Analysis
  • ITEC 4293 - Industrial Supervision
  • ITEC 4300 - Quality Assurance Concepts
3. Cognates - 7 s.h.
  • CHEM 1020 - General Descriptive Chemistry *
  • MATH 1074 - Applied Trigonometry
  • PHYS 1261 - General Physics Laboratory II *
  • Note:

    * May count toward general education requirements.

    4. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Manufacturing, Service and Healthcare Industries
      • Industrial Engineers and Industrial Technologists
      • Productivity Improvement Specialists
      • Lean Six-Sigma Coordinators
      • Process and Quality Control Engineers
      • Manufacturing Engineers and Manufacturing Technologists
      • Manufacturing Technology/Technician

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.