The Industrial Engineering (IE) is a discipline specializing in design, operation, and analysis of integrated production systems (manufacturing and service systems) that consist of people, materials, information, equipment, and energy. This discipline is a multi-engineering discipline where engineering and technology sciences, social and operation management sciences, and industrial engineering sciences and tools interconnected to provide an engineering profession capable to solve complicated system assuring the system high performance, productivity, flexibility, and producing products or services with improved  quality at cost control.

The profession of industrial engineering can be described as follows:

  • It is a profession focused on the design and operation of the integrated production system and its resources leading to the following:
    • Facilitate the production process and develop production methods and systems with high productivity.
    • Develop and innovate high-competitive products that meet the requirements and achieve competitive products at a competitive price and quality.
    • Achieve performance in a productive, economical and efficient manner, timely production, competitive price and outstanding quality.
  • It is a flexible profession with multiple opportunities for employment to deal with multiple production systems of different types and specialties, whether industrial or service.
  • It is a profession that mixes multiple scientific and specialized curricula to be used in the execution of the design and operational work of production systems and products.
  • It is a profession applies the following ways:
    • The use of engineering methods to analyze and design the engineering systems using scientific information and facts by methodological and mathematical methods and measurement of performance.
    • The use of scientific, administrative and social methods for planning, monitoring and providing resources, organizing work, and identify the work elements, skills and effective participation to work efficiency and productivity.
    • The use of intellectual methods to build the philosophy of production and work where creativity and innovation work on the continuous development and improvement of products and processes to eliminate their complexity and excess cost to meet the requirements of work and customers.

The specialization of industrial engineering is characterized by skills and knowledge that are aligned with the vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030 and the strategic directions of the governmental and private sectors that seek to develop and operate industrial and service systems. Therefore, industrial engineering offer founded engineering discipline that implement the vision projects and initiatives in all industrial and service sectors and play a strong role in planning, design, and operating those systems.

The program offers High quality, up-to-date and internationally recognized program. It is prepared to contain different disciplines courses related to industrial engineering. It is based on scientific and technological foundations, integrated knowledge, and skills of the applied sciences, engineering sciences, and industrial engineering sciences. The program is built on solid mathematics, basic sciences and engineering sciences core, in addition to industrial engineering courses in production and manufacturing, ergonomics, human factors and safety, operation management, operations research, engineering economics, quality engineering, reliability, facilities planning and materials handling. It includes electives in operation systems, Manufacturing Systems, and human factor systems. The program includes senior design courses in which students apply principles and knowledge acquired through the curriculum to an actual industrial problem. In addition, the program is supported with strong field experience training though co-op program.

The graduate will be equipped with a broad technical background and the necessary analytical and experimental skills to identify, formulate, and solve complex problems applied in various systems such as production and Manufacturing Systems, operation systems, and human systems and many other systems. In addition, it gives the student the flexibility to pursue careers in variety of manufacturing and service organizations and work in related job functions in consulting, industry (manufacturing and services), government and academia.

The IE program at Al Yamamah University has four years of study after a first preparation year.  To obtain the B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering, the student must successfully complete 135 credit hours. The IE requirements include 18 credit hours in general education (English language, Arabic language, Islamic courses, learning skills, and introduction to management courses), 33 credit hours in mathematics and basic sciences, 13 credit hours in general engineering sciences, 59 credit hours in industrial engineering core, 6 credit hours in selected area of industrial engineering (Operation systems, Manufacturing Systems, ergonomics and safety systems), and 6 credit hours for Co-op Training.

Industrial Engineering department Vision

To achieve the highest standards of education in industrial engineering by graduating well-qualified and competent industrial engineers, who contribute to the well-being of society by providing innovative systems, products, and services.

Industrial Engineering department Mission

To provide a high quality industrial engineering education with a set of skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will permit its graduates to succeed and thrive as industrial engineers and leaders, and prepare them to pursue life-long learning, meet intellectual and career challenges, and serve the profession.

Industrial Engineering department Objectives

The mission is achieved on bases of the following objectives:

  • To provide excellent teaching and adequate education environment with state of the art knowledge and technology related to Industrial Engineering
  • To contribute towards developments of the knowledge in Saudi Arabia and its excellence in education system in general
  • To encourage the faculty to conduct good research activities for developing the IE knowledge and sciences
  • To have strong cooperation with local industry and provide services to the local society.

Industrial Engineering Program Mission

The mission of the program is to equip the Industrial Engineering graduates with a well-balanced scientific, practical, and knowledge well as communication skills and ethics in order to excel in working professionally in different industrial specialized areas nationally and internationally fulfilling the technological needs and well-being of society.

Industrial Engineering program objectives

  1. Graduate will have the skills and knowledge of industrial engineering sciences and tools to be able to solve effectively real life problems in industrial systems.
  2. Graduate will be able to assume leadership roles in their profession and in their organizations and communities.
  3. Graduate will have the motivation for self-professional development and life-long learning.
  4. Graduates will be capable to communicate and work effectively and ethically as individuals and as team members.

Career Opportunities

Industrial engineering provides the graduates with broad career opportunities, ranging from service systems such as banking system, healthcare system… to Manufacturing Systems in wide range of organizations in private and government sections. Graduates of the Industrial Engineering program will be able to pursue career in a variety of technical positions, including quality engineering, manufacturing engineering, technical sales, logistical planning, management engineering, Operations Engineering, Safety engineering, Maintenance Engineering, Production Engineering, Cost Engineering, Project Engineering, and many others.  Most them move into supervisory and management roles and many become executive leaders in their chosen industries.