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To be a strategic partner that communicates progressive knowledge of organized human activities and socio·-technical systems.



Our mission is to:

– Strengthen partnership with relevant stakeholders

– Provide innovative teaching and learning practices

– Develop research capacity in Industrial Engineering


What is industrial engineering

Industrial engineering focuses on improving processes. Industrial engineers analyze and optimize systems such as waiting in line at a theme park, boarding an airplane, helping people at a bank, answering calls at a call center, as well as manufacturing processes such as making airplane parts, car parts, household appliances, food, soda, bottled water, and so on. Industrial engineers will have to take a wide range of support classes such as calculus, physics, chemistry, circuits, and materials engineering. Although the most important support class that an industrial engineer will take is statistics. Statistics is crucial because in the real world processes, such as time it takes to help a customer in line, often can follow some kind of distribution, (which can’t be represented by an equation as easily). Overall industrial engineering is great if you enjoy statistics, working with people, and optimizing profits and time for companies.


Department Achievements

Special Issue in Atmosphere, “Cutting Carbon Pollution: Focus on Industrial and Transportation Sectors



Central Applications Office Website (C.A.O)

Industrial Engineers design systems to enable people and society to improve productivity, efficiency and effectiveness and the quality of the work environment. The systems that are the subject of Industrial Engineering design are broad and are characterized by a need to integrate both the physical and decision making capabilities of humans, together with all other aspects of the system design.

Applications to this programme must be made via the Central Applications Office (CAO):
Tel: 031 268 4444

Each of the subjects listed above is only offered once in the designated semester


Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEng Tech) in Industrial Engineering Entrance Requirements
BEng Tech in Industrial Engineering Career leaflet
Bachelor of Engineering Technology Honours in Industrial Engineering (BEng Tech Honours) Entrance Requirements
Master of Engineering (MEng)  Entrance Requirements 
Doctor of Engineering (DEng) Entrance Requirements

Industrial Engineering Short Course – Introduction to Energy Auditing and Assessment

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Contact Information

Head of Department: Professor Oludolapo Akanni Olanrewaju
Tel: 031 373 6314
Fax: 031 373 2014
Location: S4, L0
Campus: Steve Biko Campus


Secretary:Mrs K Dhavraj
Tel: 031 373 2445
Fax: 031 373 2014
Location: S4, L0
Campus: Steve Biko Campus