FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
Duration of Course: 4 Years
Industrial Engineers define, design, deploy and refine physical and conceptual systems that improve efficiency, quality, productivity, job satisfaction, certainty and customer happiness. They use a mix of engineering design skills, business skills, interpersonal and legal skills to do so.
Industrial Engineers enable people, technology, information, materials, methods and money to work together productively and effectively. Industrial Engineering originated more than a century ago from the industrial revolution when industries started to search for the best, cheapest and fastest way to manufacture products. Today, Industrial Engineers are found in all kinds of industries, just to name a few ...
In Manufacturing Industry: Do you dislike waste? So do Industrial Engineers. So much so that they work hard to ensure that each product that you buy off the shelf was produced in the most resource friendly, environmentally friendly and cost effective way. Also, they make sure it gets to the place you want to buy it so you don't have to wait or search for stock!
In Food and Beverage Industry: Industrial Engineers ensure that each product you eat has been produced according to quality processes and packaged in a way that protects it. When you go to any supermarket to purchase your groceries, remember that every product in that store had to get there somehow and an Industrial Engineer was most likely involved by designing the supply chains and quality processes.
In Banking: Imagine ATMs only had enough cash for you 50% of the time or you had to wait 3 hours every time you wanted to perform any banking activity. Industrial Engineers are excellent if banks want to ensure that this never becomes a reality. They design processes, build simulation models, use operations management and customer service design to ensure that banking is as painless and high-tech as possible.
In short: It is an Industrial Engineer who helps airports decide when and from which gate should airplanes depart. In a hospital, how many beds and nurses to be allocated to each hospital ward. Whether you use a motor vehicle, a chocolate bar or a cell phone or whether you withdraw money or withdraw blood, you can be pretty sure that an Industrial Engineer was involved in the design, manufacturing or distribution of that product or service.
Prof Liezl van Dyk (Programme Manager)
(018) 299 1524
Office: Office 101, Building G15A, NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Contact Me For: Prospective Students, General Enquiries, SAIIE Conference and Postgraduate Enquiries.
Mrs Rojanette Coetzee (Lecturer)
(018) 299 1663
Office: Office 108, Building G15A, NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Contact Me For: Production optimization research or queries, lean manufacturing, theory of constrains or related research
Mrs Chantelle Coetzee (Junior Lecturer)
(018) 285 2528
Office: Office 112, Building G15A, NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Contact Me For: General Industrial Engineering Enquiries
Mr Hasan Darwish (Lecturer and Marketing Coordinator)
(018) 299 4025
Office: Office 111, Building G15A, NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Contact Me For: Open Day, Prospective Students, Industry Visits, Sponsorships and General Marketing
Mr Ephraim Moshidi (Lecturer)
Office: Office 110, Building G15A, NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Contact Me For: Supply Chain, Aviation, General Consultation.
Mrs Maria van Zyl
Office: Office 105, Building G15A, NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Contact Me For: Operational Excellence, Quality Management
|Extra-Ordinary Associate Professors|
Prof Chris van Schoor
Prof Fanie Terblanche
|Curriculum and Work|
Please download the curriculum for more information. The Industrial Department is located at Building G15A, NWU Potchefstroom Campus
Where will I work?
As an Industrial Engineer you will have great employment prospects in South Africa and_abroad. ECSA accreditation ensures that you can work in all countries that have signed the washington accord (Australia, Canada, USA, India, Russia, UK....and more!)
In South Africa, Industrial Engineers are for example contributing to the following industries:
International companies which are currently or recently headed up by Industrial Engineers include:
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