Industrial Engineering B.S.

Industrial Engineering B.S.


Industrial Engineering program at Navajo Technical University focuses on material science, manufacturing processes, CAD/CAM, and rapid prototyping. Industrial Engineering is a branch of engineering that deals with design and improvement of integrated systems, including human resources, materials, equipment, and energy; using mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences to maximize production of goods and services. In order to maximize efficiency, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully and then design manufacturing information systems to meet those requirements using physical and mathematical models. In addition, they develop management control systems to help in financial planning and cost analysis, and they design production planning and control systems to coordinate activities and ensure product quality. Furthermore, they design and improve systems for the physical distribution of goods and services and determine the most efficient plant locations as part of facilities planing operations. In a nutshell, industrial engineers determine the most effective ways to use the basic factors or production; namely people, machines, materials, information, and energy to make products and provide services.

The program is designed to help the Navajo Nation, state, and federal agencies and companies prepare for careers in the 21st century. Graduates of Industrial Engineering should be able to seek gainful employment in manufacturing and servicing companies such as petroleum, pharmaceuticals, automotive, industrial products, transportation, aerospace, food products, consultants, computers, and consumer products, and communications. Also, graduates of this program can be employed in companies that need the following personnel: manufacturing engineers, quality control engineers, process engineers, field engineers, facilities engineer, logistic manager, operations manager, materials engineer, and project manager.

A Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering requires 123 credit hours and is designed for a four-year program of study. Students in the baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in the upper division courses, i.e., 300 and 400 level courses before they can graduate. The minimum credit load for a full-time student is 12 credit hours per semester.

  • General Education Requirements – 22 Credits
  • Core IE Requirements – 72 Credits
  • Mathematics and Sciences – 26 Credits
  • Technical Electives – 3 Credits

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Program Educational Objectives of the NTU Industrial Engineering Program

  • PEO 1.   Graduates will provide value to the Diné community through research, community engagement, service learning, and activities designed to foster cultural and environmental preservation and sustainable economic development.
  • PEO 2.   Graduates will create, high quality, team-oriented, hands-on learning environment based on the Diné cultural principles: Nitsáhákees, Nahátá, Iina, Siihasin.
  • PEO 3.   Graduates will use their hands-on skills, design, analyze, and Industrial Engineering knowledge in their industrial profession, research or academia and to achieve success in life.
  • PEO 4.   Graudates will gain awareness of professional community involvement, leadership, continuing education, safety, health, ethical responsibilities, and life-long learning.

Student Outcomes of the NTU Industrial Engineering Program

The student outcomes for the IE program at NTU are used for assessment. Periodically, the program is evaluated in terms of its attainment of the established student outcomes. Results of this periodic assessment will be used as inputs in Educational Planning and Programming at NTU. These student outcomes are shown below.

  1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. An ability to select and apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined engineering technology problems.
  7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  10. Knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  11. A commitment of quality, timelines, and continuous improvement.

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Industrial Engineering Requirements (123 Credits)

ENG-110   Freshman Composition 3
IT-105   Introduction to Programming 3
MTH-162   Calculus I 4
ENGR-103   Introduction to Engineering 3
ENGR-123   Computer Skills for Engineering 3
Semester TWO 
NAV-101   Navajo Language 4
HUM-170   History of Native Americans in Media 3
ENGR-130   Engineering Graphics 3
ENGR-169   Basic Statistics and Probability 3
ENGR-143   Characteristics of Engineering Materials 3
Semester THREE 
MTH-163   Calculus II 4
CHM-120   General Chemistry I 4
ENG-111   Composition and Research 3
ENGR-230   Advanced Engineering Graphics 3
ENGR-236   Inferential Engineering Statistics 3
Semester FOUR 
HST-211   American History 3
PHY-111   Algebra Based Physics 4
IE-235   Lean Production 3
COM-130   Public Speaking 3
Semester FIVE 
IE-223   Design and Manufacturing Processes I 3
ME-345   Statics 3
MTH-410   Linear Algebra 3
ENGR-313   Engineering Economics 3
Semester SIX 
MTH-310   Differential Equations 4
ME-353   Fluid Mechanics 3
IE-323   Human Factors in Product Design 3
IE-343   Design and Manufacturing Processes II 3
IE-363   Design of Experiment 3
Semester SEVEN 
IE-380   Project Management 3
IE-413   Quality Control 3
IE-433   Metrology and Instrumentation 3
IE-453   Engineering Optimization 3
ME-354   Thermodynamics 3
Semester EIGHT 
IE-424   Capstone 3
IE-463   Facility Planning and Design 3
IE-473   Inventory Control and Production Plan 3
IE-494   System Simulation 3
Technical ELECTIVE Choose one: 3
        IE-483   Rapid Prototyping  
        AMT-311   Laser Scanning Methods and Technique  
        AMT-370   Robotics / Offline Programming  
        PHY-121   Calculus Based Physics  
        Special Topics  
Summer Session 
IE-312   Summer Session 3


Program Advisors
Harry S. Whiting II, PE, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
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M.S., Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University


Dr. Gholam Ehteshami, Professor / Conditional of Mechanical Engineering / Department Chairperson for School of Engineering, Math, & Technology
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Phone: 505.786.4163

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Minor: Mathematics / Statistics, Oregon State University
B.S., PetroChemical Engineering, Abadan Institute of Technology, Iran


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