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Stellenbosch University BEng in Industrial Engineering
Stellenbosch University

BEng in Industrial Engineering

Stellenbosch, South Africa

4 Years


Full time

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ZAR 73,980 / per year



The Department of Industrial Engineering is renowned for its steadfast output of dynamic, creative, forward-thinking, and innovative industrial engineers who are actively sought-after by local and international companies in industries ranging from manufacturing and consulting to retail, logistics, and information technology. Our department is situated in a dedicated five-level, newly refurbished state-of-the-art building and boasts award-winning academic staff spanning a diverse scope of research fields such as data science, operations management, manufacturing, engineering management, and operations research.

What does industrial engineering entail?

BEng in Industrial Engineering is a discipline of engineering dealing with the optimization of complex processes or systems. It is concerned with the development, improvement, implementation, and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, materials, analysis, and synthesis, as well as the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems or processes.

Its underlying concepts overlap considerably with certain business-oriented disciplines such as operations management and financial management, but the engineering side tends to emphasize extensive mathematical proficiency and usage of quantitative methods.

What are common practical examples of tasks performed by industrial engineers?

  • Reconfigure airport check-in services to shorten queues and improve passenger satisfaction.

  • Streamline an operating room so that it is safer, faster, and easier to use.

  • Analyse retail customer order history to predict future behaviour and develop targeted marketing strategies.

  • Investigate how mineral-rich countries can leverage their mineral endowments optimally for sustainable development.

  • Routing and scheduling decisions for fleets of delivery vehicles.

  • Employee duty roster or timetabling decisions for the manufacturing and health sectors.

  • Manufacture customised products like a maxillofacial implant that is surgically inserted into patients who have lost significant portions of their facial bone structure due to disease.

  • Shelf-space allocation and inventory decisions for retailers.

  • Crop irrigation and agricultural pest control.

  • Facility location decisions for effective supply chain logistics

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