Welcome to Industrial Engineering Stellenbosch University

Thinking of a career in industrial engineering? Or are you already a student at our department? Then this is where you will find all the information you need for your studies.

Even if you are a past student, already working in the industrial engineering field, we have something for you… just browse to see how we can help you make a success of a career in industrial engineering.


  • Are you technically minded, with a strong interest in business and finance?
  • Do you have diverse interests, possibly clouding your choice between the various pure branches of engineering, the natural sciences and/or the analytical branches of commerce?
  • Do you enjoy working with people?
  • Do you have an aptitude for science and mathematics?
  • Are you interested in computers and are eager to learn more about computer programming and application development?
  • Are you interested in computers and are eager to learn more about computer programming and application development?
  • Do you have the ability to analyse a problem from both a microscopic and telescopic (holistic) perspective?
  • Do you believe the real world is not only governed by the laws of nature, but is also affected by chance

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of the questions above, industrial engineering may well be for you!



Industrial engineers are responsible for the analysis, design, planning, implementation, operation, management and maintenance of integrated systems consisting of people, money, material, equipment, information and energy.

Quite a mouthful! For that reason, a person with a degree in industrial engineering has a very wide choice in terms of work environment, type of employer or self-employment.

These are the fields you will be exposed to as an undergraduate:

Management in all business and organisational activities is the act of coordinating the efforts of people to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. Management comprises planning, organising, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling an organisation (a group of one or more people or entities) or effort for the purpose of accomplishing a goal.

Analytics is the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data. Especially valuable in areas rich with recorded information, analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming and operations research to quantify performance.

Logistics is the management of the flow of resources between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet certain requirements. The resources managed in logistics can include physical items, such as food, materials, equipment, liquids, and staff; as well as abstract items, such as time, information, particles, and energy. The logistics of physical items usually involve the integration of information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security. The complexity of logistics can be modelled, analysed, visualised, and optimised by Industrial Engineering techniques.

Manufacturing is the production of goods for use or sale using labor and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation. The term may refer to a range of human activity, from handicraft to high tech, but is most commonly applied to industrial production, in which raw materials are transformed into finished goods on a large scale. Modern manufacturing includes all intermediate processes required for the production and integration of a product’s components.





  • PhD Industrial Engineering
  • PhD Engineering Management