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Industrial Engineering Technology

Industrial Engineering Technology

Enhance your problem-solving skills. Discover and define efficient and effective processes for business and organizations and help facilitate innovative and sustainable solutions.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


The role of an Industrial Engineering Technologist is to determine the most effective way to produce a product or provide a service and ultimately, help organizations exercise better control of production, service, quality, costs and deployment of resources. To do this, Industrial Engineering Technologists need to understand and examine factors such as production, people, machines, materials, information and energy requirements. Using mathematical methods, such as operations research and work measurement to solve organizational, production and related problems, they design and deploy lean production principles to achieve business goals.

In this program, you develop problem-solving skills dealing with things like the location and layout of plant facilities, materials handling, ergonomics, simulation, quality management systems, occupational safety and health and economic cost studies. The hands-on component of this work, for the most part, involves observing and working with others and their use of tools, equipment and process and the ability to collaborate and identify opportunities to facilitate improvements; a critical element to your success. To prepare you for this work, the program emphasizes skills in communication, teamwork and professional conduct.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Industrial Engineering Technologists can be found working in many varied locations, from industrial shop floors to office environments. Their skills can be used in almost any type of organization and graduates work in a wide range of industries: aerospace, oil and gas, energy, government, transportation, consulting services, healthcare and communications. Industrial Engineering Technologists are well-positioned to transition into management positions.
  • Duties may include:
    • Collecting organizing, analyzing and monitoring quantitative information that is useful for solving operational problems and making operations decisions.
    • Planning and scheduling in a supply chain environment for optimum balance and effective flow and utilization of information, people, materials, equipment and processes.
    • Participating in workplace organization by developing methods, standard operating procedures and layouts.
    • Continuously improving a system, process, procedure or product by eliminating or minimizing non-value-adding activities and by developing, researching and investigating alternative ways to manufacture a product or deliver a service.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • This program gives you the skills and knowledge to succeed as an Industrial Engineering Technologist in business, industry and government environments. With a broad course of study, you're prepared to solve a number of production and organization challenges.
  • You study the theory and then put that theory into action with lots of practical, hands-on experience, including a work placement.
  • Learn from our experienced faculty, who have strong industry connections and bring years of experience to the classroom.
  • This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
IETG 1003   Work Measurement
IETG 1004   Engineering Economics
IETG 1005   Engineering Graphics/AutoCAD
IETG 1011   Project Based Learning
IETG 1023   Statistical Analysis I
IETG 1024   Project Management
IETG 1025   Operations Management I
IETG 2001   Business/Industry Project I
IETG 2002   Facility Design and Implementation
IETG 2003   Change Management and Facilitation
IETG 2004   Process and Production Systems
IETG 2005   Operations Management II
IETG 2006   Material Science
IETG 2011   Work Experience
IETG 2020   LEAN Enterprise and Process Improvement
IETG 2021   Business/Industry Project II
IETG 2022   Simulation
IETG 2024   Manufacturing Processes
IETG 2030   Sustainability Analysis
IETG 2031   Ergonomics and Risk Management
IETG 2032   Quality and Statistical Analysis
MATH 1055   Calculus l
MATH 1070   Applied Math for Engineering Technology
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection

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