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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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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.

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

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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus/Online Dartmouth Full time BlendedBlended
Complete your program through courses that combine online (scheduled), and on-campus learning.

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 is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

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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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

COMM 1245 - Technical Communications I
This course introduces students to the writing, oral presentation, critical thinking and interpersonal communications skills required of technical professionals in the workplace. The fundamentals of clear, concise writing and presenting will be reviewed and refined. Experience will be gained in organizing, writing and presenting technical information. In addition, career development skills and portfolio preparation will be discussed. There will be several opportunities, through assignments and lab work, to develop portfolio components. Students will learn how to collect appropriate work samples and documentation from other courses in the program as well as from other sources.

COMM 2245 - Technical Communications II
This course focuses on the interpersonal, written and oral technical communication skills necessary for working independently and as part of a team in a technical environment. Further skill development in written forms of technical documentation required for the workplace as well as report creation and oral presentation skills will continue to be emphasized. Team building principles, group dynamics and collaborative writing will be discussed. Students will participate in meetings and take responsibilities in a group project from its inception to completion and evaluation. Students will continue to enhance and apply their research skills and project management principles will also be introduced. Successful job interviews and the portfolio will be discussed.

IETG 1003 - Work Measurement
In this course, learners will demonstrate and practice the techniques of motion and time study for conducting job analysis, work sampling, scheduling and measuring work performance in the management of work systems. Work measurement is one of the fundamental skills in the field of industrial engineering technology, and is a critical data gathering technique for process improvement. The skills learned in this course will be leveraged throughout the program in reducing costs, improving work flow and enriching working environment.

IETG 1004 - Engineering Economics
The learner will study aspects of finance, economics, and accounting needed for decision making in a business environment. The course will provide the learner with the skills to make accurate assessments from a financial, global and sustainable point of view. Concepts include interest rates, time value of money, cash flow analysis, cost benefit, comparison methods, inflation, depreciation and financial accounting.

IETG 1005 - Engineering Graphics / AutoCAD
This one-semester course provides the learner with an introduction to AutoCAD. The learner will be provided with the skills necessary to create and interpret engineering drawings and familiarizes the learner with industry drawing standards.

IETG 1011 - Project Based Learning
Project based learning is an integral part of the industrial engineering technology program. This learning experience may represent cooperation between a project sponsor and the College or a project developed in the classroom, where learners and faculty determine scope. Projects are allocated individually (or within groups) under the supervision of instructors. Learners typically work on their projects at the College and utilize the simulation, sustainability, or other software available at the College.

IETG 1023 - Statistical Analysis I
This course will cover the many tools and techniques used in quantitative statistical analysis. Topics include correlation and regression probability, distributions, hypothesis testing and several others. The application of statistical methods is a skill industrial engineering learners will practice extensively in their future work environment, as they gather information and evaluate for decision making.

IETG 1024 - Project Management
This course will provide the learner with skills to manage a project in a dynamic business environment. Learners will review the components of a project that require organization and planning prior to execution. They will also manage a project during the course to experience the challenges and opportunities that transpire during project implementation. The project management experience will enable them to not only plan, but also monitor progress, track changes and report status updates throughout implementation.

IETG 1025 - Operations Management I
In this course, learners will be introduced to concept of supply chain management. The integrated links across the supply chain that impact forecasting, operations, inventory, material and resource requirements in an organization will be evaluated. The learner will analyse the relationships between the organizational strategy and operations management through logistics, purchasing, and resourcing.

IETG 2001 - Business/Industry Project I
In this course learners will work with an industry partner to facilitate a project applying industrial engineering concepts and skills. To succeed in these projects, learners will acquire planning and scheduling skills and the knowledge of project management and team building. Financial considerations including time value of money, cash flow and estimating are also included. In consultation with a technical supervisor, the learner will use problem solving and process improvement techniques.

IETG 2002 - Facility Design and Implementation
This course will discuss the fundamental principles of facilities design, process and plant layout and material flow. The impacts of flow and efficiency processes related to facility layout and location will be analysed. The course will emphasize use of drawing aids such as AutoCAD and MS Visio in the techniques. Qualitative techniques and methodologies for analysis and evaluation will be utilized.

IETG 2003 - Change Management and Facilitation
This course will complement the IET skill set by presenting insights into human behaviour components of an organization. These concepts are needed to mobilize and sustain change within an organization. The challenges and opportunities for positively influencing change in an organization are studied in this course. Theories will be studied to understand the different ways in which people experience change. In addition, the course will also explore methods for facilitating discussions, training sessions and implementation of changes in an organization.

IETG 2004 - Process and Production Systems
In this course, learners will experience other manufacturing techniques and their application to manufacturing, transportation networks, healthcare and other process related sectors. This course will include topics such as SMED, business process management and Quick Response.

IETG 2005 - Operations Management II
Learners will resolve industrial/manufacturing and business problems through detailed analysis. In this course, learners will continue to delve into operations management and study the integrated links across the supply chain operations. They will apply scientific methods and techniques to help make decisions related to materials and inventory planning, capacity and production planning, logistics, resource scheduling and material handling or transportation that are affected by changes in supply and demand. This course will use operations research to delve into more complex problems of optimizing resource allocation considering cost and schedule.

IETG 2006 - Material Science
This course will cover the major classifications of materials an Industrial Engineering Technologist may encounter. Learners will study and test materials to deduct conclusions of their physical and mechanical properties. The course will use an equivalent amount of lab time to investigate theories and methods of material science and metrology discussed in lectures.

IETG 2011 - Work Experience
Work Experience is an integral part of the industrial engineering technology program. This learning experience may represent cooperation between a project sponsor. Projects are allocated individually (or within groups) under the supervision of instructors. Learners typically work on their projects at the College and utilize the simulation, sustainability, or other software available at the College.

IETG 2020 - LEAN Enterprise and Process Improvement
In this course, learners will experience LEAN philosophies and their application to manufacturing, transportation networks, healthcare and other process related sectors. Lean will be studied in line with the methodologies used in process improvement. The application of LEAN thinking will prepare the learner for a business environment that is focused on the customer while eliminating waste and adding value. This mindset is critical in today’s competitive, global environment. LEAN has become the bread and butter in today’s industrial engineering environments. Various tools and techniques for defining problems, analyzing data, comparing improvement opportunities and implementing innovative and sustainable solutions are practiced. The learner will develop a process improvement toolkit that can be accessed throughout their industrial engineering technologist career.

IETG 2021 - Business/Industry Project II
Learners will continue working on their chosen senior industry project and monitor their progress by submitting progress reports, participating in progress meeting minutes, and a research journal. They will also use project management tools such as flow charts and Gantt Charts. The project will culminate with a formal technical report and presentation. Workshops and tutorials will be scheduled as required by the learners.

IETG 2022 - Simulation
This course will use computer-based simulation software to model various industrial issues. Simulation software will be used to analyze process, production, material handling or supply chain issues in manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, food service, or other process-related industries.

IETG 2024 - Manufacturing Processes
This course will involve a high level overview of the various manufacturing processes that industrial engineering technologists will experience.

IETG 2030 - Sustainability Analysis
The course will use sustainability software to interpret the impact of processes on the environmental component of sustainability. A life cycle assessment of a product or service will be analyzed in terms of environmental impact and a checklist of alternative processes will be explored based on ISO 14000 standards.

IETG 2031 - Ergonomics and Risk Management
This course will incorporate both occupational ergonomics and human factors in the design of process, systems, tools and innovations with which people interact. A proactive approach will be taken to assess physical, cognitive, and organizational aspects of occupational ergonomics to the work environment. The impact of human factors in manufacturing, healthcare and other quality processes will be studied. This topic will then focus on the risk management process. Risks will be assessed according to the organizational values, such as health and safety, financial and environmental. Learners will practice techniques for risk assessment and discuss mitigations that may be employed to control employee and organizational exposure to risk. As a component of risk management, the concept of ergonomics and its impact on employee safety, health and productivity will be studied at length.

IETG 2032 - Quality and Statistical Analysis
This course will introduce learners to quality management in production or service oriented organizations. The learner will study the fundamental quality management principles. It will also review the impact to customer through innovation and strategy of organizational quality. The relevance of teamwork to quality is explored. Various tools and techniques for defining problems, analyzing, comparing improvement opportunities and implementing innovative and sustainable solutions are practiced using statistical tools and techniques learned from Statistical Analysis I. These statistical tools will involve in-depth learning of the statistical process control methods, design of experiment techniques, practical application of correlation and regression analysis and other non-parametric statistical methods of analysis.

MATH 1055 - Calculus l
The course introduces learners to the study of differential and integral calculus. Differentiation topics include limits, slope of the tangent to a curve, differentiation by the delta process, derivatives of polynomials, applications involving derivatives, finding extrema and curve sketching. Integration topics include the concept of integrating polynomial functions and numerically approximating the area under a curve.

MATH 1070 - Applied Math for Engineering Technology
This course provides students with a basic understanding of applied mathematical principles for use by technicians and technology programs. Applied Math l is designed to cover basic algebra, geometry, functional notation, linear equations, quadratic equations, trigonometric functions, exponents, logarithms, complex numbers, analytic geometry and systems of equations. The use of computer software as a mathematical tool will be explored. Students will be encouraged to maintain a math journal that may become part of their personal College portfolio.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1022 - Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
The learner is introduced to fall protection, fall prevention and fall arrest concepts and responsibilities at the workplace. Guardrails, travel restraints, roof work, fall arrest components will be discussed and the learner will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the use of selected equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

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