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BS in Industrial Engineering in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in  Industrial Engineering is a five-year degree program designed to prepare students for becoming professional Industrial Engineers. 

The BS in Industrial Engineering program is a combination of three disciplines: mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering sciences. Students are provided with the knowledge and skills needed for designing, installing, managing and maintaining production, and manufacturing systems. They are also taught techniques of how to transform resources into useful goods and services.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand under the Academic Track. They will learn relevant topics that will be useful in their college life. 

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Advanced Mathematics for Industrial Engineering

  • Industrial Quality Control

  • Industrial Materials and Processes

  • Industrial Organization and Management

  • Statistical Analysis for Industrial Engineering 1 and 2

  • Operations Research 1 and 2

  • Quality Management Systems

  • Project Feasibility

  • Ergonomics 1 and 2

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Information Systems

  • Systems Engineering

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate.
However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Industrial Engineering are expected to be able to:

  • Solve complex engineering problems using the application of mathematics and science knowledge
  • Conduct engineering procedures professionally and ethically
  • Understand and explain the significance of engineering solutions globally, economically, and environmentally
  • Use up to date techniques, skills, and engineering tools for mechanical engineering procedures
  • Apply engineering and management principles both as a member and a leader in a team
  • Design, execute and enhance integrated systems including people, materials, information, equipment, and energy

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in a company, organization, or agency that specializes in industrial engineering practices and procedures. 

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To be called a certified or professional Industrial Engineer in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Industrial Engineering needs to pass the Industrial Engineering Certification Exams. The examinations are conducted by the Industrial Engineering Certification Board (IECB) under the direct supervision of the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE). 

To become a Licensed Industrial Engineer in the Philippines, a graduate of Industrial Engineering needs to pass the  Industrial Engineering Certification Exams. The examinations are conducted by the Industrial Engineering Certification Board (IECB) under the direct supervision of the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE). 

These certifications are voluntary processes that validate an individual's qualifications in the field of industrial engineering professional practice but are not considered board examinations. However, a graduate who has no certification can still practice as an industrial engineer. Taking these certifications would make an Industrial Engineer more credible and reputable in the industry.

Industrial Engineering Certification Examinations in the Philippines

Certified Industrial Engineering Examination 

The Certified Industrial Engineering (CIE) examination is a certification exam intended for fresh graduates of Industrial Engineering as well as those who have relevant experience. A graduate who passed the exam is given a CIE Certification and a designation for associate practice.

Professional Industrial Engineering Examination (PIE)

Students who successfully pass the Professional Industrial Engineering (PIE) examination are given a certification and a designation for professional practice. To take the exam, one must be a CIE examination passer and a master’s degree holder. You must also have a total of 7 years of work experience.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of Industrial Engineering may pursue a career path in various development and industrial companies or government agencies that needs specialized Industrial Engineering services. They may apply for roles such as a sales engineer, production engineer, operations research engineer, project engineer, maintenance engineer, systems design engineer, and quality control supervisor.

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Reviews of BS in Industrial Engineering graduates:

R. J.
◈ Studied BS in Industrial Engineering
◈ At Ateneo de Davao University
◈ Graduated 2000

list bulletWhy did I choose Industrial Engineering: I basically chose the course for three major reasons :

1. Potential for Good Career

Industrial Engineering is a course with very high potential for a good career aside from giving it's graduates the chance to land a supervisory or managerial position in any kind of company or business. During my time, the course was not as popular or known as it is today because it was definitely “new” to some and it's significance wasn’t much felt but eventually, over the years, it has become a very in-demand course that a number of industries, not only here in the country but also worldwide, are looking for. I took Industrial Engineering because based on it's history and background, it's graduates have that greater advantage in getting high-earning jobs since in Industrial Engineering, the engineers don’t always stay in the same position but tend to get promoted or are assigned to bigger departments and plants.

2. No Board Exams (there is a certification exam now)

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned a lot. It would probably take me a day to tell everything but if I have to make it short, I’d say I learned how to become a learner and not just a student. I've learned that how important each member of the business is, from the worker or employee to management, everything must be working together to meet a common goal and succeed as a business. I've learned also not to be traditional when it comes to seeking answers; we were taught to always think "out of the box".

Out of all my major subjects, I would say that Engineering Management is quite difficult because it is a subjective kind of topic. We are given cases to analyze and it is up to us to provide recommendations. So if we are not very much familiar about the company being studied and how they operate, we wouldn't be able to answer as best as we could. But the most difficult for me was my Physics class. I really didn't like it from the very start because it was so scientific and we always had to memorize the formulas and do problem-solving all the time (which really didn't appeal to me as useful unless I was planning to be a physicist).

I saw great significance in my IE subjects such as Statistics, Ergnomics, Quality Control and Labor Code.

The subject I enjoyed the most was Systems Study because it was so different and most interesting from the rest of my subjects.

One can have an easier time studying this course if he/ she makes use of "common sense". I'm not trying to be mean or arrogant in saying so but that is a sure fact. In Industrial Engineering, we are taught to see the "obvious". It just means that you need to be practical and a critical thinker. It would be very useful too if you are keen and observant like always having an eye for detail. For company studies, every detail, no matter how small, is important to get the whole picture. Best of all, always invest on your own hardwork, passion, curiosity and creativity.

list bulletMy current job: My current job is being a Sales Supervisor in San Miguel Corporation. It is one of the Philippines’ most diversified conglomerates, generating billions of pesos for it's annual net income through it's highly integrated operations in beverages, food, packaging, fuel and oil, power, mining and infrastructure. I've been with the company since 2003. As my position implies, I am responsible for overseeing the sales (including selling and marketing) operations of the company.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I really believe that the kind of education I received in Ateneo gave me an edge in my journey of finding a good career. I was able to use the knowledge I had in Systems and Marketing in an Abaca factory I conducted a study on before my current job. I was able to recommend improvements to make processing and production of abaca more efficient and profitable.

Another very practical subject in my course is Time and Motion Study which I applied on a particular study I did in Davao Doctor's Hospital. In this study, I used the concepts and methodologies in Time & Motion study to determine how long it would take for each patient to have his or her X-ray exam processed; after which, I suggested ways on how to improve the process and eliminate unnecessary steps so the people in the X-ray department can become more effective and so that patients could be happier with the kind service the hospital gave.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: In 2 months after my graduation I had my first job in Franklin Baker, a company in Sta. Cruz Davao as a warehouse man. A warehouse man's duties include receiving, shipping, transporting, and all activities related to handling and managing inventory and supplies and organizing them in the warehouse. I also was in charge of maintaining the inventory of the company's products in good condition while it is kept in stock in the warehouse.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Industrial Engineering: Absolutely yes. It is a very good course where opportunities for work and promotion is high. There is also a lot of companies nowadays looking to hire Industrial Engineers because of their wide range of capabilities in the work place.

For salary concerns, a junior IE can get somewhere around P12,000. The salary is highly dependent on the size, nature, and status of the company you'll be working with. The prospects are great if you get hired in a company which caters also to the international market, though the challenge and competition is quite tough.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Do not underestimate this course just because it doesn't have a board exam. If you do, you'll be up for a big challenge all throughout your college life. Well, when I graduated I realized that having the following skills at hand is very vital to succeeding through the course, and the profession, in the future:

Math Skills - definitely if you don't have this you'll probably get stuck in just your first year of college. Though math subjects in 1st year only include algebra and trigonometry, it is important that you master these basics because as you move up a year, the math just gets more complicated and that would be the case for calculus subjects.

Problem-Solving Skills:
There's no way you are going to pass through an engineering course without going through any problem-solving activity. 90% of the time, you would be required to analyze a problem & provide a solution regardless if it's a math subject, physics, or a case-study. The key here is to know how to dist
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