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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:

A. M.
◈ Studied B.S. in Industrial Engineering
◈ At University of the Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Industrial Engineering: Quite frankly, it was my second choice. I barely knew anything about IE, except that it's industrial (business) and engineering (math and science), which are the three subjects I'm most interested in. I thought then that it would be a combination of those three and would resolve mostly among them. That seems a good enough reason to pursue the course.

list bulletAbout my college education: Basically, Industrial Engineering deals with creation, management and or improvement of systems such that it's elements (people, machine, energy, etc.) are working harmoniously/integrated well, resulting to higher efficiency, productivity, and quality (essentially, any good output).

We were thought how to identify problems and what we can do to improve/solve them. However, we don't just stop there. Our ultimate goal is bring the system (and it's performance) asymptotic to perfection.

The subject in, or at least the aspect of, IE that I find most difficult is quantifying stuff (problems and improvements). It is often better that we be able to provide specific details, particularly cost and other values, to the information we give so that decision-making is easier. Exams were, as often exams are, difficult to those who were not able to comprehend the lesson.

I would say the most useful thing I have learned in IE is not a particular subject, but a concept. Because of it's nature to always seek perfection, we, as IE, are taught never to settle, to always think outside the box, or, better yet, to think that no such box exists. It allowed me to broaden my mind to endless possibilities, which is extremely useful in anything I do outside of work or school.

IE requires an innovative and creative mind, both of which can be learned.

list bulletMy current job: I currently work as an customer management specialist, where I communicate to the market regarding supportability of their demand and to the Supply Chain regarding new orders, etc. I also handle issue with regards to our products and how we can arrest said issues. Aside from that, I also analyze the company's position in terms of it's inventory.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Definitely. IE concepts can be applied to just about any decision-making people encounter. Maybe, it won't be as specific as to which IE tools to use when deciding for things to buy, etc. But the general concept of it is pretty useful.

In my current job, IE may not be as evident as one would think, but ultimately, there is an underlying IE concept there that I may already be implementing on instinct. IE is, in some ways, instinctive.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It was pretty easy for me. The job looked for me. My company was looking for trainees and I was evaluated even before I graduated. We went through a series of tests, however, filtering out the "best of the best". The official job offer came about a week after I graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Industrial Engineering: There are plenty of opportunities for IE students after graduating. IE is very practical and appeals to anything with areas for improvement (which is almost every company out there). IE is, in a sense, broad and can be applied to just about any job out there.

Often, IE are placed in manufacturing companies, because that's where most of the concepts came about and specifically applied. IE is most evident in production lines, but it can be used anywhere else.

Salary-wise, from my own and my batchmates' experience, salary is almost the same as any UP graduate (not low as to minimum wage, but not exactly high either).

But, the great thing about being an IE, being the broad course that it is, and consequently, the broad knowledge an IE graduate has, it is relatively easy to course through the ranks. We're generally "jack of all trades" so we can manage more stuff. But, that is not to say we have an edge with regards to promotions. It still depends of the how the employee works.

The salary of an IE, experience or not, is also somehow related to the importance the company gives it's IE. Manufacturing plants treat IE as extremely significant in maintaining smooth operations so they give relatively higher salaries. The current trend though, I think, is that IE is becoming more and more in demand, not just in manufacturing but also in service companies.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advise would be to know what you're getting yourself into. This is not specific to those who are considering BSIE. This would include more research about your course and your campus. College is one heck of a ride and it would be best if you know what you really want.
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