Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Degree: Industrial Engineer

Duration: 5 years

Mode: On-site

Academic Coordinator: María Cristina Camacho Cordovez


The Industrial Engineering program is focused on studying the optimization of processes and integrated systems involving people, materials, information, and equipment.  It covers the operation of companies, processes, and industrial safety matters in the industrial sector, thus allowing graduates to play a part in any manufacturing or services organization.  To this end, the program covers different solutions aimed at increasing the quality and productivity of organizations, as well as topics related to the analysis and implementation of effective proposals and strategies.

Industrial Engineers are professionals trained in generating competitiveness that is underpinned by quality and productivity.  Serving as a direct link between the operative and management areas of a company, they motivate and harness the capabilities of human talent, as well as identify and use appropriate technical tools, or apply adequate technology, in order to achieve the requisite communication processes, continuous improvement, and integration within an organization.

In keeping with the liberal arts philosophy of the USFQ, the Industrial Engineering program is structured in such a way that students are able to explore different areas of interest while developing their technical skills.  During the first two years, students not only take courses that are fundamental to engineering, such as Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, but are also given the opportunity to expand their learning horizons by taking courses from the General College.  As students proceed into a third year of studies, they delve into matters related to Industrial Engineering itself, taking courses such as Processes, Work Standards and Methods, Statistical Quality Control, Operations Research, Experimental Design and Analysis, and Production Scheduling and Control.  During their fourth year, students complete the adoption of technical tools with courses such as Simulation, Ergonomics, Logistics, and Manufacturing and Total Quality Systems.  During the fifth and final year of the program, in addition to working on their graduation paper or preparing for their comprehensive examination, students will receive courses aimed at acquiring decision-making skills, such as Operations Management, Service Management, Supply Chains, Operational Efficiency, New Product Development, and Projects.


The Industrial Engineering Department of the USFQ trains professionals that are broad-minded, committed to continuous learning and improvement of manufacture and service systems, seek opportunities for the betterment of industrial competitiveness, and serve their communities by proposing solutions that augment organizational standards of quality and productivity.


The Industrial Engineering Department of USFQ will be a benchmark for Ecuador and Latin America in regard to education and research for the advancement of industrial competitiveness.


The Industrial Engineering program is designed to enable our graduates to secure the following professional achievements:

Be capable of designing, analyzing, integrating, and optimizing organizational systems, applying industrial engineering tools in order to achieve efficient and effective solutions.

Be capable of adding value to organizations that already demonstrate expertise in effective communications and team work, as leading and innovative professionals with solid ethical and social values.

Be capable of valuing the importance of continued knowledge and skill acquisition as a means to adapt to changing business needs and technological advances.