Industrial Engineering


​Industrial Engineering

General information

CES Approval (ON-SITE MODE): RPC-SO-22-1038-0727B01-No.369-2016

Degree: Industrial Engineer
Duration: 5 years
Mode: On-site
Department Head: María Cristina Camacho Cordovez


International Accreditation

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  • Description
  • Advantages
  • Occupational field
  • Testimonials


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.

The USFQ industrial engineering program is accredited by the engineering accreditation commission of ABET. In the following link you can find additional information about accreditation: Why is accreditation important?

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 Project Management. The program is designed so that students take courses pertaining to the following areas of industrial engineering: operations optimization and research; logistics and supply chains; quality engineering and applied statistics; ergonomics, human factors, and industrial safety; engineering management; production systems and manufacturing engineering, among others.


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 USFQ Industrial Engineering Department will be a benchmark for Ecuador and Latin America in regard to quality 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.

Competitive advantages

  • The USFQ industrial engineering program is accredited by the engineering accreditation commission of ABET. In the following link you can find additional information about accreditation: Why is accreditation important?
  • All of our professors have solid academic formation and ample work experience, with extensive studies in their fields of expertise both in the country and abroad.
  • Our curriculum is designed to form leading professionals with an international perspective and rigorous academic training. We foment free, creative, and innovative people, who demonstrate ample corporate culture, and who act with social responsibility in all fields of industrial activity
  • A significant percentage of Industrial Engineering students undertake international exchanges or internships through agreements that USFQ maintains in various countries with educational institutions and service or manufacturing companies, such as University of Illinois, Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, Oklahoma University, among others
  • o The USFQ hosts a student chapter (#734) of the Institute of Industrial Engineers IISE, the most widely recognized international professional association in the field of Industrial Engineering. The chapter, which is administered by the students themselves under the guidance of a mentoring professor, carries out various academic, professional, and social activities so that Industrial Engineering students can promote their field, practice teamwork, and build an internal support network. Its accomplishments are such that IISE International, based in the US, recognized the chapter with a gold award in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in research projects and consultancies carried out by professors in the Industrial Engineering program, as made possible by interinstitutional agreements both in the country and abroad.
  • Several of our students have presented and won awards at national and international meetings, such as the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) student congress and the MIT Scale Latin American Congress.
  • The USFQ belongs to the academic ally network of the Latin American Center for Logistics Innovation (CLI); it is also a Latin American member of the MIT Supply Chain & Logistics Excellence Network.
  • The USFQ administers the USFQ Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Innovation, which brings together the faculty and students of the Industrial Engineering program for purposes of carrying out research and consulting in the following areas: urban logistics, supply chain analytics, sustainability in logistics, humanitarian logistics, and supply chain quality and productivity.
  • Industrial Engineering students may apply for certification scholarships awarded by the USFQ, including for Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt certifications.


Occupational field

Professional profile

USFQ Industrial Engineers will be able to fulfill positions related to the improvement of performance and quality in both operative and management processes. They will have responsibilities associated with the design, analysis, and implementation of proposals aimed at increasing the competitiveness of organizations, be they private or public in nature.

The employment rate of graduates from the Industrial Engineering program at USFQ is approximately 90%, entailing a wide range of industries. Graduates of this program have found employment in Ecuador and abroad in diverse fields of business, including the automotive, food-processing, petroleum, banking and finance, distribution, consulting, services and technology, pharmaceutical, airline, and academic sectors. Several additionally have started their own highly successful businesses.

Occupational field

Graduates of Industrial Engineering are highly valued, their degree and experience allowing them to work in any type of industry that is of interest to them, whether in manufacturing or in services, taking on roles pertaining to: optimization of operations and supply chains; planning and design of industrial plants; implementation of quality control systems; optimization of organizational and manufacturing processes; guidance and execution of continuous improvement plans; and, project management, among others.


Testimonials from our graduates

"I always wanted to study in a university that allowed me to complement my interest in numbers with the liberal arts. USFQ not only gave me that opportunity, it also granted me a scholarship so I could fulfill that wish. During my undergraduate time at USFQ, the General College helped me to develop a global perspective on things, and an incredible desire to explore arts, sciences, and literature. I studied Industrial Engineering because that is a career that helps me improve organizations through the use of science and mathematics without neglecting the human aspect of things. I got my B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1998, and then did my postgraduate studies in the University of Illinois, USA, where I got an M.S. and a PhD in Industrial Engineering, specializing in operations research (mathematical optimization). I am currently an Industrial Engineering professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, where I teach postgraduate courses in operations research. As a university teacher I have the opportunity to conduct research, and am now developing mathematical models to improve the availability of pediatric vaccines. I always remember the USFQ with special affection, not only for those fantastic four years of undergraduate studies, but also because I gained many dear friends there, among them many of my professors, whom I have incredible respect for and whose enthusiasm and interest in teaching I now try to emulate."

-Rubén Proaño, Industrial Engineering graduate, 1998-


"Picking a university major is an important decision, not only because you choose the activity you will dedicate most of your time to, but also because you are deciding on the place and the people that will surround you during that stage of your life. With this in mind, I choose the USFQ because it gave me the opportunity to learn in a dynamic environment, cultivate great friendships, and learn from excellent professionals."

"I chose the Industrial Engineering major because it allowed me to learn about the most relevant matters concerning industry, its organization, management, and processes. The comprehensive perspective of Industrial Engineering allows you to learn about manufacture and services, and leaves the door open for you to choose the specialization path you prefer".-

Giovannina Zapata, Industrial Engineering graduate, 2010-


"The USFQ is the Ecuadorian university with most experience in Industrial Engineering and it keeps innovating continuously. Furthermore, as an institution, it includes the students as an important part of the organization, supporting them and harnessing their capabilities and aptitudes. It also provides great opportunities and facilities with regard to scholarships, in recognition of the effort and performance of a student".

-Sebastian Mena, Industrial Engineering graduate, 2011-


Testimonials from our professors

Ximena Córdova

"To evolve and grow academically through contact with students and to interest them in conducting research on various topics related to industry, the environment, and the university is a challenge we face daily, and that helps up to train industrial engineers who upon graduating can interact with their surroundings in confidence that whatever they are doing either they already learned it or they can easily learn it."

Ximena Córdova, PhD

Ximena Córdova

"I graduated as a mechanical engineer, and although this field of engineering is very interesting, once employed I realized that the knowledge required by Industrial Engineering is fundamental to all professionals independent of their area of concentration. So I decided to specialize in Industrial Engineering to finally find my path. From my perspective, Industrial Engineering connects the operations part of any company in any industry to the management sector, and is thus essential to decision making. Even though industrial engineers seek the continuous improvement of any existing process, they are also able to design complete systems that function effectively. I have had the opportunity to work in companies dedicated to construction and to the distribution of pharmaceutical products, and in both I was able to successfully apply my knowledge as an industrial engineer. I also had experience with the academic sector, and can therefore confidently state that there are multiple areas of developing knowledge within Industrial Engineering, all of them highly relevant. Today, as a professor at the USFQ I have the opportunity not only to convey and expand on experiences and knowledge about that which is my passion, but also to partake with students and colleagues in an atmosphere of confidence and respect. I am very happy to have arrived at this career path and this university!".

Galo Mosquera, Profesor