The Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management (IE&M) offers three internal undergraduate study programs: Industrial Engineering and Management, Economics and Management (three years BA), and Information Systems Engineering (jointly with Computer Science Faculty).
Career Options and Job Opportunities
Industrial Engineering and Management students are trained to plan and manage complex systems in the manufacturing and service industries.
By developing a multi-disciplinary approach to the engineering, economic and human aspects of each system, this program prepares students to: solve system-wide problems using design and analysis tools including model building, verification and application; apply a thorough knowledge of engineering sciences, management sciences and computerized systems to the challenges they will face within industrial organizations; function professionally in a wide range of manufacturing and service organizations; continue their professional development in today's evolving environment of knowledge and technology to meet the changing needs of industry.
In order to carry out their goals successfully, industrial engineers must be proficient in many areas and must be trained to fill a very wide range of roles: starting from the traditional domains of production engineering, such as work study (time and motion studies), design of factory layouts, planning and supervision of production, and organizational analysis, through to advanced technological areas of computer integrated manufacturing systems (CIM) and flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), all the way up to management positions at all levels. Currently, a large percentage of industrial engineers are involved in design and control of computer integrated flexible manufacturing systems, which include processing machinery and movement controlled-equipment and robots.
The broad and extensive background required by industrial engineers has, over the years, resulted in a change in the original name of the discipline, manufacturing engineering, to today's title, Industrial Engineering and Management. The new Major in Information Systems and Knowledge Engineering within the Industrial Engineering and Management degree, caters for students who wish to learn how to design and develop modern, often internet-based, industrial service and information systems. It differs from the joint degree program in Information Systems Engineering in that it stresses the application of information technology to industrial settings, and devotes less time to the deeper understanding of that technology (software, middleware and hardware).
Earning a degree requires completing 155 credits, of which 106.5 must come from required courses, 28 from required courses in the major (see below), 10.5 from Faculty electives and 10 from Technion-wide electives.
The programs required courses include: core subjects (Mathematics, exact sciences, English, computer programming) and fundamental courses (industrial engineering, economics, statistics and operations research). Electives are organized in a number of lists by area of interest.
Students enrolled in Industrial Engineering and Management choose, during their studies, one of three Major areas of study: Production and Service Systems, Enterprise Information Systems and Engineering and Economics. In addition, students can choose elective courses in any one of the following five areas: Operations Research, Statistics, Quality and Reliability Engineering, Financial Engineering, and Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management.
In their final year of study, students carry out field or research projects under the supervision of faculty or senior professionals who deal with the subject in practice. This project is designed to have students apply the knowledge they have gained in order to solve practical problems in factories, organizations or in the national economy. This project and other practical work done in the framework of the different courses contribute to the students training for professional independent work.
Laboratories and Centers
Advanced Production Systems Laboratory
This laboratory serves is devoted to the study of integrating production systems and industrial robotics. The lab is built around a small scale but completely functional model of a production system, which includes an automated warehouse, computer-controlled production machinery, automated assembly system, quality control system and robots serving as loading and unloading devices. All the components are integrated into a single flexible production system through an automated conveyor.
The Work Methods Analysis Laboratory
This laboratory focuses on developing methods for assessing human performance in production or service settings, the performance of man–machine integrated systems, and automated production and service systems. The lab also functions as a knowledge center for generating time data which can be used to assess occupations, task planning, systems integration and matching of work environment to human ability. The lab also comprises a center of knowledge about vocational safety, human accident prevention and safety planning.
The Enterprise Systems Modeling Laboratory
The research areas include building business models and operating data systems, building models in enterprise areas, supply chains, managing customer relations and planning plant resources. In the framework of the center, graduate (MSc and PhD) research is conducted. Until 2005, the lab used Baan’s ERP software. In 2006 the lab was upgraded thanks to the donation of a server, software and guidance funded by SAP Ltd., and provided through Ness Technologies Ltd. and Aviv Ltd.
Work Safety and Human Factors Engineering Research Center
The center is a joint effort of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management and the Faculty of Medicine. The center deals with basic and applied research covering all the aspects of interaction between human operators and engineering systems. The center has units that are responsible for translating the research into industry-usable applications. Since 2003 the center has changed its pattern of activities and today it operates as a joint venture of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and the Technion.
The Man at Work Research Unit
Researchers in this unit are faculty and students studying the area of behavioral sciences and management. The research in the unit focuses on the fields of work relations, the sociology of work and the organization, the psychology of the organization and managing human resources.
The lab conducts projects and research in methodologies and statistical processing for Technion researchers as well as external parties. The primary research topics are medical content, medical imaging systems programming, and research in the behavioral sciences and in the area of transportation. The lab also deals with setting up special data banks and conducting statistical analyses for data in the area of call center systems.
Minerva Optimization Center
The center carries out basic research in optimization (primarily continuous) with the emphasis on developing innovative methodologies and algorithms for large scale problems. The main applications of these developments are for problems in the structural engineering design, reconstruction of medical images and signals processing. The center conducts workshops, seminars and summer courses for post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students from Israel and abroad. Collaborative research is carried out with researchers from Germany.
Max Wertheimer Minerva Center for Cognitive Processes and Human Performance
The center focuses on research dealing with the effect of work load and mental stress, learning processes, and minor decision making. The center works in collaboration with a group of researchers from the University of Haifa.
Modeling of Behavioral Processes Laboratory
The lab conducts experiments using computerized technology on different aspects of human behavior. The lab supports research being done by faculty and graduate students working in the areas of behavioral sciences, economics and game theory. The lab serves as a site for experiments and for data gathering and processing.
Project Management Center
The center deals with research, teaching and collaboration with industry in the area of project management. Graduate students conduct their research tn the framework of the lab’s research activities,. One example of the fruits of these efforts was the development of a simulator for instruction in the area of project management. Today, the simulator is used as the basis of a course for army intelligence officers.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center
The center focuses on companies in their concept phase as well as on companies just beginning their commercial stage and is meant to serve the Technion community. The center’s objectives are: teaching – preparing courses and workshops in the area of entrepreneurship for undergraduate, graduate and MBA students; aid to entrepreneurs – promoting entrepreneurship in the Technion by providing individual assistance to students and faculty in the process of setting up a venture, establishing a student entrepreneurs club and supporting the Technion’s annual BizTec competition; research – improving the understanding of the entrepreneurship process and its contribution to economic growth, in cooperation with the Samuel Neaman Institute. The “yazamut” web site (yazamut.technion.ac.il), which was set up by the center, constitutes a work tool and a source of information for many beginner entrepreneurs.
Students have a computer center available for their use, containing a range of Unix and PC servers. In addition, there are computer laboratories and classrooms containing PC compatibles all linked to the Technion intranet and to the internet. Students practice their skills operating software applications and writing programs, beginning in their first semester.
A joint four-year program with computer Science Faculty. Registration to this track is directly.
Students have available to them one of the richest libraries in the areas in which they study. The library holds numerous journals and books on all the subjects covered in the program. It serves the students, faculty of IE&M as well as other
Technion faculties, and also scientists and professionals from outside the Technion. The library has up-to-date facilities for accessing information through local and remote databases, including full-text recovery of journal articles. Students can plug their laptops into communication sockets throughout the library. Moreover, as well as study and reading rooms, the library provides a high quality professional reference service to students and faculty.
In addition to their practice in labs, students carry out many different industrial projects.
The course curriculum is outlined on the internet at: ugportal.technion.ac.il