Industrial Engineering Undergraduate Program

Industrial engineers improve the way people interact with technologies and systems. They help organizations run safely, efficiently and profitably.

You will begin the program by learning the foundations of industrial engineering: operations research, programming and human-centered design. In your upper years, you’ll take courses ranging from engineering psychology to data analytics to business process optimization. For their ability to see “the big picture,” you’ll find industrial engineers applying their expertise to every environment, from streamlining health-care systems to rethinking supply chains and the online user experience in the era of artificial intelligence.

Areas of Focus

  • Human Factors
  • Information Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Sample PEY Co-op Employers


Environment Canada

Ernst & Young

Royal Bank of Canada


Sample Career Trajectories

Big Data Analytics

Health-care Engineering

Financial Analysis and Planning

Management Consulting

Project Management

Portrait of Oghosa Igbinakenzua


Oghosa Igbinakenzua

Graduation Year:


PEY Co-op:

He landed a job in Toronto with Deloitte, a financial services and management consulting firm.

Memorable Experience:

For his fourth-year capstone project, Oghosa worked with his team, supervisor and client to create a website called Newvella. The site leverages AI and machine learning to provide readers with personalized book recommendations based on their tastes.

Fun Fact:

He was involved in several clubs and groups as a student, including serving as Vice-President Academic for the Engineering Society (student government), a soccer club and Engineers Without Borders. After graduation, he went on to become the President of Toronto’s professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Current Job:

Oghosa works as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte.

“Several of my courses helped me understand how businesses operate and how to identify areas to improve efficiency. My co-curricular involvement showed me that with the support of others, I have the ability to make significant and positive change within my environment.”

Industrial Systems Engineering First-year Courses

Fall Term

(common to all Core 8 programs)

  • Orientation to Engineering 
  • Engineering Strategies & Practice I 
  • Mechanics  
  • Engineering Chemistry & Materials Science 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • Calculus I 

Winter Term

  • Engineering Strategies & Practice II
  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Calculus II
  • Dynamics
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Intro to Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Did you know?

Industrial engineering is closely tied to business and health care. U of T’s connections to Toronto’s financial district and hospitals give you a significant career advantage.