Where to Study Industrial Engineering in South Africa and which Courses to consider

Where to Study Industrial Engineering in South Africa and which Courses to consider


Industrial Engineering at Wits University

Doing an Industrial Engineering degree at Wits, equips the student with a solid foundation in the science of Engineering with an emphasis on developing analytical techniques and generalised problem solving skills. The first two years of study are common to the three branches – Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical.

From the third year onwards the curriculum becomes more focused on specific Industrial Engineering theories, principles and tools. Typical subjects include Operations Management, Operations Research, Manufacturing Technology, Organisational Behaviour, Materials Science, Mechatronics, Finance and Economics, Systems and Project Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Advanced Maths and Statistics. Wits has a strong history of collaboration with industry and other world class institutions. This enables students to tackle realistic projects within industry from the third year onwards. In final year, the second half of the year is dedicated to project work (design and research). These projects are often industry-related whilst others are at the forefront of the School s research, and frequently lead on to postgraduate study….Read more

Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Pretoria

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Pretoria is the oldest and biggest Industrial Engineering department in South Africa. The first Industrial Engineers graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1963. Up to 1974 Industrial Engineering was offered as a program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 1975 the Department of Industrial Engineering was established as an independent academic department.

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Industrial Engineering at UNISA

Industrial engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.

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Industrial Engineering salary per month in South Africa

According to, an Industrial Engineer earns an average salary of R284,853 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Business Analysis, Project Management, Business Process Engineering, and Lean Process Engineering. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years’ experience in this career.