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Industrial Engineering

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
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Administered by: Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

The Industrial Engineering BEng degree program is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Ryerson's Industrial Engineering program emphasizes effectiveness and efficiency in the design, operation and management of complex systems in manufacturing and services sectors. This focus is presented through a broad curriculum foundation.

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U courses in: English, Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Physics (SPH4U) and Chemistry (SCH4U).


  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
  3. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.  

The first year of study introduces the student to engineering principles and the basics of related disciplines. Core industrial engineering courses begin in the second year.

In the third and fourth years, students take professional courses in the area of management science and manufacturing engineering.

Graduates of this program typically find employment in a broad range of industrial, management, and/or manufacturing careers including: production/inventory control, quality control, operations research, computers and information systems, decision support systems, facilities planning, project management.

Transition Programs

First Year: The objective of the first year transition program, opens in new window is to provide students, who may need more time to adapt to the demanding university curriculum, with an immediate opportunity to upgrade their Academic Standing. In the second semester, Phase I of the transition program offers all first semester core courses: CHY 102, MTH 140, MTH 141, and PCS 211 in parallel with the second semester regular program courses. Students who have failed and/or are missing any one of these courses at the end of the first semester are required to upgrade their Academic Standing through enrolling in the transition program. During the condensed Spring semester (May-July) Phase II of the transition program offers all second semester core courses: AER 222, BME 100, CHE 200, CHY 211, CPS 188, CVL 207, ELE 202, MEC 222, MTH 240, MTL 200, and PCS 125. These courses represent a repeat of the second semester regular program courses that were not taken by students enrolled in Phase I of the transition program. These courses will be offered subject to adequate enrolment.

Second Year: The second year transition program is intended to help students who have failed or dropped the second year Fall courses MTH 425, MEC 323 and/or the second year Winter course MEC 311, to stay in-phase with their classmates and still have a chance to be promoted the third year in the following academic year. This is accomplished by allowing such students to enrol in MTH 425, MEC 323, and/or MEC 311 in the condensed Spring/Summer semester (May-July).

Attention: Students are also given the opportunity to complete the following courses through The Chang School of Continuing Education during both the Spring and Summer terms: CCMN 432 and appropriate lower- and upper-level liberal studies courses. Only these Chang School courses will be counted toward the student's full-time Engineering degree program.

Writing Skills Resource Path

All new engineering students are automatically enrolled in CEN 199: Writing Skills.

CEN 199 is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, and is used to track the results of the Writing Skills Test (WST).

All students admitted into engineering are required to write the mandatory Writing Skills Test (WST) during Orientation Week. Students who pass the WST (by achieving a grade of ‘B' or higher) will receive a PASS in CEN 199 and therefore may enrol in the lower level liberal studies course of their choice (subject to availability).

Students who do not pass the WST will receive an INP (In Progress Grade) in CEN 199 and will be required to enrol in one of LNG 111, LNG 112, LNG 113, or LNG 121 as their first-year lower level liberal studies course. These courses, which count toward lower level liberal studies requirements, are writing-intensive humanities and social science courses designed to give students the opportunity to strengthen their foundations in communication. These students will then have three additional opportunities to write and pass the WST:

  • In May, following 2nd Semester.
  • During Orientation Week before 3rd Semester.
  • In May, following 4th Semester.

A PASS in CEN 199: Writing Skills is required to enrol in all third-year engineering courses. Students with a grade of INP in CEN 199 will not be allowed to enrol in any third-year engineering course.

Detailed information is available from the First-Year Engineering Office, opens in new window. Room ENG 377 Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4261.

Early Intervention Program

Highly innovative and proactive retention strategies play an important role in helping students build the skills for success in a demanding engineering curriculum. Through the First-Year Engineering Office, opens in new window, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science has incorporated the Early Intervention Program into the first-year engineering experience. At the semester's mid-point, students who are failing courses in their core curriculum are identified and encouraged to attend an interview with a member of our academic support team (Program Director/Academic Advisor and/or the Student Counsellor). Together, they discuss options to help reduce the chances of academic failure.

Optional Co-operative Internship Program

Third year students with CLEAR Academic Standing may opt to enrol in the Co-operative Internship. If they are selected by one of the partner corporations, they spend a period of 8-16 months, from May to September of the following year, as engineering interns at the corresponding corporations. After the completion of the Co-operative Internship, students return to the academic program to complete their final year of studies. Enrolment in the Co-operative Internship extends the program length to five years.

Co-operative Internship students enrol in the course WKT 88A/B: Co-operative Internship Program during the academic year in which they work as interns. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Completion of the Co-operative Internship Program will be identified on the student's transcript as WKT 88A/B: Co-operative Internship Program, with the appropriate grade achieved.

Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OS EIE)

This option provides students with a solid foundation in innovation and entrepreneurship theory as well as the immersive experience of advancing and shaping an idea into a business. The lecture courses cover principles of engineering economics, entrepreneurship and innovation management, and technology-based new venture creation. The practicum will guide students through the process of identifying a new business concept, developing their technology, and preparing their business for market readiness. For eligibility, registration and course information see Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OS EIE).

Engineering Transfer Credits

Applicants approved into an Engineering program cannot expect to receive any transfer credits in Engineering discipline or Engineering-related discipline courses if their applicable post-secondary education was not completed at a program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, external link, opens in new window (CEAB).  

Core and professional engineering course transfer credits will ONLY be granted at the time of admission. An Offer of Admission will notify the applicant of transfer credit decision(s) subject to acceptance of their Offer.

Liberal studies discipline courses taken at CEAB accredited or non-accredited schools will be considered for either lower- or upper-level liberal studies transfer credit. College courses, in general, are not eligible for transfer credit except in the case of lower-level liberal studies courses.

Liberal Studies

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and two upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Undeclared Engineering

ASC 120, BLG 181, BMS 150, CHY 182, CHY 183, ITM 277, MEC 110, PCS 111, PCS 181, PCS 182 and SCI courses are not available for credit.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

BLG 599, BLG 699, BLG 850, CHY 583, CHY 599, CPS 650, MTH 511, MTH 599 and PCS 581 are not available for credit.

Students may take only one Psychology course for credit.


Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.

Accelerated Master of Applied Science (MASc) Pathway

The Accelerated Master of Applied Science (MASc) Pathway is open to undergraduate engineering students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or research potential by the end of the third year of their undergraduate program. Students can enrol in a maximum of two graduate level courses in addition to their regular undergraduate course requirements in the final year of their undergraduate program and commence their Master’s research such that the MASc program can be completed in approximately one year. The Accelerated MASc Pathway does not change the degree requirements for the existing BEng or MASc programs. For more information about and application to this pathway, please contact the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.  

1st & 2nd Semester

Revised curriculum begins 2021-2022 for students admitted Fall 2021 and after.

1st Semester


CEN 100 Introduction to Engineering
CEN 199* Writing Skills
CHY 102 General Chemistry
MTH 140 Calculus I
MTH 141 Linear Algebra
PCS 211 Physics: Mechanics

One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester


CPS 188 Computer Programming Fundamentals
ECN 801 Principles of Engineering Economics
MEC 222 Engineering Graphical Communication
MTH 240 Calculus II
MTL 200 Materials Science Fundamentals
PCS 125 Physics: Waves and Fields

* This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.


3rd & 4th Semester

3rd Semester


CMN 432 Communication in the Engineering Professions
MEC 323 Statics and Mechanics of Materials
MEC 325 Introduction to Engineering Design
MTH 425 Differential Equations and Vector Calculus
PCS 213 Physics: Light and Modern Physics

4th Semester


EES 512 Electric Circuits
MEC 309 Basic Thermodynamics
MEC 311 Dynamics
MEC 322 Manufacturing Fundamentals
MTH 410 Statistics

One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

NOTE: All required courses in 1st and 2nd semester are prerequisites to all required courses in 3rd and 4th semester.


5th & 6th Semester

5th Semester


IND 303 Work Measurement, Analysis and Design
IND 405 Introduction to Data Science and Analytics
IND 508 Operations Research I
IND 605 Experimental Design and Quality Assurance
MEC 516 Fluid Mechanics I
MTH 510 Numerical Analysis

6th Semester


IND 300 Introduction to Management
IND 400 Facilities Design
IND 600 Systems Modeling and Simulation
IND 604 Operations Research II
IND 712 Industrial Ergonomics
PSY 209 Industrial Psychology

NOTE: All required courses in 1st and 2nd semester are prerequisites to all required courses in 5th and 6th semester.

Students who have a CLEAR Academic Standing after the 6th semester may opt to enrol in the Co-operative Internship Program. Eligible students should select WKT 88A/B during the Course Intention process.


7th & 8th Semester

7th Semester


IND 70A/B Industrial Systems Design
IND 708 Information Systems
IND 710 Production and Inventory Systems

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

IND 713 Project Management
IND 810 Flexible Manufacturing Systems
IND 820 Big Data Analytics Project

LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from the following:

ENG 503 Science Fiction
GEO 702 Technology and the Contemporary Environment
HST 701 Scientific Technology and Modern Society
PHL 709 Religion, Science and Philosophy
POL 507 Power, Change and Technology

8th Semester


CEN 800 Law and Ethics in Engineering Practice
IND 70A/B Industrial Systems Design

REQUIRED GROUP 1: Two courses from the following:

IND 719 Big Data Analytics Tools
IND 816 Service Operations Management
IND 832 Reliability and Decision Analysis
IND 833 Financial Engineering

One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

NOTE: All required courses in 1st through 4th semester are prerequisites to all required courses in 7th and 8th semester.

In addition to the general criteria used to determine Academic Standing, students in this
program must also meet the following conditions:

All students in undergraduate Engineering programs have an additional condition for Clear academic standing. In addition to students needing a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.67 or higher, students also need to have a term grade point average (TGPA) of 1.33 or higher, based on at least two reported grades for that term (not including Pass, DEF, INP or AEG grades). Students who have a TGPA less than 1.33 will be given PROBATIONARY Academic Standing. Students with only one reported grade for that term will be evaluated based on CGPA only.

Students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) less than 1.67 will be assigned a
Probationary or Required to Withdraw (RTW) standing. See Academic Standings for
information about the process and consequences.

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see PDF fileSenate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

George Asimakis
President, G & P Solutions
Ryerson Alumnus

Yves Belanger, PEng
Executive Manager
West Monroe Partners

David Berger
Lamus Consulting

Murray C. Bond
Ryerson Alumnus

Professor Mingyuan Chen, PhD, PEng
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Concordia University

Frank DeCicco

Professor Keith W. Hipel, PhD, PEng, FRSC, FCAE, FIEEE, FAWRA
Department of Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo