• CHED Center of Excellence
  • PTC-ACBET-accredited (candidate status)
  • Level II FAAP-accredited undergraduate program evaluated by PAASCU
  • 100% passing rate Certified Industrial Engineering Licensure Examination (2012, 2016)


The Industrial Engineering program started in 1986 under the Department of Mechanical Engineering, graduating its first batch in 1991 in response to the increasing demand for industrial engineering professionals in the region. The section became a charter member of the Philippine Quality and Productivity Movement-Cebu Chapter. It also participated in the USC Engineering-Industry Linkage Program and the Manufacturing Productivity Extension for Export Promotion program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) beginning in 1991. The program was listed in 1995 as part of the offerings of the DOST Engineering and Science Education Program (ESEP) consortium. Two years later, the on-the-job training program was formally incorporated in the curriculum replacing plant visits. In 2002, the curriculum was revised requiring feasibility studies from 4th-year students and research projects from 5th-year students.

Collaborative graduate scholarships for faculty development and research began in 2004 with the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. In 2008, USC was recognized as a delivering institution for the M.S. I.E. program under the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) scholarship. In 2010, the section separated from its parent unit and was established as a Department of Industrial Engineering.

Programs offered

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering

Career tracks

Production engineering
Work standards and human factors
Organization and decision sciences

Facilities and equipment

Methods Engineering and Human Factors Engineering Laboratory – Venue for Methods Engineering, Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics, and Industrial Materials and Processes laboratory classes.

Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics Annex Laboratory – An extension of the Methods Engineering and Human Factors Engineering Laboratory, this is a sound-proof facility that specializes in physical ergonomics experiments featuring adjustable light and acoustic levels.

Operations Research Laboratory – Computer laboratory catering to professional courses that use computer software including Microsoft Office Applications, Promodel, and SAP Business One.

Student life

The USC Industrial Engineering Council (IE Council) is the student body representing the department. They organize several student-related activities, including freshmen assembly, acquaintance party, the annual IE Week, among others. The IE Council also serves as a representative of IE students in the Collegiate Engineering Council (CEC) and in the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers Cebu Chapter.