Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (BEng) | NWU

APS Required



4 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree





  • NS(C) with full matriculation exemption
  • Mathematics level 6 (70%+)
  • Physical Sciences level 6 (70%+)
  • Afrikaans OR English as Home OR First
    Additional Language at least level 5 (60%+)
  • Additional entry route: Students with 65%
    in both Mathematics AND Physical Sciences,
    and an APS of 31, may have the opportunity
    to write a test as additional point of entry.
  • Students with 40%+ in both Mathematics
    and Physical Sciences and at least 60% for
    the language of instruction can apply for the
    1-year Xcel bridging programme: https://

Career Prospects

  1. Operations Manager: Oversee the day-to-day operations of a company or organization, focusing on improving efficiency, reducing costs, and maximizing productivity. Industrial engineers are well-equipped to handle the complexities of operations management, making them valuable assets in various industries such as manufacturing, logistics, and services.
  2. Supply Chain Manager: Manage the flow of goods, information, and resources from suppliers to customers, ensuring timely delivery and cost-effectiveness. Industrial engineers play a critical role in optimizing supply chain processes, including inventory management, transportation, and warehousing, to meet customer demands efficiently.
  3. Quality Engineer: Implement quality control measures to ensure products and processes meet established standards and specifications. Industrial engineers contribute to improving product quality and reliability through statistical analysis, process optimization, and continuous improvement methodologies such as Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing.
  4. Logistics and Distribution Manager: Plan and coordinate the movement of goods and materials within a supply chain network, from production facilities to distribution centers and ultimately to customers. Industrial engineers help optimize logistics and distribution operations to minimize costs, reduce lead times, and improve customer service levels.
  5. Manufacturing Engineer: Design and improve manufacturing processes and systems to enhance efficiency, quality, and safety. Industrial engineers work closely with production teams to optimize workflow, layout, and equipment utilization, leading to increased productivity and reduced waste in manufacturing operations.
  6. Systems Analyst: Analyze and optimize complex systems and processes using mathematical modeling, simulation, and data analysis techniques. Industrial engineers apply their problem-solving skills to improve business processes, enhance decision-making, and drive organizational performance in diverse industries.
  7. Health and Safety Manager: Develop and implement health and safety programs to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for employees. Industrial engineers contribute to risk assessment, ergonomic design, and process safety management to prevent workplace injuries and accidents in industrial settings.
  8. Project Engineer: Manage engineering projects from conception to completion, including planning, scheduling, and resource allocation. Industrial engineers play a key role in project management, overseeing multidisciplinary teams and ensuring project objectives are met on time and within budget.
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