Industrial Engineering is...

What is an Industrial Engineer?

It is the professional in charge of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of systems, materials,equipment and information by applying the knowledge of the exact sciences and technology together with the principles and methodology of the analysis and design of engineering.

Some areas of Industrial Engineering

  • Planning and scheduling production.
  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Implementation of management systems for quality, environment, occupational health and social responsibility
  • Analysis, redesign and improvement of process.
  • Design of Organizational Structure
  • System material handling and warehouse storage
  • Conceptualization of Information Systems
  • Distribution and location of facilities
  • Financial analysis and evaluation of investment projects
  • Project management
  • Work design: time measurement, research methods, application of ergonomics
  • Strategic Management and Performance
  • Design of Manufacturing and Robotics
  • Design of Products and Services

Where does an Industrial Engineer work?

Do not get confused by the name, industrial engineers work not only in manufacturing but in any place where a process is performed, or there is a system. That is why we can find them in logistics and distribution companies in the financial sector, or tourism and technology industries, and even in health organizations.

Industrial Engineering at the University of Costa Rica

Professional Profile

The human being is characterized by its features which, in turn, are the mix of skills and knowledge. On the other hand, every teaching-learning process shapes its participants in concordance with the appropriate requirements. From this perspective, professionals in Industrial Engineering, who graduated from the School of Industrial Engineering at the University of Costa Rica, have the skills learned through the use of different kinds of thoughts whose application is promoted throughout the major.

The features (skills) of the Industrial Engineers are developed from the adaptation of integrated thinking. It consists of five types of thinking as the guide to lead the academic curriculum. These types of thinking are: systemic thinking, creative thinking, strategic thinking, heuristic thinking and statistical thinking.

Additionally, during the process of teaching and learning, our students interact with a changing world (environment) of which,both, the curriculum and the student body work together with the five types of thinking by sticking them to the equity, social justice, economic balance and respect for the environment. As a result, the sixth thinking which shapes the profile of the industrial engineering is the guide to lead their trainingand response to the environment with social, economic and environmental sustainability. The sixth component is sustainable thinking.

Through the adaptation of the six basic thoughts by the graduates of the School of Industrial Engineering, the skills of the industrial engineering will be developed. These are common skills that belong particularly to the six basic thoughts.


Substantially Equivalent Major (Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board- CEAB)


Important Dates
II Term, 2014  
August 11 to November 29
Final Exams
December 1 to 13

Preregistration III-2014 (Summer Term)
December 9 & 10

Registration III-2014 (Summer Term)
December 15 to 17

Summer Term III- 2014
January 5, 2015 - February 28, 2015

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