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If I would like to pursue systems engineering, should I get a BS in industrial engineering if systems is not offered at the undergraduate level? If not, what type of engineering should I try to receive a BS Degree in? Thank you!
posted by Callie, Springfield, PA on July 3, 2014

Answer by Priscilla B Bennett

Excellent question and I believe (from what you post), you've done some research!!  An Industrial Engineering degree will most certainly cross over and cover many of the areas you need for Systems Engineering careers (designing and managing engineering projects, logistics, project requirements management, metrics and evaluation measurements, work processes, optimizations and managing risks) - all things I love about IE.  You would also benefit from some Project Management certification as well, if the opportunity presents itself.  It will also be beneficial to know (or have some idea) what field you are interested in working (long term career goal) - such as aerospace, oil & gas, manufacturing, utility, government or local city/county civil engineering careers, chemical or research industry, agriculture...the list goes on and on!  Once you have some idea of what interests you most, some courses sprinkled in with your BS degree to get better acquainted with that particular language, process, history so you are a little more familiar and prepared to pursue an internship (before graduation) or jump right into a full-time position right after you graduate.  Sounds like you are headed in the right direction by asking questions, learning more and most certainly with your engineering degree goals!  I'm excited for you...and VERY excited you've chosen an engineering career!  I've always been glad I chose engineering - your college degree will make you very valuable and versatile in the constantly changing workplace! Continued success and I'm always available if you'd like more information!   -P