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With an aging workforce and rapid changes in business conditions, manufacturing has been facing challenges regarding the concepts of Industrial Engineering (Lean Manufacturing). This report will examine Industrial Engineers in New Mexico and their job demand emerging from Lean Manufacturing emerging in the state. In New Mexico, it was fascinating to note that the average salaries of Industrial Engineers specializing in Lean Manufacturing were much higher than those who were not, with a continuing increase when the number of years in experience increases. The statistics include the ideal industries for Industrial Engineers specialized in Lean Manufacturing and other functional areas. Overall, this research will cover how Industrial Engineering (Lean Manufacturing) is evolving and its future outlook in New Mexico, considering the concept of Lean and its role in companies in manufacturing.
New Mexico’s current skilled workforce of engineers is 14,600 strong, generating nearly 390 million dollars in revenue. This figure is set to increase by 4% over the next decade. The state of Industrial engineering is also booming in New Mexico. The job demand for manufacturing engineers, managers, and related professions has snowballed over the last decade. Further, there are more than 30 manufacturing engineers for every 1,000 employees in New Mexico. Management of Quality/Operations management/Production Control/Supply chain management is the four fastest-growing jobs in the state, while the other significant sectors like engineering and computer science are growing at a slower rate than other sectors.


The undergraduate Minors in Industrial engineering are three; Lean Manufacturing & Analytics, Supply chain & Operations Research, and Systems Engineering, all designed to help students build a successful future. The minors offer students a chance to explore their interests in this area and help them realize the relevance of these electives to their academic pursuits and career interests. With career opportunities expanding in this arena, curiosity about these areas will not go away. The graduate minors are two; Lean Manufacturing and Analytics plus Supply-Chain & Analytics.
The undergraduate minors in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics, Supply chain & Operations Research, and Systems Engineering are all very similar. To quickly recap, Lean Manufacturing & Analytics is valid for the strategic area of value stream mapping, value stream mapping that is a critical redesign of products, Process Planning for Assembly lines, Design of experiments that are key to the product development process. The Supply chain & Operations Research minor is helpful for projects related to modeling techniques in operational decision-making, developing mathematical models to analyze complex problems related to manufacturing processes. The Systems Engineering minor leads to critical thinking skills, applying technologies to assess their potential significance to the designs, leading to career growth.
A minor in Industrial Engineering gives students a global perspective on this profession envied by all employers. Industrial Engineering is a profession that encompasses the joining of OR ORMS analysis and system dynamics from analyzing industrial problems. It adapts to various businesses to optimize processes and make critical decisions with relevant information from industry practices. It is a cornerstone in manufacturing, operations management, sustainable energy, and business analytics. With the development of technology and innovation, industrial engineers use data analysis, computational modeling, simulation, and artificial intelligence.
The minor in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics, Supply chain & Operations Research, and Systems Engineering are very relevant to the current job market. The skillsets obtained can be used in many positions, careers, and company functions. The skillsets given to the students will enhance their career options even after they leave the academic institution.
A minor in three of these exciting areas helps one understand the application of Lean Manufacturing, Analytics, Supply Chain Management, and Systems Engineering concepts to design, develop and operate high-value systems for any organization. These areas are essential because the academic curriculum supports choosing one of these three minors based on an innovative approach that integrates new knowledge about key concepts in each discipline’s body of expertise with state-of-the-art teaching methodologies.
The undergraduate minors, by nature, have a design that exposes students and working professionals to a few electives not available in the regular courses. They form an essential part of our student’s education and cater to their exposure and growth in these fields, making them genuinely multidisciplinary degrees. The interdisciplinary approach by combining disciplines like Management, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain & Operations Research, and Systems Engineering & Automation helps the students learn techniques and tools from all these diverse areas. The skills acquired through such exposure can be used not only by those pursuing careers in academia but also by those looking to work in various industries and production plants.
An undergraduate minor in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics, Supply chain & Operations Research, or Systems Engineering is an excellent way to develop a well-rounded curriculum. These programs have a design built upon the significant undergraduate degree in industrial engineering that has global relevance in the current Industrial 4.0 revolution. The Industrial Revolution was from 1760 – 1840, where a social and economic upheaval shifted the world from an agrarian society to an industrial one. It happened in Europe, North America, and Japan. In this event, old manual craft skills became obsolete as machines made goods faster and more precisely. However, as machines can now think, can make decisions, and optimize processes, we may now be going through a second revolution — the 4th Industrial Revolution — developing smarter / faster / more / cheaper technologies that can outperform human abilities in all aspects of daily life.
The Industrial 4.0 revolution – the 4th Industrial Revolution – will change how business is conducted, with potential extreme disruption affecting employment, entire business sectors, and economies. A graduate degree has become critical to ensure long-term success for any graduate who aims to be at the forefront of the next generation of leaders in all industries. A minor is an excellent supplement to an undergraduate degree by either increasing employability, more options for career growth within a specific industry sector, or essential upgrading qualifications to continue education, especially towards advanced research.
According to Klaus Schwab, Founder of the Davos World Economic Forum, augmented, virtual and self-driving realities are some of the elements of the fourth industrial revolution, according to Klaus Schwab, Founder of the Davos World Economic Forum, where he describes what he perceives to be the most critical changes in production processes. These realities drive an investment shift from information technologies towards robotics, 3D printing, aerospace machinery, nanotechnology, and genetics. The Industrial 4.0 industry is already significant, with over HK$500 billion annually invested in hardware alone by 2013. Then a new age of data analytics where humans combine their cognitive capabilities with trillions of bytes of new data produced electronically.
These three minors prepare students for further studies in manufacturing, commerce, business, or their chosen field of study by providing an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of Lean Manufacturing & Analytics (LM&A), Supply chain & Operations Research (SCOR), and Systems Engineering (SE). The minor teaches students how to develop solutions for complex problems using computational tools. Students also learn the principles of these three disciplines and how they can address various real-world issues.
There are a few ways these minors or a double major in Industrial Engineering complement a student’s major. It will help by developing skills in applied mathematics, programming, computer technology, and engineering concepts. The ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ is an integral part of operations research and systems engineering because of the nature of the problems solved—School of Industrial Engineering School of Business Administration School of Social Science & Entrepreneurship.
These undergraduate minors are highly sought after by manufacturers, consultants, consulting firms, research institutions, contractors, the state of Indiana, and the federal government. A large percentage of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation. At the same time, some students pursue careers specific to their minor area of concentration or others who proceed to graduate school.
Their similarity is that these undergraduate minors provide students with analytical skills to undertake complex problems influenced by data in multiple industries. Not to mention the organizational skills built upon knowledge of Design, change control, work cell layout, material handling systems, scheduling techniques, the product lifecycle, and continuous improvement.
Because these three are minors, one can complete them in five semesters with 13 credits in each semester, giving one only 13 courses in total. It is beneficial to understand supply chain management, manufacturing, operations research, and systems engineering to take the minor course working in the mentioned areas.

An undergraduate minor in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics is essential for students in the Department of Industrial Engineering. The attaining of this minor is by completing 16 units, with at least 12 units from the core curriculum. The program’ Design is to enrich students’ education through various topics, including lean manufacturing, supply chain management, lean software tools, statistics, data mining, and visualization techniques. The program’s goal is to develop students who are well-versed in industry concepts that can enhance their job opportunities and provide better communication with co-workers.
This minor is also beneficial for students in other majors such as Art and Art History, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Mechanical Engineering, and other Industrial Engineering majors where knowledge in lean manufacturing and big data analytics is helpful for their career path.
The undergraduate minor in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics is essential because it is an excellent way to gain knowledge vital to current and future success in the workplace, particularly for students pursuing a career in the industry. Students can choose to follow the minor jointly with one of our majors. Since the focus of the minor is both Lean Manufacturing and Analytics, it provides students with a comprehensive view of these key concepts and their application in the industry. The statistics and analytics courses within the minor provide students who choose this option with a strong foundation of skills that will prepare them for careers in Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), market research, statistical process.
The undergraduate minor in Lean Manufacturing and Analytics is a good fit for all mechanical, industrial, and systems engineers. In addition, Lean Manufacturing and Analytics minors are helpful for all engineers who work with managers, operations staff, or engineering teams where the concepts will be applicable.
A case study is the Professors and teachers in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Wright State University who designed a highly specialized undergraduate minor in Lean Manufacturing and Analytics. This program is offered in cooperation with six local industries through the Center for Applied Research in Manufacturing (CARM). These six industries each offer paid co-ops and internships to our students, giving them unprecedented opportunities to learn, earn and grow simultaneously. Through this major, we will teach our students how to collaborate across all disciplines involved in manufacturing; we will prepare them for leadership positions in academia and industry and provide them with additional skills and experiences that will set them apart from other graduates.
A minor in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics is an exciting, forward-thinking program that prepares undergraduate Industrial Engineering students to meet future industry standards. Recent developments in manufacturing have led to significant steps towards reinventing it.  The tools provided within the techniques used are high-tech, complex solutions that help increase efficiency, flow, quality, delivery speed, and machine accuracy.  The mission is to prepare students for careers relevant now and into the future; these techniques are needed to compete successfully. 
The minor program has a design to give students specialized knowledge in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics. The minor helps students gain additional skills that will enable them to be more versatile and employable in their fields of study. By working with the program, students will also acquire skills, tools, and knowledge for career purposes, network with professionals in the industry who may potentially offer them job opportunities after graduation, gain experience with international scholars and professionals, gain an appreciation for global cultures and diverse views, as well as learn how to communicate effectively with individuals from different social backgrounds.
The undergraduate minor in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics is designed to acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully analyze complex production processes to improve quality, delivery time, cost, the performance of the process operators associated with the production process. The curriculum involves specific courses in industrial engineering taught by tenured academic faculty, demonstration laboratory course by highly qualified industrial engineers with work experience in the industrial sector, technical tours in industrial facilities to introduce students to industrial practices and culture. Students will have internship opportunities covering various aspects of industrial work.
A minor in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics provides students with educational opportunities to combine academic disciplines within the Department of Industrial Engineering. The program’s overall goal is to prepare students for manufacturing jobs currently in high demand by employers. Students who complete the minor will have a fundamental knowledge of all production phases, including Lean Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain Management, and Business Analytics. This program will provide students with analytical skills applied to various professions, including Manufacturing Technology Management, Integrated Business Management, High Technology Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, Materials Engineering.
A job example is Seko Logistics, a third-party logistics provider based in Northern California (Uckelmann, 2012). They provide warehousing, transportation, customs services, IT solutions, and management systems for companies across many industries. Seko’s team of professionals are experts in industry updates, new trends, technological advancements related to their specific market. APICS stands for the Association for Operations Management, which focuses on the operations aspect of running a business. The association offers certification programs for students to develop their skills in Lean Manufacturing.

A minor in three of these exciting areas helps one understand the application of Supply Chain Management concepts to design, develop and operate high-value systems for any organization. These areas are essential because the academic curriculum supports choosing one of these three based on an innovative approach that integrates new knowledge about key concepts in each discipline’s body of expertise with state-of-the-art teaching methodologies.
The undergraduate minor requires 15 credit hours of supply chain courses. These are highly selected courses, which are fundamental supply chain courses to expose students to supply chain basics and understand other disciplines that form the supply chain discipline. For example, an overview course of operational research helps understand the mathematics and statistics concepts vital for additional supply chain courses. The Supply Chain & Operational Analytics undergraduate minor provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for successful careers in global supply chain management, logistics, facilities management, and inventory control. It opens up opportunities for further study at various Master’s levels.
The undergraduate program in Industrial Engineering in any tertiary institution offers a minor in Supply chain and Operations Analytics (Going, 1911). The minor allows students to complement their studies across various disciplines, including Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Commerce, Management Information Systems, and other Engineering concentrations. In addition to providing a foundation for careers in industry, the program prepares students to take advantage of emerging opportunities in business analytics (Badiru, 2005).
The Supply chain, operations, and analytics minor provides students with the opportunity to understand better the concepts of supply chain management and operational management (Haberfellner et al., 2019). This minor will help students develop essential skills for tomorrow’s business leaders in strategy, business analytics, operations, supply chain management, process improvement, quality management, production systems, and Lean Manufacturing.
Majoring in Industrial Engineering (IE), an undergraduate from the University is equipped to work in various supply chain and operational analytics disciplines. Through IE’s undergraduate minor in Supply chain and operational analytics (SCOA), students get exposure to critical concepts of SCOA, including decision making, uncertainty, advanced analytics, planning, and more. Students are trained with these skills through courses offered by SCOA under the umbrella of interdisciplinary collaboration with IE. A unique multidisciplinary approach allows students to solve complex problems involving multiple entities involved in SCOA, e.g., manufacturers, suppliers, customers, and distributors.

The undergraduate minor in Systems Engineering is meant to enhance the students’ knowledge in engineering and understanding of complex systems. The objective is to become a change agent in a complex system shaping world. Through this minor, they can understand how to approach problems in a complex environment and try to shape them with the most desirable outcome. The minor reinforces their engineering skills and allows them to learn new, relevant skills in different industries.
It is in the best interest of an undergraduate major in Industrial Engineering to pursue a minor in Systems Engineering. This minor builds on the base knowledge and skills developed during an engineering student’s undergraduate career. It prepares the graduate for diverse job opportunities in industry and business.
The undergraduate minor in Systems Engineering provides students with the ability and knowledge to understand and address quality and safety issues associated with complex systems. Studying systems and their interactions prepares students to work on increasingly complex problems requiring quantitative analysis and modeling. For example, advances in information technologies, communication, and computer networking move complexity from individual subsystems to larger systems as a whole within organizations. To address such complex problems, SIUE’s minor allows students to develop solutions using methods thinking–capturing the entire system’s behavior instead of addressing isolated issues. The curriculum also integrates courses from existing programs such as Industrial Engineering.
An undergraduate minor in Systems Engineering is beneficial for students pursuing a career in a field that utilizes a strong background in industrial engineering, such as defense operations and systems, energy and utilities, operations research and deployment science, and manufacturing processes. With the growing global trends of advancing technology, increasing interconnectedness within the US across the business, political and social fronts, new business models emerging due to globalization of markets, increasing competition from abroad expanding the field’s utilization of systems-oriented approaches, it is becoming increasingly essential for organizations to cooperate via inter-organizational system mechanisms. A Systems Engineering Minor will provide the necessary background for graduates to pursue a field that incorporates Systems
Systems Engineering is a powerful approach to optimizing a wide variety of systems (Jamshidi, 2017). This minor includes the perspectives of the core Industrial Engineering disciplines and those of other business and non-business disciplines applicable to a Systems Engineer (Kossiakoff et al., 2011).
The undergraduate minor in Systems Engineering from the Department of Industrial Engineering is a 19-credit-hour program designed to bolster any degree. It is a perfect fit for those pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree in another field and those seeking a second Bachelor’s degree or certification as a Professional Engineer. The Systems Engineering minor develops practical skills that will allow one to identify and resolve problems efficiently and effectively at work and in personal life.

Universities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region play an important role in offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to engage students’ interests and give them skills for the 21st-century workplace. The growing manufacture of goods among MENA countries, such as Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, impacts their focus on studying subjects such as Industrial Engineering. The academic institutions within the MENA region offer a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees to equip new generations with skills to help revamp the manufacturing sector and help ensure competitiveness.
King Fahd University (KFU) is leading the way in training Saudi-Arabia’s future logistics leaders. Building on the foundations of KFU’s undergraduate programs in Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain & Operations Management, and Systems Engineering, King Fahd University offers several minors to help students develop their skills and knowledge. Although these minors are available to all students wishing to expand their studies, the primary target groups are undergraduate students who want to become master candidates later.
The Department of Industrial Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) is committed to creating graduates that exhibit insightful leadership skills. This, in turn, will help them to contribute to the development of the KFUPM community. Our academic plan strives to develop new talent in leading-edge disciplines, thus laying a solid foundation for future industrial engineering leaders skilled in lean manufacturing and building analytics platforms, supply chain management, and applying advanced operations research, methodologies and technologies.
As the first Saudi University to offer an Engineering major for undergraduates, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) is known globally as a leader in technical education. As early as the 1960s, the University has been working closely with MIT to develop new curricula for chemical engineering students, one of the first programs of its kind to be offered abroad. From the onset, this strong relationship with MIT has constantly expanded -with many top professors visiting the campus annually to teach, give lectures and lead graduate-level training.
The UAE University Industrial Engineering department offers Minors at the undergraduate level and graduate programs with top-ranked universities in the USA and UK. This program helps students prepare themselves with the latest industrial engineering practices and technologies related to the current industry trends, supporting their personal development. The minor is of 6 credit hours each, six courses required for each minor.
The Department of Industrial Engineering at UAE University. Their commitment is to provide the latest industry applications at the undergraduate level is well-documented. The same is true of their graduate-level programs, which continue to set an example for other universities. This Industrial Engineering program has a design that develops the undergraduate students’ career potential in business administration, information technology, engineering, or other similar areas by providing them greater insight into the challenges of manufacturing and operations. The aim is to equip them with manufacturing concepts practiced at the undergraduate level. The program will integrate core manufacturing courses offered within existing programs while simultaneously permitting students to continue graduate studies if desired.

Bahrain University (BAU) in the Kingdom of Bahrain has a Department of Industrial Engineering (DOIE) is the only major of its kind within the Gulf region. It offers a range of undergraduate and graduate-level programs in the area of Industrial Engineering. The Department attracts elite students from all over Bahrain and from neighboring countries, such as Saudi Arabia. BAU DOIE has launched several new programs as a part of Lean Manufacturing & Analytics, Supply chain & Operations Research, and Systems Engineering. In addition to its undergraduate minor in Supply chain & Operations Research established in 2010, DOIE now offers a Graduate Minor in Supply Chain & Analytics and Lean Manufacturing & Analytics.
The BAU Department of Industrial Engineering offers an undergraduate minor in Operations research and Systems engineering. This new minor will prepare undergraduate students for the challenges of today’s manufacturing and service environment, where companies are challenged to improve their outcomes by increasing productivity, lowering the cost, and reducing the lead time while delivering high quality. The graduates of this program will be able to design new processes, identify performance bottlenecks and apply optimal solutions to provide significant improvements in current businesses. They will also leverage their mathematics and engineering knowledge to define novel business opportunities ranging from logistics optimization to value network management.
Qatar University, also in the Middle, has a Department of Industrial Engineering, a multidisciplinary department that aims to promote excellence in the creation and absorption of knowledge and skills in all areas of engineering within Qatar University and beyond. The Department of Industrial Engineering was established in 2009. The Industrial Engineering graduate program starts with MSc Program in Industrial Engineering, subsequently followed by Ph.D. Program. The Department currently has 107 students in Bachelor’s, 94 students in Master’s, and ten in Ph.D. The undergraduate program is accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), while the Master’s and Doctoral level programs with accreditation from Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).
Other institutions outside the Middle east include; The University of Texas at Austin, which is the birthplace of the Supply Chain Management discipline. Its Department of Industrial Engineering embraces its rich history. It carries it forward by offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Supply Chain Management, Lean Manufacturing & Analytics, Supply Chain & Operations Research, and Systems Engineering, all with minors in Supply Chain Analytics & Lean Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Operations Research.
The University of Cincinnati Department of Industrial Engineering offers four specializations in their undergraduate program, including Big Data Analytics, Engineering Management, Human Factors and Ergonomics, and Quality Management. We also offer two graduate concentrations in Human Factors and Ergonomics geared to the healthcare industry. These programs have a design that helps develop the professional skills required for successful careers in today’s engineering industries.
The Department of Industrial Engineering at State University has offered minors in Lean Manufacturing & Analytics, Supply chain & Operations Research, and Systems Engineering since 2014. Our graduates are professionals with highly sought-after skills in supply chain management, operations research, professional services, product development and manufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, logistics, financial services, information systems, and insurance. These programs are taught by experienced faculty, including the Dean of the Department of Industrial Engineering, who has over 35 years of consulting experience with Fortune 500 companies. The programs include hands-on projects that put into practical use the concepts learned in class and test the students’ understanding of this new curriculum.

This is a comprehensive proposal of the required academic programs/minors for graduate and undergraduate Industrial Engineering students in Supply Chain, Advanced Manufacturing, Production Operations Management, Technical Systems Management, Energy Management, Business Intelligence Analytics, Leadership & Management. This specific Industrial Engineering department proposal includes all aspects of what is required for students to graduate specific to Industrial Engineering. It consists of a breakdown of the schools currently offering them and a description of each area.
The Graduate and Undergraduate Minors in Supply Chain and Advanced Manufacturing originally developed from quantitative inputs, stakeholders, supply chain members, and advanced manufacturing programs at NMSU. The goals of these academic minors are to provide students with an interdisciplinary study in supply chain and advanced manufacturing for them to become informed leaders in the industry.”
The Academic Minors Proposal is essential to the growth of the current undergraduate and graduate programs provided by the Department of Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University. The Academic Minors Proposal for Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences in New Mexico State University outlines the required academic programs in graduate and undergraduate minors for the Industrial Engineering department: Supply Chain and Advanced Manufacturing. The Department’s primary goal is to increase diversity in technology professionals through teaching, learning, and research opportunities. It details the current number of undergraduate and graduate degrees within the program, data used to calculate departmental enrolment statistics from the previous year, the cost structure for each minor, and a justification of how it meets the needs of both students and faculty.
The Industrial Engineering degree program at the NMSU should provide students with a strong foundation in the engineering sciences and the applied art of systems analysis. The problems encountered in the industry today are unfamiliar, complex, and dy

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