Bachelor of Engineering in
Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (BENG IEEM)
工學士 (工業工程及工程管理學) *

* This programme will only admit Advanced Standing students through the non-JUPAS (direct application) route from 2016-17 onwards. Please refer to the Admissions Office’s website for the entrance requirements for Advanced Standing entry.

Programme code: 1652 BEng - Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

What is Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management?

  • "Industrial Engineering is concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, equipment, information, and energy."

    - Institute of Industrial Engineers, USA

  • "Engineering Management is the discipline addressed to making and implementing decisions for strategic and operational leadership in current and emerging technologies and their impacts on inter-related systems."

    - IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, USA

IE and EM are related but they do have distinctive characteristics and differences in emphasis. They have a common fundamental theoretical basis and both rely on an understanding of technology and its integration within a business environment. Both also emphasize adopting systems approaches and problem solving and decisionmaking techniques to design and implement effective and productive manufacturing, engineering and general services processes that combine people and technology. Similarly, both are concerned with the efficient control and management of these systems over their full life cycle once they are in operation. Finally, clearly both disciplines are very strongly multi-disciplinary and capitalize on the synergy between different bodies of knowledge to maximize benefits.

Nevertheless, these two disciplines have some important differences. For instance, IE tends to focus on the operational level design of systems for making products or delivering services, whereas Engineering Management often focuses attention on the more strategic issues concerning the operation of such systems. To put it simply, both IE and EM are about the management of people, operations, processes and projects.

IE and EM

Also, IE tends to emphasize the mechanistic integration of men and machines, including human factors, whereas EM is more concerned with capitalizing on the mental abilities of the workforce and shaping their attitudes to improve the ways work is performed.

Aims and Objectives of the Major

This major aims to equip students with problem solving, technical and managerial skills and knowledge related to IE and EM to prepare them for professional careers in managing manufacturing, engineering and other technologically oriented services.

Through the academically demanding and professionally rewarding education provided in this programme, the graduates will develop:

  • a broad understanding of the principles and technology related to engineering and manufacturing services
  • a fundamental understanding of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management concepts and techniques and their application in designing and managing manufacturing, engineering and other services
  • the ability to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize and implement industrial systems and services and
  • the ability to efficiently manage engineering services, manufacturing and other technologically oriented systems

Careers in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management

Graduates will find careers in a broad range of industries, from manufacturing through consulting, construction and the wholesale/retail trade to government and financial institutions, where the work of people needs to be efficiently organized and managed, particularly when the workforce needs to closely deal with hard and soft technologies. Examples could include:

  • facilities layout and production planning in a manufacturing company
  • productivity improvement in both manufacturing and service operations
  • coordinating and organizing maintenance activities and implementing newautomation on the workroom floor in the postal service
  • design of information displays and associated load management procedures for a power utility
  • setting manpower requirements and schedules in a hospital
  • capacity utilization and the scheduling of different aircraft over all routes in the airline industry
  • voice and data communications network planning for financial institutions, and
  • consultancy to organizations to help them strategically plan the development of their distribution network and location of warehouses and shipping plans, etc.

Examples of increasing needs for IEEM graduates

Supply Chain Design and Logistics Management - developing technologies (concepts, methodologies and algorithms) that optimize material sourcing, distribution networks, facility location/operation and inventories

Management Systems - developing various management systems, e.g. ISO9000 Quality Management System, ISO14000 - Environment Management System, BS8800# Safety and Health Management System

E-Commerce Logistics - developing technologies and systems that support physical logistics process related to electronic commerce and the Internet


Core studies

  • Applied Statistics for Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Methods for Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles I
  • Basic Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Engineering Economic Analysis
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Engineering Materials and Processing
  • Engineering Workshop Practice
  • Green Industrial Systems
  • Global Operations Management
  • Management of Technological Innovation
  • Product Development: Managerial Approach
  • Professional Engineering Practice
  • Work Design
  • Ergonomics in Workplace Design
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Integrative Engineering Management I
  • Quality Engineering I

Professional Recognitions

This Programme has been accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE). Graduates of this programme/major meet the academic requirements for Corporate Membership of HKIE.

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Major Leader

Dr. NGAN, S.C., Sherman

Major Structure / Major Requirements (Links to University Undergraduate Catalogue)

Advanced Standing II (ASII)

Model Study Path (PDF)

BENGU2 IEEM 2017/18 Entry (ASII)

BENGU4 IEEM 2015/2016 Entry (Normative 4-year Degree)
BENGU3 IEEM 2016/2017 Entry (ASI)
BENGU2 IEEM 2016/2017 Entry (ASII)

BENG4 IEEM 2014/2015 Entry (Normative 4-year Degree)
BENGU3 IEEM 2015/2016 Entry (ASI)
BENGU2 IEEM 2015/2016 Entry (ASII)

BENG4 IEEM 2013/2014 Entry (Normative 4-year Degree)
BENG3 IEEM 2014/2015 Entry (ASI)

Student Handbook (PDF)

BENG IEEM 2017/18
BENG IEEM 2016/17
2015/16 (2014/15 HKDSE Entry & 2015/16 ASI & ASII)
2014/15 (2013/14 HKDSE Entry & 2014/15 ASI & ASII)
(Note: The handbooks are updated as at the beginning of the corresponding academic years.)

Last modified on 4 August, 2017