Top Schools for Industrial Technology

Read about programs in industrial technology, through which students learn how to develop, test and evaluate the systems, machines and tools used in manufacturing operations. Find information about the study options at three top universities, as well as a list of other schools with industrial technology programs.

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Formal education programs in industrial technology can be found at some national and regional universities. These schools offer courses in management, quality control and safety.

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  • Industrial Technology
  • Operational Research

School Information

Notable schools for industrial technology include Central Washington University, California Polytechnic State University and Indiana State University. Each of these schools provides broad educational offerings in this field.

Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA

School Highlight: This school's Industrial Technology program allows students the opportunity to meet with various advisors to plot out corresponding paths of study.

The university offers a major in Industrial Technology. Courses include topics in hydraulics and pneumatics, industrial design, basic electronics and quality control, as well as technical communication. Students also choose a specialization, such as microelectronics manufacturing, non-destructive testing, industrial distribution or power technology.

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, CA

School Highlight: This school's Industrial Technology program was the second in the U.S. to have received accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.

Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business offers a B.S. in Industrial Technology program with an emphasis on people and technology. The curriculum focuses on three primary themes: packaging, value chain management and technology entrepreneurship. Each theme has its own courses. For example, value chain management classes include studies in supplier relations, product distribution and operations management, while technology entrepreneurship courses cover topics in product design and venture development. There is also a minor in Industrial Technology.

Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN

School Highlight: The school offers 16 engineering technology programs at various levels.

The College of Technology at Indiana State University provides a variety of programs related to industrial technology. Relevant undergraduate majors include Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Packaging Engineering Technology, and Technology Management. It is also possible to pursue a master's degree in Occupational Safety Management or Technology Management. Some of these programs are available in online formats.

Top Industrial Technology Schools

Students can also find relevant training at these two schools:

  • Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, offers associate's, bachelors and certificate programs in Industrial Technology.
  • Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, offers degree and certificate programs in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

For students interested in industrial technology, there are several public universities around the country with strong educational offerings in the field.

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