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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Undergraduate major

Use your analytical and problem solving skills to optimise complex systems and processes.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 80
  • Qualification
    Industrial and Systems Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
  • Credit
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Industrial and systems engineering focuses on the design and optimisation of a whole system rather than individual components. Industrial and system engineers explore problems in their entirety to create holistic solutions and processes for complex projects.

In this engineering major you will learn how to use your analytical and problem-solving skills to make systems more efficient, safe and cost effective.

You’ll learn knowledge and skills in related engineering fields including mechanical and mechatronics, as well as industrial, applied and financial mathematics.

You’ll also develop specialised theoretical knowledge and practical skills in key areas of mechanical design, manufacturing, system control, operations research, modelling, simulation and optimisation of industrial processes.

As a graduate, you’ll be equipped to play an integral role in business and industry where the continual improvement of complex systems and processes is key to success.

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Why study

  • There is a shortage of industrial and systems engineers nationally and internationally. They are sought after by a range of industries, including manufacturing, defence, minerals and energy, space exploration, healthcare, communications, entertainment and banking.
  • Industrial and systems engineers are the only engineers trained specifically to be productivity- and quality-improvement specialists. Many businesses require such specialists, which is why industrial and systems engineers are often promoted to upper-management positions.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This major has received provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia.

This course has been formally endorsed by the Naval Shipbuilding College.

Career information


  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Data modeller
  • Logistics specialist
  • Material handling, maintenance or scheduling specialist
  • Plant manager
  • Process control analyst
  • Process improvement specialist
  • Quality controller


  • Banking
  • Communications
  • Defence
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Minerals and energy
  • Retail
  • Space exploration

Further study

What you'll learn

  • develop and apply mechanical engineering and mathematical knowledge to solve complex technological problems and improve/optimise engineering, managerial, operational and physical systems in an interdisciplinary way
  • analyse and interpret data and information with reasoning skills in a chosen area of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • use a variety of practical and analytical approaches to problem-solving, design and research
  • communicate effectively across disciples with a variety of audiences conveying appropriate knowledge, skills and ideas
  • utilise appropriate technologies and a range of different methods, approaches and strategies both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • seek out new learning experiences and opportunities to improve knowledge skills and experience; share resources
  • recognise the impact of engineering solutions in a global, international, environmental and societal context
  • value cultural diversity and its impact upon human perceptions, behaviours and decisions in the implementation of engineering works and projects; appreciate language diversity and indigenous perspectives
  • be equipped with a foundation of technical ability, practice with high ethical standards, leadership and good communication skills in the context of engineering projects and other professional endeavours

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR and Engineering Studies ATAR. 

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 80
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR and Engineering Studies ATAR. 

  • STAT entry : Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other requirements and notes for this course

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Application information

This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. To apply for this major directly through Curtin, apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-INDSY
  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022