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Faculty of mechanical engineering
The Industrial Engineer - a versatile and sought-after profession

Fundamentals of Industrial Engineering (FIE)

The FIE focuses on the product development process and in particular on the task of industrial engineering in the planning phase as a link between design and development with production.

Why are the topics of the FIE so relevant?

Megatrends such as globalisation and digitalisation are leading to an increasingly complex working world in which specialists in cross-sectional functions are particularly in demand. As a link between management, production, quality management and other company departments, the industrial engineer analyses and optimises production systems and thus contributes to increasing the competitiveness of the company.

Students are sitting in audimax. © Jürgen Huhn​/​TU Dortmund

Why should students take the FIE?

As a student of mechanical engineering or industrial engineering, this course gives you the opportunity to get to know the diverse fields of work of an industrial engineer.

Core topics of the FIE

  • Industrial engineering in the company
  • Quotation planning and pricing
  • Product creation
  • Product life cycle
  • Work planning and work scheduling
  • Rationalisation in work planning
  • Planning systems
  • Basics of time management & methods of time determination
  • Basics of the Digital Factory
  • Industrial Data Science

Our teaching concept for conveying basic knowledge in the course of the Bachelor's programme consists of a combination of weekly lectures (2 SWS) and coordinated exercises (1-2 SWS). We attach great importance to an in-depth look at practice. Therefore, guest lectures by our industrial partners are an integral part of each lecture cycle. Thus, in addition to scientifically sound basic knowledge, you will directly gain an insight into how this is used in business practice.

Examinations are offered in the winter and summer semester. Please refer to the moodle course for the examination dates.

In order to support you in your exam preparation, we offer a mock exam under exam-like conditions. Of course, you can also contact the respective event supervisor directly with questions. Individual consultation appointments are available on request.

We use the Moodle learning platform to organise our courses. Current schedules, all lecture and exercise documents as well as examination results are made available here.


By participating in our events, you will gain basic competences in the field of industrial engineering. Each series of events covers a main topic within the product development process. You will learn the core topics, technical terms and established methods and tools and be able to place them in the overall context of industrial engineering. You can apply selected methods under clearly defined framework conditions and transfer them to similar use cases.