Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology

Industrial Technology: Making Technology Work, Today


The mission of the Industrial Technology program at Mississippi State University is to prepare management-oriented technical professionals for employment in the industrial, manufacturing, business, government, and education sectors. Through teaching, research, and service, this program will provide a framework of professional development for such individuals, preparing them for rewarding careers in the Industrial Technology field and the ever-evolving, technologically complex, and increasingly diverse society we live in.    

Program Overview:

Industrial Technology is a field of study designed to prepare technical and management professionals for employment in mechanical, industrial, manufacturing, and process technology fields. Our graduates fill positions in a variety of roles including: management, operations, maintenance, quality control, process control, packaging, coatings, and finishing.


These are some of the skills you can expect to learn while enrolled in the INDT Program:

  • Electronics and Automation
  • Process Technology Management
  • Lean Six Sigma and Quality Control
  • Manufacturing Processes and Technology
  • Industrial Welding Technology
  • Human Relations and Management
  • Industrial Packaging and Coatings
  • CNC Machine Processes
  • Motion and Time Study
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Quick Facts about our program:

Industrial Technologists are the interface between senior management and the production environment. They provide the application of knowledge and skill to the engineering environment. Industrial Technologists are primarily involved with the analysis, design, and implementation of these complex manufacturing systems.

This curriculum is designed for students who want to prepare for employment leading to supervisory and management positions in the production, automation, maintenance, quality, finishing, and logistics areas of the industry. The role of the Industrial Technology graduate is that of a facilitator of ideas from the production floor to senior management. Students receive an excellent background in the practical use of both manual and automated machinery and associated tools, as well as knowledge of industrial manufacturing processes, materials, design, human relations and logistics, with an emphasis towards hands-on laboratory experiences. This is combined with relevant applied science and mathematics courses. Industrial technology graduates are in high demand from industry due to their practical skills and knowledge.

Successful completion of the four-year curriculum would provide an excellent background in science, mathematics, design, and human relations. This is coupled with the practical use of both manual and automated machinery and the associated tools, as well as knowledge of industrial manufacturing processes, materials, and logistics.

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology is offered both online* and on our Starkville Campus.

Students can specialize in specific areas by selecting from five concentrations: 

  • Industrial Automation
  • Industrial Coatings
  • Industrial Packaging
  • Manufacturing & Maintenance Management
  • Process Technology Management

You should consider the INDT program if:

  • You are interested in:
    • Technology
    • Robotics
    • Automation
    • Industrial Design
    • Manufacturing
    • Leadership & Supervision
    • Industry 4.0
    • 3D modeling & 3D Printing
    • Rapid Prototyping
    • Virtual Reality
  • You have a passion for:
    • Integrating Technology into the Workforce
    • High-Performance Standards
    • Quality Control
    • Systems Designs
    • Supervision of Industry
    • Professional Development in Industry








Student Spotlight:


Adam Hickman   "You are never too old to go back to School. At the age of 32, in less than 2 years I finished a 4 years degree with an Associate’s-Degree under my belt and now a BS degree that help me move up within the company I have currently been working with for almost 15 years now."

Adam Hickman, '17 Buyer / Planner / Scheduler / Quality Control Specialist-ABB Motors


Clifton Halfacre  "My experience at Mississippi State and the Industrial Technology program was amazing. If I could turn back the hands of time I would just to go back and do it all over again the same exact way!!!"

Clifton Halfacre,'14 Senior Supplier Quality Engineer- Eaton Aerospace 




Ariel Johnson"I chose MSU because they have the best engineering program in MS. I switched to INDT because I’m more of a hands on type person, the major is more broad, and the  opportunities are endless."

 Ariel Johnson, '18 Manufacturing Engineer, Aurora Flight Sciences/A Boeing Company



Cameron Pierce“I chose Industrial Tech because it’s hands on and practical with my work schedule. The classes I take directly help me in the workplace. I also needed a program that would allow me time at home to spend with my daughter but finish with a bachelors degree.”

Cameron Pierce, '19 Production Engineer Specialist, APMM




This program has a 93% job placement rate. Our Alumni work for some of the best companies in the field both locally and nationally. For a complete list of job titles and companies click here

Aurora Flight Sciences, ABB, ANEL Corporation, Faurecia Automotive, Entergy, Hol-Mac, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Kohler Engine, Milwaukee Tool, Nissan North America, Inc., Ingalls Shipbuilding, Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Taylor Machine Works, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Weyerhauser, Yokohama Tire Mfg MS, LLC




Program Technology Requirements

As of the fall 2021 semester all Industrial Technology students will be required to have access to a laptop for classes. Some classes will require you to bring your laptop to the classroom to work on. This was due to come into effect in the fall of 2020, but because of the pandemic we delayed the implementation for a year. The preferred specifications for this laptop can be found by clicking here.


Online Welding Lab Times for Fall 2023 Semester:

September  2nd  8:30-4:00

September  23rd 8:30-4:00

October       21st 8:30-4:00

November    9th  8:30-4:00




Industrial Automation Concentration Flowchart

Industrial Distribution Concentration Flowchart

Manufacturing and Maintenance Management Concentration Flowchart