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The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) defines Industrial Engineering as that field of knowledge and professional performance that refers to the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy for the production of goods and services. Industrial Engineering is based on expertise and skills in the mathematical, physical and social sciences, in addition to principles and methods of analysis and design in engineering, all of which allow you to specify, predict and evaluate the results to be obtained from the systems designed by it.

Industrial Engineering has his background in the former Administration and Programming Section, Academic Unit attached to the Department of Chemical Engineering. At the end of the 80s it changed his name to Industrial Management and was entrusted with the training of students of engineering careers in the areas of Economic Engineering, Project Management. Fundamentals of Economy, Business Administration and deepening lines. It develops a deepening line in Engineering and Plant Management and a second line in Business Management and Economy.

In February 1999 (Act. 003, Decision 032 A) The faculty council created and organized the Industrial Engineering Unit and assigned it to the Vice-dean of Academic Affairs.

  • Education level: Undergraduate
  • Name of the degree: Industrial Engineering
  • Title granted: Industrial Engineer
  • Year of creation: 2000
  • SNIES code: 16940
  • SIA code: 2546
  • Total credits: 168
  • Estimated duration: 10 semesters
  • Methodology: On-campus
  • Type of study: Full-time
  • Curricular Area: Computer Systems and Industrial Engineering
  • Faculty: Engineering
  • Campus: Bogotá

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Candidate Profile

The Industrial Engineering Program of Bogotá Headquarters considers that applicants and those who will later exercise the profession of Industrial Engineer must be characterized by:

  • Numerical aptitude and calculation.
  • Discipline in study, continuity and method in intellectual work.
  • Ability to coordinate human talents and physical resources.
  • Ability to establish appropriate interpersonal relationships.
  • Interest in studying the problems of technology, related to industrial processes, their economic evaluation and the social aspects of industrial production.
  • Interest in computer programming and the use of software.

Graduate Profile

The professional graduate of the National University of Industrial Engineering will have to excel in the following aspects:

  • Knowledge of the scientific and technological principles that demand training as an engineer, with which the industrial engineer will be able to cope with technological changes and their application in the professional field.
  • Emphasis on the study of industrial production systems, based on knowledge of modern industrial automation technologies.
  • Multidisciplinary preparation to integrate knowledge in the field of computing, operational research and economic engineering criteria in the evaluation of alternatives for decision-making on the improvement of existing systems or in the implementation of new investment projects.
  • Technology management orientation in processes related to transfer, innovation, improvement and negotiation.
  • Social and humanistic training, leading to the analysis and understanding of the social, economic, natural and political context and developing the ability to communicate clearly and convincingly and the attitude for teamwork.

Occupational Profile

The academic proposal of Industrial Engineering is oriented towards a professional who designs, develops and improves production systems applied to the industry. In these systems it makes efficient use of human talents, equipment, natural resources, financial resources and technology.

In compliance with this professional profile, the Industrial Engineer graduated from the National University will be able to carry out the following activities:

  • Define and coordinate the manufacturing process of a product, specifying the required resources and technology.
  • Planning, programming and controlling production.
  • Design and operate information systems for the management of industrial processes.
  • Modernise production technologies, using tools such as automation, flexible production and robotics.
  • Design systems for the logistics and distribution of both production processes and the supply, marketing or return of products at the end of the life cycle.
  • Design and improve working methods.
  • Carry out studies of plant location and distribution.
  • Design and implement integrated quality systems in industrial companies.
  • Design and manage maintenance systems.
  • Carry out technical and economic feasibility studies of projects.
  • Participate with other engineers in the execution of industrial projects.


The objective of the Industrial Engineering Program is to train a professional with the scientific knowledge and practical tools that will allow him to successfully perform in the organizational management of production and technology in companies producing goods or services.

In fact, the aim is to train professionals with solid scientific bases, technical and methodological knowledge, with investigative, creative, analytical and synthesis skills, critical attitude, communicator, leadership, human sense, social responsibility and entrepreneurship capable of:

  • To generate new industries and to promote the improvement of existing ones and as a consequence, to promote the social and economic development of the country and the region.
  • Explore new principles and technologies to adapt and develop them according to the country’s own conditions and needs.
  • To manage in the organizations a production guided by criteria of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
  • To put their knowledge at the service of the community represented primarily in small and medium-sized industries lacking sufficient resources for their development, recognizing their important role as job-generators, and as trainers of technicians and professionals.
  • Design, plan, organize, implement and control any productive system, to increase its productivity and efficiency, with the optimal use of resources and the development of the organization’s human resources.

These objectives are in line with the mission and institutional vision expressed in the General Statute, Agreement 011 of 2005 and Agreement 033 of 2007 of the Higher University Council, which gives the guidelines for the student training process, namely:

  • To train professionals and researchers on a scientific, ethical and humanistic basis, providing them with a critical awareness that allows them to act responsibly to the requirements and trends of the contemporary world and to lead creative processes of change.
  • To prepare professionals capable of working in disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams integrated in a vast network of local and international communication.
  • To train people capable of formulating proposals and leading academic processes that contribute to the construction of a democratic and inclusive nation in which knowledge is a fundamental pillar of coexistence and social equity.



In line with the above objectives:

The Industrial Engineering academic programme is designed to train professionals who are suitable for the design and management of processes and for the production of goods or services and who are capable of analysing the country’s technological problems and industrial development.


Offer a program of high academic standard, committed to industrial development through teaching, research and extension activities. To be an academic reference of the programs of Industrial Engineering by developing an active teaching approach conducive to stimulating and developing in students their creative capacity to properly apply the scientific and technological knowledge of their profession and to enable them to deal autonomously with self-learning processes. As a commitment to quality and academic excellence in the next 10 years, it will seek international accreditation, which will open up opportunities for its academic development and positioning in the national and international context.


A curriculum is a set of academic activities, organized through subjects brought together into training components that a student must follow to achieve the purposes of curriculum formation. The approach of the professional profile and the desired characteristics of the program, as well as the needs of the national development, are the conditions that determine the curricular organization of the Industrial Engineering career that is proposed here. In addition, as mentioned above, the original structure of the Curriculum has been modified to conform to the general guidelines applicable to all curricula at the National University of Colombia and provided for in Agreement 033 of 2007 of the Higher University Council and its norms regulatory and complementary.

The curriculum structure of the plan is articulated in certain areas of training that have the mission of contributing to the integral process of preparation of future engineers. However, the very existence of a curriculum such as the organization and hierarchy of teaching knowledge and experience or teaching practices does not guarantee its realization.

This is why the curriculum is more than formal statements of subjects. The academic characteristics of students and the quality and intensity of the joint work of teachers and students, the mystique for teaching and research and the generation of spaces for reflection on the different objects of study, they are likely to have a greater impact on the quality and implementation of training than the set of definitions that the curriculum may contain.

In formal terms the Groups and Subjects are grouped into three Training Components:

  • Basic component: This component introduces and contextualizes the field of knowledge that the student chose from a citizenship, humanistic, environmental and cultural perspective. It identifies the general relationships that characterize the knowledge of the different disciplines and professions in the area, the national and international context of their development, the institutional context and the prerequisites for their integral formation.

    The academic program contains forty-two (42) credits required from this component, of which the student must pass twenty-two (22) credits corresponding to compulsory subjects and twenty (20) credits corresponding to optional subjects. This corresponds to 25 percent of the curriculum.

  • Disciplinary Component: This component provides the student with the basic grammar of his profession or discipline, theories, methods and fundamental practices, whose training exercise, research and outreach will allow you to integrate with a particular professional or disciplinary community. The Degree Work in any modality is part of this component.

    Within the programme there are ninety-two (92) credits required, of which the student must pass fifty-two (52) credits corresponding to compulsory subjects and forty (40) credits corresponding to optional subjects. This component accounts for 54.8 percent of the curriculum.

    Please refer to the subject's content of the Disciplinar Component below.








  • Free elective Subjects Component: This component allows the student to approach, contextualize and deepen topics of his or her profession or discipline and appropriate tools and knowledge of different types of knowledge aimed at diversification, flexibility and interdisciplinarity. The objective of this component is to bring students closer to the tasks of research, extension, entrepreneurship and awareness of the social implications of knowledge generation.

The Curriculum consists of one hundred and sixty-eight (168) credits including Graduate Work, distributed over ten semesters. The student of the Industrial Engineering degree is recognized for his academic work every six months, according to the number of hours invested in his study, both in person and independently, up to the completion of the number of academic credits established in the current curriculum. The average hours of academic work per week considered in plan is equal to 51 hours. In addition, the student must complete or certify 4 levels (12 credits) of English as a foreign language, being a prerequisite for graduation.

The curriculum includes the possibility of a student internship in a company, which the Program Advisory Committee will rate at 6 or 9 credits, according to its intensity and academic scope. This work must be closely related to the professional aspects of the career. The practice is carried out under an apprenticeship contract, covered by an agreement of the company with the University, it is usually remunerated, it must be directed by a teacher of the program and have a tutor in the company. The assessments received from the companies indicate conclusively a highly successful performance of the practitioners.

Undergraduate students may have a dual degree in accordance with the provisions of the Higher University Council’s agreement 155 of 2014. There is also the possibility of having an international double degree, as established in Agreement 027 of 2010 of the Higher University Council, which is carried out within the framework of an agreement on international academic cooperation, based on the reciprocity and academic quality of the curricular programs involved. Having this modality has double degree agreements with several universities in Europe, the United States and Latin America with highly satisfactory results.

Further information on the program’s curriculum can be checked at the following link:



Educational Project of the Program


The Department has 15 research groups recognized by Colciencias in different categories. The groups directly related to the programme activities are as follows:

  • Biogestión Research Group
  • Complexus Research Group
  • GREEK Research Group (Research Group on Organization Management)
  • Ingeniería Institucional Research Group
  • Competitiveness, Productivity and Quality SEPRO Research Group

The Department has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering (which began activities in the first half of 2007), a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications, and a Doctorate in Systems and Computer Engineering. In March 2010, the opening of the Doctorate in Industry and Organizations at three headquarters of the National University of Colombia (Bogotá, Medellin and Manizales) was approved and will be supported by professors of the Department. Specialization in Electronic Government, Master in Biomedical Engineering. Directly and indirectly, these programs have an impact on undergraduate research, because several of the teachers are also linked to the postgraduate levels and undergraduate students can take courses in the Masters and participate in Research group projects.


  • Alfonso Herrera Jiménez - Web , CvLAC
  • Carlos Eduardo Moreno Mantilla - Web , CvLAC
  • Carlos Julio Lozano Piedrahita - CvLAC
  • Christian Johannes Bruszles - CvLAC
  • Diego Fernando Hernández Losada - Web , CvLAC
  • Fernando Guzmán Castro - Web , CvLAC
  • Giovanni Muñoz Puerta - Web , CvLAC
  • Gustavo Alfredo Bula - Web , CvLAC
  • Héctor Cifuentes Aya - Web , CvLAC
  • Hugo Alberto Herrera Fonseca - Web , CvLAC
  • Luis Gerardo Astaiza Amado - Web , CvLAC
  • Jair Eduardo Rocha González - CvLAC
  • Juan David Suarez Moreno - CvLAC
  • Juan Carlos Aldana Bernal - CvLAC
  • Juan Pablo Castrellón Torres - CvLAC
  • Julio Cesar Cañón Rodríguez - Web , CvLAC
  • Michael Silva Cruz - CvLAC
  • Oscar Fernando Castellanos Domínguez - Web , CvLAC
  • Oscar Javier Suarez García - CvLAC
  • Osman Benjamín Giovanny Vargas Rozo - CvLAC
  • Sonia Esperanza Monroy Varela - Web , CvLAC
  • Wilson Adarme Jaimes - Web , CvLAC


Physical Resources

The University -Campus Bogotá- has one of the best university campuses in the country: the University City. The Faculty of Engineering has eight buildings: four of classrooms and auditoriums, and four of laboratories with some classrooms, which share all the Engineering programs.

Available on-campus spaces for extra-curricular activities include the León de Greiff Auditorium, the Alfonso López Football Stadium, the Concha Acústica, several tennis and football courts, the Polideportivo, multiple squares and extensive green areas.

Recently the Science and Technology Building was inaugurated, in which there are modern facilities that substantially improve the capacity of resources for the development of academic activities.

The physical resources available for the Program are located in the responsible unit, specifically in the Department of Systems Engineering and Industrial.

For the development of the academic activities of the Program, there are computer rooms of general use and others with applications for specific research, of the different research groups, as well as a specific laboratory of Industrial Engineering, Lab3i with industrial simulation and design software, teaching aids for Ergonomics and Method Engineering, Industrial Safety and Process Analysis practices.

The network of libraries of the National University, the node of university information that has CD-ROM search service, and exchange in national and international libraries are available.

Access to specific international publications in the research areas of the Programme. There are also auditoriums, audiovisual systems, study rooms, virtual education systems and other teaching aids from the National University of Colombia.

For the particular case of the Programme, the Faculty has made investments in hall infrastructure and in the improved staffing of the laboratory, and the Science and Technology Building room 411 was allocated for the creation of an operations simulation and research room, where the software resources of the Curricular program (Delmia, Quest, Arena, Flexim, Anylogic among others) will be concentrated.

The Faculty has the Student Care Center -CADE, which is a modern two-storey building where the units were located and the activities of attention to the students were centralized. This includes the services of units such as the Academic Secretariat, the Administrative Unit, the Publications Division and the Curriculum Coordination.

Support to Teaching Process

The Department has nine computer rooms equipped with equipment connected to the University’s Intranet and with direct access to the services provided by the National Directorate of Informatics and Communications (DNIC) and the Virtual University (UN Virtual). The DNIC provides information systems services, database management, hosting of project information in production, computer security, telephony and support for personal computer management, networks, computer services and servers, video conferencing, Internet and e-mail for all members of the community. The general computer services available to the University through computer and communication resources are, among others: the SIA, help desk, web service, licensing, software update and videoconferencing.

From the academic point of view, new information and communication technologies are being used in teaching processes in the basic cycle of the Programme, such as the subjects of computer programming, introduction to industrial engineering, Simulation and several courses of the Faculty of Sciences for engineering careers where new pedagogical methodologies are being implemented, offered by the programs of UN Virtual. Learning System and Moodle Linux are also being used to manage some courses.

In the vocational cycle, greater use is made of information systems and technologies for the presentation of material in subjects and for reinforcing concepts through laboratory practices. In addition, teachers make use of the Department’s server for the publication of materials to support the development of subjects. Students make use of Internet search services, email, chat, video chat and wikis in some courses.

  • Integrated Industrial Engineering Laboratory (Lab3i): The Program has a laboratory for practice, simulations and project development for various courses. The Laboratory is mainly used in the subjects of Introduction to Industrial Engineering, Method Engineering, Ergonomics, Production Processes, Industrial Safety and Simulation. It has various resources for study activities of methods and times (chronometers, height rods, tables adaptable for analysis of operations and workstations), industrial safety activities (sound meters, flow meters)fischertechnik element kits for building and simulating industrial processes, integrated with robo-pro software for programming robotic components and the design module for the logical design of the devices and elements to be implemented. Students perform projects that simulate factories with sequential and parallel production lines, workstations, process restrictions (bottlenecks, controls, storage,), use devices with electromechanical elements such as production belts, shafts, rods, pneumatic pumps, controllers, actuators, and other elements. The CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement - Operate) methodology is applied in this type of project that induces students to creativity and problem-based learning.

Likewise, in this laboratory are installed licenses of the software Delmia for the design, analysis, operation and control of processes, the software Flexim for simulation and optimization of processes, Arena and Anylogic.

An operations simulation and research room with 32 equipment, simulation software and audiovisual aids was recently installed. In addition, in the new Science and Technology Building, three (3) rooms dedicated to the free use of computers within the Library were built, in addition to four (4) classrooms, each with no less than 35 computers and with 42-inch screens and modern board systems to facilitate the work of teachers and thus encourage learning.

The Program has the following additional resources to support curriculum development: physics laboratories (Faculty of Science), internships in machine tools laboratories, foundry, CAD room, computer rooms, communications equipment, virtual tools and audiovisual media. In addition to the Department’s resources, there is an Operations and Simulation Research Room and a Programming Laboratory.

Video beams and television equipment are available to carry out the educational and teaching activities provided for in the curriculum. There are also two meeting rooms suitable for conferences, with comfortable chairs, video beam, television, among other elements. In addition to its own resources, the Programme relies on the infrastructure of the Faculty and the University, having available auditoriums, libraries, computer rooms, communications infrastructure, among others. Also available is the Moodle, Learning System, a platform for virtual education that uses the Virtual Courses Program of the University (UN Virtual) for several Engineering courses.

Professors have teaching assistants, fellows or monitors, undergraduate and postgraduate, to support academic work. These students are linked (with some encouragement) to undergraduate teaching activities as part of their postgraduate training and as future teacher-researchers. In general, they participate in teaching, research and outreach activities, assisting teachers in the preparation and development of teaching or research materials or assisting in the assembly of laboratory practices, etc. This student support to teachers is done for six hours per week, on average, during the semester. They are renewed every six months according to the selection rules and obligations.


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Coordinator: Hugo Alberto Herrera F.


Address: Av. NQS (Carrera 30), 45-03, Building Aulas de Ingeniería (453), Office 304

Telephone: (+57) (1) 3165000

Secretary: Gloria Esperanza Suárez


Address: Av. NQS (Carrera 30), 45-03, Building CADE de Ingeniería, First floor

Telephone: (+57) (1) 316 5000 ext 13673


Jenny Marcela Sánchez Torres

Full Professor

Av. NQS (Carrera 30), 45-03, Ciudad Universitaria
Building 453(Aulas de Ingeniería), Second floor, Office 209


Telephone: (+57) (1) 3165000 Ext: 14068

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