The department was established in 1980 and the B.Sc. programme development commenced only in 1982 when the right calibre of lecturers were recruited. It was designed by Industrial and Production Engineers having a wealth of experience in industry and academics.
On its first visitation in 1988, COREN gave the programme full accreditation. COREN has continued to give the department full accreditation on visits
The first set of students for Part I were admitted in the 1984/85 session. They graduated in the 1987/88 session resulting in a big rush by industry for immediate deployment in the NYSC programme. This validated an earlier judgment by COREN in 1984 that the “Industrial Engineering Degree Programme is vital to the Nigerian Industrial Development and should be encourage (Ref. COREN E/1/VOL.3/2845/227).
At it’s inception, the department was unique in being the first of it’s type in black Africa and also in being the first to teach Industrial Engineering concepts as service courses to the students of the Faculty of Technology. As a test of how vital to society some portions of the core courses were, sections extracted and modified for Post-experience short courses for practicing Engineers. Well over 1,000 from over 100 important companies in West Africa have benefited since 1983.
Our M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes are first of their kind in Nigeria and the response from prospective students has been remarkable. To date, this is one of the most sought after postgraduate degree programmes in the University.
In 1990, the National Universities Commission (N.U.C) deemed it fit to rename the department: INDUSTRIAL and PRODUCTION ENGINEERING. Since then the content of our B.Sc was modified, placing equal emphasis on Production as well as Industrial Engineering.
The programme is again being modified to make our graduates more competitive in the labour market and relevant in the global economy. Courses in the area of supply chain management, computer software development, entrepreneurship have been added in the newly reviewed version which awaits Senate approval.