Industrial Distribution

Industrial Distribution Degree at Purdue College of Technology

From businesses to industries to government, Purdue’s industrial distribution program will give you the necessary skills to help an industry thrive and communities grow.  In this program you’ll prepare for a career that requires technological know-how, business savvy, data processing, and communication and leadership skills. You’ll use business and supply chain knowledge to become a technical problem-solver.

You may also choose to pursue a dual degree in industrial technology/industrial distribution.  Employers value its strong foundation of manufacturing and distribution knowledge.

Special Features

  • Gain a broad education in several technical and management areas
  • Take advantage of internship and international opportunities
  • Experience a student-oriented faculty who are experts in their fields

Placement Data

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Average Salary
5 80% 100% $48,550**

Potential Job Titles

  • Industrial engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Supply chain manager
  • Safety engineer
  • Quality control/assurance
  • Operations supervisor
  • Production mangager
  • Sales engineer
  • Branch manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Supply chain management and logistics
  • Industrial distribution operations
  • Human resource development
  • Industrial training
  • Quality management
  • Inventory management

In addition to the fees charged to all Purdue students (technology fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee), students in the College of Technology pay a differential general service fee of $286.00 each semester.

Full information about tuition and fees is available on the Purdue Bursar’s Office Web site.

Add an international perspective to your education by taking advantage of study abroad opportunities. College-wide, there are approximately 50 programs that offer educational experiences in another country. Experiences can last a week, a month, a summer or a semester depending on the program. The list of study abroad programs, internship and service learning options is updated annually.

Check with your academic advisor for more information about fitting study abroad into your academic plan.

Potential programs for IT majors:

Additional information:

  • Cost: Students who participate in study abroad pay Purdue tuition for most programs. Financial aid also applies in most cases and many programs have scholarships and travel grants available. You can also get discounted student airfares.
  • Class transfer: Programs have been designed so that there is minimal disruption to your academic plan. You will receive Purdue credits and grades for all approved courses taken overseas.
  • Language requirements: Over half of the study abroad programs do not require a foreign language, and there are English speaking programs in non-English speaking countries. Check the individual program requirements.
  • Effects on graduation time: Adding a semester abroad should not impact your plan of study if you plan properly and early. There are several choices that are available - semester and academic year programs. Summer programs are 4-8 weeks long, and short-term programs are 1-3 weeks long. Sometimes there are programs during Spring Break, Maymester, and Summer Session.