The Industrial Distribution program is designed to prepare students with the skills needed to serve the distribution industry, one of the largest and fastest growing industrial segments in the United States and abroad. Because global competition is commonplace in today's economy, manufacturers and distributors of industrial products require professionals with broad skills that can manage operations efficiently and cost effectively. Purdue's Industrial Distribution program provides students with the skills needed to excel in this environment.
This program is designed to produce technical problem solvers with business and supply chain knowledge tailored specifically for the distribution industry. Purdue's program has also established strong relationships with industry trade groups.
Required technology courses include courses in material science, computer graphics, manual and automated manufacturing processes, computer programming, and automatic identification and data capture.
Required courses in business and distribution management include industrial organization, marketing, industrial sales and sales management, warehouse and inventory control, logistics, supply chain management, accounting and finance, computer programming and human resource management.
The Industrial Distribution program is accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT). The placement rate of Industrial Distribution graduates is between 98%-100%.