The Evolution of the School of Industrial Technology
Beginning the 1986/1987 academic year, the School of Engineering Sciences and Industrial Technology were operated independently. The School of Industrial Technology remained in the main campus on the island of Pulau Pinang. Simultaneously, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering were relocated to Perak Branch Campus. Owing to the encouraging sectional growth, the Polymer Technology Programme and Quality Control & Instrumentation Programme were moved to the USM Engineering Campus in Sri Ampangan, Nibong Tebal in the 2001/2002 academic year. The Polymer Technology Programme was changed to the Polymer Engineering Programme and was located under the School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering. The Quality Control & Instrumentation Programme was renamed the Mechatronic Engineering Programme and placed under the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The Environmental Technology Programme was later introduced in the 1999/2000 academic session as a new section in the School of Industrial Technology.
During the 2003/2004 academic session, the Wood, Paper and Coatings Technology Programme changed its name to the Bioresource, Paper and Coatings (BPC) Technology Programme. In about the same session, the Bioprocess Technology Programme emerged as the latest addition to the school's existing three programmes beginning from the 2008/2009 academic session.
In September 2018 and the academic session 2018/2019, class started for our first Master of Science in Environmental Science by coursework programme.