Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management

First Advisor

Dr. Ashraf M. Genaidy

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Dawson

Third Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Hossein S. Mousavinezhad

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The objective of this study was to test whether or not muscular endurance of individuals engaged in industrial manual handling tasks can be improved through a short and intensive training program. This investigation also involved the study of the effect of muscular endurance training program on muscular strength.

The study revealed that, over a six-week period, the muscular endurance can be improved significantly. After sixteen sessions of training, the endurance time increased over 500% for manual materials handling tasks and over 1200% for upper extremity manual handling tasks. The endurance training program, however, did not increase both static and dynamic strength as much as muscular endurance.