Industrial Automation

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Industrial Automation (INDA) centers on the utilization and administration of computer technology and electronics in various industrial settings.

This program delves into diverse areas, including instrumentation and control, industrial robotics, computer-aided drafting, machine communications and connectivity, and human-machine interfaces.

The program prepares students for careers in the design, operation, and management of industrial automation systems focusing on our local industries:

  • Petroleum 
  • Energy 
  • Warehousing & Logistics 
  • Agriculture & Food Processing
  • Manufacturing 

Significant emphasis is placed on project-based learning facilitated by laboratory work using industry hardware (Allen Bradley PLCs).

You may earn a Certificate of Achievement and an Associate's Degree in on the path to earning the Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Automation.

What is Industrial Automation?

The integration of equipment, technology, and systems with the aim of optimizing production, ensuring safety, efficient resource utilization, and maintaining product quality defines Industrial Automation. This field entails the use of physical machines and control systems to automate tasks in an industrial process, with a fully autonomous factory being an extreme illustration of this.

Wondering if Industrial Automation is the right fit for you?

This degree program is ideal for those who possess a strong inclination towards math and science, enjoy tackling problems, and have a penchant for working with technology. Students aspiring to pursue a career in manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, or other related industries can reap significant advantages from this program. Moreover, professionals looking to upskill or advance their careers in the domain of industrial automation can also find this program highly beneficial.

Here are some key traits and skills that would make someone a good fit for studying Industrial Automation:

  • Technical aptitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Math and science skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Attention to safety


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The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Automation at Bakersfield College equips students with the necessary skill set to meet the demands of a range of local employers, including major companies in the agriculture, distribution, and manufacturing sectors. The program emphasizes the practical application of electronics and computer technology to industrial automation systems, which may be relevant to several job titles across diverse industries.

Advanced Technical

  • Field Automation Specialist
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Automation Process Engineer
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Safety & Health Engineer


  • Maintenance Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Safety Manager
  • Project Manager

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Kern County Employment Projections

The need for Industrial Automation Bachelor Degree graduates continues to rise. Between 2014 and 2023, labor market projections show a 21% increase in Bakersfield College service area of the occupations for which the degree prepares students. This far exceeds California’s or the United States average.

During that time frame, there is predicted to be an increase (growth) of 906 positions, not including replacements. It is estimated the annual need will be over 200 workers. The median hourly earnings for the Industrial Automation occupational titles is approximately $41 per hour.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Automation have had nearly 100% employment rate with an average salary of $80,000.

Examples of Local Employers

  • Aera Energy LLC
  • Amazon
  • Berry Corporation
  • Bolthouse Farms
  • Chevron
  • Dryer's
  • Frito Lay
  • GAF
  • Grimmway Farms
  • IKEA
  • KSI
  • LINN Energy
  • Oxy
  • Phillips 66
  • Setton Farms
  • Sun World
  • Target
  • Tasteful Selections
  • The Wonderful Company
  • Witron
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Introducing Spot the Robot

Meet our newest robot, Spot the robotic dog. Spot comes from Boston Dynamics and has found a permanent home in BC's Industrial Automation program. Spot joins a full lineup in the Industrial Automation robotics Lab, where students learn to use these tools to advance industrial process efficiencies.

You can see more about Spot in the KBAK News piece BC Industrial Automotive welcomes new robot "Spot"

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