Industrial Technology

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The Industrial Technology program offers hands-on training in areas such as welding, machining, drafting, and electronics allowing students to gain practical experience using state-of-the-art equipment and technology. 

With a focus on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills, the program prepares students for careers in manufacturing, engineering, construction, and other related industries. Whether you are just starting your career or looking to enhance your existing skills, the Industrial Technology program at Bakersfield College provides a comprehensive education that will prepare you for success in today's rapidly evolving industrial landscape.

What is Industrial Technology?

Industrial technology, also known as industrial arts or industrial education, is a field of study that focuses on the application of engineering, technology, and scientific principles to manufacturing and other industrial processes. Industrial technology encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including manufacturing, engineering, automation, quality control, and safety. It involves the use of tools, machines, and technology to design, produce, and maintain products and systems used in various industries. Industrial technology professionals are responsible for ensuring that products are manufactured efficiently, safely, and at a high level of quality, using the latest technological advances and industry best practices. The field of industrial technology is dynamic and constantly evolving, with new technologies and processes emerging all the time, making it an exciting and challenging area to work in.

Is Industrial Technology Right for Me?

Individuals who are good at industrial technology are typically analytical, detail-oriented, and hands-on problem solvers. They enjoy working with their hands and have a natural aptitude for math, science, and technology.

Traits and skills of individuals that may enjoy industrial technology:

  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to think creatively to develop innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Good communication skills
  • Motivated and self-directed
  • Commitment to continuous learning and improvement
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment
  • Safety conscious
  • Attention to detail

The best way to find out if you are right for industrial technology is to speak with professionals in this field and try a few of these classes for yourself.


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Graduates with an Industrial Technology Associate of Science degree can pursue a variety of careers in manufacturing, engineering, construction, and other related industries. Some common careers include:

  • Manufacturing technician
  • Quality control specialist
  • CAD drafter
  • Industrial electrician
  • Machinist
  • Welder
  • Production supervisor
  • Maintenance technician
  • Automation technician
  • Engineering technician

These careers require individuals to have technical knowledge and skills related to the manufacturing process, engineering, and industrial technology. Graduates with an Industrial Technology Associate of Science degree may also go on to pursue further education in related fields, such as a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Industrial Technology, which can lead to even more advanced and specialized career opportunities.

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Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Industrial Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: Industrial Technology and Transportation

Courses: Industrial Drawing (INDR) and Industrial Technology (INDT)

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