Bakersfield College


Engineering and Systems

Programs in the Engineering and Systems Department include automotive technology, electronics, engineering, HVAC, Industrial Automation and Water Technology.


Apprenticeship Courses are designed for indentured apprentices under the Shelly-Maloney California Apprenticeship Standards Act. The Apprentice agreement states that the student will supplement on-the-job training with related classrom instruction during each year of apprenticeship.

Apprentice class meet three to eight hours per week and yeild two to six units of credit. Joint Apprenticeship committees administering each program are composed of represention from labor, management, California State Divsion of Apprenticeship Standards, and Bakersfield College.

These committees adopt state approved standards for operation and assure equal opportunity for applicants. Related training in apprenticable occcupations, in addition to those listed below, may be offered as the need arises.

Information for entry into apprenticeship programs may be obtained from the college coordinator of apprenticeship training. Interested persons are encouraged to apply for any of these programs and may contact the BC Apprenticeship Coordinator at 395-4408 for futher information.

Automotive Technology

This program develops student’s knowledge and skills in the areas of automotive systems operation, trouble-shooting, maintenance and repair. The program is transferable to California State University campuses, which offer Automotive Technology or related programs.

Bakersfield College offers the following NATEF/ASE certified programs:

  • Automatic Transmission & Transaxle
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Engine Repair
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Manual Drive Train & Axles
  • Suspension & Steering


This program develops student’s knowledge and skills in AC/DC circuits, communication systems, and instrumentation, so that they are competent in the design, installation and repair of such systems. The Associates Degree requires 60 units with an overall G.P.A. of 2.0, including the General Education and Elective courses.

We offer courses in basic electronics, solid-state electronics, digital electronics/microcontrollers, electric motors, motor drives, and industrial control circuits, instrumentation and process control, and electronic communications.


People working in the field of engineering and related technical fields “bridge the gap” between scientific principles and the application of these principles to the needs of society. The field is quite diversified with exciting opportunities for people with varied mathematic, scientific and technical skills.

An engineer uses experience and judgment, as well as advanced training in engineering, science and mathematics to formulate ideas and designs, and to determine standards, specifications, work orders and schedules so that projects can be economically beneficial to mankind.


The HVAC Technology program prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Environmental Control Technology, also known as Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration. Students completing these degrees/certificates offered in this program will have a foundation in troubleshooting and repair of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems. This program also introduces students to more complex systems typical to industrial refrigeration and ice machines.