Industrial automation represents the technology-driven business model of the 21st century. In today’s industry, engineers involved in developing new products or processes work closely with supervisors who apply scientific and technical knowledge in the design, manufacturing, and repair of automation systems. Bakersfield College’s Baccalaureate Degree Program in Industrial Automation will train students with the skill set those managers require, meeting the needs of a host of local employers, including major companies in the agriculture, distribution, and manufacturing sectors.
This degree focuses on the application of electronics and computer technology to industrial automation systems, which may apply to various categories of job titles in the following areas:
The program prepares students for careers in the design, operation, and management of industrial automation systems focusing on the local industries that utilize these technologies, such as petroleum production, food production, fabrication, and logistics. Significant emphasis is placed on project based learning facilitated by significant laboratory work.
There will be approximately 62 units of general education and major coursework for lower division requirements of the degree. The lower division general education pattern closely follows the CSU GE Breadth Course pattern, including specific GE courses required for this program. In addition, most of the lower division core electronics courses will need to be completed such as: basic electronics, computer integrated manufacturing, programmable logic controllers, and instrumentation/process control.
There will be 60 units of upper division coursework, including new upper division technical and general education courses. Upper division technical courses will cover a broad range of industrial topics including automation networks and systems, automation measurement and motion control, and automation applications in manufacturing and production processes, but will also include courses in project management, leadership and entrepreneurship, quality assurance and facilities planning and operations.
The Baccalaureate Program in Industrial Automation is designed to prepare individuals for technical management careers in industries that utilize automation, including the petroleum, manufacturing, logistics and agriculture industry sectors, in order to improve the regional economy.
Upon successful completion, the student will:
All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.
General Education courses meeting the CSU General Education Pattern are required to graduate with the BS in Industrial Automation from Bakersfield College. Twenty-nine of the 41 CSU GE units must be completed for admittance to the Baccalaureate Degree Program. Within these 29 units, CSU GE Areas A, B1, B3, B4 (as outlined above) must be satisfied. However, all 41 lower division GE units must be completed prior to graduation.
The Engineering and Industrial Technology office must receive all application forms and trascripts during the designated filing period. For detailed information on the application period and procedures, please refer to the Baccalaureate Degree Program website or come to the Bakersfield College Engineering and Industrial Technology office in IT1.
An estimated cost for the first semester of the upper division program is approximately $2,500
The lower division coursework in the Baccalaureate Degree Program includes the general education requirements outlined in the California State University General Education Breadth course list in the addition to the existing electronics courses that comprise the technical core to prepare for upper division coursework.
Success in the Baccalaureate Degree Program is best achieved by having a well-defined educational plan Listed below is a suggested educational plan for Baccalaureate Degree Program applicants:
Total Units: 120
|POLS B1||American Government: National State and Local (GE Area D Social Sciences)||3.0|
|MATH B1A||Precalculus I (GE Area B4)1||4.0|
|ELET B5||Programmable Logic Controllers||3.0|
|ELET B1||Basic Electronics||4.0|
|ENGL B1A||Expository Composition (GE Area A2)||3.0|
|ART B4||Two-Dimensional Design (GE Area C Arts and Humanities)||3.0|
|PHYS B2A||General Physics-Mechanics and Heat (GE Areas B1/B3)2||4.0|
|ELET B4||Computer Integrated Manufacturing||3.0|
|ELET B56||Instrumentation and Process Control||3.0|
|CRPS B5||Plant Science (GE Area B2 Life Sciences)||3.0|
|COMM B5||Rhetoric and Argumentation (GE Area A3 Critical Thinking)||3.0|
|HIST B17A||History of the United States||3.0|
|HIST B17B||History of the United States Since 1870 (GE Area D Social Sciences)||3.0|
|ELET B58||Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers||3.0|
|PSYC B1A||General Psychology (GE Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development)||3.0|
|COMM B8||Small Group Communication (GE Area A1 Oral Communication)||3.0|
|ELET B55A||Electric Motors - Controls||4.0|
|INDR B12||Introduction to Drafting and CAD||2.0|
|Lower Division Elective||3.0|
|ENGL B100||Technical Writing||3.0|
|INDA B100||Industrial Design Graphics I||3.0|
|INDA B105||Materials Science for the Technician||3.0|
|INDA B114||Industrial Safety Principles and Management||3.0|
|INDA B125||Operations Management in the Automation Field||3.0|
|ECON B1||Principles of Economics-Micro||3.0|
|ECON B2||Principles of Economics-Macro (GE Area D Social Sciences)||3.0|
|INDA B101||Industrial Design Graphics II||3.0|
|INDA B120||Industrial Automation Systems||3.0|
|INDA B122||Applied Methods of Motion and Process Control||3.0|
|INDA B135||Economic Decision Making||3.0|
|PSYC B100||Industrial & Organization Psychology||3.0|
|PHIL B10||Introduction to Ethics (GE Area C Arts and Humanities)||3.0|
|INDA B132||Project Management||3.0|
|INDA B140||Quality Management||3.0|
|INDA B143||Materials and Maintenance Management||3.0|
|PHIL B100||Industry Ethics||3.0|
|SPAN B1||Elementary Spanish I (GE Area C Arts and Humanities)||3.0|
|INDA B110||Industrial Automation Networks||3.0|
|INDA B150||Systems Design and Integration||3.0|
(1) Math B2 or Math B6a may also satisfy this requirement
(2) May obtain credit via scores on AP Physics test; Physics B4a will also satisfy this requirement