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Industrial Automation

Industrial Automation (INDA) can be described as interconnected equipment, technology, and systems working together to maximize production, assure safety, use resources efficiently, and ensure product quality. It involves using physical machines and control systems to automate tasks within an industrial process. A fully autonomous factory is the extreme example.

The Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Automation focuses on the management and application of electronics and computer technology, including instrumentation/control, industrial robotics, computer aided drafting, 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 
  • Logistics 
  • Food 
  • Manufacturing 

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

Students may earn an Industrial Automation Certificate of Achievement and an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Automation on the path to earning their Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Automation.


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"

robotic dog

Program Overview

Career Options

Bakersfield College’s Bachelor’s Degree Program in Industrial Automation prepares students with the skillset to meet the demand of a host of local employers, including major companies in the agriculture, distribution, and manufacturing sectors. This program focuses on the application of electronics and computer technology to industrial automation systems, which may apply to various categories of job titles.

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

Kern County Employment Projections

The need for Industrial Automation Bachelor’s 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.

The first graduating class at BC with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Automation had a 100% employment rate with an average salary of $51,000.

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
  • Sun World
  • Target
  • Tasteful Selections
  • The Wonderful Company
  • Witron