Bakersfield College

Industrial Automation

Baccalaureate Degree Program in Industrial Automation

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 technologists 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 technologists 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:

  • Maintenance of Industrial Equipment
  • Automation (Programmable Logic Controllers/PAC’s, robotics, materials and product handling, motion control/ motor drives, networked control systems, automated production equipment, integration of various technologies into solutions, and related areas)
  • Process Control and Measurement (Instrumentation, Industrial Measurement)
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Industrial Safety and Hygiene
  • Technical Management (managing technical employees)
  • Operations Management (managing company operations)
  • Facilities Planning, Infrastructure, Upgrade Supervision
  • Operations Management
  • Technical Sales and Marketing
  • Design and Engineering Operations (positions that do not require the employee to have completed a four-year Engineering degree and/or be licensed)

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.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • Apply critical and analytical thinking skills to industry-related problems in the areas of safety, quality assurance, and design of systems;
  • Display effective communication skills commonly used in industry, including presentation and writing skills;
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the mathematical and scientific principles utilized in industrial automation and manufacturing;
  • Demonstrate competency in industrial automation and instrumentation, including relevant hardware and software utilized in industry;
  • Manage automation and manufacturing projects applying knowledge of budgetary and scheduling principles in an ethical environment.


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