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 (Chevron)
- Energy (Aera)
- Logistics (Target)
- Food (Nestle)
- Manufacturing (GAF)
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.