BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Some people may think technology is taking over the world, but at Bakersfield College students are learning how to use robots, machines and computers to make our lives easier.
“Industrial automation is basically interconnected machinery and controls that allow for manufacturing processes to be carried out automatically,” said senior, Chad Hidalgo, senior.
Hidalgo says that his favorite part of the program has been completing a senior project where he and a classmate programmed a robot named Pepper.
“She’s a companion robot. She can be programmed to greeting like in a lobby of a business, bank,” said Hidalgo. “She can do customer service.”
The students in this program at Bakersfield College learn to design and operate technology for industries, like agriculture and production.
They also learn to troubleshoot problems because machines aren’t perfect. The program shows that humans can still play a crucial role, working alongside technology
“The robot, instead of replacing the human, it caused the human to have to make a change in their thinking and their skill set so that they can remain viable in the workforce.”
The four-year degree is the only Bachelor’s degree offered at Bakersfield College, preparing students for endless job opportunities.
“Frito lay, Grimmway, Califia Farms. All of these industries that use machinery to make their products,” said Hidalgo. “It’s the present meeting the future.”
The Industrial Automation program is now allowing enrollment for students straight out of high school. To apply, click here .