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Industrial Automation & Robotics

Automation is a key facet in many industries including manufacturing, food, beverage, energy, logistics and more.  The program is offered on-campus with some courses available online.

Tuition Waiver

For more information on general eligibility requirements, waiver terms and coverage, and the application process, click the link below.


Program Description

The Industrial Automation & Robotics program prepares students to install, maintain, repair, operate and troubleshoot physical machines and control systems used to automate tasks within an industrial process. Using project-based learning, students will complete a solid foundation of electronic, electrical, mechanical, control systems, robotic systems and their integration to increase the productivity and efficiencies of industrial facilities. 

A limited number of students will be accepted into the on-campus program in the fall. For added flexibility, select classes are also available online. 


Those considering an automation career should have a high school background in applied physics and algebra. Knowledge of mechanical, electrical and/or instrumentation systems is beneficial.

Prospective students should be prepared for the physical demands of entry-level technician positions after completing this program. Typical industry requirements include passing a physical exam, lifting 50+ pounds, climbing ladders and working in confined spaces or heights. Job applicants also may be required to pass a drug screening and eye exam, including the ability to distinguish between colors accurately. 

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Required Program Entrance Scores

  • ACT: Math 16
  • CLASSIC ACCUPLACER: Math 41 (Elementary Algebra) 
  • NEXT GEN ACCUPLACER: Math 237 (QR, Algebra and Statistics) 

Special Costs

$100 deposit is required upon acceptance (applied toward tuition). The fee is non-refundable if you decide not to attend BSC.

Career Opportunities

Working in industrial automation provides a high-paying career and exciting opportunities for employment throughout the world. The need for trained automation technicians continues to increase as manufacturing moves towards industry 4.0 standards. 

Additional Information

Credits from this program may be applied to BSC's Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) in Operations Management*, offered entirely online. The BAS is to upskill technical individuals with supervisory proficiencies essential in managing industrial manufacturing, production, automation, food and beverage, and logistics and distribution facilities. This program is designed to serve individuals already working in the industrial workplace or associate degree graduates who choose to continue their education. 


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*The Industrial Automation & Robotics program is partially funded by AUTOMATE DAKOTA, a National Science Foundation Grant #2054859. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.