BAAS - Automation

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Automation BAAS Degree Program

As the energy industry continues to expand in the oil rich Permian Basin, there is a consistent need for employees who are formally trained in instrumentation, automation, engineering, and programming. Most companies in the Permian Basin are moving to, or already have existing, automation systems that span hundreds of miles. With this move to automated systems, there is a consistent need for highly skilled workers to fill the automation positions. The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Automation prepares graduates for design, development, implementation, and support of the software and equipment in control systems. Potential job opportunities for graduates include: automation, control engineering, robotics, automated systems, systems calibration, systems troubleshooting, quality engineering, and maintenance. The job need from the oil and gas industry includes positions such as electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, automation supervisors, and senior engineers for equipment. These types of positions will continue to be prolific as the industry continues to expand in the Permian Basin.

The first cohort of the BAAS in Automation program will begin in the Fall, 2019 semester. Due to the competitiveness of the program, the BAAS in Automation includes a selective entry process. To begin the admissions process, please contact Armin Rashvand, Engineering & Technology DRI, at arashvand@odessa.edu or 432-335-6309.

Students must submit appropriate documentation beginning January 15, 2019 through May 15, 2019, with interviews beginning the third week of May, 2019.

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Requirements for Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS) in Automation Degree

The degree requirements are based on guidelines established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. All baccalaureate degrees contain at least 42 semester credit hours of general education courses. To qualify for the bachelor of applied arts and sciences, students must complete all of the following: 

An applied arts and sciences (AAS) degree,
  • 42 semester credit hours (SCH) in Core Curriculum *
  • Major concentration upper level coursework (as specified in each program)
  • A minimum of 120 semester hours.
  • A minimum average of “C” (2.0) in all work. Transfer students must also have an average of “C” (2.0) in all work taken at Odessa College.
  • Discharge of all financial obligations to Odessa College prior to graduation.

*The 42 SCH of Core Curriculum is derived from the following component areas:    

  • 010 - Communication (6 SCH)
  • 020 - Mathematics (3 SCH)
  • 030 - Life and Physical Sciences (6 SCH)
  • 040 - Language, Philosophy, and Culture (3 SCH)
  • 050 - Creative Arts (3 SCH)
  • 060 - American History (6 SCH)
  • 070 - Government/ Political Science (6 SCH)
  • 080 - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH)
  • 090 - Component Area (6 SCH)