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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations

Become a drone operator and take off on a high demand, high paying career in flight!

The UAS certification is intended to prepare students for a fast-growing industry with many civilian applications including agriculture, search and rescue, monitoring environment and wildlife, fire mapping, surveying structures after natural disasters, and real estate photography.

UASO 101 and 103 Now Open for Fall Enrollment

UASO 101

Remote Pilot Ground School is open for enrollment for Fall 2019. It is an online course that will run the quarter.

UASO 103

Unmanned Aerial Systems Basic Flight Operations is open for enrollment for Fall 2019.

UASO 103 Schedule:

Friday, October 11, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM A. Mathias Conference Room
Saturday, October 12, 9:00 AM - 4 PM Meet at A. Mathias Building (1-hour lunch on your own)
Sunday, October 13, 9:00 AM - 4 PM Meet at A. Mathias Building (1-hour lunch on your own)

Friday, October 18, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM A. Mathias Conference Room
Saturday, October 19, 9:00 AM - 4 PM Meet at A. Mathias Building (1-hour lunch on your own)
Sunday, October 20, 9:00 AM - 4 PM Meet at A. Mathias Building (1-hour lunch on your own)

Days may shift if the weather doesn't cooperate.

Career Opportunities

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International projected more than 100,000 new jobs in the United States by 2025 in unmanned aircraft by 2025.

The current national salary range for individuals licensed and with experience in UAS Operations averages $20,000-$80,000 average salary. Individuals may earn up to $100,000 if they own their own company.

Occupational Requirements
Students must be at least 16 years old and pass TSA vetting to earn a Remote Pilot Airman Certificate to work as a Drone Pilot.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the required courses for the Workforce Certification, students will be able to:

  • Explain the integration of the National Airspace System and the integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems.
  • Work within a crew environment to plan, implement, and analyze UAS operations.
  • Safely pilot multi-copters and fixed wings in normal and emergency flight operations.
  • Successfully apply and utilize Federal Aviation Administration airspace waivers
  • Apply technology to transmit, receive, and report data obtained from UAS operations.
  • Identify safety and legal considerations for UAS operations, including regulations for operations and restricted airspace.

Contact the UAS Program

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