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Unmanned Aircraft System Technology

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the workplace with new skills to enhance their current positions and create new opportunities in the field of Unmanned Aircraft Technology. Students have the opportunity to learn and apply skills through hands-on experience working directly in both public and private sector organizations. The required coursework provides students with the opportunity to develop skills to manage and plan flight operations and to collect and process imagery data for analysis. Students develop skills that they can apply in multiple applications including agriculture, natural and cultural resources management, emergency response, aerial videography, and photography. Students prepare for and complete practice exams for the FAA Part 107 exam. Potential careers for students upon completing the certificate are UAS Remote Pilot, UAS Maintenance Technician, UAS Avionics Technician, Aerial Videographer, and Image Analyst Technician.

Program Requirements (18 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
AVIA030AAviation - Pilot Ground School3 units
AVIA030BIntroduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems 3 units
AVIA030CUAS Image Analysis and Visualization3 units
AVIA030DUAS Flight Operations and Flight Planning3 units
PMGT020AEmployment Preparation1 unit
PMGT020BInternship2 units
Select one:

Introduction to Geospatial Technology
Introduction to Remote Sensing

3 units
3 units

Total Certificate Units: 18 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” (or "P") or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of aircraft systems, to include airframe, power plants and flight instruments.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of aircraft systems, to include fixed wing and rotor-wing UAS systems.
  • Demonstrate image analysis techniques with Unmanned Aircraft derived images.
  • Select the correct aircraft and sensor to accomplish the data collection mission.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the National Airspace and all of the FAA regulations regarding drone use in the United States.
Last Updated 7/19/23