The Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Associate of Applied Science trains individuals to work as professional unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operators in the national/international arena. Students will learn to operate UAS, including conducting mission/pre-flight planning, mission briefings, and programming. They will learn how to obtain and evaluate weather forecasts, Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs), Special Instructions (SPINs), and airspace requirements. Students will be taught to perform limited UAS and ground support equipment testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance.
The UAS degree prepares students for a rapidly growing industry with many civilian applications, including agriculture, search and rescue, monitoring environment and wildlife, border security, fire mapping, surveying structures after natural disasters, real estate photography, and police surveillance.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to recall various unmanned aerial systems platforms, sensors, and terminology.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Federal Aviation Administration regulations/requirements necessary to commercially operate unmanned aerial systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to configure unmanned aerial platforms with sensors appropriate to the prescribed operation.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan and safely execute an unmanned aerial system operation.
- Demonstrate the ability to safely operate unmanned aerial systems in a real world environment.
- Develop geographic information systems skills necessary to provide geospatial and thematic data.
- Demonstrate the ability to translate data collection to geographic information systems product development.
While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.
Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)
AV 272 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Operations and AV 273 Unmanned Aerial Sys Ops Maint have $750 fees to cover equipment costs.