Drones (Unmanned Aerial Systems)

Did you know?

  • The global drone market was at $100B in 2020 and growing at over 20% annually.
  • The average drone industry salary in Utah in 2021 was $55,000 and the median salary for full-time pilots in the US was $75,000.
  • Energy remains the industry with the highest adoption of drones, though Cargo, Courier Services, Intralogistics and Warehousing have the highest Compound Annual Growth Rate for drone use.
  • Mapping & Surveying is and will remain the top application of drones, followed by Inspection, Photography, and Filming.
  • Unit sales will grow from 828 thousand in 2021 to almost 1.4 million in 2026 at 10.6% Compound Annual Growth Rate.
  • In a 2021 survey of realtors, 56% claimed to already utilize drone services and 26% had plans to implement them in the next 2 years.

Introductory Courses

Introductory Drone courses prepare students for the FAA Part 107 test that allows them to be hired as a pilot or to start their own drone services enterprise, help students learn basic flight and Crew Resource Management skills, to work effectively as a team, conduct maintenance, and the design and fabrication of drone components. Drone pilots and technicians are in high demand in the private sector and in the military. This course block is a great first step down the road to a career in the aviation industry.

UAS Commercial Drones Pilot/UAS Lab: Intermediate Flight (CE and CETE credit available)

Elevate your high school experience with our Drone Education and Flight Lab course. It's not just a class; it's an adventure in the skies! Get ready to pilot drones and explore the exhilarating world of aviation. From takeoff to landing, you'll master the art of flight, learn the ropes of navigation, and uncover the mysteries of airspace management.

But this course isn't just about flying drones; it's about embracing a comprehensive aviator mindset. You'll dive into the essential regulations and laws governing drone usage, becoming a responsible pilot with a strong sense of ethics. We'll take you through real-world examples, hands-on activities, and immersive simulations to make learning engaging and rewarding.

With the guidance of expert instructors, you'll have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers from the aviation industry, giving you a glimpse into the diverse careers awaiting you. In the end, it's not just about piloting drones; it's about developing critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and teamwork. Whether you're pursuing a future in aviation or just want to expand your horizons, this course is your launchpad to success.

Prerequisite: None
Note: Students must be 16 years old to take the FAA Part 107 test.

UAS Drones Maintenance/UAS Lab: Intermediate Flight (CE and CETE credit available)

Drones may take flight, but they need someone to keep them soaring. Welcome to our Drone Maintenance and Repair course, where you become the behind-the-scenes hero of the drone world. No prior experience is required; this course is your gateway to an exciting, hands-on journey in the world of drone maintenance.

In this project-based learning adventure, you'll work on real drones and learn how to troubleshoot, diagnose, and fix issues. From identifying and replacing components to firmware upgrades, this is where you'll gain the skills needed to keep drones in top shape. The course doesn't just teach maintenance; it instills a deep understanding of regulations and safety considerations, ensuring responsible drone management.

With guidance from experienced instructors, you'll use your skills to complete real-world projects, making you a valuable asset in the ever-growing drone industry. It's not just a class; it's a workshop of discovery, where you'll gain problem-solving, teamwork, and technical expertise that sets you apart on your future journey.  Are you ready to be the one who keeps drones in flight? Join us for an exciting adventure in drone maintenance and repair.

Prerequisite: none

UAS Capstone/UAS Lab: Exploring Industry Applications (CETE credit available)

The adventure continues in our Advanced Drone Applications Capstone course. Building on the skills you've honed in previous courses or bringing your drone knowledge to the next level, this capstone experience is a deep dive into the exciting world of drone applications.

It's time to leave the classroom behind and immerse yourself in real-world business and industry projects. With access to the latest equipment and software, you'll explore aerial photography and videography, GIS, photogrammetry, thermal imaging, multispectral imaging, cargo delivery, and more. These aren't just theoretical concepts; they're opportunities to apply your expertise and creativity.

Expect to work with professional-grade tools, tackle real industry challenges, and collaborate with your peers on projects that matter. The skills you acquire are in high demand in today's job market. By the end of this capstone, you'll have a portfolio that speaks volumes, showcasing your proficiency in drone technology and opening doors to a world of exciting opportunities.

Advanced applications for drones may include Photogrammetry, Geographic Information Systems, autonomous single and swarm flight, and other industry applications of drones. This course block develops relationships with local business partners so that they can be better prepared to be a pilot, software or hardware designer, or to analyze and assess the data acquired by drones. Pilots may have opportunities to complete projects in mapping, real estate, construction, photography and film production, mining, military industries, agriculture, transportation, public service, research, and inspection.

Prerequisite: UAS Commercial Drones Pilot course OR Part 107 Certificate