Drone Technology and Applications Certificate

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  • Our certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively use Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS or drones) in variety of business and public sector domains working as pilots, drone image specialists, data technicians, or remote sensing technicians.
  • Drone technology is used in fields as diverse as agriculture, utilities inspection, public safety, search and rescue, mapping and surveying, insurance, mining, real estate, and cinematography.
  • Upon completing this program students should be able to:
    1. 1.Demonstrate an understanding of multi-rotor and fixed-wing sUAS
    2. 2.Demonstrate a foundational understanding of photography and camera systems
    3. 3.Apply sUAS operational best practices to mission planning and execution
    4. 4.Demonstrate flight proficiency and the use of pre and post flight checklists
    5. 5.Utilize software tools to create basic drone imagery products
    6. 6.Have the requisite knowledge to take the Part 107 FAA Exam
  • Drone Technology and Applications Certificate Courses:

    Required (12 hours):
    GEG 160. Drone Pilot Ground School. 1 credit hours.
    GEG 161. Introduction to Small Unmanned Aerial Systems. 2 credit hours.
    GEG 150. GIS and Mapping Principles. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 154. Introduction to Remote Sensing. 3 credit hours.
    ART 250. Digital Art Photography Studio. 3 credit hours.

  • For infomation on careers in this rapidly growing industry visit https://uavcoach.com/uav-jobs/
  • This certificate is closely tied to Harper’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program which provides students with hands on experience with the latest GIS technology and techniques.
  • For more information contact Mukila Maitha, Associate Professor, Chair, Geography Department, at mmaitha@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6521.