Drone Technology and Applications Certificate

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    A proud member of the FAA's UAS Collegiate Training Initiative



    We offer a quality, affordable certificate program that provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the FAA's Part 107 exam and 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.


    Flying and learning about drones at Harper!

    Students are provided with drones and software (Pix4DMapper, ArcGIS Pro, Zephyr Drone Simulator, and Office 365) to use in the classroom. Our drones include systems from DJI, Autel Robotics, and senseFly.


    Harper drones and software


  • 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

    Required Courses (13 hours):
    1. GEG 160. Drone Pilot Ground School. 1 credit hours.
    2. GEG 161. Introduction to Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS). 3 credit hours
    3. GEG 162. sUAS Data Acquisition and Analysis. 3 credit hours.
    4. GEG 150. Introduction to Geospatial Technologies. 3 credit hours.
    5. ART 250. Digital Art Photography Studio. 3 credit hours.

    Elective Courses (3 hours):
    1. GEG 250. Introduction to Remote Sensing. 3 credit hours.
    2. MCM 212. Multi-Camera Production.3 credit hours.

    In the news::

    1. Chicago Tribune (11/2/2021):US Rep. Casten, FAA tour Harper College drone program
    2. Harper News (8/11/2021):Harper’s drone technology program selected for FAA initiative
    3. Harper News (12/2/2020):Harper launches new drone technology program

  • For more information contact Mukila Maitha, Associate Professor, Chair, Geography Department, at mmaitha@harpercollege.edu or 847.925.6521.