This one-year program is designed to educate students on how to build, program, and fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to perform various missions. Students will learn to fly UAS using various software programming platforms designed to integrate with onboard sensors, autopilots, and GPS. In addition, they will analyze, troubleshoot, and maintain instrumentation and control systems used in constantly evolving drone technology.
Learners are trained for the job-seeking process through industry tours and interview prep. During the program, accommodations and modifications are provided to high school students based on the IEP/504.
After completion of the Drone Technology program, successful candidates will be prepared to seek one or more certifications like the UAG Unmanned Aircraft General – Small. Moreover, West-MEC offers most industry credential tests at no additional cost. Through the Drone Technology training received, students are provided a pathway to economic independence.
Careers that a student could pursue after receiving their certification(s) are: UAS Operator, Surveying, and Mapping Technician, Cartographer and Photogrammetrists, Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologist and Technicians, CTE Teacher.
Drone Technology Entry-level salary range: $19.85 – $31.41 per hour*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages
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