Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Certification preparation
Prepare to be a professional drone pilot at California University of Pennsylvania. Our associate degree program in drone technology features courses that specifically prepare you for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 unmanned aircraft systems certification. UAS certification is required if you want to fly an unmanned aircraft commercially.
Becoming a certified UAS operator opens doors to many exiting careers in the dynamic drone industry. Whether you want to pilot drones that deliver goods to consumers, or you want to use unmanned aircraft to inspect turbine blades on wind farms, Cal U can help you obtain the skills and credentials you need.
Cal U’s 60-credit UAS/drone technology program includes several courses that are designed specifically to prepare you for UAS certification:
- UAS Certification Prep: This course prepares you for the FAA Part 107 aeronautical knowledge test. Passing this test and the required TSA background security screening yields a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating which allows the holder to be pilot in command (PIC) of a small UAS in the National Air Space.
- Principles of Aviation: This course covers the concepts and factors involved in the flight of aircraft in the National Air Space (NAS). Topics include flight theory, airfoils, aerodynamic forces, navigation, aviation meteorology and weather factors, and aviation law. An overview of FAA Federal Aircraft Regulations (FARs) with particular emphasis on the Small UAS Rule (14 CFR part 107) is included.
- UAV Operations: This performance-based course teaches safe and methodical operations of unmanned aircraft consistent with FAA regulations. Students will learn flight planning, crew resource management (CRM), flight line operations, UAV maintenance, and acquire instructor-supervised experience in simulated and hands-on piloting of UA platforms to gain proficiency in UA operations.
Discover Cal U's comprehensive drone technology degree.
In addition to preparing you for UAS certification, Cal U’s drone technology degree will teach you how to design, construct and deploy commercial-grade civilian drones. You’ll gain real-world insights and hands-on experience working with top faculty members who have completed drone projects for the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research and NASA.
Cal U’s drone degree program benefits include:
- Training for the jobs of the future: At Cal U you’ll learn the most up-to-date concepts and skills you need to succeed in the unmanned aircraft systems/drone industry in Pennsylvania and across the United States. The future of drones is rapidly advancing. We’ll give you the in-depth knowledge base that will help you adapt and thrive in the field.
- Hands-on learning: As a drone major you’ll take part in hands-on labs, as well as mission-based field trips for unmanned aerial vehicle test flights and data collection using unmanned aircraft.
- An accelerated schedule: Cal U’s drone degree program can be completed in just two years of full-time study. If you take summer courses, you can complete your degree in just 15 months.
- A jumpstart on your bachelor’s degree: Courses in our drone technology program give you a jump-start on a Cal U bachelor's degree in computer, electrical or mechatronics engineering technology.
Are you ready to pursue a thrilling career as a certified UAS operator? Apply to Cal U’s drone technology degree program now!
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