The drones and geospatial technology programs are designed to prepare students for careers in the field of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Geospatial Technology GIS. The operations of UAS have a variety of research and commercial uses, with rapid growth and continually evolving applications.  The UAS program emphasizes remote observation with aviation fundamentals and complete knowledge on aviation safety and FAA regulations. With the knowledge and skills needed to develop and manage geospatial technology projects and implement GIS as a dynamic system for decision making and establishment of policies, students will be able to pursue entry level careers in UAS and or GIS.

Our certificates will provide students with a wide range of skills and gain industry specific experience in:

  • Aviation fundamentals, aviation safety, and FAA regulations.
  • Collecting, integrating, and manipulating geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites, or thermal energy systems.
  • Adjusting remotely sensed images for optimum presentation by using software to select image displays, define image set categories, or choose processing routines.
  • Constructing mapping projects.
  • Preparing documentation or presentations, including charts, photos, or graphs.
  • Designing graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, using GIS hardware or software applications.
  • Analyzing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
  • Maintaining and modifing existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
  • Entering data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, or conversion of other sources of digital data.

Programs

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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
UAS 100 Introduction to UAS 3 Major Requirement
UAS 101 Aviation sUAS Pilot Ground School 3 Major Requirement
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications or approved higher level math 3 Departmental Requirement
GPH 171  Introduction to Meteorology 4 Departmental Requirement
    13  

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
UAS 102 UAS Image Analysis and Visualization 3 Major Requirement
UAS 103 UAS Flight Operations and Planning 3 Major Requirement
GST 101 Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 Minor
    9  

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
GST 102 Spatial Analysis and Modeling 3 Minor
GST 108 Capstone Project 2 Departmental Requirement
    5  

Geospatial Technologies Technician

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
CIS 120 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3 Departmental Requirement
GPH 110 Physical Geography 4 Major Requirement
GST 101 Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 Major Requirement
GST 102 Spatial Analysis  3 Major Requirement
    13  

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
GST 103 Data Acquisition and Management 3 Major Requirement
GST 104 Cartographic Design and Visualization 3 Major Requirement
    6  

 

Explore the Program & Lab

The 'lab' for the drones program is the great outdoors. In this program, students have the opporutnity to learn about and gain hands on experience flying small unmanned aerial systems. For our GIS program, students are able to use state-of-the-art equipment to design graphic representations of GIS data and analyze data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.

Drone Footage

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of the drones or geospatial certificates may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages*.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilots
UAV pilots are FAA Part 107 Certified Commercial Licensed pilots that conduct flight missions in a safe and proper operation.  A pilot plans and executes missions that collect imagery, both still and video, and processes the imagery for a variety of applications.  Applications can include, surveying and mapping, marketing and cinematography, law enforcement assistance and search and rescue, agriculture, wildlife monitoring, infrastructure inspections, forestry, fire fighting and future package delivery services. 
$68,000
GIS Technician
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians must be knowledgeable with map projections, coordinate systems, and cartographic principles.  Additionally, GIS Technicians digitize maps, collect spatial data from surveys or GPS field capture, maintain geospatial databases, and perform spatial analyses. 
$50,000

Contact Information

Tracy Knudson
Senior Secretary, Career and Technical Education
(928) 317-7107

Fred Croxen
Professor of Geology/Coordinator of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems and Geospatial Technologies
(928) 344-7586