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Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance Technician

  • Credits
    30
  • Degree Type
    Certificate
  • Campus Location
    TRF
  • No Laptop RequiredLaptop NOT Required

Unmanned Aircraft Systems are aircraft that can function without the presence of a human flight staff onboard. The UAS industry is experiencing significant growth, calling for more maintenance technicians to obtain their UAS certification.

The UAS certificate will concentrate on the maintenance and repair of the components of unmanned aerial systems to include: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), ground control stations (GCSs), understanding the function of data links or the communication/guidance system between vehicle and satellites (line of sight), and a basic understanding of computer networks and their functionality within UAS. Courses are designed to create a skilled UAS Maintenance Technician with a broad understanding of commonly used UAS platforms at the functional level.


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Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students are required to have the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification prior to enrolling into the program.

Enrollment restrictions apply for international students. For more information, please contact the TRF campus international advisor.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
AVET 2131 Avionics I 5 credits
AVET 2141 Avionics II 4 credits
CPTR 1131 Microcomputer Maintenance 4 credits
CPTR 1136 Networking I 4 credits
UAST 2110 Foundations of UAS 3 credits
UAST 2120 Fabrication Integration 5 credits
UAST 2150 Ground Control Station 3 credits
UAST 2160 UAS Aviation Maint Tech 2 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 30 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes


  1. The student will identify primary systems and vehicles being utilized in the unmanned aerial systems industry and their correct vehicle/system classification and function.

  2. The student will apply the appropriate safety work habits and procedures.

  3. The student will demonstrate principles of troubleshooting for various UAS maintenance tasks.

  4. The student will demonstrate the proper use of hand tools appropriate to the UAS industry.

  5. The student will perform aircraft maintenance and repair using technical information provided by the various UAS manufacturers to assure an airworthy condition.

  6. The student will configure, install, and maintain UAS computer networking operating systems and hardware.

  7. The student will repair and maintain components of the ground control stations (GCS).

  8. The student will maintain and repair communication/data systems linking unmanned aerial vehicles to ground control stations (GCS).

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The employment outlook for aircraft mechanics in the state of Minnesota from 2010-2020 is 5%, a low growth career.

Program Faculty

Aerospace Site

  • Tyler Beckman
  • Adjunct Unmanned Aerial Systems Instructor
  • (218) 683-8835