Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance Technician

  • Credits: 30
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

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.

Program Overview

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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Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
AVET 2131 Avionics I 5
AVET 2141 Avionics II 4
CPTR 1131 Microcomputer Maintenance 4
CPTR 1136 Networking I 4
UAST 2110 Foundations of UAS 3
UAST 2120 Fabrication Integration 5
UAST 2150 Ground Control Station 3
UAST 2160 UAS Aviation Maint Tech 2

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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.

Program Accreditation

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 Faculty

  • Jonathan Beck
  • UAS Instructor/Program Manager
  • Campus: Aerospace Site
  • Tel: (218) 683-8831
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Thomas Biller
  • Avionics Unmanned Systems Specialist
  • Campus: Aerospace Site
  • Tel: (218) 683-8811
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Zackary Nicklin
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Instructor
  • Campus: Aerospace Site
  • Tel: (218) 683-8830
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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