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Program Details

Program specifics about earning a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician A.A.S. Degree at Northland.

The sUAS A.A.S. will concentrate on the maintenance, repair and operation of the components of small unmanned aircraft systems to include: motor controls, sensor technologies, small electronics, computer hardware, Local Area Networks (LAN) understanding the function of data links or the communication/guidance system between vehicle and control interfaces (line of sight), and within UAS. Additionally, students will learn how to properly plan and execute flight operations. Courses are designed to create a skilled sUAS Field Service Technician with a broad understanding of commonly used UAS platforms at the functional level, an in-depth understanding of the components of those systems and the knowledge necessary to conduct safe and efficient flight operations.

Program Accreditation

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

Program Learner Outcomes

  1. The student will identify the components of Unmanned Aerial Systems.
  2. The student will define OSHA safety standards and safety principles utilized in the aircraft maintenance work environment.
  3. The student will demonstrate a basic understanding of AC and DC circuit terminology and the relationship in basic circuit operations.
  4. The student will demonstrate proper use and function of test equipment for the operations and maintenance of aircraft equipment and components including but not limited to oscilloscopes, frequency generators, radio frequency (RF) power meters and multi-meters.
  5. The student will describe computer hardware diagnostic procedures.
  6. The student will employ computer maintenance principles.
  7. The student will describe and install the hardware and software required to be able to communicate across a network.
  8. The student will describe the topologies and physical issues associated with copper wire, microwave, optical fiber and RF links.
  9. Reference programming manuals, sample programs, and data sheets to solve programming and troubleshooting problems.
  10. Demonstrate the installation of application software. Write programs that use sensors for autonomous navigation and control of a mobile robot.
  11. Reference programming manuals, sample programs, and data sheets to solve programming and troubleshooting problems.
  12. Demonstrate appropriate risk management based on the aeronautical decision-making process.
  13. Present reports in a clear written and oral style.

Additional Program Resources

  • 2019-20 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician – AAS
  • 2016-19 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician – AAS

Geospatial Intelligence Analysis

  • 2017-22 Geospatial Intelligence Analysis – AAS
  • 2015-17 Geospatial Intelligence Analysis – AAS
  • 2013-15 Geospatial Intelligence Analysis – AAS

Imagery Analysis

  • 2015-22 Imagery Analysis – Certificate
  • 2012-15 Imagery Analysis – Certificate