Drone Flying

NEW Drone Pilot and Technician Program

The sUAS Maintenance degree program and training project - NEW this summer 2019!

Atlantic Cape was awarded an NSF grant for our Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operation and Maintenance Education and Training Project.  Starting Fall 2019, we are offering a degree, certificate and courses for drone maintenance in addition to our sUAS operation program.

Drones, or Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) is an emerging industry that is part of the future across all economic sectors — and our students are already out in the field leading the way. This rapid development in the industry is creating a growing need for drone technicians in the years to come.

Drone research, development and maintenance is perfectly suited for our relatively uncrowded local airspace in Atlantic & Cape May counties and our graduates are capable of attaining Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. This new industry will bring opportunities across the economy with well-paying, year-round jobs.

 

Registration is Open NOW

Students may register Online, in person, by fax or mail. Payment is required at time of registration or your registration will be voided.

Current students should consult with your academic advisor before registering.

If you are a new student, please fill out our Online application.


Financial Aid and Scholarships are available

We encourage everyone to apply for financial aid – it’s free to do so and could save you money. Please fill out the FAFSA application and fill out the state aid section as well. Our school code is 002596. Scholarships are not just based on academic performance. You can apply for a scholarship online.



Class Schedules

View the entire summer schedule Online now through WebAdvisor! No log-in required.

Click "Students" then "Search for Sections" to browse by summer session and course subject. You will need to select each session individually to see the courses offered or enter start and end dates to see what's available throughout the entire summer. 

For additional information, please contact:

James Taggart, Faculty Advisor
Phone: 609-343-4950
Email James Taggart
Tim Cwik, Division Chair, Aviation
Phone: 609-343-4992
Email Tim Cwik

Courses of Study

This program prepares students for a career as a small-unmanned aircraft system technician. Upon successful completion of the program, you will have basic proficiency in the area of sUAS operations, general maintenance and repair. You will also be knowledgeable of the use of a sUAS for the collection of and pre and post processing of aerial images and videos and geospatial data collection.

You will be required to sit for and pass a Federal Aviation Administration knowledge exam. Passing this examination leads to the earning of the FAA’s Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rating. The RPC allows for the safe commercial operation of less than 55 lbs. drones in the National Airspace System. This program requires off campus field trips and fieldwork. Students are required to develop a portfolio containing examples of completed projects and selected examples of coursework.

COURSES

General Education (20 credits total):

Communication (6 credits)

Course Code & Name Amount of Credits
ENGL101 – Composition I     3

 

Choose one:

Course Code & Name Amount of Credits
COMM110 – Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM120 – Public Speaking 3
ENGL102 – Composition II 3
ENGL230 – Technical Writing 3

 

Mathematics/Science/Technology (6 credits)

Course Code & Name Amount of Credits
CISM125 – Introduction to Computers 3
Social Science or Humanities (3 credits) 3

 

General Education Electives (8 credits)

 

Program Courses (40 credits total)

Course Code & Name Amount of Credits
ATCT120 – Aviation Weather 3
AVIT140 - sUAS Operations Multi-Rotor 3
AVIT185 – Remote Sensing Using Unmanned Aircraft 4
AVIT225 –Mobilizing a Drone-Powered Economy 3
AVIT263 – Aerial Video Production 1
AVIT290 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems Capstone Project 1
AVIT135 – Introduction to UAS      3
AVIT250 – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Maintenance and Repair 4
CISM143 – Introduction to Project Management 3
CISM280 – Capstone Portfolio 1
ENVL122 – Agriculture Technology 3
ENGR125 – Introduction to Electronics  4
GIST101 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4

Program Elective:

3 credits from the following: AVIT, BUSN, ACCT, CISM, OSTM, TCOM, TVRF

 

60 Total Credits Required

This program prepares you for a career as a small-unmanned aircraft system technician. Upon successful completion of the program, you will have proficiency in the area of sUAS operations and general maintenance and repair. You will also know about use of a sUAS for the collection of and pre and post processing of aerial images and videos and geospatial data collection.

You are required to sit for and pass a Federal Aviation Administration knowledge exam. Passing this examination leads to the earning of the FAA’s Remote Pilot Certificate with a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rating. The RPC allows for the safe commercial operation of less than 55 lbs. drones in the National Airspace System. This program requires off campus field trips and fieldwork.

Courses

Course Code & Name Amount of Credits
CISM125 – Introduction to Computers    3
ENGL101 – Composition I   3
AVIT135 – Introduction to UAS   3
AVIT140 - sUAS Operations Multi-Rotor  3
AVIT185 – Remote Sensing Using Unmanned Aircraft  4
AVIT290 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems Capstone Project   1
AVIT263 – Aerial Video Production   1
AVIT250 – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Maintenance and Repair 4
ATCT120 – Aviation Weather      3
GIST101 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems   4
ENGR125 – Introduction to Electronics     4
 

33 Total Credits Required

 

This coursework can be applied toward an Associate in Applied Science degree.

This program prepares you to operate, maintain and repair small unmanned aircraft systems. Upon successful completion of the program you will earn the Federal Aviation Administration Remote Pilot Certificate with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rating. This FAA certificate allows the holder to act as the pilot in command of a less than 55-pound commercial drone. The program also prepares you to troubleshoot mechanical and technical problems, make repairs and modifications and conduct small-unmanned aircraft safety inspections.

Courses

Course Code & Name Amount of Credits
AVIT140 – sUAS Operations Multi-Rotor 3
AVIT250 – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Maintenance and Repair  4
AVIT290 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems Capstone Project    1
CISM125 – Introduction to Computers   3
ENGR125 – Introduction to Electronics  4

 

15 Total Credits Required

 

This coursework can be applied toward an Associate in Applied Science degree.

 

National Science Foundation

 

 

 

 

  This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1801014.