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Contact: Robert RogusTitle: Department Co-ChairContact: rrogus@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Unmanned Aircraft Systems, AS

Technology and Health Division
S0661

The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing area of unmanned aircraft systems, including piloting, mission planning, risk management, sensing operations, data collection and analysis, and other related skills. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 remote pilot operator certification is not required for graduation but it is desirable for career advancement. Through course work, simulation, and flight training students may achieve the FAA remote pilot operator certificate simultaneously with the A.S. degree.

Required Courses 

Industry StatisticsJob Titles & Salaries
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    • Electro-Mechanical Technicians

      Electro-Mechanical Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 17-3024.00

      Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $50.34

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $62,187.70
      Annual Job Openings
      172

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Robotics Technicians

      Robotics Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 17-3024.01

      Build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $50.34

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $62,187.70
      Annual Job Openings
      172

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Commercial Pilots

      Commercial Pilots

      SOC Career Code: 53-2012.00

      Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-winged aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $106.75

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $104,466.59
      Annual Job Openings
      661

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems, AS

    Technology and Health Division
    S0661

    The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing area of unmanned aircraft systems, including piloting, mission planning, risk management, sensing operations, data collection and analysis, and other related skills. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 remote pilot operator certification is not required for graduation but it is desirable for career advancement. Through course work, simulation, and flight training students may achieve the FAA remote pilot operator certificate simultaneously with the A.S. degree.

    Required Courses 

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    AERO 98Introduction to Aviation Careers1.5
    AERO 100Primary Pilot Ground School4
    AERO 102Aviation Weather3
    AERO 104Federal Aviation Regulations3
    AERO 160Unmanned Aircraft Systems Basic4
    AERO 200Aviation Safety and Human Factors3
    AERO 210Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advanced4
    PHOT 10Basic Digital and Film Photography3
    PHOT 50Drone Basic Still and Motion Camera Operator3
    Recommended Electives
    GEOG 10
    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    PHOT 11B
    Digital Capture Workflow
    Total Units28.5

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Technology and Health Division
     

    The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Certificate program prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing area of unmanned aircraft systems, including piloting, mission planning, data collection and analysis, and other related skills. Students have the opportunity for flight training with multi-rotor and fixed wing unmanned aircraft systems. Through course work, simulation, and flight training, students may achieve the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) remote pilot operator certificate (FAA Part 107 licensing). Successful completion of this program enables students to take the FAA examination.

    Required Courses 

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    AERO 100Primary Pilot Ground School4
    AERO 160Unmanned Aircraft Systems Basic4
    AERO 210Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advanced4
    PHOT 10Basic Digital and Film Photography3
    Total Units15

    Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence  

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Contact: Robert RogusTitle: Department Co-ChairContact: rrogus@mtsac.edu

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