Friday, January 27, 2023

University of California offers certification for drone pilots

Mount San Jacinto College (MSJC) will offer a program in the spring for students to become certified drone operators qualified to conduct aerial surveys, data collection and other missions.

Officials announced on Monday that the university is the only higher education institution in the state to offer the certification.

“There are many, many job opportunities out there,” said Roy Mason, president of MSJC Geospatial Informatics. “So that’s what we’re really focused on. We want to enter that market.”

It will be launched from NOAA aircraft.

new Drone Operations Certificate Program According to Mason, this will include computer-based classes in the campus GIS lab and hands-on flights with university-operated drones.

The goal is to prepare students to become unmanned aerial system operators for jobs in agriculture, construction, law enforcement, real estate, surveying and other fields, Mason said.

MSJC is the first university in the country California Community College System In offering this type of certification program for a total of seven courses and 20 units, which require a commitment of eight months.

According to the program description, “Students will develop the unique information-gathering capabilities that drones provide that help GIS technicians reveal deeper insights about data such as patterns, relationships, and real-time conditions.”

You can find more information on how to enroll and what is required at by clicking here,

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