Advanced Certificate in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations

(Pending Final Approval)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has become an increasingly important part of the business aviation fleet as the FAA develops rules to safely integrate these aircraft into the National Airspace System (NAS). Businesses are required to have trained pilots to operate UAVs so they can take best advantage of their capabilities. The University of Maine at Augusta will play an active role in training operators who can help develop programs and services for business. Our primary focus is training pilots.

According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), UAS integration into the NAS is expected to have enormous economic and job creation impacts in the United States. These impacts are related to direct, indirect and induced effects of total spending in UAS development. UAS integration in the next 15 years is expected to contribute $82.1 billion to the nation’s economy by agriculture, public safety and other activities and 103,776 new jobs will be created.

The University of Maine at Augusta provides for the study of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in a new Advanced Certificate in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations starting in January 2018. The UAS operations focused curriculum (pending final approval) provides the student with the skills and knowledge to be successful as a UAS pilot and operator.

This Advanced Certificate in UAS Operations can be completed as an optional track within the Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation, within any other UMA degree programs, or as an independent 30-hour certificate. If qualified, students may even take individual courses. Early this Spring, UMA will move its UAS education and research program to Brunswick Landing at KBXM, Brunswick Executive Airport at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. This move will allow for new additional flying opportunities for students.

Students who complete the Advanced Certificate in Unmanned Aircraft Systems will have received the skills and knowledge to be able to work in the unmanned aircraft discipline with the following skills:

  • FAA certification to fly unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS)
  • Pilot both fixed winged aircraft and rotary winged aircraft using visual line of sight and with autopilots independently and with visual observers as aircrew
  • Ability to design, build, and repair both fixed wing and rotary winged unmanned aircraft
  • Ability to program industry standard autopilots and plan their missions for land survey, aerial inspections, 2-D / 3-D mapping, and precision agriculture.
  • Use of photography, videography, and photogrammetry for UAS applications

University of Maine at Augusta is seeking financial aid and Veteran’s benefit approval for the 30-hour Advanced Certificate in Unmanned Systems.

4cr – UAS 210 – Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (concurrent with AVI 100)

4cr – UAS 220 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Design, Assembly, and Maintenance with Lab

3cr – UAS 230 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Digital Photography and Videography

(Pending approval)

4cr – UAS 310 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations with Lab

3cr – UAS 320 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Administration (pending approval)

4cr – UAS 410 – Medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) & Remote Ground Control Station (GCS) Flight Instruction

4cr – UAS 420 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Photogrammetry (pending approval)

4cr – UAS 499 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Internship (pending approval)

UAS210 – 4 Credits – Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

This is an introductory course in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). This course will provide the student with the information to pass the FAA Part 107 knowledge test to become an FAA certified Remote Pilot and serves as an introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). – Includes flying: small rotary winged aircraft and is offered concurrently with the AVI 100 ($500) non-credit course Drone School

UAS 220 – 4 Credits – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Design, Assembly, and Maintenance with –    Fixed and Rotary wing aircraft

Course has a $400 Lab fee to cover parts for the fixed and rotary wing aircraft to be built and taken home by the student. Students will need to purchase a transmitter to complete the project, and guidance will be given regarding this purchase. Prerequisites: UAS 210 or FAA Remote Pilot certificated or permission of instructor

UAS 230 – 3 Credits – Digital Photography and Videography (Pending Approval)

UAS 310 – 4 Credits – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations

This course in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) introduces students to the operations of UASs. Content includes operations of airframe, power plant, autopilot, ground control stations, payloads, and mission analysis. Students learn to fly both fixed wing and rotary winged aircraft.

UAS 320 – 3 Credits – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Administration (Pending Approval)

UAS 410 – 4 Credits – Medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) & Remote Ground Control Station (GCS)

This course in Medium and Large Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) introduces students to the operations of UASs that weigh up to 100 pounds with payload. Content includes flying fixed and rotary winged aircraft from a remote ground station using a safety pilot as a visual observer. Students learn to fly both fixed wing and rotary winged aircrafts remotely. Prerequisites: UAS 210, UAS 220 and UAS 310.

UAS 420 – 4 Credit – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Photogrammetry (pending approval)

Capture, process, analyze and presentation of sUAS photographic data for mapping, agriculture, surveying, and inspections.

UAS 499 – 4 Credits – UAS Internship

Students will be placed in an internship slot within a UAS or related business or industry to continue learning and building contacts and relationships. These positions are often paid a stipend and may be out of state. Within state the focus will be on enhancing business development and advancement with the integration of UAVs and/or assisting public safety agencies with UAV applications. Completion of all Certificate Courses, a GPA of 3.0 and recommendation of Instructors REQUIRED. (Pending Approval)

Details will be updated as they are approved by the curriculum committee at UMA

Course No. Course Name Credit 2018 2019 2020 2012
Summer Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer Fall
UAS 100 UAS FAA Certification
(non credit)
0 X X X X X X X X
UAS 210/211 UAS FAA Certification 4 X X X X X X X X
UAS 220/221 UAS Design / Build 4 X X X X X X X
UAS 230/231 UAS Photo / Video 4 X X X X
UAS 310/311 UAS Autopilot Operations 4 X X X
UAS 320/321 UAS Large Aircraft Ops 4 X X X
UAS 410/411 UAS Program Administration 3 X X X
UAS 420/421 UAS Photogrammetry 4 X X X X
UAS 499 UAS Internship 4 X X X X X

Notes

  1. UAS FAA Certification are 7-week semester course with classes twice a week.
  2. Due to large interest in UAS 220 & 230 courses these are held every Fall and Spring
  3. UAS 320 is a Summer only course only due to the type of flying requiring warm weather.  This is a 7-week semester course with classes twice a week held in late Summer.
  4. All courses unless otherwise stated are 15-week semester courses.
  5. Course schedules are subject to change based on student needs. Please check with your advisor at time of registration.