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UAS/Drone Pilot

(H30) Certificate

This program is intended to introduce the growing field of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), namely drones, including technical skills and regulatory laws necessary to safely and legally fly drones. Targeted individuals will include those looking to enter into one of the variety of employment opportunities related to UAS's, as well as those individuals who already have experience flying UAS's, but are looking to improve their skill set for applicability in a current job. The target audience will also include entrepreneurs looking to create business uses for UAS's as regulations continue to ease and  drones become more prevalent.

Work and Employment

This program will train students within the CTE areas of Agricultural Education, Business, Marketing, Computer Education, Technology and Engineering Education, and Family and Consumer Science. Students who work within Agriculture, and Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster, could find jobs within the field of precision agriculture. Students will also be prepared for entry-level employment with the Business, Marketing, and Computer Education CTE area for positions in national security and planning, marketing, digital communications, and insurance. Students in the Technology and Engineering area would qualify for positions in transportation,distribution, logistics, law enforcement services, architecture and surveying, and video technology & film. In the Family & Consumer Science area, employment possibilities would include promoting tourism through aerial photography.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising 815/835-6354 Josh West, Director of Business, Career & Technical Programs 815/835-6334

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Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2018-19 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 21 credit hours.

In-DistrictOut-of-DistrictOut-of-State
Tuition $2,667.00 $6,993.00 $7,770.00
Fees $252.00 $252.00 $252.00
Course Fees * $78.00 * $78.00 * $78.00
Total Tuition and Fees $2,997.00 $7,323.00 $8,100.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.