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Academic Programs

UAS/Drone Pilot - Certificate (H30)

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.

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Academic Advising 815-835-6354
  • Josh West, Director of Business, Career & Technical Programs 815-835-6334

Total Hours Required - 21 Hours

Major Field Requirements - 18 Hours

  • ART103 - Digital Photography ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An overview of the basic concepts of camera control, lighting and composition for digital photography will be presented as well as shooting techniques for both still and video photography. File management, compression, image manipulation, and printing, of digital images will be included. Prerequisites: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

  • CIS109 - Introduction to Computers ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course consists of the study of computer hardware, software, operating systems and communications, networking, Internet, systems and program development life cycles and their role in business decision making. The use of Internet, multimedia, security, and ethics will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of Microsoft Windows and business computer software applications programs in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, and Internet. Prerequisite: None. Students having no experience with computers are encouraged to first take OAS 103-Keyboarding. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • UAS101 - Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Sys ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) and preparation for the FAA's Part 107 (Remote Pilot) exam. This course does not require previous experience with remote-controlled aircraft. Safety, control, and basic maneuvers are key elements. Quadcopters are the focus with particular attention to their use in agricultural business. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec. 2 lab/week

  • UAS110 - Adv Unmanned Aircraft Systems ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course introduces students to fixed-wing and helicopter (single rotor) UAS. Discussion and labs will include technologies for crop monitoring, aerial photography, surveying, and inspections. Safety, control, and basic maneuvers are important elements of this course. This class requires previous experience flying remote controlled-aircraft. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec. 2 lab/week

  • UAS120 - UAS Design & Repair ( 3 Semester Hours)

    Airframe, avionics, motors of unmanned aircraft systems, will be introduced with attention to system integration, providing students with the skills to build and repair UAS. Students will design and build or significantly modify an UAS. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec. 2 lab/week

  • UAS130 - UAS Operations ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to fleet operations for UAS. Types and categories of UAS will be discussed. Mission planning, crew briefing, FAA requirements, payloads, and ground reporting procedures are the focus of this course . 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Electives - 3 Hours

  • Electives: (BUS 260 recommended)

Suggested Program

First Semester - 12 Hours

  • ART103 - Digital Photography ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An overview of the basic concepts of camera control, lighting and composition for digital photography will be presented as well as shooting techniques for both still and video photography. File management, compression, image manipulation, and printing, of digital images will be included. Prerequisites: None 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 6 lab/week

  • CIS109 - Introduction to Computers ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course consists of the study of computer hardware, software, operating systems and communications, networking, Internet, systems and program development life cycles and their role in business decision making. The use of Internet, multimedia, security, and ethics will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of Microsoft Windows and business computer software applications programs in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, and Internet. Prerequisite: None. Students having no experience with computers are encouraged to first take OAS 103-Keyboarding. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 902 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • UAS101 - Intro to Unmanned Aircraft Sys ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) and preparation for the FAA's Part 107 (Remote Pilot) exam. This course does not require previous experience with remote-controlled aircraft. Safety, control, and basic maneuvers are key elements. Quadcopters are the focus with particular attention to their use in agricultural business. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec. 2 lab/week

  • UAS110 - Adv Unmanned Aircraft Systems ( 3 Semester Hours)

    This course introduces students to fixed-wing and helicopter (single rotor) UAS. Discussion and labs will include technologies for crop monitoring, aerial photography, surveying, and inspections. Safety, control, and basic maneuvers are important elements of this course. This class requires previous experience flying remote controlled-aircraft. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec. 2 lab/week

Second Semester - 9 Hours

  • Elective (BUS 260 recommended) 3 Semester hour(s)
  • UAS120 - UAS Design & Repair ( 3 Semester Hours)

    Airframe, avionics, motors of unmanned aircraft systems, will be introduced with attention to system integration, providing students with the skills to build and repair UAS. Students will design and build or significantly modify an UAS. 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec. 2 lab/week

  • UAS130 - UAS Operations ( 3 Semester Hours)

    An introduction to fleet operations for UAS. Types and categories of UAS will be discussed. Mission planning, crew briefing, FAA requirements, payloads, and ground reporting procedures are the focus of this course . 3 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week