Course: UAS 220 /221 (lab) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Design, Assembly, and Maintenance with Lab
- The course requires registration for both the course section and the lab and registration fees include all materials for a fixed wing and rotary winged aircraft. Total cost for Maine residents is: $1532.
- Course Runs Monday, March 23rd 4-8pm: Location: UC Center Bath/Brunswick – 3 credit course, 1 credit lab.
- Students must have FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certificate prior to start of the course.
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). This is requiring businesses to have trained pilots to operate them to take advantage of their capabilities. The University of Maine at Augusta will play an active role in supporting businesses in providing trained operators that can help develop business programs.
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 have been demonstrated to be due to direct, indirect and induced effects of total spending in UAS development. As a result of these economic impacts, UAS integration 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 starting in January 2018. The UAS operations focused curriculum provides the student with the skills and knowledge to be successful as a UAS pilot and operator. The Advanced Certificate in UAS can be completed as a part of the Bachelors of Science degree in Aviation, other UMA degree programs, or as an independent 30-hour certificate. UMA is in discussions to potentially house the program at the Brunswick Landing at BXM.
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
The University of Maine at Augusta 30-hour Advanced Certificate in Unmanned Systems can be taken as a part of an undergraduate degree at UMA or as a standalone certificate.
4cr – UAS 210/UAS 211 – Initial FAA Certification (concurrent with AVI 100) with lab
4cr – UAS 220/UAS 221 – UAS Design Build (both fixed wing and quad-copter) with lab
4cr – UAS 310/UAS311 – UAS Operations (autopilot operations) with lab
4cr – UAS 320/UAS321 – Large Aircraft Operations (how to operate and fly large fixed-wing aircraft) with lab
3cr – UAS 109 – Digital Photography and Photography Workflow (This course is identical to ART 109 at UMA)
4cr – UAS 410/UAS 411 – Photogrammetry I (Capture, process, analyze sUAS photographic data for mapping, agriculture, surveying, and inspections) with lab
4cr – UAS 420/UAS 421 – Photogrammetry II (Advance capture, process, analyze sUAS photographic data for mapping, agriculture, surveying, and inspections) with lab
3cr – UAS 4xx – sUAS Internship