Drone Technology



A Drone, also known as an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) or an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), is an unmanned aircraft that is own remotely. A drone can range from small personal aircrafts that can be lifted by one person and cost a few hundred dollars, to military surveillance and attack aircrafts that cost over $21 million dollars.

Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows for commercial use of drones. However,
the FAA has released regulations which are expected to allow for much broader commercial use and will require pilots using unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes to obtain certi cation of training or competence. Anticipating the commercial demand for drone training, this program at the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler will provide skills on piloting, engineering, and repairing drones.

The commercial and military impact UAV’s will have in the coming years is very signi cant, expected to create more than 100,000 new jobs by 2025, with an economic impact of $82 billion.

Career Opportunities:

Military Drone Pilot, Disaster Relief, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Border Patrol, Oil and Gas Operations, Seismic Study, Agriculture, Forestry, Engineering, Computer Science, Commercial Contractors and Film. Companies that hire Drone Engineers and Pilots include aerospace and defense companies Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin and aircraft manufacturer Boeing.