Enroll in the Associate of Applied Science in Applied UAS Technologies

An associate degree in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) is led by real technicians to deliver students technical skills required to safely operate and manage UAS technologies for data collection and analysis.

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This industry-driven associate degree in Applied UAS Technologies helps students obtain skills needed to seek promising career opportunities as GIS analysts, drone technicians, photogrammetrists, and much more.

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Predicted for GIS and Mapping Technicians in the UAS professions by 2030!


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On Average for GIS and Mapping Technicians and many other similar occupations.


Average Salary

For GIS technicians, photogrammetrists, and more jobs related to UAS technology.

    • As per BLS, there will be 56,900 new job openings in GIS technicians, Mapping technicians and other similar job roles between 2020-30.
    • As per BLS, the median salary varies between $46K to $68K for professions like GIS technicians, photogrammetrists, and more.
    • BLS also predicts the average hourly pay between $22$32 for cartographers, mapping technicians, GIS technicians, and similar occupations.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Applied UAS Technologies?

With our two-year Associate of Applied Science in UAS Technologies, students train through practical UAS operations and small pilot flight planning methods. The degree allows students to:

    • Operate UAS equipment and plan small flight tests.
    • Prepare for FAA part 107 license.
    • Develop skills to prepare for professions such as GIS analyst, drone operator, surveying and mapping technician, and much more.
    • Begin or advance in a promising and well-paying technical career.

Become Career Ready with the Associate of Applied Science in UAS Technologies

Want to learn about the intricacies of UAS technologies to begin a rewarding career? An Associate of Applied Science degree in Unmanned Aerial Systems teaches UAS operations and UAS and small pilot flight planning which is required in making a career as a drone technician or GIS technician.

Throughout the program, students learn to operate UAS equipment, prepare small flight plans, collect and manipulate data, publish maps using data, and interpret FAA part 107 legislation. Data processing using GIS software is a focus of the program.

Earn our degree from our School of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies!


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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

With our Unmanned Aerial Systems Program, students get comprehensive academic knowledge and technical skills needed to operate UAS equipment and process data using GIS software.

An associate degree in Unmanned Aerial Systems helps students learn the core concepts such as introduction to drone applications, drone imaging, environmental GIS, and much more. The curriculum allows students to:

    • Learn how to operate drones and publish professional maps.
    • Interpret FAA part 107 legislation to prepare for remote pilot certification.
    • Collect, analyze, and publish aerial data.
    • Learn how to use GIS software in data processing applications.

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Admission requirements to the associate degree in Applied UAS Technologies include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
To select an Unmanned Aerial Systems program, students must consider the time to complete, cost of tuition, and quality of the instruction provided. Students who need additional insight into career options should consider looking for a program that provides free career inventory assessment before exploring course options that align with their personal and professional interests.
This Applied UAS Technologies associate degree is a good option for students who want to build a strong foundation for early workforce entry or career advancement. After pursuing an Applied UAS Technologies associate degree program, students may seek employment as a drone technician or GIS technician in the local economy. The program incorporates real-world skills and content-specific knowledge needed to successfully land a career.
Our Applied UAS Technologies program does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
With our Applied UAS Technologies associate degree, students learn all the fundamentals of operating complex UAS functionality. Students develop an eye for detail and analytical skills to interpret FAA part 107 legislation to prepare for remote pilot certification.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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