May 26, 2022  
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems: Geographic Information Science, CPC

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This program is fully contained in the Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems, AAS  degree

Total Program Credits: 25

Estimated Program Length: Four terms

Offered by the Aviation Academy  

Career Pathway Certificate of Completion Requirements  

Program Coordinator Walter (Sean) Parrish - Chief Flight Instructor

Dean Lynn Nakamura

Purpose To prepare students for successful careers in Geographic Information Science in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

Learning Outcomes The student who successfully completes all Geographic Information Science UAS requirements will have:

  • Graduated with an extensive knowledge of the National Airspace System and the integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems within it.
  • Knowledge and experience with hobby grade and advanced commercial sensors and equipment.
  • Ability to work within a crew/team environment.
  • Knowledge to safely pilot multi-copters in normal and emergency flight operations.
  • Ability to properly plan and execute commercial missions unsupervised.

Licensing & Certification Commercial FAA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Part 107 license, Pix4D certification.

Admission Information For information, go to

Contact: Walter (Sean) Parrish, Chief Flight Instructor: (541) 463-4323,

Advising Contact Claudia Riumallo and Rudy Tyburczy at Advisor drop-in hours are updated weekly at:

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Co-op offers students college credit and a grade for on-the-job experience related to their educational and career goals. Through Coop, students connect theory and practice, develop skills, expand career knowledge, and make contacts for the future. Work schedules and work sites vary. Contact Chuck Fike, Flight Technology Co-op Coordinator, Bldg. 19, Rm. 231, 541.463.5078,

Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022

Career Pathways Roadmap

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, projected more than 100,000 new jobs in unmanned aircraft by 2025, in the United States.

Small (inside continental United States) photography business: $20,000-$80,000 average salary. +$100,000 if they own their own company. Mid-level platform performing beyond visual line of site outside the continental United States operations and complex missions. $60,000-100,000 average salary. Fly large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle: +$100,000 salary if deployed.

Estimated Program Cost

Books   $600
Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals   $150
Program Specific Fees   $2,800
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees   $2,950
  Total Estimated Cost $6,500

*Course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.

Program Notes

  • Prerequisites are required for some courses. See Courses .

Program Core Courses

FT courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better. P/NP is not accepted. GIS courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.

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