May 07, 2021  
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems, AAS

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This is the parent program for the Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems: Aerial Photography, CPC  and Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems: Geographic Information Science, CPC  

Total Program Credits: 90

Estimated Program Length: Two years

Offered by the Aviation Academy  

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements  

Program Coordinator Walter (Sean) Parrish - Chief Flight Instructor

Dean Lynn Nakamura

Purpose To prepare students for successful careers as commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operators.

Learning Outcomes The student who successfully completes all 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 and fixed wings in normal and emergency flight operations.
  • Ability to properly plan and execute commercial missions unsupervised.
  • Ability to successfully apply and utilize Federal Aviation Administration airspace waivers.
  • Ability to build, program, and repair quad copters and radio controlled fixed wing unmanned aircraft.

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 Co-op, 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   $1,500
Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals   $899
Program Specific Fees   $18,542
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees   $9,855
  Total Estimated Cost $30,706

*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 .
  • At least 6 credits of FT 124  classes must be completed to fulfill the AAS degree requirements.
  • Applicants are encourages to complete Human Relations requirement prior to program entry.
  • Graduates considering transfer to a 4-year College or University should see their Academic Advisor.

General Education

GENERAL EDUCATION courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better, or Pass.

Program Core Courses

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

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