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Drone Technology

The regulations and careers for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUASs), and Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are constantly changing, opening up opportunities for unique uses and occupations.

Students in the Drone Technology program at Harford Community College will learn about these versatile vehicles, understand the constantly changing regulations, and how to fly both small and large professional-use drones.

Program Overview

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Drone Technology Certificate

This program will prepare you to sit for the FAA's Part 107 Certificate examination.


In-classroom with hands-on training

The class will consist of both lectures, micro-drone flying practice, and hands-on time with the professional-grade DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter.


Must be at least 16 years of age.


  • Introduction to Drone Technology
  • Drone Regulations and Preliminary Flight Training
  • PT 107 Preparation and Drone Pilot Training

The course curriculum includes sUAS Operating Rules; Airspace Classification; Aviation Weather; and Sectional Chart Reading for passing the FAA test, as well as basic maneuvers with both small and large quadcopters and prepares you to pass the test to obtain FAA's Part 107 Certificate. The Part 107 certificate is mandatory if you desire to fly professionally. Several hours of simulator training and hands on flight training using professional drones is also included. 

What Can I Do When I Complete This Program?

After completing this program, you will be prepared to sit for the FAA Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot's License examination which is mandatory if you desire to fly professionally. Industries employing drone pilots is diverse and you may end up employed in one of the following areas:

  • Search and Rescue
  • Photography/Videography
  • Construction
  • Surveillance/Military
  • Weather
  • Public Events
  • Entertainment
  • Insurance/Appraisal
  • Agriculture

For more information see The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the United States.