Drone Technology Certificate

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/Drone Technology Certificate

Drones, also known as Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), First Person Video (FPV) aircraft are gaining in popularity! The regulations are constantly changing, opening up opportunities for potential uses and occupations. Some of the industries that are benefitting from the use drones are agriculture, meteorology, aerial photography, search and rescue, construction and even sports. The FAA has predicted that annual sales of these units will be about 7 million by 2020 and it is estimated that over 2500 jobs will be created in the State of Maryland by 2025. The Drone Technology Certificate from Harford Community College will help you learn about these versatile vehicles, understand the constantly changing regulations, and how to control, maintain, and repair them for successful use and employment!

What Will You Learn?

Required Courses and Descriptions:

Introduction to Drone Technology

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including their history and developing role in the modern aviation industry. Topics include basic information regarding structural elements, avionics, flight control and guidance systems, navigation, remote sensing and human factors. It also covers UAS integration into commercial applications as well as some basic regulations and sanctions. Emphasis is on future employment in the field with a focus on commercial airspace.

Drone Regulations

You bought a drone. And you're probably chomping at the bit to get the battery charged and take it out for the first test flight. But before you do, you need to be aware of the rules and regulations that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has put in place for flying drones in the U.S. And you should also be aware of your rights and the rights of those around you. This class will teach you about the basic rules and regulations guiding the use of flying drones.

Drone Pilot Training

The overall objective of this course is to provide the participants with a thorough understanding of what procedures and documentation are required to fly a recreational drone and to teach basic flight maneuvers using a drone.  

Some topics include:

  • Take-off and landing
  • Straight-and-level flight, turns, climbs, and descents
  • Hovering
  • Flying in the daylight
  • Flying under 400 feet
  • Establishing a direct line-of-sight
  • Not flying in national parks
  • Not flying directly over people

Drone Maintenance and Repair

You have your drone/UAV up and running, but with normal use or even unforeseen events, it can malfunction or become damaged. With the right care and proper maintenance and repair, your drone will be able to soar through the skies for a long time to come.

In this class you will learn how to keep your drone protected and well-tuned, perform regular maintenance, or, when accidents happen, learn how to repair damage to certain parts.


For job outlook information about the future of Drones, checkout this great report:

 The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States

***Details of the impact in Maryland are on pages 4 and 27.***

For more information, please contact:
JeanMarie Krygowski, jkrygowski@harford.edu

Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We are now also a partner with the Maryland WorkSmart program, utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

Any Course. Any Time. Any Location.


Contact Information

For more information, please call 443-412-2440 or email training@harford.edu

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