Drone Technology Certificate (09170.CM)

School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

The Drone Technology and Drone Media Certificates of Achievement will give students applicable skills to acquire jobs in the growing field of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Drone Technology students acquire skills to build, control, program and use drones safely, legally, and effectively to assist our society in solving problems. The student will attain the aeronautical knowledge needed to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Exam and receive a Remote Pilot License. Emphasis is placed on utilizing and learning Computational Science.

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon successful completion of the required courses below. For successful completion, students must complete the requirements with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course required for the certificate.

There are many career opportunities that these certificates could be applicable for, including, but not limited to: Business photography and marketing, including realty, golf course, and large buildings; Construction site photography and management; Photography and Cinematography; Agriculture photography and management; Agriculture crop data acquisition and analysis to assist in crop management; Traffic analysis and assistance in redirecting traffic; Law Enforcement; Inspection of tall structures such as used in roof or windmill repair.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Acquire knowledge to pass the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aeronautical Knowledge Exam and acquire a Remote Pilot Certificate.

B. Develop computational science, basic electronics, and drone technology skills to solve real world problems.

C. Produce photographs, video, and sensor data with the use of drone technology in making better decisions in the utilization of resources to sell a product.

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Program Core: (12 Units)


DRON-10 Drone Technology I


DRON-11 Drone Technology II


First Level Programming: Choose 3 units

CPSC-06 Programming Concepts and Methodology (3)
CPSC-14 C++ Programming (3)
ENGR-14 C++ Programming (3)


Choose 3 units from the following:

AGRI-10 Agriculture, Environment, and Society (3)
CPSC-05A Application Development and Programming (3)
CADM-11 Fundamentals of Compute-Aided Drafting (3)
ENGR-15 Elementary Mechanics (Statics) (3)
PHYS-04A Physics I (3)


Total: (12 Units)

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Contact Information


Marie Bruley


(209) 384-6293

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(209) 381-6478

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