Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)


The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program teaches the fundamentals of UAS safety and regulation. Earn a certificate and pursue work as an Aerospace Engineer, Operations Technologist, and more.

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Program Information

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, have become an important tool across a range of industries. This program introduces the fundamentals of UAS safety and regulation and emphasizes the use of UAS for high-precision measurement and mapping and other applications including construction management, surveying, marketing and others. Students will log flight hours using both fixed wing and multi-rotor airframes.

UAS is a growth area with applications in a variety of fields. New Mexico employers currently utilizing this technology represent construction and design, mapping, public safety, government, and film industries.


  • Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
  • Effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
  • Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Crew resource management
  • Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
  • Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures

Related Information

Commercial UAS (Drone) Pilots are required to pass the FAA Part 107 exam.