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Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems AASTotal Credit Hours: 64
This program is a curriculum of sequential technical courses encompassing the mechanical and electrical systems and operations found in remotely piloted aircraft systems. It offers students the opportunity to work as pilots, operators and/or mission team members of remotely piloted aircraft systems while fully understanding the operational and safety environments of the National Airspace System.
Goals & Outcomes
- 1) Students will be able to identify and classify different unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their operations under the most recent rules and regulations.
- 2) Students will be able to integrate mechanical systems, electrical systems, and programming techniques to assemble and build fully functional UAVs.
- 3) Students will be able to operate UAVs both manually and by utilizing various autopilot systems.
- 4) Students will be able to use cameras and sensors to collect data for the purpose of navigating the UAV and/or for analysis of different applications.
- 5) Students will be able to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain multirotor and fixed wing UAVs.
- 6) Students will be able to develop, review, and implement different mission plans according to specific applications.
- 7) Students will be able to use CAD software to design and manufacture mechanical parts.
- 8) Students will be able to analyze geographical information and integrate a variety of data collected from sensors mounted on the UAVs to create topographical maps.
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
ET112 Elec of Remot Pilot Air System
This course provides the student with basic knowledge of electrical theory. Topics include electron theory, Ohm’s Law, series and parallel circuits, electrical energy and power relationships, electromagnetism, and DC & AC circuit theory as applied to remotely piloted aircraft vehicles. See when this course is offered ...
CT265 Introduction to GIS
This course introduces the techniques and concepts of GIS. The mapping software package ArcGIS is used to display, analyze, and query spatial data sets. Topics include coordinate systems/datums, symbology, classifications, digital imagery, and global positioning systems. (Fall semester) See when this course is offered ...
MT140 Draft & Design Using AutoCAD
This course provides the foundation and problem-solving skills necessary to develop and interpret engineering drawings using the computer-aided drafting software (AutoCAD). Topics include assembly and detail drawing composition; design for assembly/manufacturing (DFA/DFM); geometric dimensioning and tolerancing; tolerance control and standard fits; fasteners; gearing; sheet metal developments; weldments; functional drafting techniques; and the development of 2-D and 3-D CAD generated drawings and system operations. See when this course is offered ...
UA101 Intro to Rem Pilot Air Sytems
This course presents the history of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and their current and future use in civil industry. Topics include aircraft, ground communications, and launch and recovery systems emphasizing human integration into the overall system. See when this course is offered ...
FB101 Intro to Model and Fabrication
This course introduces basic knowledge design and fabrication techniques used in industry. Techniques include solid modeling, CNC machining, laser engraving, routing and 3D printing. Students design and manufacture parts to be used in subsequent courses. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
CT263 Digital Mapping
CT263 Digital Mapping C-1 P-4 Cr-3 This course covers remote sensing along with metric analysis and interpretation of digital images. Photo interpretations and digital image analysis include satellite and aerial platforms. Topics include concepts and theories of geographic information systems and traditional photogrammetry. Prerequisite: CT151 Surveying 1 or CT265 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. See when this course is offered ...
UA120 RPAS Oprtnl and Indus Oprtns
This course explores the core technologies of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) as applied to commercial applications. It examines the integration of payload and programming with operational best practices and flight planning as they relate to mission application. Prerequisite: UA101 Introduction to Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. See when this course is offered ...
EN101 English 1: Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. Student Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner through informative, argumentative, formal and informal writing at a level suitable for successful college students. 2) Develop a practical and fundamental understanding of the relationship and interaction between the writer and the reader while exploring human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 3) Broaden the student’s intellectual autonomy and their ability to use language for the purposes of reading, writing, learning, communicating, and critical thinking. 4) Gain a practical understanding of primary and secondary sources and how to properly utilize and cite these sources. 5) Discuss the history and methodology of rhetoric and composition. 6) Exhibit clear concise writing skills in both professional and academic writing. 7) Achieve a level of writing fluency satisfactory for success in college courses. 8) Display a clear understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid plagiarism. See when this course is offered ...
UA121 Mechanics of RPAS
This course will provide the student an understanding of the component systems common to most Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems with an emphasis on effective integration and operations. The course focuses on the core technologies and includes examinations of the control systems, autopilots, data links, power plants (motors), servos/actuators, power sources, sensors and communication technologies utilized in remotely piloted aircraft systems. Students will design, build, test, program and fly a remotely piloted aircraft vehicle. Prerequisite: ET112 Electronics of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. See when this course is offered ...
MA110 Elementary Statistics
This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: An appropriate placement test result or MA090 Essential Math Skills or MA 091 Introductory Algebra, or MA096 Mathematical Literacy. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
GL101 Physical Geology
This course explores the composition and formation of minerals and rocks that make up the Earth. Additionally, the primary surface and subsurface properties that continually shape the Earth are discussed. In the laboratory, the common rock-forming minerals as well as igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are examined. Additionally, the concepts of surface and groundwater flow are discussed as well as topographic map interpretation and construction. Field trips may be taken during laboratory periods. See when this course is offered ...
UA215 RPAS Mission Planning and Ops
This explores the core procedures of remotely piloted aircraft systems as applied to commercial applications. Topics include prefight planning and post flight debriefing and assessment. Corequisite: UA217 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Operations I. See when this course is offered ...
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
IS101 Computers and Society
This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication. See when this course is offered ...
UA217 RPAS Operations 1
This course provides a systems approach to piloting multi-rotor Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Payload and sensor operations will be covered along with datalinks and autonomous systems. Students develop operational skillsets to determine which RPAS to utilize and the appropriate role. This course also introduces RPAS Crew Resource Management (CRM) concepts, mission planning, and pertinent RPAS regulations. Corequisite: UA215 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Mission Planning and Operations. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective
UA221 Special Topics in RPAS Ops
In this capstone course students research, develop, and execute a mission plan(s) of their choice. Some students may elect to work on a separate project, based on instructor guidance. Students may work with an industry professional to co-sponsor and secure a mission objective for that industry. A portfolio of specific benchmarks and results will be required. Corequisite: UA218 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Operations 2. See when this course is offered ...
UA218 RPAS Operations 2
This course provides a systems approach to piloting fixed-wing Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Payload and sensor operations will be covered along with datalinks and autonomous systems. Students develop operational skillsets to determine which RPAS to utilize and the appropriate role. This course also introduces RPAS Crew Resource Management (CRM) concepts, mission planning, and pertinent RPAS regulations. Prerequisite: UA217 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Operations. See when this course is offered ...
BM101 Survey Economics
This course introduces economic theory and its relevance to daily life in a market economy. Topics include scarcity, supply and demand, choice, economic growth, taxation, and the role of government in the economy. Attention is given to current economic issues and their impact upon everyday life. See when this course is offered ...
BM150 Principles of Entrepreneurship
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of entrepreneurship and the challenges of starting and operating a small business. Emphasis is placed on creating and successfully leading a business entity by developing a sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include self-assessment, planning, decision-making, legal forms of business, identifying and leveraging business opportunities, capital formation, start-up issues, the need for social responsibility and ethics, and how to develop long-term relationships with customers, suppliers, and employers. A major course requirement is the presentation of a realistic business plan. See when this course is offered ...
GE101 Essen of World Geography
This course introduces the geographical and demographic attributes of the world, such as environment, cultural differences, ethnic make-up, and diversity. Emphasis is placed on developing a more global outlook on the emerging world community. See when this course is offered ...
PEXXX Physical Education Elective