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Unmanned Aerial Systems

small unmanned aerial systems

About the sUAS Degree Program

   From expedited package delivery to agriculture and environmental research, the commercial potential for small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) — more commonly known as drones — has only just begun to come into focus. According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the industry is expected to generate an additional 100,000 jobs and $82.1 billion in economic impact in the next decade. Mohawk Valley Community College’s new sUAS degree program is designed to equip students with the education and training to work and think critically in this lucrative and rapidly developing field.

   The sUAS program's interdisciplinary curriculum teaches students to design and build sUAS, as well as mission planning and operations, flight skills, and programming. Ethics, as well as Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations, will be emphasized. Coursework will explore modeling and fabrication using MVCC’s FABLab, drafting and design using AutoCAD, electronics, mechanics, and software programming. Students will hone their operation and flight skills on professional equipment in MVCC’s state-of-the-art flight simulator lab. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work as sUAS pilots, operators, and mission team members in a variety of industries, including field mapping, disaster and emergency management, law enforcement, engineering, commercial contracting, film, and more.

   There are many different applications for sUAS, including:

  • Disaster assessment
  • Law enforcement/search and rescue
  • Geographic information systems training
  • Photography and videography
  • Military use
  • Agriculture and livestock
  • Forestry and environmental research
  • Weather reporting
  • Traffic reporting
  • Real estate
  • Package delivery
  • Drone racing
  • Civil aviation

   MVCC is a member of the NUAIR Alliance. The NUAIR Alliance is a New York-based not-for-profit coalition of more than 70 private and public entities and academic institutions working together to operate and oversee UAS test ranges in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan. Headquartered at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., NUAIR manages one of just six UAS test sites in the United States leading the research and deployment technologies that establish the case for safe UAS operations in the nation’s commercial airspace.