Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems

Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems

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To help you prepare for a successful career as commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operators.

Learning Outcomes

The student who successfully completes all UAS requirements will have:

  • Graduated with an extensive knowledge of the National Airspace System and the integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems within it.
  • Knowledge and experience with hobby grade and advanced commercial sensors and equipment..
  • Ability to work within a crew/team environment.
  • Knowledge to safely pilot multi-copters and fixed wings in normal and emergency flight operations.
  • Ability to properly plan & execute commercial missions unsupervised.
  • Ability to successfully apply and utilize Federal Aviation Administration airspace waivers.
  • Ability to build, program, and repair quad copters and radio controlled fixed wing unmanned aircraft.

Licensing & Certification

Commercial FAA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Part 107 license, Pix4D certification.

Job Openings Projected through 2022

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, projected more than 100,000 new jobs in unmanned aircraft by 2025, in the United States.

Small (inside continental United States) photography business: $20,000-$80,000 average salary. +$100,000 if they own their own company.

Mid-level platform performing beyond visual line of site outside the continental United States, operations and complex missions. $60,000-100,000 average salary.

Fly large-scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle: +$100,000 salary if deployed.


Estimate based on 2019-20 costs and are subject to change.

Books $1,500
Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals $899
Program Specific Fees $18,542
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees $9,855
Total Estimated Cost $30,706

Costs are based on resident tuition. Consult Lane's website for current tuition and fees. International students should seek advice with the international office at Lane Community College for program costs.

Course Requirements

Prerequisites are required for some courses. See course descriptions.

  • All GS and FT courses (except FT 102) must be completed with a letter grade, not P/NP, and must be passed with a grade of 'C-' or better to satisfy program requirements.
  • MTH 121, WR121, and GIS 151 must be completed with a grade of 'C-' or better.
  • Choices for Arts and Letters and Human Relations requirements are listed on the Associate of Applied Science degree page. Students may complete the 3 credits of Arts and Letters and 3 credits of Human Relations prior to program entry.
  • Graduates may also transfer to a four-year university preparing for a professional degree.
  • At least 6 credits of FT124 classes must be completed to fulfill the AAS degree requirements.
  • Students must complete the 90 required core credits to be awarded the AAs in Unmanned Aerial Systems.


An applicant may complete the following courses prior to program entry: * Arts and Letters requirement: 3 credits * Human Relations requirement: 3 credits

Applying to the Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems program

Contact: Walter (Sean) Parrish, Chief Flight Instructor: Phone: 541-463-4323, Email:

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