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Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, often referred to as drones, are an increasingly important part of daily life. With your degree in Unmanned Aerial Systems from Lane, you can use your skills to make the world a better place while having fun flying for Search and Rescue, firefighting, inspections, environmental and wildlife protection, film-making, mapping, and more!

Is the Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems program for you?

Looking for a fun, innovative career? With a degree in Unmanned Aerial Systems, you’ll have access to high-paying and rapidly growing jobs and a career working with some of the most advanced technology in the world. If this sounds exciting, enroll now! Our Admissions office staff will guide you through the steps to enroll to get you started right. You can also contact Admissions with any questions you have about the college, to schedule a tour of the campus, or just to say hello.

What will you learn in the Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems program?

Through our classes both in-person and online, you’ll learn to:

  • Design, manufacture, assemble, calibrate, test, and fly custom unmanned aircraft. This exciting opportunity is hands-on and focuses on practical skill-building
  • Learn cutting-edge 3D design and printing systems, and make your own aircraft parts
  • Understand the principles of autopilots, electronics, radio systems, flight testing, aerodynamics, and advanced sensors such as infrared and hyperspectral camera payloads
  • Fly exciting and technical missions with unmanned aircraft
  • Become a professional pilot and gain experience flying missions such as mapping historic bridges and rivers, Search and Rescue, inspecting lumber mills, videography of events and parks, 3D modeling buildings, and artistic aerial photography
  • Obtain your FAA Remote Pilot License and become an unmanned aircraft expert

What can you do next?

With the real-world experience and degree you obtain in our program, you’ll be prepared for a career as an UAS pilot, either working for a company or for yourself. You’ll be prepared for jobs such as a UAS inspection pilot, UAS cinema pilot, Mapping and Geospatial Information pilot, or Unmanned Systems specialist in the mining, forestry, environmental sciences, or fishing industries, and many others. You’ll have the knowledge, licenses and (optional) certificates to either work for a wide range of cutting-edge companies, or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree in a field like Geographic Information Systems, Aviation, or UAS systems.

While earning your UAS degree, you also have the option of completing a 12 credit series of electives that lead to you earning your private pilot’s license. This license is a first step into the world of general aviation, and can serve as a stepping stone to more advanced flight ratings and to a career as a pilot.

Personal attention from engaging faculty

Lane offers students the best of both worlds: a wide variety of courses to choose from and small class sizes. At Lane, you’ll never take a class with more than 40 students, and your class will always be taught by an instructor, not a grad student. Our attentive faculty have real world experience, and they bring those experiences to the classroom! Because of our small class sizes, you’ll have the opportunity to get quality personalized instruction tailored to your needs.

Get to know the Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems faculty and advisors

The faculty and advisors for the program can help you meet your career goals. They can answer any program specific questions you might have, and help you find opportunities outside of the classroom. Advisors will help you schedule your classes and plan for the future. You’ll work with them to create a term by term planner that meets your needs and goals to ensure you complete your degree. And if you’re planning on transferring to a four-year school they can help you take the classes you need to count towards your bachelor's degree. 

Stackable Credentials

While pursuing your degree, you’ll earn your Geographic Information Science (GIS) Career Pathways Certificate. Drones and GIS systems are an increasingly important partnership because they allow things like rapid remote data collection for GIS analysis.This certificate will help demonstrate your skills at integrating GIS and unmanned aerial systems. 

While earning your UAS AAS degree, you’ll also choose to earn either your Aerial Photography Career Pathways Certificate, or to earn your private pilot’s license. The aerial photography CPC provides you with the photographic and artistic background necessary to take stunning aerial photography, while earning your private pilot’s license will ensure you’re ready to take flight. 

Not ready to complete the entire degree? You can earn any of these credentials independently. Reach out to the Admissions office or program faculty Solomon Singer to learn more.

Regardless of which credentials you choose to earn, you’ll finish with your FAA Remote Pilot Small Unmanned Aircraft System License.

State of the art facilities

You’ll have access to 3D printing equipment, an electronics design lab, computer labs with specialized software, flight fields, manufacturing equipment including CNC services, and engineering rooms. You’ll prototype new unmanned aircraft designs right on campus!

Attending classes at Lane

As a UAS student, most of your classes will be held at Lane’s main campus, tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, First Year Experience and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court in downtown Eugene, next to our Mary Spilde Center. Ready to learn more?

If you decide to get your private pilot’s license as a part of your degree, you’ll also take courses at our Airport Campus. Located just steps from Mahlon Sweet Field, our airport campus includes buildings for flight, a 20,000 square foot aviation maintenance hangar, and a dedicated aircraft painting facility. With snow capped peaks and the ocean nearby, Lane’s aviation program is a stunning location to fly. The Eugene Airport is the ideal size for pilot training: not too big but equipped with approach, tower, ground controllers, and airline service to ensure that you’re getting the training you need to successfully launch your career.

Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.