Transportation Technologies, Certificate of Achievement

Unmanned Aerial Systems Technician

The Certificate or Achievement, Unmanned Aerial Systems Technician program will enable the student to gain knowledge of how unmanned aircraft systems operate and prepare for a future in the aerospace industry.


Students completing the certificate will be able to:

  • Analyze the past, present, and future of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in civil aviation and explain how UAS can support a wide variety of civil applications.
  • Explain theories of operations for unmanned aerial systems components.
  • Use mathematical computations to develop and construct an unmanned aerial system.

Gainful Employment

While all of the educational programs at Truckee Meadows Community College are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide information on specific certificate programs. Specific information on the cost of this program is available here.  We hope this information is helpful to you as you make your career and educational choices.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Introduction to Group Communication
Technical Communications I
Human Relations3
Workplace Readiness
This requirement is satisfied by embedded curriculum in the following courses:
Unmanned Aerial System Construction Project
Electrical/Electronic Circuits 1
Basic Electricity
Certificate Requirements
AV 101Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems3
AV 102Unmanned Aerial System Construction Project3
CIT 114IT Essentials4
ELM 110Electrical/Electronic Circuits4
or ENRG 110 Basic Electricity
ELM 127Introduction to AC Controls3
MT 100Fabricating Composites3
MT 109Small Engine Operation and Maintenance3
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Elective 1[1]
Total Units30

A student who elects to take ENRG 110, must choose any 1 unit elective to satisfy the total unit requirement. 

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Communications 2 3
AV 101 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems 3
ELM 110 Electrical/Electronic Circuits 4
MT 100 Fabricating Composites 3
MT 109 Small Engine Operation and Maintenance 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
AV 102 Unmanned Aerial System Construction Project 3
CIT 114 IT Essentials 4
ELM 127 Introduction to AC Controls 3
Human Relations 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total14
 Total Units30

 See program recommendations or requirements.


 A student may also elect to take ENRG 110 to satisfy this course however, ENRG 110 is 3 units. If a student takes this course, 1 additional unit will be required.