Transportation Technologies, AAS

Unmanned Aircraft Flight Operations

The Associate of Applied Science, Unmanned Aircraft Flight Operations program will enable the student to gain knowledge of how unmanned aircraft systems can support public service and industrial institutions in a real-world environment through the use of simulators and flight operations in Northern Nevada airspace.


Students completing this degree will:

  • Perform Flight planning using local airspace requirements and system specific data. 
  • Complete a series of unmanned air vehicle scenarios utilizing flight simulators.
  • Participate in scenario based flight exercises utilizing operational unmanned aerial vehicles. 

AAS degrees are generally non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units 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
This requirement is satisfied by embedding curriculum in the following courses:
Electrical/Electronic Circuits
Basic Electricity
Unmanned Aerial System Construction Project
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Peoples and Cultures of the World
Human Relations3
Workplace Readiness
Science 3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Peoples and Cultures of the World
U.S. & Nevada Constitutions3
Introduction to American Politics
Degree Requirements
AV 101Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems3
AV 110Basic Ground School for Pilots3
AV 102Unmanned Aerial System Construction Project3
AV 213Unmanned Aircraft Simulation3
AV 216UAS Flight Operations3
AV 217UAV Sensor Data Processing3
CIT 114IT Essentials4
ELM 110Electrical/Electronic Circuits 14
or ENRG 110 Basic Electricity
ELM 127Introduction to AC Controls3
MT 100Fabricating Composites3
MT 109Small Engine Operation and Maintenance3
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Elective Requirements6-7
Select 6-7 units from the following courses. 1
Special Topics in Aviation
Beginning C# Programming
Introduction to Linux
CNC Practice
Computer-Aided Manufacturing I
Computer-Aided Manufacturing II
Introductory Physics
Total Units60

A student who elects to take ENRG 110, will be required to take 7 units of electives to satisfy the total unit requirement. 1 unit can be outside the program.  

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AV 101 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems 3
English 2 3
MT 100 Fabricating Composites 3
MT 109 Small Engine Operation and Maintenance 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
ELM 110 Electrical/Electronic Circuits 4
 Semester Total17
2nd semester
AV 102 Unmanned Aerial System Construction Project 3
CE 201 Workplace Readiness 3
ELM 127 Introduction to AC Controls 3
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science 3 3
U.S. & Nevada Constitutions 3 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
AV 110 Basic Ground School for Pilots 3-6
AV 213 Unmanned Aircraft Simulation 3
Communications 3 3
Elective 3 3
Science 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
AV 216 UAS Flight Operations 3
AV 217 UAV Sensor Data Processing 3
CIT 114 IT Essentials 4
Electives 3 3
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree. 


See program recommendations and requirements.