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Central Arizona Valley
Institute of Technology
Drone flying through air, Young drone pilot flying drone

Our Drone Technology Program

Program Highlights

  • Build, program, and fly high-tech drones to perform data-gathering missions.
  • Work with clients and industry leaders on mission planning, flight operations, and analysis.
  • Apply emerging technologies in agriculture, public safety, marketing, engineering, and surveying.

Career Focus

  • Prepared for national certification, immediate employment, and further education.

Program Length

The drone technology program is two years in length. Students have the opportunity to obtain remote pilot industry certification, as well as, OSHA 10-hour general industry and CPR instruction.

Students successfully completing the program have the opportunity to earn free dual enrollment college credit providing all requirements are met.

Listing of Instructional Topics

  • Aerospace History
  • Airframe Systems
  • Airport Operations
  • Aviation Regulations
  • Decision Making Process
  • Flight Planning
  • Fundamentals of Flight
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Meteorology
  • Navigational Systems
  • Power and Electricity
  • Safety in Aviation

Remote Pilot Entry Level Salary Range*

  • Hourly: $15.96–$23.28
  • Annual: $33,190–$48,420

*Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages

Related Career Pathways

  • Airline Pilot*
  • Astronaut*
  • Building Inspector*
  • Crop Duster Pilot*
  • Drone Videographer
  • Flight Operations Lead*
  • Life Flight Pilot*
  • Military Personnel
  • Meteorologist*
  • Real Estate Photographer
  • Survey and Map Technician

*with additional education in this field.