This certificate provides students with the fundamental skills, knowledge and abilities to successfully implement a UAS project. Topics include safety, regulations, flight skills and practice, and use of UAS-based data to generate products such as topographic models or imagery. This certificate is appropriate for professionals currently working in construction management, surveying, mapping, marketing, and other fields utilizing UAS technology.
Although the program is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, there are some possible outside funding options (i.e. VA, DVR, institutional funding, etc.). For more information go to http://www.cnm.edu/depts/financial-aid.
Students completing this certificate can complete the UAS Certificate of Completion with one additional term.
UAS is a growth area with applications in a variety of fields. New Mexico employers currently utilizing this technology represent construction and design, mapping, public safety, government and film industries. According to the FAA, sales of UAS for commercial purposes are expected to grow from 600,000 in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020 (https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=85227). UAS also provides excellent entrepreneurial opportunities.