Drone Technology

Employment Stats

  • Program Length One semester (15 weeks/450 hours)
  • Job Placement New program - no placement data available
  • Certification Pass Rate New program - no certification pass rate available

About Program

An introductory, one-semester course in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aka “drones”, and the technologies involved in their operation. Coverage includes UAV components, command and control communication systems, basics of flight, registration and regulations, safety and societal considerations. Laboratory activities provide opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in working with UAVs.  FAA CFR14, Part 107C will be a focus so that students will be able to use their gained skills for commercial endeavors

Job Expectations

Self-employment seems to be the career path of choice for most drone pilots, with 62% of drone services providers working for themselves according to a 2018 study from Skylogic Research. However, this may have more to do with job availability than job preference.

Expected Earnings

Reflecting on the novelty of this career path, The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides no data, signaling that they have yet to begin tracking the industry.

As an independent contractor, pricing appears to be pretty uniform for video and imagery packages across a cross-section of real estate aerial imagery business. Most companies offer packages ranging from $300-$800. DroneBase missions range from $200-$275 on-site.


  • Personal Drone (optional)
  • Basic repair tools

TCAT Special Fees

Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)


week 1

Introduction, safety & rules, basics of flying

week 2

Software/firmware, hardware basics

week 3

Hardware and controllers, UAV communications; Test-1

week 4

First Person View, FPV (or POV) and camera systems

week 5

Control Modules (FC & ESC) Test-2

week 6

Sensors and other modules on board

week 7

Sensors and optional modules

week 8

Batteries (LiPo), Motors (Brush/Brushless)

week 9

UAV antennae, locations, types; Test-3

week 10

Software apps in depth; calibrations needed

week 11

Software apps continued; Test-4

week 12

Trouble shooting, repairing

week 13

FAA practice test elements

week 14

Week of reviews; student questions; Final Test

Career Opportunities

Drone Operator