Professional Pilot - Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Associate of Applied Science

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are revolutionizing the aviation industry.  Pilots who are trained to operate these aircraft are in high demand.  Graduates of the professional UAS Pilot degree program will have completed all academic training required for the Remote Pilot certificate and may work as commercial drone operators.  Pilots with this training may find employment with a growing number of UAS business and public service applications including surveying and mapping, on-demand media, search and rescue, law enforcement, aerial delivery, or with numerous government agencies or military services.  Non-flying positions are also available with the Federal Aviation Administration or other federal, state and local aviation agencies.

Students considering applying for this program should read the information available on the CCBC website at www.ccbcmd.edu/aviation.

Some aviation classes have lab fees. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Program objectives

Educational Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, CCBC Professional Pilot, UAS A.A.S. graduates will:

  1. achieve FAA Remote Pilot certification;
  2. find employment as a commercial remote (drone) pilot conducting mapping, agricultural, engineering, law enforcement, search and rescue, operations, on-demand media, or with a government agency or military service; and
  3. find employment with non-flying positions available with the Federal Aviation Administration or other federal, state, or local aviation agencies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

demonstrate leadership, teamwork, managerial, and organizational skills within the aviation industry;

analyze and assess airline and airport operations, government regulations, and safety and environmental concerns to plan and implement appropriate strategic and tactical business methodologies;

demonstrate flight proficiency, safety, and procedural skills to obtain FAA licensure required to secure a position as a commercial pilot or flight instructor; and

communicate clearly and decisively using standard aviation pilot-controller phraseology.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 67*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Fall (Semester 1)*

Spring (Semester 2)

Summer (Short Session 1)

Fall (Semester 3)

Spring (Semester 4)

Summer (Short Session 2)

This is a suggested schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting  General Education Courses.

Spring (Semester 1)

Summer (Short Session 1)

Fall (Semester 2)

Spring (Semester 3)

Summer (Short Session 2)

Fall (Semester 4)

Important Information

Short Description

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are revolutionizing the aviation industry.  Pilots who are trained to operate these aircraft are in high demand.  Graduates of the Professional UAS Pilot degree program will have completed all academic training required for the Remote Pilot certificate and may work as commercial drone operators.

Type of Credential

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Code

288

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Director

CCBC Catonsville, Doug Williams
443-840-5498 or dwilliams@ccbcmd.edu

Assistant Program Director

CCBC Catonsville, Chris Komsa
443-840-4209 or ckomsa@ccbcmd.edu

Air Traffic Control Program Manager

CCBC Catonsville, Joe Eichelberger
443-840-4463 or jeichelberger@ccbcmd.edu

Aviation Faculty

CCBC Catonsville, Pete Waters
443-840-5188 or pwaters@ccbcmd.edu

Contact the Aviation Technology Department  

443-840-4157 or aviation@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Program*,**

General Education Requirements and Electives - 19 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity course.

  • Information Technology 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 48 Credits

Program Requirements:
Program Electives:

Choose 14 credits from the following courses:

Notes

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**Course substitutions may be made at the discretion of the Aviation Program Director.