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Welcome to the Unmanned Systems (UMS) homepage; your source for all things even “remotely” related to aerial, ground and maritime operations.  This page serves as a hub for the UMS pathways, providing students with the knowledge and skills to be professional remote pilots and small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) technicians.  

Unmanned Systems academic offerings are designed to meet the needs of local, regional and nationally growing industries.  We are currently offering a variety of courses that lead to credentials in Mechatronics and UAS Remote Pilot certification.


Students may pursue a Certificate of Accomplishment as a technical add-on.  This credential can be used by future entrepreneurs or in a graduate’s current profession to enhance their value within their occupation in agriculture, law enforcement, sales/advertising, modern manufacturing and many other public and private sector careers.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Remote Pilot Certificate of Accomplishment

UAS is becoming an increasingly common tool in the workplace, and employers are now looking for people with traditional industry skills who can also utilize UAS in the workplace. UAS is a tool that is used is a multitude of industries and learning to use this new tool provides employees an opportunity to grow and expand their skill set.

‘Drone Pilot’ is not a job on its own. The drone is a TOOL, which ties into many industries such as Agriculture, Commercial Aviation, Law Enforcement, Construction, Cinematography and Insurance. The UAS Cert. of Accomplishment is recommended for most people who have an interest in using UAS for work, but it is HIGHLY recommended that students take other associated classes if they have no other work experience to tie UAS into. This certificate was designed with the working professional in mind, and covers all the critical aspects of UAS law, safety, and operations. The certificate is offered through hybrid instruction, with some classes being offered online and ending off with hands on instruction by our experienced UAS instructors. Classes are also offered outside of regular business hours.

If you’re looking for a way to expand your skill set as an employee, or a way to skill up your employees as an employer, then this certificate is for you!

  • Take six key courses that provide you the professional knowledge and skills to use sUAS commercially
  • Each quarter has a required course plus the option to choose from 1-3 additional GIS or UMS courses

UAS Remote Pilot Certificate & Schedule

UAS Team

Byron Noel
UAS Operations Coordinator
(509) 793-2113
Office: 3006

Jim Leland
UAS Associate Faculty
(509) 793-2075

Patrick Barton
UAS Associate Faculty

Richard Stephens
UAS Associate Faculty

Partners: Wenatchee Valley College, Yakima Valley College

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