Unmanned Systems

BBCC’s UAS Program prepares students for professional UAS remote pilot operations, remote sensing data collection and analysis, and overall UAS management, including advanced knowledge and training in the use of both Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and mission planning software tools (used to support precision agriculture, search and rescue, construction, recreation, law enforcement, forestry, and myriad of other burgeoning areas).

Program Outcomes
Career Possibilities
Transfer Options
Industry Connections
Scholarships & Grants
  1. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, appropriate safety awareness and/or workplace specific skills
  • Professional UAS Pilot
  • UAS Operations Specialist

For job shadows, tours, and internships, check out the Career Services.

Degrees & Certificates

UAS Operations - Certificate of Achievement

Total Credits: 49
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate teamwork, ethics, appropriate safety awareness and/or workplace specific skills
Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
UMS 112 UAS Ground School 5
MAP 117 Applied Math for Workforce Programs 1 5
OC& 101 Intro to Sociology or
PSYC& 100 General Psychology
5

Course Credits
UMS 208 UAS Mission Planning 6
GIS 110 Geographic Information Systems I 4
CMST& 220 Public Speaking or
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communications
5
FAD 150 Industrial First Aid & CPR 2

Course Credits
UMS 107 Commercial Remote Pilot Certification 2
UMS 142 UAS Flight Lab 6
GIS 210 Geographic Information Systems II 5
ENG 109 Applied Technical Writing 3

UAS Professional Remote Pilot - Certificate of Accomplishment

Total Credits: 19
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Remote pilot operations
  2. UAS management
  3. Mission planning software tools
Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
UMS 112 UAS Ground School 5

Course Credits
UMS 208 UAS Mission Planning 6

Course Credits
UMS 107 Commercial Remote Pilot Certification 2
UMS 142 UAS Flight Lab 6

UAS Remote Sensing Analyst - Certificate of Accomplishment

Total Credits: 16
Learning Outcomes:

  1. Remote pilot operations
  2. Remote sensing data collection
  3. Data analysis
  4. Data articulation
  5. Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  6. Mission planning software tools
Fall Quarter
Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter

Course Credits
UMS 112 UAS Ground School 5

Course Credits
GIS 110 Geographic Information Systems I 4

Course Credits
UMS 107 Commercial Remote Pilot Certification 2
GIS 210 Geographic Information Systems II 5

Partnerships and Certifications
Unmanned Systems Contact
Unmanned Systems Faculty/Staff
Coordinator & advisor, Ethan Tonnemaker

Tonnemaker, Ethan

Agriculture, Ag Mechanics, UAS Program Coordinator
EthanT@bigbend.edu
(509) 793-2117
Patrick Barton

Barton, Patrick

UAS Associate Faculty
PatrickB@bigbend.edu
Ric Stephens

Stephens, Ric

UAS Associate Faculty
RichardS@bigbend.edu
Kelsey Mach

Mach, Kelsey

UAS Associate Faculty
KelseyM@bigbend.edu
Pat Ford

Ford, Pat

UAS Regional Consultant
PatF@bigbend.edu
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