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Unmanned Systems Technology

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What is Unmanned Systems Technology?

The Unmanned Systems Technology program is specifically designed to address the needs of students who wish to pursue opportunities and careers in the emerging unmanned robotics field. Students are prepared for entry and advancement within the Unmanned Systems Technology workforce (aerial, land, and water vehicles/robotics) field.

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Classes begin September 14, 2020. Check out our course offerings.

What are my career choices?

According to a study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, more than 100,000 unmanned aerial systems jobs are projected by 2025. Unmanned Systems Technology has applications in a variety of industries with careers in areas such as Commercial Drone Pilot, First Responders, Search and Rescue, Construction, Telecommunication Inspection Services, Filmmaking, Energy Inspection Services, Surveying/Mapping, Real Estate and many other identified applications.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees (CIP: 47.0606)

  • Advanced Drone Operator Concentration
  • First Responder Specialist Concentration
  • GIS/Unmanned Specialist Concentration
  • Unmanned Systems Technician Concentration


  • Remote Drone Pilot (3 credit hours) 
  • Unmanned Systems Technology (19 credit hours)
  • First Responder Specialist (25 credit hours)
  • GIS/Unmanned Systems Specialist (21 credit hours)

Length of Program

This information should not be considered a substitute for the catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program meets state and authorization for Kentucky residents. If you live or plan to live outside of the state of Kentucky, consult with you state's licensing/ certification board to determine if your chosen path of study will meet their requirements. KCTCS and HCTC continously reviews licensure information and provides information about state's licensure status, search your state and program.