Unmanned Aircraft Systems

SCED Code: 20905
Virginia Extended Description: 36
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
Non-Traditional?: F

Unmanned Aircraft Systems prepares students to fly drones under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Part 107 guidelines. Students get an overview of the national airspace system, FAA regulations, and the design and operation of small drones. Students monitor weather, address loading and performance of drones, and coordinate flight operation logistics. They perform administrative tasks, train to fly, and, finally, fly small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.


In order to teach the Unmanned Aircraft Systems course and supervise student flying experiences, the teacher must have the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate. Students must be 16 to take the certification test and receive the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.
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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Agribusiness Systems
  • Farm, Ranch Manager
  • Farmer/Rancher
Environmental Service Systems
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Turf Farmer
Natural Resources Systems
  • Ecologist
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Forest Manager, Forester
  • Forest Technician
  • Geological Technician
  • Park Manager
  • Park Technician
  • Range Technician
  • Wildlife Manager
Plant Systems
  • Certified Crop Advisor
  • Crop Grower
  • Custom Harvester
  • Farm, Ranch Manager
  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Turf Farmer

Pathway Occupation
  • Survey Technician

Pathway Occupation
Audio and Video Technology and Film
  • Videographer
Performing Arts
  • Cinematographer
Visual Arts
  • Commercial Photographer

Pathway Occupation
Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forest and Conservation Technician
  • Geoscientist
Fuels Production
  • Petroleum Technician
Power Generation
  • Engineering Manager
Transmission and Distribution
  • Electrical Power Line Installer/Repairer
  • Wind Turbine Service Technician

Pathway Occupation
National Security
  • Combat Specialty Officer
  • Military Enlisted Personnel
  • Military Intelligence Specialist
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
Revenue and Taxation
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Revenue Agent

Pathway Occupation
Information Support and Services
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician
Network Systems
  • Telecommunications Specialist

Pathway Occupation
Engineering and Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering Technician
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Engineering Manager
  • Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Marine Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer
Science and Mathematics
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geodetic Surveyor

Pathway Occupation
Health, Safety, and Environmental Management
  • Health, Safety and Environment Manager
Transportation Operations
  • Flight Engineer
  • Pilot
Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Pilot
  • Traffic Engineer
  • Traffic Technician

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