It’s not exactly “Drone-U,” but BCIT is looking to lift students to new heights with a new program focused on unmanned aerial vehicles.
The school is starting small with an online course that teaches flight basics, rules, and regulations
It’s called Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and project lead Chris Cambon says it mirrors what real pilots would learn.
“It’s going to be very similar to what you get in a traditional fixed wing introduction course in ground school. And of course we may partner with an outside company for the flight school portion of it.”
It’s just the first step in an ambitious plan. Cambon says BCIT is dreaming big, looking at ways to open courses to students in other BCIT programs that might benefit.
“Pretty much every school in BCIT could use UAV technology in some sense… every school except health sciences, and I’m sure we could find some area they could also use UAV in… What we’re running into now is that we’re getting employers requesting that students have UAV background or technology knowledge. So when the industry starts asking for it, we know we have to get on it.”
The program will run through BCIT’s Aerospace school, and Cambon hopes it will eventually offer a core program that could lead to a degree or diploma and hands on training.
“It could be anything from UAV maintenance, UAV builds, of course, Operations, payload systems.”
The online course will be open to students across Canada, and lifts off this April.