Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design and Integration

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus

Program Description

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design and Integration

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus

Overview

With a renowned unmanned aircraft systems program first established in field and flight operations and an engineering technology department that dates back to the campus's inception, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has created an area of study that utilizes both of these strengths as well as meets the industry's growing demands. The engineering technology with a UAS option degree gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fascinating technologies of unmanned systems, or commonly known as drones while focusing specifically on their design and implementation – no flight ratings are required.

Through coursework tailored to combine computer science, electronic engineering and mechanical engineering with unmanned systems, students in this program will explore the intricacies of UAS subsystems and components, such as software design, computer networking, firmware and hardware, sensors and actuators, and camera systems and other payloads. Students will be expected to execute critical problem-solving and research skills while engaging in classes about electronic circuits, communication systems, control systems, machine design, manufacturing technology, materials technology and fundamentals of UAS operations.

With a renowned unmanned aircraft systems program first established in field and flight operations and an engineering technology department that dates back to the campus’s inception, Kansas State Polytechnic has created an area of study that utilizes both these strengths as well as meets the industry’s growing demands. The engineering technology degree with an option in UAS gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fascinating technologies of unmanned systems or commonly known as drones while focusing specifically on their design and implementation – no flight ratings are required. Through coursework tailored to combine computer sciences, electronic engineering and mechanical engineering with unmanned systems, students in this program will explore the intricacies of UAS subsystems and components, such as software design, computer networking, firmware and hardware, sensors and actuators, and camera systems and other payloads. Students will be expected to execute critical thinking, problem-solving research skills while engaging in classes about electronic circuits, communication systems, control systems, machine design, manufacturing technology, materials technology and fundamentals of UAS operations. Within the first three years of integration into the National Airspace Systems, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, more than 70,000 jobs in the UAS industry will be created in the United State, with an economic impact of more than $136 billion. No longer are employers in this exponentially growing field only looking for pilots or operators; graduates with the engineering technology with a UAS option degree will provide the industry with the source it needs in developing and implementing technologies for interoperability, autonomy, propulsion and power, and communication. Careers, found in both the commercial and defence applications of UAS, are already available in a variety of areas such as wildfire mapping, agriculture monitoring, disaster management, law enforcement, weather monitoring, oil and gas exploration and filmmaking.

Engineering Technology UAS Careers

Within the first three years of integration into the National Airspace System, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, more than 70,000 jobs in the UAS industry will be created in the United States, with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion. No longer are employers in this exponentially growing field only looking for pilots or operators; graduates with the engineering technology with a UAS option degree will provide the industry with the source it needs in developing and implementing technologies for interoperability, autonomy, propulsion and power, and communication. Careers, found in both the commercial and defence applications of UAS, are already available in a variety of areas such as wildfire mapping, agriculture monitoring, disaster management, law enforcement, weather monitoring, oil and gas exploration and filmmaking.

Application Deadlines

Fall (August) Semester: February 1 (selective admissions)

June 1 (regular admissions)

Spring (January) Semester: October 1

Summer (June) Semester: March 1

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Last updated June 17, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 22, 2019
May 28, 2019
Duration
Duration
4 years
Full time
Price
Price
24,040 USD
International: $24,040 (price per academic year).
Information
Deadline
Locations
USA - Salina, Kansas
Start date : Jan. 22, 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Jan. 31, 2023
Start date : May 28, 2019
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2019
End date May 31, 2023
Start date : Aug. 26, 2019
Application deadline Feb. 1, 2019
(selective admissions), Jun. 1. 2019 (regular admissions)
End date Aug. 31, 2023
Dates
Jan. 22, 2019
USA - Salina, Kansas
Application deadline Request Info
End date Jan. 31, 2023
May 28, 2019
USA - Salina, Kansas
Application deadline Mar. 1, 2019
End date May 31, 2023
Aug. 26, 2019
USA - Salina, Kansas
Application deadline Feb. 1, 2019
(selective admissions), Jun. 1. 2019 (regular admissions)
End date Aug. 31, 2023