SPRINGFIELD, Mo If you'd like to learn how to fly a drone, a new course coming up at Ozarks Technical Community College may be just what you need.
OTC is offering the drone operation and ownership workshop monthly for the next several months, the first being in May.
OTC's Center for Workforce Development is working with the company Aerobotics to offer the course. It will be a 6 and a half hour Saturday workshop, and offers both classroom instruction and hands-on training. It could be for those just want to fly a drone recreationally, but also for those who are interested in using a drone commercially, such as for real estate or construction, or for public safety purposes such as police and fire departments. Students will get to fly a drone themselves, and they'll learn about the FAA requirements for drones.
"We've put together this course that encompasses those rules plus what type of drone to purchase for the use you want, the costs, and it talks about air space and weather, which all affects drone flight as well," says Amy Casada of Aerobotics Unmanned Air Systems.
"People will make money doing this; this will be a legitimate job going forward, and we feel that we can be a part of that by offering courses where people get licensed to do that," says OTC Center for Workforce Development director Jim Abramovitz. "We're very happy to be able to do this; it's the only one in the area that we know of, and we know there are a lot of people who are very interested."
OTC will be offering the course for $249 dollars, and they'll soon be offering a follow-up course for those who want to use a drone commercially and need to take the FAA certification exam. You can contact the Center for Workforce Development to sign up for the class. The cost is $169. Call (417)447-8888 or click the attached link.