DRONE TECHNOLOGY –
THE FULLERTON DRONE LAB

Unmanned aerial systems, most commonly referred to as drones, are used in a variety of fields today and continue to expand into many others every day.

Goldman Sachs projects a growth of $100 billion in the commercial drone industry over the next five years, and according to the study, that projection is “just the tip of the iceberg. Drones’ full economic potential is likely to be multiple times that number, as their ripple effects reverberate through the economy.”

The Fullerton Drone Lab not only teaches students to become better and safer pilots, but also teaches them the application of drones in various industries. Students from all industry sectors can learn how drones can help enhance their workplace, while learning to be safer in the skies. All of the training builds up to the optional FAA Part 107  Remote Pilot Certification exam.

Drones can be used for applications in many fields. The Fullerton Drone Lab focuses primarily on the application of drones in the following areas:

  • Infrastructure inspection
  • Surveying
  • Mapping/GIS
  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Administration of justice/Public safety
  • Search and Rescue
  • Journalism
  • Cinematography
  • Photography
  •  Real Estate
  •  Marine Biology
  •  Archeology
  •  Physical Education/Athletics

The Fullerton Drone Lab focuses on three core areas

PILOTING

Training students to become smarter and safer pilots of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) and preparing them for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 certification exam. Further training consists of pilot training to standards established by the National institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and certification by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Trusted Operator Program.

MANUFACTURING

Engineering, designing, building, programming, and testing new autonomous systems to address issues in today’s world is what students will do in this area. Drones can be aerial, submersible, or terrestrial in their design. Students will learn hands-on development and theoretical principles in our multidisciplinary programs.  

APPLICATION

Drones are used in a wide range of fields and have a wide variety of applications.  Students in the program will learn how to apply drones and autonomous systems in different career uses. From agriculture and mapping to cinematography and public safety, and everywhere in between, students will learn the hands on applications of drones to develop new skills for tomorrow’s workforce.

COURSES

TECH 150 Basic Drone Piloting

Learn piloting skills, safety, flight management, proper care and use for your drones and much more. The course prepares you to take your Part 107 test for a commercial license.

TECH 151 Applied Drone Piloting

Students will learn proper and safe piloting skills. In addition, they will learn how to apply drones to their field. They will gain hands-on knowledge and experience of how to use drones in the field.

TECH 158 Advanced Drone Piloting

Students will strengthen their piloting skills and learn more advanced techniques like field operation, night flying, FPV, and more. Successful completion of either TECH 150 or 151 is required.

TECH 155 Applied Drone Lab

For students who are more interested in building and understanding how drones work, this course is for you. This course is geared toward identifying what type of drone is needed and then building that drone to solve a problem.

TECH 80 Drone pilot test prep

This one-unit test-prep course will help prepare students for the FAA Part 107 remote pilot exam.

JOUR 215 Drone journalism

This course helps students learn, understand and apply drones for video storytelling.

TECH 159 Counter Drone Operations (limited enrollment)

With the rapid influx of drones into society, there is a need to help identify and address any possible threats that can come from bad actors.
The Fullerton Drone Lab offers a course for law enforcement, security personnel, federal employees, and other qualified individuals on counter drone operations.
Collaboration with courses in cyber security and administration of justice make this program an essential part of security surrounding this new and growing technology.

DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

Autonomous Systems Development Associate in Science Degree

The Autonomous Systems Development Associate in Science Degree is designed to develop the skills necessary to facilitate transfer to a university and provide a comprehensive understanding of autonomous systems. Students seeking a degree in engineering or areas related to Autonomous Systems Technology may pursue careers in industries such as manufacturing, defense, agriculture, surveying, medical, automotive, power, communications and many more. In order to be well prepared for upper division curriculum at a university in technical fields, students should complete as many courses as possible that relate to future job and career prospects. This degree requires a total of 26-30 units.

Unmanned Aerial Systems Piloting

The Unmanned Aerial Systems Piloting Certificate is designed to provide the student with a strong foundation and employment skills needed for safely flying drones in the commercial unmanned aerial industry. The training within this program will develop a student’s understanding of proper and safe piloting, weather effects on aircraft, federal airspace, and regulations, as well as ethical issues regarding drones. A student must possess the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate before earning this certificate. This certificate requires a total of 6-7 units. A minimum grade of C is required in each course taken.

Autonomous Systems Certificate

The Autonomous Systems Certificate is designed to develop the skills necessary to provide a comprehensive understanding of autonomous systems. Students seeking a certificate in Autonomous Systems may pursue careers in industries such as manufacturing, defense, agriculture, surveying, medical, automotive, power, communications and many more. In order to be well prepared for this technical field, students should complete as many courses as possible that relate to future job and career prospects. This certificate requires a total of 15-17 units.

OUR FLEET

Variety of drones

Our fleet consists of a variety of drones made by DJI, Yuneec, Parrot and others. This allows for students to learn various flight systems and become accustomed to flying a wide array of today’s drones.

 

Mobile drone command vehicle

Our one of a kind mobile command vehicle provides a real-world learning experience in the applications of drones in the field. Students get hands-on experience outside of the classroom.

OUR COLLABORATIONS

The Fullerton Drone Lab is proud to partner with outside organizations to help provide students with real-world experience.  Students are able to work and log hours with these organizations that will help them gain valuable experience and make them stand out.

CSULB Shark Lab

Assisting in observing and recording shark activity along the Southern California coast.

FC Athletics

Working with sports teams to assist in coaching and overall performance.

South Coast Research and Extension Center

Agricultural research at the UC’s South Coast Research and Extension Center.

OC Water District

Working with infrastructure inspection and area mapping.

BNBuilders

Surveying, inspecting and archiving images for construction projects.

Fullerton Drone Lab in the news

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/01/20/fullerton-colleges-drone-program-is-growing-now-helping-shark-research/amp/?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR1E8Av23QEDWXu7Wmsn7Ukp6Rewf85bdy79aVqXCWUpyxAYgViduQZ8m3A

For more information contact:

Professor Jay Seidel

jseidel@fullcoll.edu

(714) 992-7575