Real World Experience

The Fullerton Drone Lab works with many partners to provide real-world drone experience for students. Whether it’s project-based learning experiences within the various courses, an internship, or the first-ever state and federally registered drone piloting apprenticeship program for drone piloting, the Fullerton Drone Lab offers opportunities to work with actual clients in real situations. This provides greater experience for the students, which makes them more marketable to employers.


The Fullerton Drone Lab offers the opportunity for select students to complete a state- and federally-certified Hornet Drone Piloting Apprenticeship Program.

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

Students may apply for Fullerton’s funding opportunities (tuition, books, FAA exam) program. When selected students will complete the Uncrewed Aerial Systems Certificate and obtain their FAA Part 107 certification and their OSHA 30.

TECH 080 F – Federal Aviation Administration Drone Pilot Test Preparation
TECH 150 F – Basic Drone Piloting 2


TECH 151 F – Applied Drone Piloting 3
TECH 158 F – Advanced Drone Piloting Skills 2
ESC 105 F – Introduction to Weather and Climate 3
TECH 127 F – Industrial Safety 2
Total Units             10-11

They will then be placed with one of our professional partners where they will complete 8 months to 1 year of paid on-the-job training with one of our partner employers. Once complete, the state of California and US Department of Labor will issue a certification indicating advancement to journeyman status. This makes them marketable to any industry.

As part of the program, students my also be provided funding to purchase their first drone.

Approved and registered with the US Department of Labor and the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards.


For information and to apply for the apprenticeship program contact Fullerton Drone Lab Director Jay Seidel at:


We are always open to adding additional employer partners to our apprenticeship program.  If you have a need for skilled drone operators with an FAA Part 107, OSHA 30 card, and approximately 20 hours of flying experience, then this is the place for you (apprentices do not have to fly only, they can gain their on-the-job training by working on operations and equipment maintenance).

If you’re interested in finding out more about the opportunity or are ready to start working with some apprentices, please contact us.

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Students can gain real experience working as interns with one of our industry partners. Visual observing, assisting with flight operations, learning to troubleshoot in the field, and many other experiences can be gained during an internship.

Students learn about current internship opportunities when they are in the program.