CTEC now offers drone courses!
March 22, 2017 By:Hunter Watson
(The Piper, March 2017, By Adam Patton)
More than just a toy, drones have a widespread range of uses. Salem-Keizer’s CTEC now offers students the ability to learn a skill in a field that is open for opportunity. “On Christmas day 1 million drones got opened,” said John Honey, former McNary principal and current principal of CTEC. CTEC offers various trade programs with the intention of giving students the opportunity to start a career directly after high school.
Starting next school year CTEC will be offering a new two year drone program called, “Unmanned Autonomous Systems,” or UAS for short. The UAS program will allow students the opportunity to design, build, and operate drones. In order to pass the UAS program, students will take multiple classes such as Intro to UAS, Basic Electronics, Designing with Microcontrollers, UAS Design and Integration, Flight Lab, and UAS Development and Prototyping.
As part of the CTEC program, students will also need to take required courses like English, Physics, Environmental Studies and Earth or Space Science. Completion of the UAS program opens the door to many career opportunities. Listed in the CTEC Student Parent Guide are potential career options students could take, such as a Drone Pilot which offers a median yearly wage of $46,500, Mechanical Engineering, which offers a median yearly salary of $75,000, and Ariel Real Estate Photographer, which offers a median yearly salary of $85,000. In class students will have 15-20 drones, 3-4 types.