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Industrial UAV Systems  

Using aerial vehicles to aide in industrial applications
Entry Level - NO Prerequisite
3.5 Credits

This is a course on the design, assembly, operation and maintenance of remote aerial vehicles to be used in industrial applications. We will cover all the components needed for these vehicles and how to calculate load and speed requirements to make decisions on which components would be best for your application.

We will build various vehicles in class and students will have plenty of time to develop their skills, but there will be a great deal of soldering involved, so be prepared for that. These are not pre-made vehicles nor are we building anything in a "snap together" fashion.

The Vehicle
One of the topics in class is the evolution of these vehicles over the years, especially how quickly things have changed in just the past two or three years and how many peoples perception of a drone may be based on technology several revisions past (even though this might just be a few years back). Due to massive advances in electronic hardware, physical hardware, and configuration software these vehicles have decreased in sized, increased dramatically in speed, but also stability and control. This means that the vehicles we build in class might look to some like tiny toy quadcopters, but in reality are professional high speed racing/freestyle vehicles complete with telemetry feedback and first person video, capable of performing precision tasks much more efficiently than their earlier predecessors. We will always stay as close to the state of the art in this technology as possible which means the components used in class will change.

Flight Training
Piloting these aircraft is also a strong element of the class. In order to perform tasks in the field or in factory you will need to develop strong navigational skills, which is by no means an easy task. There are many toy drones you can buy that are incredible simple to fly because of all the control software enabled on them, but if you want to do anything more advanced, this is a major limitation. Another reason it's imperative to have the good flight skills is to understand the control software and understand how to tune an aerial vehicle to your needs. PID feedback loops, air mode, acro mode, exponential stick control and action level assignments are just a portion of this. Control software is in the last third of the class, and you will be expected to have the flight time by then to be able to understand and utilize these adjustments. We will have time in class to practice each day, but you will want to spend as much time as you can flying outside of class. To help facilitate this, we will also be building a small indoor vehicle first, that students can work with safely.

This technology, industry and sport is growing at an incredible rate and people are beginning to see these in one form or another in many places. Also the toy indoor micro drones mentioned earlier have made this cheap and accessible. What many might not realize watching from the sidelines is that these professional level machines, how ever cute they might look, are extremely dangerous. We've been teaching manufacturing course for many years now, and of all the dangerous shop equipment, these machines require a much higher sense of awareness and compliance to safety protocols.

Due to the safety requirements, as well as local regulations, we will also be preparing students to pass two industry certifications. The necessary certifications are likely to change as this field grows, but for now we'll be focusing on the FAA 14 CFR Part 107 certification and the FCC HAM radio license. The FAA requires Part 107 certification for any commercial use (Including making money of YouTube videos...) and the FCC requires licensing for the use of some of the video transmission equipment. This all seems to be in flux at the moment and subject to change as new information presents itself.

NOTE - I have just removed the prerequisite for this class. This is now entry level. The new direction the course has taken is more applicable to the direct application of this technology in the workplace and follows a different field of technology than just the coding of microcontrollers. While that direction would have been valuable, the UAV technology is so far past what we could accomplish in class that students wouldn't be leaving with anything that would be applicable to the current state of industry.

Here's the current vehicle we'll be building

Video of Flight
Armattan Chameleon

Current Build Specs
  • Frame: Armattan Chameleon
  • Motors: OOmph 2206 / 2300Kv (If in stock)
  • FPV Camera: HSS1117 or similar
  • VTX: Aomway
  • Receiver: FrSky X4R-SB

RF Communications
Antenna theory and practical application
Three phase brushless motor operation
Electronic Speed Controls
Battery Theory and Technology
Power Requirement Calculation
PID Control and all computer based flight control
Composite Manufacturing
Precision measuring tools
Hand tools
Community resources

Check out these videos detailing the possibilities:
Industrial UAV Inspection Demo
Airware Aerial Inspection for the Telecom Industry
Two Drone Cell Phone Tower Inspection with GPS and Heading Values
FlyWorx Aerials : UAV/Drone uses in Industrial & Commercial Infrastructure Inspections
UAV- / Drone-based industrial & civil infrastructure inspection with the AscTec Falcon 8

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Contact Damian Cianci at if you have any questions.

The Business Training Center of Edmonds Community College has been "off-campus" in the heart of the community providing practical industry focused education for over 17 years.


Industrial UAV Systems  -- CLASS IS IN SESSION --
Item: M724  Credits: 3.50  DAMIAN CIANCI, BRENDON SEAVER
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: WATR Center  0149
Sessions: 20 Tu Th 3008 100th ST SW Everett, WA 98204
2/6/2018 - 4/12/2018  

Industrial UAV Systems  -- CLASS IS IN SESSION --
Item: M744  Credits: 3.50  DAMIAN CIANCI, BRENDON SEAVER
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Location: WATR Center  0149
Sessions: 20 M W 3008 100th ST SW Everett, WA 98204
3/12/2018 - 5/16/2018