• Overview - 2019/2020

    Location: London - Airport.

    The Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems Commercial Operations graduate certificate will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to design, support, operate, market and maintain RPAS or UAV commercial operations and related RPAS systems and software in entrepreneurial and research contexts.

    This program will cover all aspects of RPAS/UAV systems including electrical and electronics systems such as communication, navigation, and data systems and will focus on the design and maintenance of these systems.

    Additionally, this program will provide graduates with entrepreneurial, research, and market analysis skills aimed at bridging the gap between the technical and business aspects of the growing and innovative RPAS/UAV industry.

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    One of:
    A Two-or-Three Year Ontario College Diploma, or Degree in a related field.
    OR
    An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
    OR
    Acceptable combination of related work experience and post secondary education as judged by the College to be equivalent*

    Note:
    * Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements 
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 570 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    Familiarity with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and associated systems would be an asset.

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

    Post-Admission Requirements

    1. In accordance with Transport Canada's overall requirements, the pilot operating a UAV must:

    • Not suffer from any condition which would render them unfit to perform their duties,
    • Have a visual acuity of 20/20 or 20/20 corrected ( ie: use of corrective lenses), and
    • Have sufficient English language ability so to be understood by local Air Traffic Control when using VHF radio

    2. Evidence of Good Health

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    Those industries and services seeking trained operators and maintenance personnel are:

    • Agriculture
    • Aerospace
    • Emergency Response Services
    • Law Enforcement and Security
    • Energy and Power
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Geographical Survey
    • Government
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Industrial Operations
    • Civil Infrastructure
    •  Logistics
    • Mining, Oil and Gas
    • Real Estate
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
    Program Code: RPS1
    Campus Code: LCA (LCA - London Campus Airport)
    September, January Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology: 519-452-4430 ext. 6370

    Program Description

    The Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS/UAV) Commercial Operations Graduate Certificate will provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to design, support, operate, market and maintain RPAS or UAV commercial operations and related RPAS systems and software in entrepreneurial and research contexts. This program will cover all aspects of RPAS/UAV systems including electrical and electronics systems such as communication, navigation, and data systems and will focus on the design and maintenance of these systems. Additionally, this program will provide graduates with entrepreneurial, research, and market analysis skills aimed at bridging the gap between the technical and business aspects of the growing and innovative RPAS/UAV industry.

    Program Pathways

    • An applicant who is already a certified Recreational, Private or Airline Transport Pilot or who already has logged and certified hours of flight time with small UAV or applicable technical knowledge can apply for a Prior Learning Assessment.  
    • For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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