Associate in Applied Science

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Construction Inspection Emphasis)

Contact Information 

Seth Simonson, Associate Professor
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Horton Hall 235

Randy Stach, Associate Professor
Construction Management Technology 
Horton Hall 240 

Delivery Methods 

Face-to-Face: Wahpeton
Online: Some classes

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and ability to use various types of unmanned aircraft systems, the legal guidelines for operating UAS in a commercial environment, preflight planning, how to pilot UAS and collect data using various types of sensors. process the data, analyze and understand the data related to a specific discipline. Students will utilize high resolution camaras, thermal imaging sensors, LiDAR, and other sensors for collecting various types of data and then learning to process and analyze that data.

With the Construction Inspection Emphasis, students will take courses, so they are knowledgeable of construction practices. construction specifications, printing reading, construction document management, material testing, and quality control practices.

Graduates will have a broad range of knowledge of the construction industry which will allow them to pursue a career working for contractors, architectural firms, engineering firms, or drone service providers to conduct construction related inspections.

Green and/or sustainable construction is covered at an awareness level in the methods and materials classes.

NOTE: This program requires a ZBOOK Laptop or equivalent. Please refer to the NDSCS website for specifications. For further information, call Seth Simonson, at 701-671-2116.

Admission Requirements*
The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Students considered for acceptance must complete an admission requirements.

Please Note: Students are placed into English, math and reading courses based on ACT, ACCUPLACER or other nationally recognized tests. Please see for the NDSCS Course Placement Policy and testing information. Students may be on an extended plan of study pending their course placement. 

*Program Admission Requirements are subject to revision. Please check the department or program website under Program Admission Requirements for current information.


Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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