Title

Examining UAS Employment Expectations and Requirements

Presenter Email

terwillb@erau.edu

Location

Mori Hosseini Student Union Events Center (Bldg #610) – Rooms 165 E/F

Start Date

3-2-2020 8:00 AM

End Date

3-2-2020 9:30 AM

Submission Type

Presentation

Topic Area

UAS; Training; Implications for pilots; Supporting the next generation of aviation professionals; UAS; UAS; UAS; Training; Implications for pilots

Keywords

UAS, sUAS, Unmanned Aircraft, Remote Pilot, UAS Career Development

Abstract

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology is radically changing how organizations, such as government agencies, non-profit corporations, and companies, apply aviation resources. Unmanned aviation is supporting improved efficiency, expanded capability, and heightened reliability through an increasing number of uses relating to: a) research and development and training-education, b) event filming, c) industrial, utility, and environmental projects, d) real estate, e) construction activities, f) agricultural, g) press and media, and h) state/local emergency services. The increasing application, and subsequent operational growth, is occurring in response to maturing technology, refined operational management and permissibility, innovative concept development, demonstrated capability, enhanced supportability, and the availability of specialized education and training opportunities. Technological advancement, regulatory changes, economic development, and widespread adoption of this technology is also leading to an observable growth of related employment opportunities. The Federal Aviation Administration has indicated that there are currently 116,027 remote pilots certified to operate small UAS in the National Airspace System, with growth to almost 350,000 by 2023. The examination of current career opportunities, in connection with commonly advertised job types and the associated roles and responsibilities, could better inform future UAS curricula design and enhancement efforts. This paper and associated presentation will feature an in-depth examination of such positions to categorize type and summarize prevalent attributes, while also highlighting notable features such as popular hiring locations, salary estimation, and experience-levels. The intent is to provide a detailed summary of hiring expectations and identify potential opportunities for improving academic alignment and career development efforts.

Presenter Biography

Brent A. Terwilliger Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Research at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Worldwide campus, College of Aeronautics and Program Chair of the MS in Unmanned Systems degree. Dr. Terwilliger earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration in Aviation from Northcentral University (2012), as well as a Master’s of Aeronautical Science (2005) and B.S. in Aerospace Studies (2000) from ERAU. He has more than 10 years of experience in defense contracting, supporting several federal-level customers, including the U.S. Postal Service for automated sortation technologies and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy on a wide variety of simulation training solutions. As a tenured faculty member at ERAU, Dr. Terwilliger has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, presented research findings at international venues, and provided unmanned system expertise across televised, print, and digital media. Brent currently serves as the National Business Aviation Association’s Emerging Technologies-Market and Technology subcommittee chair, National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Urban Air Mobility Concept of Operations reviewer, ERAU’s Faculty Innovative Research in Science and Technology program reviewer, and Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems Publishing Board member.

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Mar 2nd, 8:00 AM Mar 2nd, 9:30 AM

Examining UAS Employment Expectations and Requirements

Mori Hosseini Student Union Events Center (Bldg #610) – Rooms 165 E/F

Unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technology is radically changing how organizations, such as government agencies, non-profit corporations, and companies, apply aviation resources. Unmanned aviation is supporting improved efficiency, expanded capability, and heightened reliability through an increasing number of uses relating to: a) research and development and training-education, b) event filming, c) industrial, utility, and environmental projects, d) real estate, e) construction activities, f) agricultural, g) press and media, and h) state/local emergency services. The increasing application, and subsequent operational growth, is occurring in response to maturing technology, refined operational management and permissibility, innovative concept development, demonstrated capability, enhanced supportability, and the availability of specialized education and training opportunities. Technological advancement, regulatory changes, economic development, and widespread adoption of this technology is also leading to an observable growth of related employment opportunities. The Federal Aviation Administration has indicated that there are currently 116,027 remote pilots certified to operate small UAS in the National Airspace System, with growth to almost 350,000 by 2023. The examination of current career opportunities, in connection with commonly advertised job types and the associated roles and responsibilities, could better inform future UAS curricula design and enhancement efforts. This paper and associated presentation will feature an in-depth examination of such positions to categorize type and summarize prevalent attributes, while also highlighting notable features such as popular hiring locations, salary estimation, and experience-levels. The intent is to provide a detailed summary of hiring expectations and identify potential opportunities for improving academic alignment and career development efforts.