Fast Company Review – How to get a Job with Drones (UAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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Updated November 4, 2017

Imagine you are the head of security for a large facility. You want to secure the premises. Rather than manually checking all of the fixed cameras or sending one of your patrolman out a drone conducts this action automatically.

Imagine you need to run an inspection on a cooling tower at a refinery. But instead of the complicated and dangerous steps needed to be taken to conduct such an inspection. A drone does this for you automatically.

Imagine that you need to measure a stockpile of resources at a mine for inventory purposes on a regular basis. Instead of the labor intensive process of manually measuring the pile with surveyors. A drone does this for you automatically.

Imagine an emergency incident at a large chemical factory. You need to know what is happening as soon as possible so you can quickly respond. Instead of sending personnel into a dangerous situation. A drone could do this for you automatically.”

Ran Krauss gave these examples at a Hello Tomorrow Talk in February 2017 as he revealed the incredible developments in automated drone deployment.

Previously drones (UASs or UAVs) have received a lot of negative feedback—due to the fear of innovation and uncertainty. But reports indicate that there will be more than 100,000 new jobs created nationally by 2025 with an economic impact of $82 billion over that period reports the NewYorkPost

Note: UAS – Unmanned Aircraft Systems. UAV – Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles.

What is Ran Krauss doing in this emerging field that will help this industry soar.

Ran has been making use of related emerging technologies to further pioneer the drone industry. You see, the multi rotor aircraft design has been around since the early 1900’s, but the ability to maximize its potential has only arisen in the past decade. The technologies Ran has been using to develop this technology are:

  • LiPo Batteries (Lithium Polymer Batteries)
  • GPS (Global Positioning System)

These advancements have pushed the drone industry to incredible new heights, but there is still a gap. What is hold the drone industry back from closing this gap?

Ran talks about the issue. The drones themselves are not quite industrial tools, but rather still made of components that land them in the hobbyist category. The drone needed to be built with industrial strength components. Also, the operators. Humans can be talented operators but we still make errors. This is a concern for the safety of those around a drone during its operation. Ran saw the need to create a drone that is 100% automated. This would remove the human error statistic and put the drones in a new industrial category.

Why are all of these developments in the drone industry so important to the future of jobs?

What Ran is doing, as well as other drone companies, combines multiple cutting edge technologies into one device that will immensely improve productivity and safety in certain industries that seem almost archaic in their operating procedures.

The current trajectory of the drone industry will require individuals with specified skill sets:

  • Computer Programming
  • Engineering
  • Component Development
  • Marketing
  • Robotics
  • Advanced Energy Solutions
  • etc…


What Skills Do You Need to Develop to Enter the Drone Industry?

Well, depending on what part of the drone you are interested in working on you can choose a mix of the following skill sets to develop your niche in the industry.

  • Coding Skills
    • Object oriented coding language C/C++
  • Robotics and Experience with Sensors
    • This is key to autonomous drone operation
  • Ai/Machine Learning
    • GPS Systems and tracking for autonomous operation
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design)
    • Develop the new components of drones.
    • Making the drones lighter, faster, stronger
  • Knowledge in UAV/UAS/Drone Systems
    • Propulsion Systems
    • Aerodynamics
    • Sensors
    • Fundamentals
    • Autonomous Systems
  • Engineering Skills (Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, etc…)

Having a solid working knowledge in at least 3 of these 6 skills will give you a great start in your career in the drone industry.

Current Job Openings in the Industry

  • General Atomics and Affiliated Companies: UAS Civilian Airspace Engineer
    • There is a growing need to operate safely and efficiently in civilian airspace. GA-ASI is working to solve the technical, regulatory, and policy challenges associated with the integration of UAS into the global aviation system.
  •  MacAulay-Brown Inc: UAS/UAV Subject Matter Expert (glassdoor est. $80k)
    • Support high-visibility, independent assessments of technology and products that cover a variety of areas and systems
  • Zel Technologies: UAS Science and Engineering
    • Top Secret Clearance Required (epic!)
    • Provide technical recommendations to JIDO leadership in engineering development for sUAS/CUAS capabilities to reduce known and previously unrecognized capability gaps in this area and to help meet validated requirements.
  • Aero Vironment: Systems Engineer III (glassdoor est. $115k)
    • Develop a variety of power conversion devices, motor control systems and avionics from early stages of design through final testing and manufacturing support.


Educational Resources to Get Started in Pursuing a Career with Drones

C Programming Essential Training

Widely used for both systems and application development, C is a powerful language at the heart of many more modern languages, like JavaScript and Objective-C. C is a great first step for new programmers, and a way to broaden and deepen your knowledge if you’ve already programmed for a while.


Master Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania

Learn robotics fundamentals from the world renowned professors at the GRASP (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception) Laboratory, one of the top robotics research centers in the world. In this Robotics MicroMasters program, you will learn the mathematical concepts and the programming tools to design, build and program robots that solve industry-relevant, real-world problems.


Robotics: Vision Intelligence and Machine Learning

How do robots “see”, respond to and learn from their interactions with the world around them? This is the fascinating field of visual intelligence and machine learning. Visual intelligence allows a robot to “sense” and “recognize” the surrounding environment. It also enables a robot to “learn” from the memory of past experiences by extracting patterns in visual signals.


Get Training on Autodesk Fusion 360

Fusion 360 Training at Lynda Online Courses

If you are interested in the construction and efficiency development within the drone industry than building your skills in 3D object rendering is the place you want to begin. Learn how to 3D render objects to help make drones lighter, faster, and stronger.

This Course is Taught by Nick Kloski. He is the Co-Founder of HoneyPoint3D, which is a leading educational program for rapid 3D prototyping. Nick has taught more than 7,000 students between his in-person and online training courses. He is an considered an expert in his field, having been asked to conduct many interviews and articles on the subject of 3D printing and prototyping. Before launching HoneyPoint3D Nick worked for Oracle and Sun Microsystems for 16 years where he in a technical marketing role and trainer.


Aeronautical Engineering from Delft University of Technology

This course provides an overview of and introduction to the fundamentals of aeronautics, using the history of aviation as a story line. The course uses examples from the very beginning of aviation (the Montgolfier brothers’ balloon flight in 1783 and the Wright brothers’ heavier-than-air flight in 1903) and continues all the way through to the current Airbus A380 and future aircraft. During this trajectory three major topics are discussed: aeronautics, aerodynamics and flight mechanics.


The current Job market is ready for you to get started in Drone (UAS & UAV) jobs, and the future potential is even greater. Get Started now!

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