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The Mountwest Community & Technical College  GST – Drone Technology Concentration program was one of the schools selected to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI). – FAA News

Official Release – Geospatial Science & Technology Program selected for FAA Training Program

Applied Technology

Geospatial Science technology

This program is currently under redesign, please check back in 2023.

The Drone Technology Concentration prepares individuals for careers as Remote Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Pilots.

2 Year Degree

Drone Technology A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science 

60 Credit Hours

2 Year Degree

Geographic Information Science A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science 

60 Credit Hours


UAS Engineering

An AUVSI economic report finds UAS engineering salaries start around $55,000 per year, with the potential to increase to $100,000 annually or more. UAS operators’ annual salaries typically start between $45,000 and $65,000, Mirot says, and can be considerably higher if stationed overseas.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, also known as AUVSI, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the unmanned systems and robotics industry through communication, education and leadership

Why is GIS useful?

Check out our GIS story map! It covers the Geospatial Science & Technology Program Geographic Information Science (GIS) Concentration and Drone Technology Concentration

What you'll learn:

The Geospatial Science and Technology Program is divided into two tracks. The Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, track focuses on the application of Esri ArcGIS software to visualize statistical data. Students will master the use of Esri software through courses focused on ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and Esri Story Maps. Through the GIS courses students learn how to create meaningful maps, how to use and create geospatial data, as well as the analysis and sharing of the results. Esri is the industry leader in Geographic Information Systems and their software has uses across all areas of government, business, and technology.

For additional information on the Geospatial Science and Technology Program as well as information on the GIS Track, Drone Technology Track, Dual Credit Courses, High School Early Entry, Summer Drone Camps, and West Virginia Invests Grant Program for free Community College Tuition please click on GST Story Map link. 

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employment

  • Mapping
  • Search and Rescue
  • Construction
  • Photography
  • Journalism
  • Utilities
  • Inspection

Career Outlook: projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028

Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased demand for mapping technology is expected to require additional technicians to gather and prepare the data. 

In May 2018, the median annual wages for surveying and mapping technicians in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Utilities $61,780 
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction $57,130 
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals $50,620
  • Architectural, engineering, and related services $40,620
Want to learn more about this program?
Interested in learning more about the MCTC program? Send us a message and talk to our program coordinator.
Julie A. Hazelett
Assistant Professor
Geographic Information Systems Geospatial Science and Technology Program

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