If you’re looking for drone schools in Minnesota, then you may be in luck. While there are currently no UAV pilot training programs based in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, there is a first-rate program to teach you drone maintenance. Even better, 100% of those who have completed this program have found a job in the unmanned aerial vehicle field. You have to like those odds!
Minnesota’s Northland Community & Technical College offers a special training program, teaching students how to perform maintenance on unmanned aircraft systems.
This UAS certificate program, taught at the college’s Thief River Falls campus, “will concentrate on the maintenance and repair of the components of unmanned aerial systems to include: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), ground control stations (GCSs), understanding the function of data links or the communication/guidance system between vehicle and satellites (line of sight), and a basic understanding of computer networks and their functionality within UAS.”
Students are required to have the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification prior to enrolling into the program.
However, if you’re more interested in becoming an FAA-certified drone pilot, you might want to check out Twin Cities Drone School. They offer one-day seminars at locations in Duluth and Minneapolis, to prepare you for the FAA exam.
It is interesting to note that since 2010, Minnesota agencies, including the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigations, have used unmanned aircraft from the Border Patrol for a variety of missions in the state.