So, where can you find drone schools in Oklahoma? If you have your sights set on an advanced degree, you can start with Oklahoma State University. OSU offer graduate level degrees specific to unmanned aerial systems engineering, and through the school’s University Multispectral Lab, the state has long served as a test bed for advanced military technologies, including unmanned systems.
Oklahoma State’s UAS option is available for both Masters of Science and PhD degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. These classes aim to provide students with hands-on analysis, design, construction, and flight testing of UAS platforms. Students electing the UAS option will have the option name indicated on their transcripts. Flight testing and operations are conducted at OSU UAS airfields in Stillwater and/or in partnership with the University Multispectral Laboratories at Ft. Sill.
Students at Oklahoma State University have won 7 international UAV design/build/fly competitions.
If you just want an Associate degree, then Spartan College of Aeronautics and Engineering (in Tulsa) might be a more appropriate choice…
Spartan College is a trade school that offers a 13-month diploma or a 16-month Associate degree in Aviation Electronics Technology (AET). Spartan College’s AET program claims a “focus on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) which will include building, programming, and flying a UAV in autonomous flight.”
Oklahoma already has a thriving aerospace industry, but state officials are looking to expand it further through commercial drones. An organization called USA-OK which is a collaborations of local businesspeople, academics, and politicians, is trying to make the state a focal point of American UAV development. So hopefully more UAV training opportunities will pop up in the Sooner State, in the near future.