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UAS in Agriculture Training Details

This MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology course is conducted in partnership with Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). NMC has been training students on drones for 10 years and is one of the premier drone training programs in the country. Their staff, facilities, and equipment rival that of larger universities. As such, when MSU IAT decided it was time to bring drones into their Agricultural Training Program, it made sense to partner with NMC.


This 3-Credit course is divided into two parts:

Part 1 – Commercial Drone Pilot Certification

This online course will prepare you to become a certified commercial drone pilot. In order to operate a drone for commercial purposes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all operators pass a written test and receive a license. At the completion of this portion of the training, students will take the FAA Written Test and become a Certified Commercial Drone operator!

Part 2 – UAS Flight Experience Training

IAT students will participate in an intensive, 5-day training course for UAS applications in agriculture at NMC. Students will be trained on a variety of drone platforms that are currently being used in agriculture for a variety of missions. This also includes understanding the sensor technology used to provide growers with usable data. Students will conduct flights, collect aerial imagery, analyze data, and create maps with fixed wing and multi-rotor UAS. Training will include operation of DJI aircraft, the SenseFly eBee, and the DJI Agras MG-1 Octo-Copter (agricultural sprayer). Along with daily flights and missions, students will process and analyze data collected to determine potential agricultural applications for UAS. Flights will be conducted over multiple agricultural commodities (orchards, grapes, hops, corn, soybean, etc.) in NW Michigan.


Training Dates

January 11 through March 26, 2021 – Online Commercial Drone Certification Training. This part of the training is completed online but applicants will need to take the FAA Commercial Drone Pilot Certification test in person at an FAA testing facility.  

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May 10–14, 2021 or August 9–13, 2021 – UAS Flight Experience Training. For this part of the training participants will need choose from one of the listed summer training dates. This part of the training will be conducted at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City MI.

NOTE: It is not guaranteed that participants will be enrolled in their first choice of training dates but every effort will be made to accommodate your first choice.


Lodging

For your stay in Traverse City you have a choice of lodging being provided for you as part of your course fee, or you may stay wherever works best for you. If you do choose to have lodging covered as part of your course fee, it will be an additional $360. Lodging is based on double occupancy in a hotel or on campus dorm room.


Pricing Information

In addition to the 3 credits of tuition, participants will be required to pay an additional course fee. The course fee includes equipment usage for the training ($206) and, if you chose to have lodging provided, an additional ($360) is required — lodging fees are based on double occupancy.

  • Total Course Fee WITH lodging is $566
  • Total Course Fee WITHOUT lodging is $206

Requirements & Eligibility

  • Must be a current MSU student, MSU IAT student, or be enrolled as an MSU Lifelong Education student
  • Must submit completed UAS in Agriculture Training – APPLICATION FORM
  • Students must complete both parts of the training program
  • Students must pass the FAA Remote Pilot Written Test (Drone Certification)
  • Requires enrollment in 3 MSU credits

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