Since 2009, the Grand Forks region has been training the wave of workforce specialists needed to commercialize UAS. Couple that with our Midwest work ethic and you’ve got a winning combination.  We are not only training pilots, we’re preparing UAS maintenance technicians, imagery analysts, engineers, simulator maintenance technicians and sensor operators.

We are introducing UAS technologies and career opportunities beginning as early as elementary school, embedding it into career exploration curriculums and carrying through to post-secondary specialties.

Industry leading companies General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Northrop Grumman corporation have created their own corporate training centers in the region, too, training their employees and customers to support product roll-outs.

University of North Dakota, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

The nation’s first UAS pilot training program was established here, in the nation’s preeminent aviation school. Today, the state’s flagship university is integrating unmanned education in all areas of the university including engineering, computer science, and, of course, aviation.

Northland Community & Technical College

The nation’s first associate degrees and certificates were offered here in UAS maintenance programs to support vehicles and ground control stations. Imagery analysis and geospatial intelligence training programs are preparing skilled professionals for the daunting task of analyzing the data collected from systems.

Lake Region State College

Simulator training is an important component of UAS development and experts in this field are being trained in the Grand Forks region. With simulators comes the need for maintenance technicians trained to troubleshoot, repair and maintain the computer systems, circuit systems and electronics essential to operations.