R-MA students hoping to enter an exciting major during their time in university can learn a lot from our unmanned systems program. Not only do they learn about flying these systems by receiving hands-on training from a licensed instructor, but they also get the opportunity to conduct flights while working alongside local organizations. However, what might surprise some people is that learning about flying drones can be applied to many different industries.
Although the fields mentioned in this article are not the only ones that students can major in when they get to university, they are among the more prominent majors where students can apply skills from flying these systems. Here are three examples of paths students can pursue in university after learning about unmanned systems at R-MA.
Engineering and Construction Is One Such Path for Our Prep School’s Students
Students considering engineering, construction, and/or construction engineering might be interested in learning that drones can be used for several different purposes in this field. These systems have been flown by companies using cameras and GPS technology to film bird’s eye views of construction sites while they are in operation. Beyond the inspection and filming of construction projects in cities, other examples include the surveillance of rural areas where landslides have occurred or vegetation is growing, as well as areas that are unsafe and/or difficult to access. Drones also provide safety benefits, as it is far less dangerous to gain access to such sites using a drone compared to having engineers physically access them. Additionally, drones make it much easier to capture data.
Energy and Infrastructure Management Uses Drones for Pipelines and Wind Turbines
Another field where drones are used in various situations is the energy sector. Studying energy and infrastructure management is an excellent choice for students at our prep school who want to continue using drones after completing their studies at R-MA. For example, unmanned systems like quadcopters are used by those working in oil and gas to survey pipelines and check for any issues. These drones take infrared pictures of the pipeline to then be looked at by engineers. Using drones for inspecting the development of energy infrastructure is both safe and cost-efficient, and can provide detailed data on pipelines as well as cleaner energy structures such as wind turbines.
Film Production and Cinematography Also Make Magic Using Unmanned Systems
Those interested in film might already know that drones can be used in the production of movies and television shows. In fact, students in our preparatory upper school might have even watched some of the productions that have used unmanned systems in the past. This is especially the case with action and war films. Aerial cinematography is a common tool in modern filmmaking, and students interested in studying film after R-MA can appreciate the advantages these systems provide. The ability to film scenes using drones is not only less expensive for production crews, they can also be used for both aerial and on-the-ground filming. By using drones, filmmakers can literally and figuratively elevate the quality of their shots as well as the visual and emotional impact those shots have on viewers.
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