MiraCosta College Community Education and Workforce Development

ROV/Drone Operator Technician

at MiraCosta College

about the rov/drone operator technician program

San Diego is a center for innovation and ROVs are becoming the technology of choice for overwater, underwater, aerospace, retail delivery and agriculture industries. Our new program will employ hands-on training using state-of-the-art technology. Upon course completion, you'll be ready to take the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drone Knowledge Test—the required exam you need to pass to get a Remote Pilot Certificate.


why attend miracosta?

  • Industry relevant curriculum using State-of-the-Art equipment

  • Job placement assistance, with over a 90% employment rate

  • Accelerated training that can get you into a job in less than 4 months

  • GI Bill ® approved, WIOA funding approved programs

GI Bill ® and WIOA funding approved. For all other candidates, tuition is FREE through the DOL funded America’s Promise Grant. NOTE: A $350 charge to cover administrative costs will be collected upon registration.

Course Length
Complete this program in just 21 weeks. Offered twice per year

Hours of Instruction
Monday-Thursday, 3:00pm-9:30pm
Please see the events calendar for dates.

HS Diploma or GED, basic math and reading comprehension assessments, and complete submission of enrollment documents

what you will learn

  • Industrial safety 
  • Electrical and specialty wiring 
  • Programmable controllers 
  • Machine design
  • PC base data acquisition and control 
  • GIS (geographic information systems)
  • Electrical and mechanical repair     
  • Introduction to submersible robotics
  • Introduction to ROV/drone careers 
  • ROV piloting 
  • Introduction to drones (UAVs)
  • Drone piloting
  • FAA licensing requirements and regulations
  • FAA exam prep
  • Career Exploration and Readiness

after course completion


If students attend all classes, complete the necessary coursework, and pass the required tests, students will receive: A National Career Readiness Certificate, and a MiraCosta College Certificate of Accomplishment.

Career Paths

There are numerous openings for ROV and/or Drone Operators and Technicians in San Diego County and throughout the U.S.! Companies such as: TE Connectivity, Seabotix, Subnet Services, Global Diving and Salvage, Technip FMC, Progressive Global Energy and Natural Resources, and AeroVironment have job openings.

take the next step

We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.

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