Drone Repair Technicians
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Take computer, electronics, and machine shop classes while in school to gain insights into software systems and how machines operate. If you know someone who owns a drone, ask them if they can show you how it works. Visit The Drone Girl's Web site (http://thedronegirl.com) to learn more about the steps needed for buying and registering a drone, watch videos of drones in operation, and find other resources for drone training and careers. Ask your school's career services office for help in locating a drone repair technician that you can conduct an information interview with to learn more about this field. Keep up with drone news and find job listings and other resources by visiting the Drone Training Headquarters Web site, https://dronetraininghq.com. You can also read job descriptions and learn more about the types of companies that employ drone repair technicians by searching employment Web sites such as CareerBuilder, Indeed, SimplyHired, and Monster, among others.
Attend a drone or robotics summer camp to learn more about the field. The Drobots Company (http://drobotscompany.com) offers both day and residential camps around the United States. Two other options include Drone Camp (https://dronecamp.org) and the Drones, Drones, Drones! Camp (https://www.waketech.edu/summer-camps/camps/drones).
Drone repair technicians repair and maintain the parts and systems of unmanned aerial vehicles. They fix and replace parts such as the outer shells and legs of drones. They also repair motors, which can frequently overheat and break in drones. Technicians have knowledge of ground control systems, the communication systems between drones and wireless devices, and also understand how computer networks function within the unmanned aerial systems.
Unmanned aircraft systems repairers employed by the U.S. Army, for example, are tasked with keeping aircraft functioning correctly and having them ready to fly at any moment's notice, for the collection and transmission of information. Daily job duties include repairing the drones' electrical, avionics, propulsion, and fuel systems, and maintaining optical payloads, weapons systems, electrical systems, radio frequency systems, and takeoff and landing systems. UAS repairers employed by the army are skilled in electrical theory and system maintenance, math and shop mechanics, and are adept at working with electrics and electronic equipment.
Repair technicians in the civilian sector handle customers' inquiries about drone repairs. They assess the damage to the drones and discuss with clients what repairs will be needed and the costs involved. They create repair work order forms and keep customers informed of the status of the repair work by telephone and e-mail. They work closely with other drone technicians and specialists to collaborate on jobs, when needed. They also keep track of the time they spend on each job and record the specific materials, parts, and steps taken to complete the work. Technicians follow industry and company standards in the types of materials and methods used to repair and maintain drones. When their work is completed, they review with clients what was repaired and make recommendations for products and services that customers may consider using to keep their drones functioning well in the future.