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Certificate in Drones and SMART Agri Sensors - Springboard

Certificate in Drones and SMART Agri Sensors - Springboard

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Discipline: Mechanical Engineering

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply through

Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate or equivalent or be over 23years on 1/1/2021

Credits: 20

Places: 35



Why Study?

Students will learn how to plan an end-to-end mission (from image acquisition to data visualization) for your specific drone application and how to execute a drone mission safely. After finishing this course students will have gained full understanding of the aerial mapping workflow and how to implement it in a programmable small drone.

Students will:

• Learn to decide whether it makes sense to use a drone for your application or challenge

• Design a process from acquisition to data visualization and evaluation for your specific drone application

• Learn about the available airborne technology and software • Understand what UAV international legislation and regulations are concerning drones

• How to make an aerial surveying workflow • How to make the required flight preparations and create and execute a safe mission setup

• Learn about mission planning and the available open source and commercial tools • Gain an understanding about aerial imaging product delivery


Note: The course is currently undergoing academic approval, after which full course documentation would be available

Programme Modules

Remote Sensing - 5cr: Remote sensors, data visualisation and data acquisition and how to use UAVs as tool for applications

Drone Planning and Mapping - 5cr: Planning a mission, what is needed and how the data is acquired

Professional Project Practice - 10cr: Opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the course

Module Aims: 

Will be added when course has completed academic approval

Learning Outcomes: 

Will be added when course has completed academic approval


Will be added when course has completed academic approval

Essential Information: 

How to Apply



Start Date:

10 January 2022

Course fee:

Free to all applicants

Contact Us

School:                          School of Engineering

Department:                  Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Head of Department:    Dr. Carine Gachon


Contact person for admissions

Peter Butler
Graduate Studies & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
Galway City

+353 (0)85 805 3691  09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday