This autumn, at the start of the new academic year, students of MBO College Airport, part of the Amsterdam ROC, can specialize in drone technology and drone applications. The drone is now an inevitable technology and the economic and social significance is steadily increasing. For this reason, the ROC of Amsterdam is the first MBO institution to develop a generic course based on drones.
The drone module is addition to the MBO College Airport aviation programs. Since this school year, the so-called options are part of their mbo-education. Students follow a program they supplement with options with which they further specialize in their profession.
Student Aircraft Maintenance Technology Avionica Anil thinks that using drones in the future will be just as normal as using mobile phones today. He is excited about the drone module; “Drones are a big part of our technological age. Worldwide there are organizations that use drones for development aid, such as food en medical provision in remote areas.”
The Drone Technology module deals with aviation legislation and meteorology. Writing software programs for independently flying drones and composing, designing and building the devices is also being discussed.
The Dutch Drone Academy (DDA) is a famous name in the world of drones. They had previously been involved in developing government drone legislation, business training for Media Market (drones in the retail environment), and developed lectures and workshops for,amongst others, Siemens, Funda, McKinsey, Twitter and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
“To us it is a milestone to be a partner in the development of the first generic drone module in the Netherlands. Herein, MBO College Airport takes a leading position within the MBO. With this step, it will be possible for many young people, who are already very adept with drones, to finally turn this passion into a profession,” said Parcival I. Hofland, CEO Dutch Drone Academy.
MBO College Airport also co-operates with the Drone Center Valkenburg to develop this study program. A Drone Lab is being developed in collaboration with the business community. The drone module devotes attention to scenarios surrounding the application of drones to the following areas: security & law enforcement, inspection and logistics applications. “We facilitate these developments at former Naval Aviation Camp Valkenburg, a great location with a big hangar where tests can be performed indoors by individuals and companies at all times,” said Jeroen Engelkes, owner of Drone Center Valkenburg.
MBO College Airport is the market leader in the field of vocational training for aviation and airport in the Netherlands. More than 3,000 students and employees follow daily aviation related vocational training. They do this for renowned aviation companies like KLM, Royal Air Force and Royal Schiphol Group.