By now you’re probably aware of what a drone is. You’re also probably aware that they can be used to take some really cool pictures and video footage, and have no doubt seen examples of this on the internet or TV. But did you know that drones actually have a lot of practical uses in the industrial world?
Becoming a qualified drone pilot by completing a Remote Pilot License (REPL) course at CET can be your gateway to a world of exciting employment opportunities specific to the electrical industry. Check out these five reasons you should consider upskilling within the drone space as a sparky.
They Aren’t Toys
It’s tempting to think of drones as toys that people fly around on the weekend for a bit of fun, but the fact of the matter is they’re serious pieces of equipment that require a significant amount of training and expertise to operate correctly and safely.
This is especially true in an industrial setting where expensive equipment and the safety of personnel is at stake. Our REPL course will equip you with the skills and knowledge required by employers to operate remotely piloted aircraft systems safely and within CASA's rules and regulations.
There Are Many Commercial Applications
Drones can travel large distances very quickly and require minimal resources to operate (compared to what it would take to get a person into similar positions). They’re also safer and more reliable than other options like as manned helicopter flights. For this reason they are used for a wide variety of purposes across a range of different industries. These include:
- Power utility companies - assessing storm damage, surveying distribution and transmission equipment and supporting construction and repair work.
- Construction companies - conducting detailed building and safety inspections during construction.
- Renewable energy - inspecting rooftop solar panels and wind farms.
- Mining and resources - inspecting oil & gas infrastructure.
- Asset inspections for damage and maintenance.
These are just a few examples of the various industrial and commercial applications for drones with new applications continuously evolving.
A Rapidly Growing Industry
Already a sizeable sector, the unmanned aviation industry is set to grow significantly as technology improves and remote piloted aircraft (RPA) replace manned aircraft in many roles.
As the sector grows and becomes more lucrative, competition for roles in this highly desirable field of employment will only get more and more intense. Getting yourself qualified with a REPL course and adding experience under your belt whilst this is still a relatively emerging space in the electrical industry, will give you a distinct advantage over other candidates and increase your earning potential.
Your Ticket To The World
As the use of RPAs spreads across more and more industries, the demand for highly trained pilots with specialised, industry-specific skills will only continue to grow.
This means that if you’re able to gain the right qualification, skills and expertise in a specific field (inspecting power lines or solar panels with an RPA for example), there is an opportunity to work in similar roles all over the world. Becoming a qualified drone pilot can differentiate you from other electrical contractors and give you a massive advantage.
Increase Your Earning Potential & Employability
Due to the highly technical nature of many industry based RPA pilot positions, it is often necessary for pilots to have some other industry specific experience and qualifications as well. For example, if you’re using a drone to inspect a building site, then you have to have the right knowledge and qualifications to fly the done and inspect the building at the same time.
Given the increasing use of drones across a variety of industries, completing a REPL course can complement your existing skill set and increase your earning potential and employability.
Thinking of getting on board with the drone technology revolution? Our Remote Pilot License course can put you in the box seat and open up a whole world of exciting opportunities and increased earning potential. Get in touch with CET today to find out more.