Drone Careers: UAV Energy Inspector

  • George Demopoulos
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Although the field of UAV technology is still in its infancy, it’s set to expand exponentially. In fact, some sources believe that the industry may have a market cap of more than $58 billion by 2026. What’s more, some experts believe that the UAV field will generate 100,000 jobs by 2025.

And that rapid growth means that the UAV industry is going to have plenty of room for drone pilots looking for careers. In this post, we’ll look at one of those jobs: being a UAV energy inspector.

Drone Careers: UAV Energy Inspector

One big advantage to UAVs is that they can easily access places that would be difficult or impossible for humans to get to. That means it’s becoming way easier for energy companies to keep an eye on our energy infrastructure.

A UAV energy inspector uses specially-made drones to scout out problems in the grid. That could include anything from leaky oil pipelines to damaged air turbines. Remember the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Leak in California, where 100,000 metric tons of methane spewed into the atmosphere in 2015? That’s the kind of thing a UAV energy inspector will prevent.

Generally, this involves using cameras that can see in spectrums other than regular light. Thermal cameras, for example, can detect heightened temperatures and discover problems that would be otherwise impossible to detect.

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