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Level I Thermography Course for sUAS

This course is designed for sUAS operators looking to obtain an industry recognized Thermography certification, in order to enhance their commercial offerings.

Attendees will learn

This 4 day seminar teaches attendees to Interpret IR images and data and apply this knowledge to sUAS operations.

This course is designed for

Drone users who need to understand how thermal IR cameras works and the principles of IR thermography.

Attendees will leave with

Upon completion of the course students will earn their Level I Thermography certification.

Course Delivery

This is a 4 day, live seminar held in a classroom setting. Students must pass an exam at the end of the course to receive their certification.

Meet Your Expert Instructor:

Gary Strahan
Gary StrahanFounder/CEO Infrared Cameras Inc.
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Gary has been and NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) Level III since 1990 and taught and still teaches primarily Infrared Thermography, but also Radiography, Ultrasonic, Magnetic Particle Inspection, Liquid Penetrant Inspection, Vibration Analysis, Acoustic Emission, and various Methods of Leak Testing.

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Level I Thermography

$1,49500Per person

What’s included

Drone users who need to understand how thermal IR cameras works and the principles of IR thermography.

Course Content

The course will cover everything that a sUAS operator will need to successfully utilize Thermal imaging sensors in the field.
It will also result in an industry recognized certification. We cover all of the topics below in detail.

Course Outline


  • Normal view on the application of Infrared Thermography
  • Course logistics and curriculum outline
  • Instruction and student introduction session
  • Comprehending certification and requirements

Basic Infrared / Thermal Physics

The Basic Physics of Matter

  • Matter – Definition and basic principles
  • Energy – definition and basic principles

Heat and Temperature

  • What is it and how it is measured/expressed
  • Basic relation of heat temperature and energy

Heat Transfer

  • Conduction Fundamentals
  • Fourier’s Law (concept)
  • Conductivity/Resistance Basics
  • Practical application of conductivity in thermography
  • Convection Fundamentals
  • Newton’s Law of cooling
  • Practical application of convection in thermography
  • Radiation Fundamentals
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Plank’s Law
  • Wien’s Law
  • Stephan Boltzmann Law


  • Reflection, Transmission, Emission
  • Radiometry and Imaging
  • Spatial Resolution Concepts

Infrared Equipment Operation

  • How your imager works
  • Equipment overview/features
  • Operation of equipment
  • Controls
  • Lenses
  • Getting a good image
  • Clarity (focus)
  • Thermal Focus
  • Dynamic Range
  • Recognizing and Dealing with Reflections
  • Recognizing and Dealing with Convection

Temperature Measurement

  • Measurement functions
  • Performing accurate temperature measurement
  • Performing emissivity measurements
  • Avoiding errors
  • Small spot size
  • Distance
  • Atmospheric Attenuation

The Environment and Support Equipment

  • Environmental Data
  • Support Equipment for Infrared Inspections


  • Qualitative vs Quantitative Inspections
  • Electrical Inspections
  • Mechanical Inspections – Friction
  • Thermal Resistance – insulation & refractory
  • Thermal Capacitance – roof moisture surveys
  • Physical State – Gas/Liquid, Liquid/Solid
  • Process Inspections
  • Fluid Flow
  • Steam
  • Vessel levels
  • Building Inspections
  • Miscellaneous – student selected applications

Reports / Software

  • Introduction
  • Software programs
  • Making Reports
  • Making Templates
  • Printing reports

Level 1 Examination

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