Virtual work experience

Drone Pilot

Gain work experience with internationally renowned Cardno—the environmental and social development giant, dominating markets in more than 100 countries. Experience flight simulations and discover how drone surveying can build a more sustainable environment.

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100+ students joined in the last 30 days
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Summary

This virtual work experience offers you a taste of what it’s like to be a Drone Pilot at Cardno. You will be working on a geotechnical risk assessment project to upgrade the walking trails at the Murramarang South Coast Walk. Your tasks will include digitally mapping the drone’s route, creating a pre-flight safety checklist accounting for the weather conditions and aerodrome forecast, recording a drone flight simulation, and working with 3D map imagery.

What you will gain

  • Understanding of the key disciplines and concepts relevant to the work of a Drone Pilot and GIS Analyst as well as their day-to-day tasks.
  • Insight into the established procedures and values driving the decision-making process in a global infrastructure, environmental and social development company like Cardno.
  • Experience contributing to a geotechnical risk assessment project, from brief to delivery.
  • Feedback on your work and progress from the industry mentor and the virtual work experience facilitator as well as frequent self-reflection opportunities.
  • Certified microcredential titled ‘Drone Pilot and GIS Analyst Virtual Work Experience at Cardno’, that can boost your chances of kick-starting a career in areas related to geoscience.

To join

You need:

  • Yourself 
  • A can-do attitude
  • Enthusiasm and curiosity
  • Dedication to complete weekly activities...
  • ...and to do your best
  • A computer 
  • An internet connection
  • A comfy place to study
  • Snacks to keep you going

You don't need:

  • To be shy
  • To limit yourself
  • To break the bank
  • To be a cool kid
  • The latest tech
  • 5+ years of industry experience 
  • A uni degree
  • Lame excuses
  • Bad attitude

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Drone Pilot

Dive into flight simulations — discover how drone piloting & surveying is a fun career for young people
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100+ students in the last 30 days

Ideal for

14-19

Commitment

12 Hours

Outcome

Microcredentials

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Core skills you will gain:

Critical thinking
Problem solving
Planning & organisation

Additional skills:

Critical thinking
Problem solving
Planning & organisation

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Drone Pilot

Build your experience with
real-world activities

Gain work experience with internationally renowned Cardno—the environmental and social development giant, dominating markets in more than 100 countries. Experience flight simulations and discover how drone surveying can build a more sustainable environment.

Week 1 @ Cardno

Beginner
30 minutes

As a Drone Pilot and GIS Analyst, you'll be working for Cardno – an international company operating in more than 100 countries with more than 4,000 employees. Learn about your new company, meet your mentors, and submit a cover letter for your new position.

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Week 2 @ Cardno

Beginner
2 Hours

Learn about the the Murramarang South Coast Walking Trail Assessment project that you'll be working on. Complete an induction on geoscience and GIS, and the fundamentals of drone surveying.

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Week 2 @ Cardno

Intermediate
4 hours

Complete all your pre-flight planning by developing an image acquisition plan, mapping your flight path, and calculating Ground Sampling Distance (GSD), all while ensuring that you're complying with drone safety regulations.

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Week 3 @ Cardno

Intermediate
4 Hours

Explore how to read aerodrome forecasts and assess weather conditions before you take to the skies, and undertake a drone flying simulation.

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Week 4 @ Cardno

Advanced
2 hours

Complete your drone survey project by stitching individual drone photographs together, or imagery post-processing. Deliver a final pitch summarising your project and reflect on the outcomes of your work experience.

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Cardno is a global infrastructure, environmental and social development company operating in more than 100 countries.

Meet your mentors

Alex Carling

Engineering Geologist | GIS Analyst

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Why Grandshake?

Gain real-world work experience anywhere, anytime. Meet industry mentors, discover career pathways, and join a national community.

Self-paced journey

Complete at your own speed, and gain progressive skills from beginner to advanced.

Video check-ins

Touch-base with a community facilitator and receive personalised guidance at every step of the experience.

Pitch your project

Boost your communication and project management skills in one go, and get key stakeholders on board with your idea. 

Receive mentor feedback

Network with industry mentors and receive one-on-one feedback on your projects. 

Industry-endorsed Microcredential

Receive digital proof of your experience and celebrate your accomplishment with future employers.

Join a national community of students from over 210+ schools

Get help from our community

Get personalised support and feedback from our team, mentors and fellow students.

Build your network

Make connections, discover career opportunities, and collaborate with humans from across Australia.

Real-life experiences

Gain practical skills and insights from a community of industry experts.

What students say

Students rate their Grand experience at 4.9/5 🌟

Claire H

Year 12

“I took every opportunity, and work experience was the perfect opportunity to better myself and help me figure out what I want to do after school.”

Arslan P

Year 10

“I did not know what I wanted to do and none of my friends are talking about what they want to do. Thanks to Grandshake I found my passion and sense of clarity.”

Darcey K

Year 12

“Through my first job shadowing, I landed a paid gig. I soon released the benefits of being employed during high school. I found other ways I can start my career and not go crazy about ATAR.”

David T

Year 11

“I found it difficult to interact with my school. But Grandshake was awesome and the work experience helped me develop a sense of responsibility and got me some experience I needed.”

Elaine Q

Year 10

"I absolutely loved this virtual work experience. I feel like I learned a lot, and everything I did learn I will be able to apply to anything I do in the future."

Audrey W

Year 12

"The team put so much effort into making sure you get a lot out of the experience. My favourite part was meeting with industry mentors, and it was really beneficial to see what a real industry career could look like. The experience has helped me with my decision making in year 12."

Monty B

Year 10

"Work experience has confirmed my passion for working in a particular field and motivated me to work hard to realise my dreams."

Oscar T

Year 12

"The Grandshake community has been very engaging and welcoming."

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