• Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree

    (AMT degree)
    Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree

    Why Aviation Maintenance?

    PIA’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Degree Program is renowned in the industry as one of the most reputable skilled aviation maintenance programs in the nation.  Aviation Maintenance Technicians are the professionals who inspect, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair the engines, structure, and onboard systems of all types of aircraft.

    The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) degree program at PIA’s main campus leads to an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree, including preparation for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe & Powerplant certification exams. Most graduates of this program begin their careers with regional airlines, aircraft manufacturers, maintenance facilities, aircraft charter services, and corporate aviation departments.  In addition, and ever growing number of non-aviation related industries are seeking the skills obtained through PIA’s aviation education.

    PIA’s focus on hands-on learning experiences is evident in the school’s shops and labs, which include specialized areas for propulsion systems, electronics (basic and advanced), radio communication & navigation, sheet metal, hydraulics, instruments & controls, composites, non-destructive testing, welding, and painting. Aviation students benefit from a variety of onsite aircraft which are used specifically for training purposes.

    Training Location

    Course Length

    • 21 Month Program
    • 7 - Three Month Terms (Quarters)
    • 8:00AM – 2:30PM Mon-Fri

    Hands on Training with:

    • Turbine Engines
    • Reciprocating Engines
    • Metallic Structures
    • Ignitions Systems
    • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
    • Welding
    • Composite materials & much more!
  • Aviation Electronics Technology Degree

    (AET Degree)
    Aviation Electronics Technology Degree

    Why Aviation Electronics?

    As technology advances, the magnitude of electronics within aviation is ever growing. This progress increases the need for qualified “avionics” technicians to inspect, troubleshoot, and repair the necessary equipment that ensures the safety of millions of people each year.

    PIA “aviation electronics” technicians must be able to isolate malfunctions and make necessary equipment changes to radios, navigation systems, radar, flight computers, and many more sophisticated electronics.

    The AET program leads to the FCC General Radiotelephone Operator’s License (GROL) and is also accredited by National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Training (NCATT).

    Training Location

    Course Length

    • 21 Month Program
    • 7 - Three Month Terms (Quarters)
    • 8:00AM – 2:30PM Mon-Fri

    Hands on Training with:

    • Programmable Logic Controllers
    • Communication Transceivers
    • Navigation Systems
    • Microwave Systems
    • Radios & much more!
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology Diploma/Certificate

    (AMT Diploma/Certificate)
    Aviation Maintenance Technology Diploma/Certificate

    Quick Intensive Training

    Whether you just want to stay closer to home or you are looking to fast track it into the aviation industry, PIA’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Diploma or Certificate program may be exactly what you’re looking for. Aviation Maintenance Technicians are the professionals who inspect, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair the engines, structure, and onboard systems of all types of aircraft.

    The AMT diploma/certificate program at PIA’s branch campuses focuses towards the preparation for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe & Powerplant certification exams. Most graduates of this program begin their careers with regional airlines, aircraft manufacturers, maintenance facilities, aircraft charter services, and corporate aviation departments.

    PIA’s focus on hands-on learning experiences is evident in the school’s shops and labs, which include specialized areas for propulsion systems, electronics (basic and advanced), radio communication & navigation, sheet metal, hydraulics, instruments & controls, composites, non-destructive testing, welding, and painting. Aviation students benefit from a variety of onsite equipment which are used specifically for training purposes.

    Training Locations

    Course Length

    • 16 Month Program
    • 4 – Four Month Terms
    • Classes start at 8:00AM Mon-Thur/Fri

     

    Hands on Training with:

    • Turbine Engines
    • Reciprocating Engines
    • Metallic Structures
    • Ignitions Systems
    • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
    • Welding
    • Composite materials & much more!
  • Rotorcraft Systems & Maintenance

    Elective Course
    Rotorcraft Systems & Maintenance

    Valuable Helicopter Experience

    PIA’s Rotorcraft Systems & Maintenance course is offered to our second year Aviation Maintenance students and current industry A&P Technicians.

    This elective course was originally designed to familiarize FAA field inspectors with the intricacies of rotary wing aircraft (helicopters). AMT’s who choose to take this elective course will get a look at the history of helicopters, and study the fascinating aerodynamics of rotorcraft, helicopter flight controls and basic engine installations.

    Graduates of the AMT program and the Rotorcraft Systems and Maintenance course are working in esteemed companies such as L3 Communications and Sikorsky.

    For more information, contact Steven Sabold at (412) 346-2122.

    Training Location

    Course Length

    • 5 weeks (60 hours)
    • 3 nights per week
    • 5:00PM-9:00PM (M,T,Th)

    Cost:

    • $689.00 ($100.00 deposit required)
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication

    Elective Course
    Sheet Metal Fabrication

    What is this course?

    The metallic structures course is integrated into the Aviation Maintenance Program at all of PIA’s locations.  Based on the reputation of PIA’s training in this subject matter, PIA has had organizations including the Pennsylvania Army Reserve National Guard, St. Gobain’s Performance Plastics, and several others request the advanced training of their maintenance technicians in this art form.

    This continuing education offering is derived from two PIA courses that specialize in working with metallic structures. This hands-on course of study introduces the learner to the art of forming metal and expands upon the practical aspects of sheet metal construction and repair.

    For information in customized contract training for an organization, please visit the Customized Training page.

    Topics addressed include:

    • Riviting Practices
    • Special Fasteners
    • Bonded Structures
    • Structure Repairs
    • Sheet Metal Fabrication
    • Metal Fatigue and Corrosion
  • Composite Materials

    Elective Course
    Composite Materials

    About

    This course is designed to introduce technicians to working with modern composite materials by providing an in-depth study of the various composite materials employed in aviation, medical, and other advanced technical constructions. No previous experience is required, and the course consists of both lecture and hands-on training.

    For information in customized contract training for an organization, please visit the Customized Training page.

    Topics

    • History of Composites
    • Materials and Manufacturing Processes: Adhesives, Fibers, Resins, Fillers
    • Applications
    • Terminology
    • Safety
    • Lay-up Procedures
    • Inspection
    • Damage Assessment of Materials
    • Repairs
    • Nondestructive Testing
    • Federal Aviation Regulations as they apply to Composites
  • Altimeter Course

    Elective Course
    Altimeter Course

    About

    PIA offers re-certification training for repair station technicians who test and certify altimeters, encoders, static systems, and transponders in accordance with CFR 14, Parts 91.411 and 91.413.

    There are two courses available. The complete course consists of 8 clock hours of classroom, shop, and hangar instruction, and qualifies as a refresher course in accordance with CFR 14, Part 65.193. The re-certification course consists of 4 clock hours of shop and hangar instruction, and is suitable for those technicians seeking only re-certification under CFR 14, Part 145.163.

    Classes are normally scheduled on weekdays from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. If the demand for the courses warrants, classes can be scheduled on Saturday mornings as well.

    Those technicians who have their own operational pitot/static test equipment and altitude reporting test equipment may bring their equipment to the session. If any technician plans to do so, the technician is also responsible for bringing all necessary operating instructions for this equipment.

    A properly equipped aircraft will be provided for training purposes. However, if time, weather, and hangar space permit, technicians enrolled in this course may bring their own aircraft to this session.

    Training Location

    Course Cost & Times

    • Cost: $598.00 – Full Course
    • Cost: $299.00 – Re-Certification Course
    • Weekdays 3:00PM – 7:00PM

    For more information, contact Steven Sabold at (412) 346-2122.

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