William Michal - 1981 GraduateFedEx Express
PIA took me from my high school days of just “getting by” and passing the time until school was over, to preparing for an industry where school never ends. I recieved my A&P license in 1981, and went to work for Allegheny Commuter in Youngstown, OH, then Parkersburg, WV. Five years later I moved to Minneapolis, MN, to work for Northwest in the wheels and brakes shop. After finding out the real meaning of winter,…
Andrew Voso, 2009 GraduateSenior TechGulfstreamL3 in Lexington was a great start and my wife and I loved Lexington. What a town! Now we are in Savannah, GA at Gulfstream and they offered ma a position that blew me through the roof. I am a Senior Tech making $30/hr with room to move around after 18 months. I was absolutely blown away by the offer (which I accepted immediately).
Paul Speelman, 2006 GraduateMaryland State Police
“PIA showed me the way! I started working for US Airways in Harrisburg, PA three days after my graduation. Currently, I’m working on helicopters for the Maryland State Police. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. This is a great field and PIA was THE school to go to!”
Teodoro Alvarez, 1976 GraduateFed Ex Express
I’m coming up on the 37th anniversary of my graduation from PIA. There I learned the basics that have taken me through a great career, soon I’ll be celebrating my 27th year with FedEx Express. Currently helping maintain our fleet of A-300/310′s, B-727′s, MD-10′s MD-11′s and B-777′s and soon B-767′s What a ride!
Shawn Smith, 2009 GraduateAir Methods
“My training from PIA prepared me for the workforce by teaching me hydraulics, electricity and safety. The courses have rounded out my previous job experiences and have made me a valuable asset in today’s workforce. I recommend PIA to other people because I had a great learning experience.”
Mark Johnson, 2011 GraduateSikorsky
“A few things I thought of that you could tell the prospective students when you visit is that I watched your presentation while I was in their shoes, but then I got caught up in the hype of a 4 year college. So I started at [a 4 year college] for Mechanical Engineering. Hated it from the first week on. They expected us to study 30-40 hours a week not counting homework. That’s like a full-time job. I was not ready to…
Mindy PavilonisHuman Resources ManagerAvCraftAfter reviewing the various aviation schools that I have worked with it became very apparent that PIA stands out among the rest! We have hired 17 PIA graduates in the past 6 years (written September 22, 2010). This is significantly more than any other aviation school that we have dealt with over the years. This is a true testament to the quality of your aviation program and students.
Jim Talerico, 1987 GraduateHigh Precision Maintenance EngineerIntel Corp
As a 1987 A&P graduate, I hired on directly to Atlanta with Delta Airlines as a mechanic at 19 years old. I had always appreciated the placement office and the extra work they did to support the employer and graduate connections. While there, I quickly realized the quality of the theory and training that we received and the level of respect that PIA had garnered as an A&P school.
After nearly 10…
Kane Wallick, 2009 Graduate
“My training from PIA has given me the basics across all of the necessary areas to get started in the aviation field. I recommend PIA because of the amount of hands-on experience you get, especially compared to other schools.”