Aviation Programs at PIA

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics is one of the top resources in the country for skilled, certified aviation maintenance and electronics technicians. PIA’s aviation programs offer opportunities for individuals to develop the necessary skills for a successful hands-on career.

PIA’s Pittsburgh Campus offers two aviation programs: Aviation Maintenance Technology and Aviation Electronics Technology. Both of these programs are 21 months in length and grant Associates Degrees in Specialized Technology.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology program provides students with the opportunity to test for the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant Certification, the “golden ticket” to a career in aviation maintenance.

The Aviation Electronics Technology program requires students to test for the FCC’s General Radiotelephone Operator’s License (GROL), a powerful tool in starting a future in the field of avionics.

Students attending the Pittsburgh Campus can choose to pursue both aviation programs, otherwise known as a “Dual Ticket”. This combined program totals 33 months in length.

PIA Branch Campuses (Hagerstown, Myrtle Beach and Youngstown) offer a 16 month Aviation Maintenance Technology Diploma/Certificate program. This expedited training option allows students the opportunity to test for the FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certification.

PIA’s branch campuses do not offer an Associates Degree; however, students pursuing an education at any PIA branch campus may choose to attend PIA’s Pittsburgh Campus for six months following graduation to receive their an Associates Degree in Specialized Technology.

  • 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)
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