Want to be an Aircraft Technician?

Our VA-Approved programs will put you on the fast-track to obtaining the FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certification or FCC General Radiotelephone Operator’s License in as little as 21 months.

Check out this U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs video featuring veterans pursuing programs at PIA.


Why PIA?

PIA’s Aviation Maintenance (AMT) and Aviation Electronics (AET) programs offer efficient, career-oriented education for veterans seeking the necessary certifications and skills to transition to the civilian workforce. PIA’s award-winning instructors utilize years of industry experience to deliver a top-notch aviation education.

97% Career Placement*

Our Career Services Department provides one-on-one placement assistance, resume workshops, mock interviews and more. We actively assist all students and alumni in pursuing their professional goals.

*Veteran placement percentage of 97% based on 29 veteran graduates eligible for employment for all PIA campuses between July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Approved for VA Benefits

PIA Campuses are approved to receive the following VA Education Benefits:

  • Chapter 30
  • Chapter 31
  • Chapter 32
  • Chapter 33
  • Chapter 35
  • Chapter 1606
  • Chapter 1607

Every PIA Campus is eligible for VA Education Benefits.

Learn More

For more information on programs or to schedule a visit, contact our Admissions Department at 1-800-444-1440.

For specific questions regarding the use of your VA Education Benefits, contact Jacob Holt, our VA Certifying Official, at 412-346-2108 or veteranaffairs@pia.edu.


  • About 18% of PIA’s students are veterans.
  • PIA was named as one of G.I. Job Magazine’s “2015 Military-Friendly Schools”.
  • A significant number of PIA’s faculty and staff have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • PIA may grant credit based on results of evaluation tests administered to those who have relevant military experience.
  • In accordance with the to “VA Principles of Excellence”, PIA reviews a “Shopping Sheet” with each veteran. (Form must be opened with Adobe  Reader for monetary information to show as it includes built in calculators.)