Workforce Spotlight

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics: The Runway to Some of the Most Skilled Workers in the Country

April 21, 2021

Come with us on the rigorous educational journey of a Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics student.  Beginning with day one, students track every minute toward their 2,478-hour program, preparing them not only for their degree, but the Federal Certifications that are built into the program.  Within 21 months, students leave PIA confident in their abilities to tackle any mechanical or electrical task in front of them.

 

Two courses are designed to prepare students for the fields of Aviation Maintenance and Aviation Electronics.  They expose students to the innerworkings of an aircraft while simultaneously preparing them for non-aviation fields through experiences with hydraulics, pneumatics, radars, communications systems, composite materials, turbine technology and more. While taught in the framework of aviation, these skills can be transferable to the fields of manufacturing, heavy equipment, cruise ships, diesel machinery and computer chips, just to name a few.

 

PIA uses a hands-on approach when educating students on the proper maintenance and repair of the complex systems of an aircraft, while also emphasizing the importance of the theories behind those practices.  While technical skills are in-demand throughout various industries, students are encouraged to focus on their soft skills as well, improving their communication, professionalism and teamwork through the very structure of our program.  It is this skillset that brings numerous employers to PIA throughout the year and draws them to return to meet the next graduating class.

 

PIA draws a diverse crowd of students – from recently graduated high school students, veterans transitioning to civilian life, or adult students seeking out a new career path.  Those students all leave on equal footing as certified Aviation Technicians equipped with the technical know-how to fill the growing skills gap that exists in the workforce.  Our 92-year reputation for training aviation technicians, combined with our continuous efforts to innovate our educational techniques and practices, ensures that our students are prepared for the workforce. 

 

For more information on PIA, visit https://pia.edu.  Facility tours, classroom presentations and more are available to those interested in learning more about PIA and the skilled training it provides.

 

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