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Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics - Hagerstown

"Ranked by Forbes as the No. 1 Two-Year Trade School in 2018"

Located at:
14516 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Hagerstown, Maryland 21742

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School for Aviation Maintenance and Electronics Technology at Hagerstown

Ranked by Forbes as the No. 1 Top Two-Year Trade School in 2018, PIA has produced top-notch aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians to enter the workforce in aviation maintenance, electronics, and other related fields since 1929.


PIA graduates are in demand throughout the US, and PIA offers employment assistance to help both students and alumni in their pursuit of employment in the field of aviation and related industries.

PIA’s specialized Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) and Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) programs provide hands-on skill-sets based on aviation industry practices, but transferable into a diverse set of related occupations.

Our Aviation Maintenance Program will prepare you for an exciting career as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified aircraft mechanic, and our Aviation Electronics (or Avionics) Program leads to opportunities as a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensed avionics technician.

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Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics - Hagerstown

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 Ranked by Forbes as the No. 1 Top Two-Year Trade School in 2018, PIA has produced top notch aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians to enter the workforce in aviation maintenance, electronics, and other related fields since 1929. Our graduates are in demand throughout the US, and PIA offers employment assistance to help both students and alumni in their pursuit of employment in the field of aviation and related industries.

Aviation Maintenance Technology Programs at Hagerstown

PIA’s flagship program at the Hagerstown Campus, the Aviation Maintenance Technology program, has led the industry in providing quality aircraft mechanics for over 85 years. This program provides students with the opportunity to test for the prestigious FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant Certification, the “golden ticket” to a career in aviation maintenance.

In accordance with our mission to provide exceptionally qualified aircraft technicians, PIA’s aviation maintenance programs are designed to not only meet but exceed the minimum requirements outlined by 14 CFR Part 147 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Become an Aviation Technician

What Do Aviation Maintenance Technicians Do?

Aviation maintenance technicians will check and troubleshoot aircraft equipment on a regular basis, looking for parts that may need to be repaired or replaced. Some of the components you would work on include brakes, wheels, electrical systems, and wings.

During inspections, aviation maintenance technicians are required to use diagnostic procedures approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They complete inspections, perform scheduled maintenance, and make any necessary repairs according to FAA regulations.

Many technicians specialize in preventive maintenance. A day in the life of an aviation technician could include working on the items below:The PIA facility at Hagerstown features modern classrooms, a student resource center with a computer lab and publications library, and specialized shop areas designed to offer the optimal training environment for the instruction of aircraft propulsion systems, electricity, sheet metal, hydraulics, instruments & controls, composite materials, non-destructive testing, welding, painting and more.

  • Turbine Engines
  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Metallic Structures
  • Ignitions Systems
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Composite Materials
  • Welding
  • And more

Over the years, PIA graduates have proven their versatility by entering into positions as technicians for regional and major airlines, aircraft production and maintenance facilities, amusement parks, automated production facilities, government contractors, petrochemical manufacturing plants, telecommunication systems providers, specialty metal manufacturers, and research and development centers – just to name a few.

In 2017, all of PIA’s campuses were selected by Delta Airlines as partner schools. Understanding the impending shortage of qualified aviation technicians, Delta created a mission to help increase both the awareness of technician demand and increase the knowledge and character of technicians entering today’s workforce.

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About the Hagerstown Program and Campus

Opened in 2011, PIA’s Hagerstown Branch Campus is Recognized as a “School of Excellence” in 2019 by ACCSC. The campus is Maryland’s exclusive FAA-certified Airframe & Powerplant training provider.

Working in conjunction with the Hagerstown Airport Authority and by request of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, PIA instituted the aviation maintenance technician school to help serve the workforce needs of both Maryland and the rest of the nation.

The facility features modern classrooms, a student resource center with a computer lab and publications library, and specialized shop areas designed to offer the optimal training environment for the instruction of aircraft propulsion systems, electricity, sheet metal, hydraulics, instruments & controls, composite materials, non-destructive testing, welding, painting and more.

The campus is located along the Hagerstown Regional Airport just south of the Mason Dixon line between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Hagerstown Program Offering - Quick Facts

Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program
16 Month - Diploma/Certificate
4 Terms - 1900 Clock Hours

The AMT program prepares students for the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification Exams. Tuition, Fees, & Financial Aid

Tuition (FY 2019-2020)

  • Total AMT Diploma Program (4 Terms), 1900 hours $27,000
  • Tuition Per Term $6,750

*Effective January 2, 2019

Books, Tools, & Supplies

The charges for books, tools, and supplies are approximate charges and are subject to sales tax where applicable. Prices may change without notice.

Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program $2,462

Other Fees

Registration Fee $150
FAA Airframe & Powerplant Examination Fees $1,200

Financial Aid

As you prepare for your education, it’s important to know you’re not alone in navigating your financial plan. Most students depend on a financial plan that incorporates multiple resources. Together, we’ll explore your eligibility for various financial aid programs, loans, grants and scholarships to help you figure out what’s best for your unique situation.

Here at PIA, we believe that a high-quality education should be delivered with transparency, including understanding how your investment measures with your earning potential. A stable financial plan should have no surprises, and that’s exactly what you can expect when you meet with the PIA Financial Aid Office.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Approvals and Accreditation

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Federal Aviation Administration approval I4PT091K
  • Approved by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
  • Approved for the Training of Veterans

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Total reviews: 2 | Avg rating: 5.00

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Jon Hill
★★★★★4 months ago

I graduated in 2006 and recommend attending to everyone. I feel most students that graduate from PIA are more prepared and have better basic skills than other aircraft maintenance programs.

Kayla Wallis
★★★★★4 months ago

Excellent staff and program! I took the CDL program and gained so much knowledge and confidence in my skills and feel ready to apply it to a career. They give you the best tools to move into a successful career. Highly recommend PIA!

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