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Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics - Myrtle Beach

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

Located at:
1038 Shine Avenue,
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

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School for Aviation Maintenance and Electronics Technology Myrtle Beach


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 - Myrtle Beach

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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 Myrtle Beach

PIA’s flagship program at the Myrtle Beach 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:PIA’s Myrtle Beach Campus is located at the International Technology and Aerospace Park, near South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport. PIA’s airport location provides an ideal atmosphere for aviation training as well as aircraft accessibility to the school’s facilities.

  • 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.

PIA - Get the Skills for Success!

PIA’s Myrtle Beach campus offers AST degree programs in Aviation Technology. The branch campuses also offer a diploma or certificate program in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

Myrtle Beach Campus 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.

Start Dates: September 28, 2020, and January 19, 2021

Student to Faculty: You can feel confident you will get the attention you deserve with an average class size of 15 students per 1 instructor.

Graduate Placement: 94 employable graduates placed in jobs between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Tuition, Fees, & Financial Aid

Tuition (FY 2019-2020)*

  • Total AMT Certificate Program (4 Terms), 1900 hours $26,000
  • Tuition Per Term $6,500

*Effective January 17, 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 for the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program. $2,462

Other Fees

  • Registration Fee $150
  • FAA Airframe & Powerplant Examination Fees $1,200
  • Makeup Charges for Excessive Absence $13.71/hr

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 3PIT597K
  • Approved by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Licensed by the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education (che.sc.gov)
  • Approved for the Training of Veterans

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