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Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics - Main

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

Located at:
5 Allegheny County Airport,
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15122

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School for Aviation Maintenance and Electronics

PIA has over 90 years of experience educating the next generation of aviation technicians. With programs focusing on the maintenance and electrical components of an aircraft, students leave with a diverse skillset ready for employment in aviation and non-aviation fields.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) and Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) programs prepare students for careers in several sectors within aviation, including:
     • Commercial Aviation
     • Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO)
     • Aircraft Manufacturing
     • Cargo

PIA graduates have found opportunities across the United States with the help of our Career Services Department.

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Pride. Purpose. Prestige.

PIA has developed a curriculum focused on practical hands-on training for future aviation technicians. Students have the opportunity to work on functional aircraft and equipment to develop their skills and knowledge with industry-related projects.  Programs at PIA not only meet but exceed the minimum requirements outlined by 14 CFR Part 147 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

An education at PIA prepares students to test for their FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certification or their FCC General Radiotelephone Operators License.  PIA also offers the opportunity for students to complete both programs offered, resulting in dual certification in both Aviation Maintenance Technology and Aviation Electronics Technology. 

Become an Aviation Technician

Hands-On Education, Real-world Application

The skills and techniques taught at PIA prepare students for careers both within and outside of aviation.  Working with functional equipment, future aviation technicians focus on propulsion systems, non-metallic and metallic structures, hydraulics and pneumatics, composite materials, and other elements of advanced aircraft maintenance.  Within the Aviation Electronics Technology Program, AET students learn the intricate details of the navigation and communications systems of an aircraft, working on component-level repairs to ensure the safe operation of the equipment.

With over 90 years of industry experience, PIA graduates have built a reputation of skill and professionalism as aviation technicians.  PIA has developed partnerships with organizations seeking skilled technicians and those employers continue to revisit PIA when seeking entry-level employment for their organization.

PIA’s main campus (Pittsburgh) offers AST degree programs in Aviation Technology. The branch campuses also offer a diploma or certificate program in Aviation Maintenance Technology.

PIA - Pittsburgh Campus Quick Facts

Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) Program - Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
21 Months: 79 Credits – 2,478 Clock Hours

The AMT program prepares students for the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certification Exams.

Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) Program - Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
21 Months: 79 Credits – 2,478 Clock Hours

The AET program prepares students for the FCC General Radiotelephone Operators License Exams.

Approvals and Accreditation

  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Federal Aviation Administration approval HE1T189K
  • Federal Aviation Administration Avionics Repair Station Certificate HE1R189K
  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to award an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree
  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) to participate in the Pennsylvania State Grant Programs
  • Approved by the Department of Education to participate in the Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
  • Approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (src.ohio.gov)
  • Approved by the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Aviation Electronics program is accredited by National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Training (NCATT)
  • Authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students

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Approval HE1T189K

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


Avionics Repair Station Certificate HE1R18

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


Associate in Specialized Technology Degree

Pennsylvania Department of Education


Pennsylvania State Grant Programs

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency


Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

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Total reviews: 2 | Avg rating: 5.00

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Bud Murray
★★★★★May 28, 2020

I am a graduate of the June 1977 class. My career in aviation spans over 40 years. Army aviation of 4 years, general aviation 2 years, US Airways for the remaining years. Be persistent do not take NO for an answer, sell your experience and know-how. It will be worth it in the end, good luck!

Ben Harvey
★★★★★May 28, 2020

Thanks to the staff of pia Chris, Eric, and Lindsay Lawry for giving me the skills I needed and for teaching me the proper way to operate heavy equipment. Great school, I loved the class! Thanks again!

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