Adult Students

As an adult, the transition to full-time student can be challenging both mentally and financially. As you bring your previous life and career experience into the classroom, you will find qualified faculty members ready to train you to become a certificated aviation technician.

The training at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) provides adult students with a dynamic learning environment featuring hands-on learning in a hangar of functional aircraft. Qualified faculty present thorough instruction as they blend their practical experience with new information and techniques through projects that mirror the work students will complete as aviation technicians.

Our Career Services Department will help you find your path as an aviation technician through on site Career Fairs, onsite employer presentations and interviews, and one-on-one career planning opportunities throughout your training.


Aviation technicians are in high demand due to the industry shortage caused by current technicians reaching retirement age and less people pursuing careers in technical trade. Those positions need to be filled by well trained, safety focused aviation technicians.

Technological advancements continue to create more opportunity within the aviation industry. The projected growth for aviation technician positions is 11% by 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

No previous training or experience is required for you to find your purpose at PIA. Review our admission requirements to learn more.

The training at PIA emphasizes hands-on learning through projects that mirror the work students may complete as aviation technicians.

Skilled faculty present thorough instruction as they blend their practical experience with new information and techniques.

The length of your aviation technician training depends on your program of choice and training location. PIA’s mission is to provide high quality training in a short amount of time. Click here to view our training options and locations.

The cost of your aviation technician training depends on your program of choice and training location. Click here to view our training options and locations.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Review our financial aid page for more details.

Aviation technicians have dynamic opportunities which include commercial aviation, medical transport, military, space and much more. An aviation technician is essential to every flight. As an aviation technician, you will be part of a team of technicians who make the aircraft safe for passengers and crew.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) graduates have found exciting careers that allow them to work with their hands and solve problems every day. Are you ready to find your purpose at PIA?

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Complete these next steps:

  • Complete your FAFSA (PIA school code 005310)
  • Request your official transcripts
  • Schedule a campus visit
  • Complete an application

Our Admissions team is ready for your questions!


Applicants for admission to PIA’s School of Specialized Technology are required to visit the school for a personal interview and a tour of the school’s facilities prior to beginning classes. The tour and personal interview are conducted by a qualified Admissions Representative and are intended to give the prospective student an understanding of the following:

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Visitors are encouraged to ask questions, so that they can make informed decisions concerning the career fields presented, costs, and methods of payment.

Due to strict industry regulations pertaining to criminal convictions, the school reserves the right to reevaluate a student for admission to the program if he/she has disclosed the presence of a criminal background on the enrollment agreement. In such instances, a meeting with the student will be held by the Associate Director of Career Services or Executive Director of Academic & Student Affairs to determine if such a background would prevent or seriously hinder the student from benefiting from the educational programs offered by the school.

If an applicant pays the registration fee, but is not accepted into the program selected, the registration fee will be refunded in its entirety.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has established the policy that each qualified individual shall have equal opportunity in education, employment and services at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1988 (WIA) and other state and federal laws, no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in employment, any educational program, recruiting and admitting students, awarding financial aid, awarding scholarships, recruiting and hiring faculty and staff, or in operating any of its programs and activities, on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, ancestry, family status, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or on any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics does not discriminate on any prohibited ground, to: registrants, applicants, eligible applicants/recipients, participants, applicants for employment, employees or members of the public, including those with impaired vision or hearing, and unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with recipients. Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the equal opportunity and non-discrimination policies: Jason Mongan, Executive Director for Academic and Student Affairs, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, PO Box 10897, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Phone: 412-346-2100 / Email:

Paying for Your Training

Step inside and see the hangars and shops where your career as an aviation technician takes flight.










The Individualized Attention You Deserve

– PIA Admissions Department

  • Hagerstown Campus

    Barbara Martin

    Admissions Representative

  • Myrtle Beach Campus

    Dana Smith

    Admissions Representative

  • Youngstown Campus

    Lori Fine

    Admissions Representative