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Project Description

Greg Huba

Pittsburgh Campus, PA
Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)
Employment: Boeing, Aviation Maintenance Technician

Greg Huba always knew that he wanted to work with airplanes. But after a year of studying aerospace engineering, he felt like he was on the wrong career path.

“I’d been around airplanes all my life,” says Huba, a native of North Canton, OH. His grandfather was a career airman who flew rescue helicopters in Vietnam and cargo planes for the Air Force, and who even owned his own flight school. Their shared passion for airplanes had initially inspired Huba to pursue a degree in aerospace engineering, but he soon realized that what he really wanted was a more hands-on approach to aircraft.

Huba finally found what he was looking for when he spent his birthday touring PIA’s Pittsburgh campus. He enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance program and quickly felt at home in the hangar: “I immediately knew that PIA was a better choice for me than my previous school.”

Upon graduating from PIA in 2018, Huba received multiple job offers from companies that he had interviewed with during the PIA job fair. Huba ultimately accepted an offer to join Boeing and relocated to Washington state to work as a functional test technician, where he performed electrical troubleshooting tasks. Since then, Huba has been promoted to an aviation maintenance technician. He has worked on several Boeing models, including the KC-46 Pegasus military refueling tanker, the 737 MAX, and the 787 Dreamliner.

“A lot of the work I do involves tasks that are specific to Boeing aircraft, like working with their proprietary technologies and software,” says Huba. “This includes situations that traditional line technicians would never experience, because the planes we work on are brand new aircraft that are about to be delivered to customers. For example, when a plane is in circulation, no one expects it to look brand new because it’s bound to pick up scuffs and scratches from typical wear and use. But when you’re presenting a new plane, it’s like seeing a car in a showroom — every detail has to be exactly perfect.”

While his current day-to-day responsibilities may seem specific to Boeing, Huba says the broad range of technical skills he learned at PIA are valuable because they are so easily transferable to many different technician roles.

“PIA’s instructors are very talented and knowledgeable,” says Huba. “The skills I learned at PIA are directly applicable to what’s expected of the top mechanics here in the real world.”