Pittsburgh – Main Campus

PIA Students - Aircraft Mechanics

One of the first aviation maintenance schools to open it’s doors, the PIA Pittsburgh Campus is where the legacy started. Referred by many within the aviation industry as simply “The Institute”, our campus in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania boasts over 100,000 square feet of classrooms, shops, labs, and hangar space specifically designed for the most effective hands-on training environment.

The equipment we provide for training includes a fleet of aircraft such as a North American Sabreliner, a Rockwell Jet Commander, 2 Beechcraft U-8′s, a King-Air 90, and several other aircraft. In addition, the Pittsburgh Campus is the only PIA campus to house an FCC simulated Radio Repair Shop, specifically designed for our unique Aviation Electronics AST Degree program.

Campus Quick Facts

Start Dates/Times

Start Dates:
October 6, 2022
January 6, 2023
April 3, 2023
July 12, 2023


Student to Faculty

You can feel confident you will get the attention you deserve with an average class size of 14 students per 1 instructor.

Graduate Placement

Statistics based on students that graduated in June 2020 through May 2021 as reported to ACCSC.
Includes a combination of AMT & AET graduates.

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Campus Admissions

John Ferretti

Chris Motto

Shane Neugebauer

Program Offerings

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 NCATT Exams.

Optional Elective Course: AG383

PIA’s Rotorcraft Systems & Maintenance course (AG383) is offered to our second year Aviation Maintenance students and current industry A&P Technicians. Students will get a look at the history of helicopters, and study the fascinating aerodynamics of rotorcraft, helicopter flight controls and basic engine installations. This course is a wonderful addition to the resume for anyone seeking employment in the rotorcraft sector.

Tuition, Fees, & Financial Aid

Tuition (FY 2022-2023)

Total Program AET/AMT (7 Quarters), 2478 hours$39,655
Tuition Per Quarter$5,665

*Effective July 2022


Books & Tools
The charges for books & tools are subject to Pennsylvania sales tax where applicable. Prices may change without notice.


Aviation Maintenance Technology Program (AMT)$2,355
Aviation Electronics Technology Program (AET)$2,084


Other Fees

Registration Fee$150
Uniform Fee$100
Technology Fee$90/term
Materials Fee$50-85/term
FAA Airframe & Powerplant Examination Fees (AMT Only)$1,380
NCATT Exam Fee (AET only)$175
FCC General Radiotelephone License Fees (Optional AET only)$120
Makeup Charges for Excessive Absence$16.00/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.

Campus Location

5 Allegheny County Airport, West Mifflin, PA 15122

Housing for Students

One of the most common questions I hear in Admissions is ‘Where am I going to live since you don’t have residence halls?’ or ‘Where is my son/daughter going to stay for school and is it safe?’  I remember when I went off to college it was fairly simple because I stayed in a residence hall, but I also remember it was awfully expensive and my parents and I had no control over who I lived with.  While moving to school at PIA isn’t quite as simple as attending a school with a residence hall, you can work to set your sights on a place within your budget.

To make this search easier, PIA provides a list of properties that have been used by PIA students in the past as well as several new listings.  This list is not a recommendation or guarantee by PIA.  In addition, the Internet can also be a powerful tool when searching on one’s own.  All arrangements are between the student and the property manager or owner.  PIA IS NOT INVOLVED IN THESE AGREEMENTS IN ANY MANNER.

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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