PIA’s main campus in Pittsburgh, PA offers two training options for those interested in becoming an aviation technician. PIA’s specialized Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) and Aviation Electronics Technology (AET) programs provide hands-on skillsets based on aviation industry practices that are transferable into a diverse set of related occupations.

Ranked by Forbes as a Top Two-Year Trade School in 2018, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics has produced certificated aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians to enter the workforce in aviation maintenance, electronics, and other related fields since 1929.

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.

Pittsburgh Campus Quick Facts

Start Dates/Times

Start Dates:
July 10, 2024
October 4, 2024
January 6, 2025
April 1, 2025


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
Graduate Placement

Statistics based on students that graduated in June 2021 through May 2022 as reported to ACCSC.

Includes a combination of AMT & AET graduates.

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Campus Admissions

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Programs Available at the Pittsburgh Campus

Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Link

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 Program Link

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

Tuition (FY 2024-2025)
Total Program AET or AMT (7 Quarters), 2478 hours $42,140
Tuition Per Quarter $6,020
*Effective July 2024
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.
Aviation Maintenance Technology Program (AMT) $2,265
Aviation Electronics Technology Program (AET) $2,144
Other Fees
Registration Fee $150
Uniform Fee $100
Technology Fee $90/Term
Materials Fee $50-$85/Term
FAA Airframe & Powerplant Examination Fees (AMT Only) $1,680
NCATT Exam Fee (AET only) $175
FCC General Radiotelephone License Fees (Optional AET only) $120
Makeup Charges for Excessive Absence $17.00/hr

Cost of Attendance (COA)

The PIA Financial Aid office establishes standard student budgets each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. These budgets are based on actual tuition charges, national average living allowances calculated by The College Board, and include direct and indirect costs for the academic year.

The following cost of attendance example is based on the following assumptions:

  • All tuition charges are for full time students.
  • Independent – a student who is consider independent based on FAFSA
  • Dependent Off Campus – a student that lives in an apartment or their own home
  • Dependent Commuter – a student that resides at home with parents/relatives

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Financial Aid

As you prepare for your education, it’s important to know you’re not alone in navigating your financial plan.

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

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.

Pittsburgh Housing List

Dean of Student Affairs

Donna Moore is a dean of education at PIA’s main campus in Pittsburgh, PA.

“The hands-on experience and real-world training that students receive at PIA will provide a strong foundation for a fulfilling and rewarding career in the aviation industry.”

– Donna Moore

Approvals & 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 ProgramsApproved 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
  • Military-Friendly School