Powering Planes, Trains, Navy Ships & Beyond

My PIA education has set me up for the best success.
Hope Boschert
Hagerstown Campus, MD

Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)

Curtis Power Solutions, Power Generation Service Technician

After PIA, Hope Boschert’s original goal was to work on trains, not planes. Instead, she now works on power generation equipment, which proves just how many different career paths are possible with an A&P license from PIA.

Shortly after graduating from PIA, Boschert enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where she pivoted from working on planes to working on the gas turbine systems that power the ships’ engines. Today, Boschert’s job duties as a Power Generation Service Technician for Curtis Power Solutions include performing oil changes and annual and semiannual inspections, as well as 24/7 service for repairs, upgrades, or new startups on generators.

“My PIA education has set me up for the best success,” says Boschert. “I got all the basic knowledge and understanding, not just on the engines, but also electrical, hydraulics, sheet metal, welding, and troubleshooting. I use everything I learned at PIA almost daily. I will forever be grateful to PIA for giving me the stepping stones to my career.”

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