PA Congressman Mike Doyle visits PIA – Pittsburgh CampusEdward Molek
Congressman Mike Doyle, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, visited PIA Pittsburgh on Monday, August 16th. The meeting was a part of PIA’s mission of continuing to raise awareness of the growing demand for aviation technicians in the industry. During his visit, Congressman Doyle had the opportunity to learn more about the technical training offered by PIA and tour the facility.
“It is important that our organization continue to raise awareness of the needs of the aviation industry,” says Steven Sabold, Director of Marketing & IT at PIA. “We pride ourselves on educating others on the demand for technicians, and how PIA prepares students with technical skills that can be used both inside and outside the aviation industry.”
As the aviation industry begins to experience recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for aviation technicians continues to grow. While the full scope of the demand in post-COVID recovery is just being seen, the industry has been at a deficit of technicians for several years. According to the Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook for 2020, an estimated 192,000 new technicians will be needed by 2039 to meet the demands of the aviation industry. Airlines and aviation organizations have ramped up recruitment efforts as the restrictions surrounding the pandemic loosened, allowing new and unique opportunities to be available to PIA students.
“We’ve just recently finalized the numbers for our classes who graduated and were seeking employment during the height of the pandemic,” said Mindy Pavilonis, Associate Director of Career Services. “Despite initial challenges and uncertainty during the first months of the pandemic, we are happy to see that all of our locations have reported over 80% graduate employment between July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.”