College Junior 2013-09-05T21:04:33Z
Overall I am impressed with how much information is put across to me and the other students at my school. In one year I have learned how electricity operates and how to troubleshoot and repair (electrically) everything from a lamp, to appliances, circuit boards, generators, and aircraft electrical systems. I know how to effectively use a digital multimeter, and other electronic testing equipment. You cannot miss time in any aviation maintenance school. Any missed time is recorded and must be made up before or after school hours. There are more than enough opportunities to make this time up. The volume of student projects is staggering and is very effective at teaching the students. These projects teach soldering, troubleshooting, repair, and theory. All supplies are readily available for students to buy in the school store, including books. At times I wonder where my tuition costs end up. Some instructors complain about their financial situations, our chairs and desks are busted and falling apart, and our computers freeze and lag enough that the mouse cannot keep up with itself. The Classrooms themselves could use updates, and some of the material presented is irrelevant or outdated. Student equipment is old. There is no student housing being that the school is located on an airport. All students have housing elsewhere either in the form of friends and family, a local apartment, or even commute everyday for an hour or more each way. Students that live locally (like myself) generally go to work after school to pay their bills. We have a cafeteria that caters local pizza or chic-fillet. There are no meal plans, so students pack, cook their meals, or buy. The School is located on Allegheny County Airport (AGC) in West Mifflin, Pa. near Pittsburgh. The School is helpful at getting students jobs both during and after schooling. Employers come to the school looking for students and present what they offer as careers. Job placement is excellent. just a few months ago, several students were approached for careers before they graduated. Each student was interviewed in the school anf was hired on the spot. The school could utilize AGC more. Only those in the Rotor-craft repair course get to see any real workplace during class. The airport itself offers line service jobs, internships, maintenance assistants, and tours to a small handful of students. The area is very populated and congested with vehicles and people. There are malls, shopping centers and local businesses surrounding the school. There is some recreation in the area. Cost of living is low if you know where to look and crime is generally low. Being a fast-track school there is about a month's combined time off in an entire year. This is realistic being that aviation never has a day off. Classes are very small and the school puts out new graduates every semester (three months). Overall College experience is good, though stressful.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T12:43:15Z
Classes are Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 2:30 pm everyday, and with this school you can not miss time. It is a FAA regulation that all missed time must be made up, because it is a 1900 hour course.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T12:40:30Z
You will have basic math, algebra, physics, and a few other basic classes. A good foundation for completing this program and then, going on. There is a lot of shop work, and hands on here.
Recent Alumnus 2013-07-16T12:36:58Z
The school has a large diversity of students, different races, females, and no one is discriminated agaist. this school does not tolerate any racist remarks or actions. The student body here it is like a big family, classes are small and everybody gets to know everybody else. Most of the students are young just out of high school but there are a large number of older adults who are taking the training to further their careers or change careers, due to job markets where they live. This program helps in many job markets not just aeronautics, but mechanics of many different kinds.
College Senior 2013-06-18T00:00:00Z
Around graduation they help students with locating jobs, the PIA alumni are ever present in the field of aviation, and the market for A&P licenced workers is in high demand. Jobs call looking you you if you, just keep good grades and a good attitude.
College Senior 2013-06-17T23:54:28Z
We are located by a airport and work on planes, last time i checked most people go to college and only work on essays. what sounds like more fun.
College Senior 2013-06-17T23:52:35Z
It is a Government regulated school, no sports, no activities. Just straight to the point workshops and studies.
College Senior 2013-06-17T23:47:18Z
Out campus has wireless access, and computer labs, free printing and we never have network issues. The downside is no electronics can be in use during class including Lab tops and tablet. So get pen and paper ready.
College Senior 2013-06-17T23:44:27Z
It is a FAA regulated school with no online classes.
College Senior 2013-06-17T23:43:32Z
Pittsburgh institute of aeronotics was the ideal school for me because of its fast-track program towards employment with a Airframe and Powerplant licence. It may not be the most felxable with class scheduling but a year and a half of sacrificing 8 hours of your day is worth it if you understand that the outcome will be rewarding.The credits are transferable and the registration was simple the staff is will to walk you through it and give your your options.
College Senior 2013-06-17T23:02:07Z
small classes and many opportunities to further your education or your career
College Senior 2013-05-21T22:59:48Z
im training to get my A&P license so i can get a good paying job to live off of.
College Senior 2013-05-21T22:57:03Z
nice small class, and i like the student to teacher ratio
College Senior 2013-05-21T22:55:39Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
its an easy course if your into it, the class size is small, and makes it better
College Senior 2013-04-02T21:20:40Z
Most work is hands on and the grade reflects how well you follow directions and how organized you are with your work. Paper work is graded according to the regulations provided by the FAA. It also reflect your understanding of the content that is taught in class.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T02:32:36Z
This is a tech school. It is located at an airport. There are classrooms, a lunch room, and a hanger full of planes.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T02:30:08Z
The student body is mainly white males. There are some women that attend the school and also some black males. Everyone gets along very well, and each graduating class is almost like a family. The average class size is 20 persons, give or take. The class starting in the fall is always larger, consisting of younger less experienced kids out of high school; whereas the summer starting class is smaller and seems to be mid-20s guys most of which have prior military experience.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T02:19:33Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
The school is expensive in my opinion, not only in tuition cost but also in tool and book expenses. It does seem that there are a lot of opportunities for a good wage after school so I do not worry about paying off student loans, however it is a fiscal burden during school.
As far as the financial aid office... the school is small and so is the administration. Everyone knows everyone else, but there seem to be an abundance of financial aid administrators and I don't know what any of them do. Best advice is pick one person and bring any and all issues to that person.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T02:11:18Z
There really is no flexibility as far as class times, the school is structured more as a full time job. School runs from 8-230 five days a week. Due to FAA requirements and school policy, attendance is mandatory and time missed has to be made up.
College Senior 2012-09-22T04:52:15Z
instructors are very helpful students from earlier classes are always around to help and there is a lot of hands on learning.
College Senior 2012-09-22T04:48:59Z
i am going for my amt license, and my classes are what is to be expected of me. they are all to the point and no useless information is given out. all of the courses relate directly to the intended out come and are there only to push other students and myself closer to achieving my license.
College Senior 2012-09-18T23:17:32Z
i would say this is an average for all six quarters.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-17T14:32:45Z
It's Strictly Business – For what it's worth, you're going to PIA for a reason. To get a degree and get a job. Nothing more. Very fast paced, terrible class schedule, not much freedom. But like I said, if you're their for an education, you'll get one.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-21T19:23:25Z
School Expierience – This school is different from other schools because you don't have to go through all the lecturing in class. The first three quarters are all throry of aviation, but the last four quarters are all hands-on with whatever your major is.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-21T19:21:33Z
School Expierience – School so far is great, I'm just getting to know everybody and getting to know all of my classes that I have to take. This is my first week and It is pretty much easier than i thought but i shouldn't talk to soon because it is only my first quarter; I have six more to go before i graduate.
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