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TRAINING TOMORROW'S TECHNICIANS
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Recently, Forbes magazine for the first time ranked
the top two-year technical/trade schools in the country,
and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics ranked at the
top of the technical two-year trade schools. We are very
proud of that.

Avionics News: How are you preparing students
to become technicians and satisfying the increasing
demand of the advanced technology fields in avionics,
unmanned aircraft systems and aircraft electronics?
Sabold: PIA depends upon our program advisory
committee for recommendations concerning the needs of
technicians entering the industry. Again, troubleshooting
skills is always mentioned at the top of the list as a skill
that is lacking. PIA prepares its students for careers in
aviation electronics by incorporating troubleshooting
activities into lab and shop projects. This helps develop
a better understanding of the components and the
systems studied.
Avionics News: How are you doing things
differently to keep up with technological advancements?
What is new and exciting in your curriculum?
Sabold: We continuously are looking to upgrade
our equipment to keep up with industry standards. Most
recently, we have updated our digital electronics trainers,
instituted computer-based simulation software and
updated our fiber-optic course. This new equipment allows
us to do training that is far beyond the basic skills.
Avionics News: How is your program set up?
Part 147 with avionics, stand-alone avionics, degree
program, certificate program? 
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Sabold: We offer a stand-alone avionics program
with an Associate in Specialized Technology. Students
also must test and receive their FCC GROL. While
a Part 147 program is offered at PIA, it is a separate
program. Many graduates from the AET program also
decide to complete the aviation maintenance technology
program to be more qualified in the eyes of the modern
aviation employer.
 
Avionics News: Where are your graduating
students being placed? Are many taking jobs outside of
aviation?
Sabold: Typically, graduates are finding
employment in small local avionics shops such as
Quality Aviation Instruments and Liberty Electronics.
Due to the lack of interest from the majority of our AET
graduates who do have their A&P to move outside the
Pittsburgh region, some students have accepted work in
the non-aviation sector. 
One company that has hired several of our graduates
is Micron Technology in Virginia. The company makes
computer memory and has hired our graduates to
maintain the robotics in its factory. Our graduates have
the ideal skills needed to do this kind of work.

Avionics News: What is the typical yearly salary
of one of your graduates? 
Sabold: Average starting salary for AET graduates
who do not have their A&P is currently around
$35,505.60. However, graduates usually find that
once they get their foot in the door and acquire a bit
of experience, this rate, along with the availability of
overtime, can increase quickly, allowing for a nice
quality of life. According to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, the median annual wage for avionics
technicians in 2016 was $60,720.



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