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Graduated in 1962.
Graduated in 1962. That is why the pay was only $4600 per year ( then). Many recent graduates earn $60,000 a year plus. Being a PIA graduate ( and previous military experience ) completely prepare me for the job at a Major Airline. I was a straight A student while also working a machinist job and had a wife and two children ( age 24 ) while attending PIA, Later received Distinguished Alumnus Award. PIA graduates were respected at the airline where I worked. Promotions came regularly. Other unhappy graduates complain about having to learn aircraft repair techniques that are ancient. The FAA requires this for Certification. At age 80 I now head up a youth Aviation Program that uses the very skills I learned in 1963 to restore 70 year old aircraft. PIA still has a great reputation. Hard work on the part of the student yields great results! I would be glad to go back - just too old!
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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The quality of the education received from Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics is completely based on how much effort the student puts into it. With that being said I know students who absolutely hate the school because the school keeps track of how much time they miss, and the instructors take notice of who the slackers in each class are. On the total other end of the spectrum, if you put the time into doing to required coursework and understanding what is being taught and mainly showing up to class, there is no reason that you wont be set up with the skills needed once graduation comes. I personally think its a great school, I know plenty of people who have graduated from there and have well paying, and steady jobs, not just in the aviation industry, but in many different industries. Also for the price, you cant beat the amount of education they give you, other schools like Embry-Riddle, cost 4x as much for the same basic education.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Extracurricular Activities: F
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Knowledgeable instructors. Hard to keep up, but help is available. No dorms, no activities. People here respect students. This is not the place to come if you don't wanna work hard. Graduates keep getting hired all over the country.
5th Year Male -- Class 2012
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C
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