Employers Head to Myrtle Beach to Discuss High Demand Careers in Aviation Maintenance

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics will host a career fair on November 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. at its Myrtle Beach, SC campus located at 1038 Shine Avenue Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  More than 14 employers will attend and plan to conduct interviews on site, exploring consideration of 26 students set to graduate in January and another 16 in May 2019.

According to career services officials, employers are seeking A&P mechanics, mechanical skills, strong soft skills, leadership qualities and dependability – all skills required to grow and advance within a company. 

  • Mechanics are retiring faster than they are being replaced. New entrants make up 2% of the population annually, while 30% of the workforce is at or near retirement age.
  • Schools have the capacity to double production of A&P candidates. While institutions are ramping up recruitment activities and expect enrollment to increase, there is significant opportunity for industry employers to help define career paths and attract more students into the pipeline.
  • While the percentage of female A&Ps is increasing, it remains lowat less than 3%. This presents an opportunity to help address a looming shortage.

The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics was opened by Glenn Curtiss and Orville Wright in 1927 as Curtiss-Wright Flying Service, and became PIA in 1929. Today, PIA is a non-profit, career-focused family of schools offering programs in aviation maintenance and aviation electronics.

The instructional staff combine real-world experience with classroom instruction, and a wide range of student and graduate services.  PIA’s Career Services team works individually with each student to reach their employment goals. PIA is often the first stop for many employers looking for quality employees. PIA offers an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree at its West Mifflin, PA, location and Diploma programs in Youngstown, OH, Hagerstown, MD, and Myrtle Beach, SC. 

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