VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) will break ground on Tuesday, July 12, on a $1.54 million expansion of its educational facility at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction for a two-story facility at the south side of its Hangar 3 building – set to feature new electrical and welding classrooms, an aeronautics lab, administrative offices and a conference facility.
The land was purchased from the Western Reserve Port Authority.
. “Residents and employers of the region are fortunate to have the specialized training that’s available at PIA,” said John Moliterno, Executive Director of the Western Reserve Port Authority. “Their presence makes it possible for young people of the Mahoning Valley to stay here for the type of training that can lead to high-demand careers as well as attract new people to the area.”
Phase 1 of the project is expected to be finished by December 1, 2016 with the second phase of the project planned for a March 1, 2017 completion.
The campus also includes a student resource center with a computer lab and publications library. PIA’s hangar includes specialized shop areas for aircraft propulsion systems, electricity, sheet metal, hydraulics, instruments & controls, composite materials, non-destructive testing, welding, and painting.
“Our expansion is a pivotal first step in the significant renovation and expansion of the learning environment and technology available to our students,” said Suzanne Markle, executive vice president of PIA. “Ohio has a strong history in aviation, and PIA continues to play a large part in the growth and development of the aviation industry.”
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics’ Youngstown Branch opened in 2006, offering 16-month, certified training in aviation maintenance.