Piper Opens Application Period for Apprenticeship Program

The two-year, fully funded program offers hands-on training and a full benefits package.

The curriculum of the Piper Apprentice Program includes a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Credit: Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft announced Tuesday that the application period for its fully funded 2022 Piper Apprenticeship Program has opened. 

The new class will begin in August 2022.

How the Program Works

The Piper Apprenticeship Program is a two-year accredited training program conducted in conjunction with Indian River State College (IRSC). The curriculum includes a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction designed to qualify the participants as a “Journeyman in Aircraft Assembly.” 

Apprentices get hands-on experience building airplanes, but also learn about the management and organizational aspects of Piper Aircraft. They’ll also attend classes which can be counted toward an associate degree.

Upon completion of the program, apprentices gain a certificate from the State of Florida in Aircraft Structures, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assembly. 

The apprentices are paid employees of Piper Aircraft with full benefits. 

How to Apply

Applications for the program can be submitted now by visiting Piper.com, and must be completed by May 31, 2022, to be considered. Interviews will be held in June 2022. 

Program History

The Piper Apprenticeship Program began in August 2019 and was created in response to the increasing demand for high-quality manufacturing candidates at Piper Aircraft. 

Based in Texas, Ashley is the former Marketing Manager at FLYING and focuses deeply on training and education. She graduated from the Baylor Institute for Air Science with a Bachelor's in Aviation Science and holds an MBA specializing in Marketing. She is an also instrument rated private pilot and licensed FAA dispatcher.

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