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IRSC and Piper Aircraft Seek Applicants for 2021 Apprenticeship Cohort

IRSC and Piper Aircraft Seek Applicants for 2021 Apprenticeship Cohort

February 4, 2021 Melanie Coppola

VERO BEACH, FL—Piper Aircraft, Inc. is accepting applications for its 2021 Apprenticeship Program. The two-year program, presented in cooperation with Indian River State College (IRSC), launched in 2019 in response to the increasing demand for high-quality manufacturing candidates at Piper Aircraft. The second cohort class recently completed their first semester of the program, shadowing skilled aircraft assembly workers and learning all aspects of aircraft fabrication and assembly while taking related IRSC-delivered coursework.

IRSC Aviation Apprenticeship student working at Piper Aircraft in aircraft assembly line.

The 2021 apprenticeship cohort begins training in early August at Piper Aircraft’s world headquarters in Vero Beach. Each apprentice is a paid employee of Piper Aircraft and receives a full benefits package. At the end of the training, students take exams to become qualified Journeymen in Aircraft Assembly and are prepared to eventually take on supervisory and management roles at Piper.

Qualifications for participants and the program application can be found on the Piper website at under “Apprenticeship Program”. Questions regarding the program can be directed to The apprenticeship program is registered by the Florida Department of Education Division of Career and Adult Education.

The application deadline is May 28, 2021.

About Indian River State College

A leader in education and innovation, Indian River State College is recipient of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The College—ranked second-most-affordable in the nation—annually serves nearly 30,000 students in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties in the State of Florida. IRSC offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates and applied technology diplomas. Ninety-one percent of IRSC students graduate debt free.

About Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single and twin-engine aircraft and is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world to certify Garmin Autoland. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600SLS, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individual’s elegant performance, value and a superior ownership experience. The Personal Class Seneca V, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston-powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To learn more about Piper Aircraft, visit the company’s website at

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