LINCOLN, NEB. — Each year, Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska, facility opens its doors to a class of summer interns to allow students to learn more about the company and possible career paths they’re interested in pursuing. The program also provides Duncan Aviation with an opportunity to meet potential future team members.
"The intern program has been very effective at streamlining our recruiting program. We've developed relationships with a variety of schools in the community and have been able to identify certain programs that generate graduates with the same skills and values we're looking for in a new team member,” says Paul David, Human Resources manager.
In 2013, interns spanned a variety of departments, including Human Resources, Information Technology, Research/Development, Marketing Communications, Engine and Airframe.
“One of the goals of the program is to help the interns determine whether or not this is a career they’re passionate about, and often they don’t know until they are involved in day-to-day activities,” says Paul. “Here, our interns get hands-on experience.”
The majority of Duncan Aviation’s interns said they hope to continue down the same education path in hopes of earning a full-time position after their internship.
Kurt Daniels, an Airframe intern, is currently majoring in Aviation Maintenance at Western Nebraska Community College and says he enjoyed the wide variety of aircraft on which he was able to complete smaller tasks while shadowing quality Duncan Aviation team member workmanship on major jobs. He says he worked on gear swings, gear lube, panel installation and sealant application.
“I felt like I had so much to learn and that I was much too slow to keep up with the other guys. I guess that’s just part of the experience. You have to start somewhere,” says Daniels.
Brandon Clark is majoring in Computer Information Technology at Southeast Community College – Lincoln and is spending time in the office with Duncan Aviation’s Information Technology department. He’s helping build a new parts website and says getting this kind of real-world experience has solidified that this is exactly he wants to do after graduation.
“I want to develop a site that is simple and easy for someone to use. I’ve been learning a lot about programming methods as we work to achieve this goal,” says Clark.
About Duncan Aviation
Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory/propeller repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include Provo, Utah, and 27 other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with local support and the quickest response to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.
For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, call +1 402.475.2611 or visit www.DuncanAviation.aero.