Duncan Aviation Technicians Begin New Powerplant Apprenticeship Program

Duncan Aviation continues to take a proactive approach to finding ways to resolve the critical shortage of skilled technicians that’s expected in the industry in the next few years by announcing that the U.S. Department of Labor has endorsed the company's new Powerplant Apprenticeship program. Eight full-time technicians will begin their 24-month apprenticeships this month.

Leading through action and innovation and focusing on solutions are two of Duncan Aviation’s core values, and the company lives its values, even during a global pandemic. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor endorsed Duncan Aviation’s Airframe Apprenticeship program, and the first cohort will be finished with coursework in September.  

“When we discussed ways to alleviate the shortage of trained and skilled technicians expected industry-wide, we liked the idea of airframe and engine apprenticeship programs because we could offer this career path to our team members, and the A&P certificates they earn are recognized throughout the industry,” says Duncan Aviation’s VP of Aircraft Services, Kasey Harwick.

Delivering high-quality products and services is another of the company’s core values. By offering an apprenticeship program to full-time Duncan Aviation team members, who will be prepared over the next 24 months to take their written, oral and practical examinations for their Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certificates, the company is continuing to ensure that its technicians are fully prepared to provide the highest-quality services in the industry to Duncan Aviation’s customers.

“Through a combination of on-the-job experience (OJE), classroom training, hands-on lab work, and supplemental course materials, the Engine apprentices will get the work experience and knowledge necessary to become the kinds of skilled technicians Duncan Aviation Engine teams want to employ,” says assistant manager of the engine line in Lincoln, Bradley Wales. “Once the techs have completed their apprenticeship, they will have the confidence, technical abilities and troubleshooting skills to find their lasting careers at Duncan Aviation.”

Apprentices will spend numerous hours in classrooms and hands-on labs, responsible for learning the following: 

  • Reciprocating Engines/Applied Reciprocating Engines 
  • Turbine Engines/Applied Turbine Engines  
  • Powerplant Ignition Systems/Powerplant Electrical Systems/Fire Protection Systems  
  • Aircraft Propeller Systems/Applied Propeller Systems  
  • Induction & Fuel Metering/Applied Induction & Fuel Metering 
  • Lubrication, Cooling & Exhaust/Applied Lubrication, Cooling & Exhaust  
  • ESD (Electric Static Discharge) Awareness & Prevention Training 
  • Aviation Human Factors 

Duncan Aviation’s first cohort for the Powerplant Apprenticeship program was drawn from the Engine Shops and Engine Overhaul area of the business. In the future, the program will be open to team members throughout the company. As with the Airframe Apprenticeship program, the techs chosen for the program don’t necessarily have to have any experience; the program will provide all of the training, classroom work, and job experience necessary to earn an A&P license. However, the technicians do need some mechanical aptitude, and they must be highly motivated due to the rigorous demands of the apprenticeship programs. Apprentices will be working full-time, carrying a full course load, and studying on their own.  

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