Duncan Aviation has received U.S. Department of Labor approval to offer a powerplant apprenticeship program and will begin offering it to eight full-time technicians at the Lincoln, Nebraska-based MRO provider. The effort follows a similar one to establish an airframe apprenticeship program last year to stem the effects of an expected shortage of aircraft mechanics.
Duncan’s program will last 24 months and offer powerplant training while students work there and earn a paycheck. Through classroom and hands-on labs, students will learn about reciprocating and turbine engines; powerplant ignition, electrical, and fire-protection systems; aircraft propeller systems; induction and fuel metering; lubrication, cooling, and exhaust; electrostatic discharge awareness and prevention; and aviation human factors. Upon completion, students will be prepared to sit for written, oral, and practical exams for airframe and powerplant certificates.
“Through a combination of on-the-job experience, 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,” said Duncan engine line assistant manager 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.”