The perfect opportunity to reinvent myself as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Envision driving along, standing by listening to the radio when you hear something that could completely change you. This is the means by which Flying Professional Dounell Griffin found a lifelong open door at Piedmont Carriers.

Dounell heard a radio commercial from the Flight Foundation of Upkeep (Point) advancing an instructive open door that pays 100 percent of their educational cost and ensures the understudy a task upon consummation. Subsequent to moving back to Virginia and looking for a vocation change at age 48, this open door sounded unrealistic.

Piedmont Aircrafts’ Educational cost Installment Program (TPP) in association with Point in Norfolk, Virginia offered an open door that Dounell had been sitting tight for. “Subsequent to being chosen for the program, I got schooling in a year with 100 percent paid educational cost and a dependable work with endless supply of my certificate,” shares Dounell gladly. “The TPP Program offered the ideal chance to rehash myself with a legitimate organization and work in the thrilling flight industry; something I had for practically forever needed to do.”

Experiencing childhood in a tactical family, Dounell found an interest in flight while he lived on an army installation and frequently saw jets soaring over. Initially from Hendersonville, North Carolina, he moved around a great deal with his tactical family prior to getting comfortable Chesapeake, Virginia. Subsequent to graduating secondary school, he sought after a four year certification in Business The executives from Shaw College prior to passing on school to help his new family. Dounell later moved to Florida where he filled in as a print machine administrator printing lottery scratch-off tickets for the Florida Lottery. Following 15 years in the business, he moved further west to Texas prior to getting back to Norfolk, Virginia to look for a fresh start.

Dounell heard Piedmont’s radio commercial while filling in as a fuel overseer for Mark Flight Backing at Norfolk Worldwide Air terminal. “I knew all about Piedmont Carriers as I took my most memorable trip on a Piedmont plane,” he reflects. Point’s sped up year program implied that Dounell would be in class 40 hours per week, which brought about him passing on his regular task to go to class. “It was trying without a regular task to help myself monetarily, yet I had an extraordinary open door before me and I was focused on staying with the program.”

Once in class, Dounell acknowledged he was 25 years more seasoned than his kindred colleagues, yet he didn’t allow that to dissuade him. He is cutthroat naturally and gladly shares that himself and individual schoolmate now Piedmont colleague Abi Creager were the top understudies in the class. During preparing, he was doled out as the class lead. After a year, Dounell accepted his Airframe and Powerplant confirmations and started his new profession as a flight upkeep specialist in October 2022. “Basically everything I put in and the penances I made were all worth the effort. Right off the bat I realize that Point and Piedmont needed to see me succeed. All I needed to do was invested the effort, study, and develop.”

Piedmont’s support base in Salisbury, Maryland was proposed to Dounell as the most ideal decision for him to use his abilities and information where he could keep on succeeding. “I’m happy I decided to work at the Salisbury base, and I certainly like it here,” shares Dounell. “Piedmont is little enough for me to gain each part of the airplane from nose to tail without all the speedy strain of a significant carrier.” Subsequent to filling in as an AMT for a long time, Dounell moved to a Flying Expert situation in Salisbury. “One thing that I truly like about this industry is assuming you set forth the energy to get confirmations, you can advance yourself. You don’t need to trust that somebody will advance you.”

Dounell energetically prescribes the TPP Program to a precisely slanted, anybody, is interested about flight upkeep and able to focus on the vocation way. “It was quite difficult for me at my age, however I regret nothing,” shares Dounell. “You need to need it and I needed it. I began an alternate work in an alternate city and experienced many changes en route, however still up in the air.” He is a firm devotee that in the event that he can achieve changing vocations at age 48 then anybody can.

Dounell works night shift where he appreciates keeping up with the Stay For the time being (RON) airplane. “Consistently is unique. Every airplane comes into the storage around evening time with an alternate situation requiring various reviews. My preparation from Point and my active gaining from Piedmont set me up for this job and to find lasting success in the field.” Point as of late perceived Dounell as their Alumni of the Quarter for his achievements in school and post-graduation.

“The avionics business deserves admiration. I perform upkeep on airplane each day that influences the wellbeing of our travelers and group individuals that fly with us.” Dounell is glad for what he has achieved and pleased to be a fundamental piece of our carrier’s prosperity.

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