PIA “Takes Flight” in Atlanta with Endeavor AirEdward Molek
Seven PIA Career Services and Admissions staff, along with two students, flew from four campuses to attend the Endeavor Air Taking Flight 2022 AMP/STEP event in Atlanta on March 30 – 31. They were joined by participants from five other aviation maintenance schools.
The itinerary included an afternoon social event as participants arrived at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel at ATL, followed by a welcome dinner. The main event began with breakfast the next day at the Delta Flight Museum, a tour of Delta Headquarters and engine shop and self-guided tour of the Delta Flight Museum. The museum provided the perfect backdrop for a presentation about Endeavor Air’s Aviation Maintenance Pathway (AMP) program, which is designed to help prepare aviation maintenance students for a successful career at Endeavor or wherever they may land. Presenters at the event included Endeavor CEO Jim Graham and Endeavor Vice President of TechOps Bill Donahue. A farewell lunch rounded out the itinerary. Endeavor Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.
Mindy Pavilonis, Associate Director, Career Services for PIA, said Endeavor’s HR team “really outdid themselves and the hospitality was second to none.” The event showcased Endeavor Air’s positive corporate culture, among other things.
“As an employer, these events are invaluable. From a company perspective, we can visit schools and talk to students and faculty about the great Endeavor Air culture. For prospective employees to have an opportunity to experience this first hand really is the most effective way to show who we are as a company. This is what we believe sets us apart as a great company to work for,” said Eric Wagner, Program Manager, Tech Ops Outreach & Recruitment.
The pandemic-rescheduled date meant “Taking Flight” was held at the same time and hotel as the Delta TechOps leadership conference, which Pavilonis said was a welcome coincidence and added to the energy at the event.
“To see our students interact and network with both Endeavor and Delta mechanics was amazing,” said Pavilonis, noting the longevity of the TechOps members for both airlines.
Lori Fine, Admissions Representative
Carrie Grimes, Campus Coordinator
Tasha Hall, Administrative Assistant
Sally Krasevic, Admissions Representative
Barbara Martin, Admissions Representative
Mindy Pavilonis, Associate Director, Career Services
Brandon Weiss, Admissions Representative
PIA STUDENTS (both from the Myrtle Beach campus)