An opportunity for students, mechanics, pilots, industry professionals to network with aviation businesses, schools and colleges.
This event is now hosted during the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show, FEB 22 & 23. Registration at the NW Aviation Career Forum includes admission to the Conference & Trade Show.
Thank you to our 2020 Career Forum Sponsors and Scholarship supporters!
February 22, 2020 | PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Sign in opens at 8:30 AM, guests will be admitted into the exhibit area at 9:00 AM. Thank you! (First session 9:15 AM)
We are excited to incorporate the Career Forum schedule into Saturday and Sunday's Conference events to allow increased access for attendees and address concerns some attending companies had in accommodting the additional day.
Event is hosted in the Showplex, Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA. Directions available here.All attendees must be pre-registered to participate. There will be no sign up onsite.
Registration includes resource packet, after hours networking event as well as attendance to the NW Aviation Conference SAT & SUN.
1. Register online with credit card (this page) complete necessary fields - you will receive a receipt from PayPal.
2. We will send a reminder that you are registered by email Wednesday before the event.
3. When you arrive be sure to check in and receive lanyard credentials and resource packet. You will be permitted into the exhibitt area at 9:00 AM
4. Attend seminars and visit exhibitors! Be sure to attend the Career Networking event at 5:30 PM.
Email with questions.
The Forum is designed to offer students (high school and college) and industry professionals an opportunity to gather aviation career resources, ask questions, and network with businesses, colleges and organizations. This introduction will share ways in which you can get the most out of your day as well as outline event expectations for attendees and presenters.
9:15 AM - 11:00 AM | South FoyerChoosing a Path to Career In Aviation: Military, College, Building Time
Speakers: Morgan Lawrence, military background; John Swedburg, Professor Emeritus at Big Bend Community College; Gordon Alvord, Rainier Flight Service; Matthew Chupp, Lift Academy
Get straight answers about the best path to an aviation career for your situation. Forum panel represent colleges, current military aviators, ROTC, as well as career pilots who have built time through employment. This lively discussion will help you make the decision right for you and your goals and discuss the pros and cons.
10:30 AM | Pioneer RoomChoosing an Airline to make your Aviation Career Lift Off
Moderator: John Swedburg, Professor Emeritus at Big Bend Community College
Airline Panel: Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Skywest, JSX, Mesa Airline, Expressjet, GoJet, Empire Airlines
We know the minimums but what are regional airlines looking for in applicants? Hear it directly from representatives from attending airlines. Compare salaries, hiring incentives, benefits and flow through paths. Panel will offer insights & suggestions for success. Q & A
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Funding the Dream: Creative Solutions to Finance your Aviation Journey
Shawn Pratt, ATP/CFI Director of Operations/Chief Pilot, Safety in Motion Flight Center; Erika Allen, Director, College Advancement & Executive Director, LCSC Foundation Lewis-Clark State College; John Swedburg, Professor emeritus, Big Bend Community College
Wondering how you are going to pay for that aviation career? Don’t let the cost deter you from pursuing your dreams. There are plenty of financing options available to aviation professionals to make the dream a reality. Panel represents a spectrum of experience on creative financing solutions including government and private school loans for college and flight training. Available scholarships, VA Programs, IHL loans and FAFSA priority. Discussion on the importance of the FAFASA deadline, scholarship application timelines, writing a personal statement, and the importance of developing your co-curricular portfolio; all keys to building a strong scholarship application. If the cost is feeling prohibitive, attend this 45 minute session to ask questions and make the possibility a reality.and hot tips.
Pioneer Room (B) CAREER AirlineMilitary Transition | Military Pilot to Airline Pilot
Moderator: Morgan Lawrence — Panel: Ron Limes, Alaska Airlines; John Hornibrook, Horizon Airlines. Ken Ireland, Skywest
Representatives will answer questions on hiring projections and what a competitive candidate can do to make the transition to a civilian air carrier. Session will include current trends and programs in the fixed-wing transitions such as R-ATP requirements as well as the Rotary-Wing Transition programs to bring helicopter pilots into the airline world. Q/A with airline representatives.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | South Foyer (A)Speed Networking for MX and Aviation Professionals
Bring your resume and questions to socialize, share refreshments, and meet with aviation companies looking for you to join their team.
2:15 PM | South FoyerTHE OTHER 90% – The Range of Career Options in the Aviation Industry
For every 10 pilots, there’s 90 people supporting the pilot’s mission. From schedulers, technicians, mechanics, engineers, air traffic controllers, marketers, there’s a place for everyone’s dreams for a career in aviation. If you love aviation and want a career that can take you anywhere and do about anything– attend this session, ask questions and learn more about this growing industry. Panel includes an array of representatives who will share their personal journeys.
2:15 PM | Pioneer RoomGetting and Keeping that Dream Job
Now that you’ve had the opportunity to meet the airlines – what if they call you back? How do you set yourself above all the other candidates and make the best impression.
4:30 PM | South FoyerOther Cool Pilot Careers
In addition to commercial airlines, private corporations, charitable, firefighting, medical, bush pilots, tourism, and government agencies all need pilots, and there’s always a demand for flight instructors.Open Forum, Q/A.
4:30 PM | Keynote Stage
Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air
Alaska Air Group representatives will present on hiring projects, company overview and answer questions. Following presentation is the AMT Aviation Maintenance Awards Ceremony. First prize for the winning team is a spot at the National AMT Skills Competition with airfare, registration and hotels provided by Alaska Airlines. Thank you! Open Forum, Q/A.
5:30 - 7:00 PM | Career Forum Networking Event
REGISTRATIONRegistration for the 2020 Career Forum is now closed. Thank you for your interest.
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