Duncan Aviation bolsters recruitment team


Duncan Aviation has welcomed a new recruiter to its recruitment team. David Sturdy will work from the firm’s facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.

The company said that Sturdy joins as the business aviation industry attempts to meet the challenges of finding qualified technicians as experienced technicians reach retirement age.

“We’re very excited to have David join the team,” said Jennifer Monroe, human resources supervisor. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will continue to drive our recruiting efforts forward as we seek to add more top talent to the Duncan Aviation team.”

As he prepares to meet the challenges facing the company and the industry, Sturdy feels that his seven years of experience as a recruiter and account manager at Aerotek in Kalamazoo, Michigan, give him the skills, patience and persistence necessary to reach potential team members and help spread the word about the many aviation career opportunities at Duncan Aviation.

“When I worked as a recruiter, I focused for several years on finding qualified technicians, and when I worked as an account manager, I helped various companies in southwestern Michigan with their engineering needs, including Duncan Aviation,” said Sturdy. “I worked with Michael Hill, enterprise director of engineering, to find talented, highly qualified engineers. I’m excited to do the same for the entire company now.”

“Duncan Aviation is well-known and respected throughout the industry,” said Sturdy. “The company doesn’t just pay lip service to its mission and goals statements. It not only believes in a well-trained workforce, but it provides the necessary education through technical classes and on-the-job training. It offers its team members career-advancement opportunities and generous benefits. The fact that Duncan Aviation always delivers a high-quality product makes my job recruiting that much easier, too.”

Sturdy also touched on the company’s community-driven initiatives.

“Duncan Aviation gives back to the community and provides volunteer opportunities for team members and partnerships with various agencies and schools throughout the year,” he said. “In addition to its many years of partnering with the United Way, it partners with elementary schools and high schools in the area to offer internships to students with special needs through programmes like Project Search here in Battle Creek, and the Independence Academy in Lincoln, Nebraska. Several times each year, volunteers at all three main locations help pick up trash along area highways, and they’re joined by company managers as they work to restore parks, gardens and playgrounds.”

Outside of work, Sturdy and his wife Kate spend as much time outdoors as possible with their three children at soccer games, spending time with their families, and at South Haven on the shores of Lake Michigan, which is less than an hour away.

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