Electronics Technology Students Land Internship at Robins AFB

While attending Electronic Technology classes at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC), David Jones of Dublin and David Gore of Cochran landed internship positions at Robins Air Force Base where they’ll use their skills in electronics to make money and possibly land a full-time position once their internship is completed.

According to the Government’s Office of Personnel Management website, the internship is offered through the Pathways Program with USAJobs and gives students enrolled in educational institutions opportunities to explore Federal careers while completing their education, providing the opportunity to get paid and become eligible for a permanent position.

To be eligible, the student must be enrolled in a qualifying educational program and live within commuting distance to the job. While the hiring agency works directly with the student to determine scheduling needs, OFTC works with the student to help them meet the criteria set by the hiring agency, shared Lee Radney, OFTC Electronics Technology instructor.

“These are high skilled jobs with a great employer,” he added. “I have talked with numerous students that were hired through the previous co-op program and every one of them are happy with their positions at Robins Air Force Base and often recommend this opportunity to friends and family members.”

One of the best parts of the internship is the in-depth experience the student receives from working, in addition to what they’re already learning in the classroom, Radney said. “The student is in a dual learning environment; this allows students to see how their training applies in real-world application, and they can interact with their instructors to broaden their depth in a particular subject while they are actually applying it in the workplace.”

A love for electronics

David Gore, OFTC Electronics Technology Student at OFTC.

David Gore, OFTC Electronics Technology Student, working on the Electrical Wiring Learning System.

Growing up watching his father work in electronics, Gore knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps; and this internship is helping him do it. “I have always had a desire for electronics,” he said. “My father would try to explain how electronics work to me but it blew my mind. I was always taking things apart because I had such a desire to know how it worked. So, I knew I wanted to be like my father and do what he did.”

Having been in OFTC’s Electronics Technology Program for two semesters, Gore believes what he’s learned will equip him to be successful in his internship and hopefully land a full-time position. “OFTC’s program has helped me to identify electronic components, measure and calculate them as well. I’m able to read and follow schematic drawings and I know how to use the proper tool for the job.”

And while he’s learned many skills, perhaps the greatest thing he’ll take with him into this internship is the mindset of perseverance and dedication. “I know the hard work will pay off in the long run,” he said. “Never say you can’t until you try.”

Hard work pays off

David Jones, Electronics Technology Student at OFTC.

David Jones, Electronics Technology Student at OFTC is practicing some of the skills he’s learned in his courses during a simulated lab.

Unlike Gore, Jones didn’t always have his sights set on a career in electronics, but when he realized the job opportunities available he decided to give it a try. “I wanted to learn a trade,” he said, “and I needed to go to school locally, so OFTC was the perfect choice.”

During the internship, Jones will be responsible for repairing and replacing aircraft electrical components on the base’s flight line. “OFTC’s program has taught me that you can achieve success if you’re willing to put in the work,” Jones said. “I’ve learned to approach problem solving from different angles and I’ve learned patience and attention to detail,” something he knows will help him in his new position.

But he didn’t do it alone and credits his instructor’s encouragement as something that’s kept him going when it’s gotten tough: “Mr. Radney, my advisor, has helped me every step of the way to achieve my goal of earning my degree,” he said. “And now I have the chance to put what I’ve learned into practice.”

For more info about OFTC or the Electronics Technology Program, visit OFTC.edu.