NAA Partners with Draken for Student Internships

National Aviation Academy (NAA)  has recently partnered with Draken to develop a paid internship program for students who currently attend the Tampa Bay campus. This comes in addition to other industry pipeline programs that have been established this year, such as Delta TechOps and Cape Air.

Internships take place at Draken’s Lakeland operational facility. Several students have been selected to participate, working on fighter jets while still completing their training at NAA. They are repairing aircraft such as the Douglas A-4 Skyhawks, Aero Vodochody L-159E ARCA and Aermacchi MB-339CB. In addition to pay, students receive individual mentorship, shift meals and  invaluable hands-on, industry experience. This is an excellent opportunity for NAA students to increase their knowledge in an atmosphere that can lead to a permanent job offer – all prior to graduation.

NAA incorporates the latest technology and industry resources to deliver high quality aviation maintenance training. Partnering with Draken will strengthen NAA’s ability to achieve its mission of preparing students for employment in the aviation industry.

About Draken International: Draken ( is positioned to be a leading defense asset with extensive capabilities in airborne adversary support, threat simulation, aerial refueling, research, testing, as well as other missions suited to their diverse fleet of aircraft. Draken’s fleet of aircraft has been expertly maintained and inspected prior to gaining their airworthiness certifications. Their maintenance technicians engage in FAA flight safety meetings and scheduled proficiency seminars, and have decades of experience and training to ensure safety is at the center of their decision-making matrix.

Tampa Bay Graduation – October 2017

NAA—Tampa Bay hosted a graduation ceremony for Classes 7/16 AMT and 2/17 AMP on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, FL. Family and friends gathered to celebrate with students who successfully completed NAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician and Advanced Aircraft Systems programs.

Graduates from these classes have already secured employment with industry leaders such as Air Wisconsin. Draken, Gulfstream, HAECO, PSA and the US Navy.

Students who exhibited outstanding achievement received specialized awards. Michael R. was awarded Top Tech-AMT and Mason H. was named Top Tech-AMP. Congratulations, graduates, and best of luck in your new careers!

GE Visits NAA-Tampa Bay

GE is 295,000 employees with one common mission: to build, power, cure, move, and connect the world. They embrace simplicity and diversity and believe great, world-changing ideas can come from anyone, anywhere in their organization. Mike and Ashley of GE visited NAA’s Tampa Bay campus on October 10, 2017.

Students learned about career opportunities with GE and how aviation maintenance technology fits into the company’s vision and structure. GE has attended multiple NAA Career Fairs and has hired NAA talent directly. For more information about what they are looking for in new hire candidates, contact NAA’s Career Services department at (800) 659-2080.