Tom Burt

Aeronautical Science, MT Aviation Technology '76

Executive Vice President, COO, Duncan Aviation

Q. What are you doing now?

“We employ 500 and provide a complete line of maintenance, modification and refurbishment services for most types of business jets.”

Q. What do you like best about your career?

“God has allowed me to work almost my entire career at a company with strong family values dedicated to excellence. Everyday has been interesting and challenging. I was able to start as an inexperienced A&P technician, work through various other jobs in sales and customer service, and end up in a senior management position.  And almost everyday I have been at the airport, around interesting aircraft, working with great people.”

Q. How did LeTourneau University prepare you?

“The technical training I received at LeTourneau was very good and helped me learn to solve problems, which is very important.  But the training in life skills really made the difference.  My LeTourneau experience helped me develop spiritually, taught me to persevere and to really value people.”

Q. What are some special memories of your time here at LeTourneau University?

“I have great memories of Dr. McKinley’s Bible classes, especially the Old Testament survey. Very interesting at 7:30 a.m. five days a week!  I enjoyed being a member of LAS and remodeling the barracks using pine logs. The LAS group included Woody Roland, Jerry Cassel and Ray Kingsley.  We formed a band called the Last Generation that was on the contemporary edge (for the time). We played in the local area and toured one summer representing the school. I enjoyed singing with the LeTourneau Singers for two years, representing the school and touring in the summers.  We sang some great music and learned some great life lessons on those trips. We also wore some very trendy leisure suits! I remember really great Bible studies off campus on Saturday nights often followed by pizza. These were often led by Mohan Jhass, a fellow LeTourneau student.

Q. What advice do you have for students in the aeronautical science program?

“Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom and work your way up in the industry.  It worked for me.  Strongly consider going into the technical (A&P) side of the business instead of flying.  In the future, there will be many good opportunities that will require the technical background. See your work as your ministry, and don’t be afraid to work with non-believers.  You will need to persevere, but you have the opportunity to be salt and light in our industry.”

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