Hamish MacMillan

Graduate Intern

I am on a graduate internship at Air New Zealand, where I spend two months or so with various different groups within both Tech Ops and the Airline side of the business.

This is a great chance to get to know the company from various different perspectives and to gain valuable experience and skills at the same time.

Where did your journey start?

I started with Air New Zealand straight after finishing University in November 2011 on a three month summer placement. I had always wanted to work in the aerospace industry, so this was the ideal job for me. After that finished in February, I was offered a graduate internship, which is what I am on now.

Where’s your journey taken you so far within Air New Zealand?

So far I have worked with quite a few groups; I started in 747/767 Fleet Management team then spent a couple of months with Auckland Liaison Engineering. This was followed with 6 weeks in production, gaining a bit of experience with the hands-on side of engineering. After that I spent a month working with the Maintenance & Reliability team on a project with company-wide effects and am now in the Tech Library working on authoring technical manuals.

Where do you hope your journey will take you?

I am about a quarter of the way through my internship right now and am not sure exactly where I would like to end up – it would definitely be with Air New Zealand though! Everyone is really friendly and welcoming and quite happy to share their experience and knowledge.

The opportunity to work with different groups over a couple of years means that when I finish my internship, I will have a good idea of where I would like to work.

What Air NZ value do you feel you best represent and why?

The “Can Do” attitude is very important to me and my role. I have been working in many groups and most of the time have had little or no experience in that area, requiring a very “Can Do” attitude to get stuck in right from the start.

I have also found the “Welcome as Friend” value to be very important and very prevalent. I have met and worked with many people, even in just a few months in the company and without exception they have all been very friendly and helpful and have made me feel very welcome.

What’s the best story you’ve been able to tell after a day at work?

I have heaps of great stories from work, but a couple of the highlights would have to be helping out with changing an engine on one of the 777-200’s (they are surprisingly easy to change) and working on a major project to model delay costs, which will eventually be the standard model used by engineering.

One of the most rewarding jobs was designing a repair part at very short notice which allowed another of our 777’s to perform its scheduled flight that evening without having to block out several rows of seats.

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