HR/Shareholder Outreach Update: Doyon Utilities Introduces New Summer Hires
Pictured above are DU summer hires from left to right: Vinson Druck, Tod Kozevnikoff and Dylan Gavora.
Doyon Utilities, LLC (DU) employs approximately 165 employees in Fairbanks, Delta Junction and Anchorage, Alaska to provide high quality and reliable utility services to customers. The company operates on Fort Wainwright, Fort Greely and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson under a 50-year contract with the Department of Defense.
DU recently welcomed the following shareholders as new summer hires:
Jeff Oates, Coal Ash Operator
Jeff Oates is from Fairbanks and is the son of Eli and Bernice Aragon. Prior to working with DU, he gained experience as an equipment operator and boiler repairer, which helped him acquire the coal ash operator position.
Oates said he looks forward to gaining a better understanding of working in the power plant and with the coal crew. He hopes the experience from working with DU will help him further advance his career.
Barbara Simon, Fort Wainwright Central Heat and Power Plant Trainee
Barbara Simon is the daughter of Velma Schafer and Anderson Simon, Sr. from the village of Allakaket, Alaska. Prior to starting with DU, Simon received a Third Class Boiler License from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Third Class Stationary Engineer License from the National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers, Inc., basic electricity training, and basic first aid CPR training. Her training and experience provided the skills needed for the DU trainee position.
Simon, who is a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, said she looks forward to learning more about the coal plant operation. She enjoys working at DU because everyone is friendly and willing to teach her what they know about the tasks at hand. She also said the position will help her build her resume for future work.
Tod Kozevnikoff, Utility Fitter Trainee
Tod Kozevnikoff is the son of Wilfred C. “Toddy” Kozevnikoff and Lou Ann Stickman from Tanana, Alaska. Prior to starting as the utility fitter trainee at DU, Kozevnikoff worked with Doyon Drilling, where he worked his way up to the sewer plant operator position.
Kozevnikoff said he enjoys working with the DU team and hopes to find a permanent position at the company.
Dylan Gavora, Utility Fitter Trainee
Dylan Gavora is a lifelong Fairbanks resident and the son of Steven Gavora and Maria Zaveral. Gavora had no formal training in utilities when he took a summer position at DU three years ago. Today, he considers himself competent with all tasks he’s assigned in this position.
“I hope to gain further understanding and knowledge of the utility systems that we all rely on,” Gavora said. “This job has given me good insight on how to interact with coworkers, which would serve me well in a managerial capacity in the future.”
When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Gavora said, “I enjoy learning new aspects of the job from my experienced coworkers and interacting with them on a daily basis.”
Vinson Druck, Utility Fitter Trainee
Vinson Druck is the son of Peter and Agnes Druck from the village of Chalkyitsik, Alaska. Prior to DU, Druck was a welder helper with his Local 375 Union.
Druck hopes the experience gained from his position as a utility fitter trainee will help him expand his knowledge and assist with eligibility for future opportunities within DU. He added that he’s “enjoying the new knowledge gained within the utility industry.”
Nita Esmailka, Administrative Intern
Nita Esmailka is the daughter of Charles Esmailka, Sr. of Nulato, Alaska and Tonya Esmailka of Chiloquen, Oregon. Prior to this internship, she worked as a barista, a driver and a certified EMT, and said one of her strengths is her ability to adapt and learn new skills, which is important for the DU position.
When asked how her internship will help her reach her future career goals, Esmailka said, “This internship has been a great opportunity to learn how to adapt to ever-changing situations in a professional environment.”
Kaylyn Hale, Intern
Kaylyn Hale, daughter of Greg and Sonya Hale, was the DU administrative intern from 2012 to 2015, and is currently filling in for the front desk coordinator as a summer intern. She said she looks forward to using this opportunity to continue developing her career skills and becoming a better employee every day.
Hale’s favorite thing about her internship is “being able to work with such friendly and professional people.”
Mandy Sellin, Accounting Intern
Mandy Sellin, daughter of Kathleen Moses and Morris Lynus, is from Allakaket. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in accounting and is excited to gain experience in her field.
In her internship, Sellin looks forward to “getting actual experience. It’s a lot different than just learning in school.”
Want to Work with DU?
Individuals interested in a career with DU are encouraged to review employment opportunities and apply for open positions on the Doyon website at www.doyon.com. All applicants must be able to access military installations and have a clean driving record. All employees are subject to pre-employment and quarterly random drug testing. Additionally, many positions with DU require technical and/or vocational certificates through the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.