Year in Review: Doyon Seeks to Grow Shareholder Hire and Promotion Opportunities
The Doyon, Limited family of companies continues to grow and expand Doyon shareholder hire and promotion opportunities. There were 510 Doyon shareholders who earned over $33 million in wages in 2019. Doyon Drilling, Inc. (DDI) employed 226, or nearly 45 percent, of the total, paying wages of over $21 million. For the first time in several years, Doyon held three roustabout trainings, which prepared nearly 60 shareholders for employment in the oil field industry.
At DDI, over 60 percent of all promotions were Doyon shareholders. Many shareholders are in supervisor and management positions on the rigs, working as field superintendent, driller, toolpushers, and assistant drillers. Many other shareholders moved into positions such as floorhands, roustabout pushers, pitwashers, derricks, field health safety and environment, and motors.
Internships are an important opportunity for shareholders to experience the profession they are interested in pursuing or studying in school. In 2019, Doyon Utilities hired four to six interns in information technology, accounting, administration, power plant, and utility fitter positions. Other companies that hire interns include Doyon Government Group (DGG), designData, Doyon, Limited, and Doyon Remote Facilities & Services. Union outreach events are held as needed for Doyon Associated in the union trades of Teamsters, plumbers
and pipefitters, laborers, and operators.
The career pathways that Doyon has identified and developed assist shareholders in learning about opportunities of growth and what is needed to progress into their field of interest. This is apparent in the number of promotions Doyon continues to see and the movement of shareholder-employees from one Doyon company to another for advancement.
Melissa McGinty works for DGG as an analyst. McGinty graduated with her master’s degree in business administration with the assistance of scholarships from the Doyon Foundation. She originally worked for Doyon, Limited as an intern during her undergraduate studies and then in shareholder outreach. After interacting with DGG, McGinty expressed interest in government contracting. She transferred to DGG in
Federal Way, Washington, with her family in 2011. Today, she is a key player in the contracts and compliance department. Working remotely from Fairbanks, she is also DGG’s Small Business Administration (SBA) liaison. McGinty continues to learn and acquire new skills in contracts and SBA compliance. “Receiving scholarships and an internship provided a great insight into Doyon. I am so grateful for all of the experience and skills that I received while working for Doyon,” she said.
Raymond Kangas works for Doyon Anvil as a mechanical engineer. As a Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Kangas graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016 with a mechanical engineering degree and went on to work for Doyon Anvil. “My family gave me stability, with my parents being the anchors,” he said. Inspiring professors and study group friends helped. “Thanks to the Doyon Foundation scholarship program, Doyon dividends, and overall encouragement to see shareholders progress, the Doyon family certainly has played a role in seeing Athabascans succeed in competitive occupations,” Kangas said. “Being awarded scholarships and getting selected for a job position are some of the things that are out of your control. What you can control is the effort you put into your education. The first step in any career is being qualified.”