UAA student lands internship with Kinross

When it comes to big machinery, John Mallinger is in his element, which isn’t surprising when one considers how he spent his childhood.

John Mallinger
John Mallinger looks over the engine of a Caterpillar D3C
track-type tractor.
“I’ve grown up around heavy trucks pretty much all my life,” Mallinger said. “My dad was a business owner of a highway striping company in Southeast Alaska.”

A student in the UAA Community & Technical College’s Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment (HDTE) Program, Mallinger was recently selected by Kinross Gold Corp. to participate in a 90-day internship at the Fort Knox mine located about 30 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska.

The corporation’s internship program is open to students from all disciplines and backgrounds who wish to gain firsthand experience in the mining industry. Students from UAA’s HDTE program typically work as mobile mine mechanics, shadowing seasoned professionals from whom they gain valuable on-the-job training.

The selection process is competitive. Students in heavy duty programs at schools across the state vied for just two mechanic positions at Fort Knox. Candidates who advanced underwent a stringent screening process that included a background check and driving record review. Those selected for the program will receive compensation with benefits and furnished living accommodations when they begin the internship later this month. For interns who work hard and are a good fit, the program can lead to full-time employment with Kinross after graduation.

Mallinger begins the internship May 19. Upon completion of the program, he will return to UAA for the second year of the HDTE program to finish his associate degree.

So, what is he looking forward to most about this opportunity? Well, in spite of the fact that Mallinger’s not a kid anymore, he’s still focused on the equipment.

“I know for a fact I’m going to see some of the biggest machinery in the world,” he said with a grin.

Visit Kinross website to learn more about opportunities for students and new graduates.

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