I thought about posting this in the Job Situations Wanted section but figured it's topical and really specific so I'm hoping someone can help me out here.
About a year ago I posted a question on here about UAA's Professional Piloting Program and have finally applied for admission and awaiting a response. I separate from the Navy in March and have plane tickets booked and anything that I can't take on the plane or mailed for a reasonable cost lined up to be sold or distributed.
My goal is to eventually fly professionally in Alaska but I need to get my foot in the door. UAA has the aviation facility at Merrill Field so I was thinking about trying to knock on some doors there to get part time work while in school and network. I'm just looking for general labor/help type work to start with, anything really just to get my foot in the door somewhere, (sweep the hangar, answer phones, take out trash etc.) Are there any opportunities available in that respect? I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get in. I am an engineer in the Navy so I have plenty of mechanical experience both professionally and personally if that helps at all. The plan is that when I graduate and have built up some time I will have some contacts and a good reputation established.
Any tips, tricks, or recommendations about scoring some part time work in the industry around Merrill Field or even Lake Hood would be greatly appreciated.
Ill be using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, coming up with my girlfriend and some money in the bank. Our flight up is the first week of March.