Graduation address

Excerpt from graduation speech by John Moon, Operations Supervisor, Bombardier Aerospace

"This is an exciting time to be graduating with an education in machining from a nationally certified machine technology program. The coal industry is back on the rise and will stabilize, the oil and gas industry will continue to grow, the power sector will have growth, and the aviation sector will have rapid growth over the next three to five years.

All of these businesses will feed into the need for more manufacturing in West Virginia and other states. West Virginia is within easy range for business – eight hours if you drive and faster if you fly – of half the U.S. population and a third of the Canadian market. . .

I can speak to the aggressive campaign going on right now in the school system and the West Virginia communities to promote the need for skilled labor. Bombardier Aerospace’s plans for expansion over the next few years will almost double our workforce in all different skill sets. Other businesses on the air field also have plans for growth. Aviation worldwide is predicted by Boeing to have a shortage of 600,000 mechanics by 2031.

With those promising facts, you will need to choose a path for a career. A few things to consider as you decide the path that you want to take: Every industry has a different work environment, shifts, safety oversight and career advancement opportunities. Within the skilled labor trade you can pretty much choose what conditions you want to work. The most important thing that you need when choosing a career is a vision. If you want to be employed by a company or if you want to be an entrepreneur, the door is wide open for you.

You will need to work smart. Always. Everyday. Nothing is handed to you and nothing is easy. No job or task is too small or should be beneath you.

If you want to get ahead, volunteer to do the thing that no one else wants to do -- and do it better. Learn all you can and accept failure. Missed opportunity and criticism are an opportunity for improvement.

There is no straight path from your seat today to where you will be going. Do not try and draw that line. You cannot just look up or down. You have to look backwards, sideways and around the corners to find the surprises and opportunities that lie in your path.

My definition of success is this: find a job that you enjoy and go to work.

I will finish with a quote from renowned author and futurist Joel A. Barker: ‘Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world.' "