Phil-Nippon Kyoei Corporation
God owns the earth but its is rented to the daring. There are lot of opportunities for skilled personnel like Dualtech workers and for sure companies will knock on your doors. You will be given opportunities to grow and you should accept every opportunity. -- Mr. Arturo C. Yan, President | Phil-Nippon Kyoei Corporation
To set the tone, I want to underscore four obvious what you should feel fulfilled and happy this morning:
- You graduated in a dual system where you learn theoretical and practical subjects in school and practical techniques at work place. Like most boys in German and Switzerland , your path of learning is preferred by entrepreneurs who value implementation.
- You were educated by qualified faculty who cared and nurtured your skills and character . ( Ang pagkatao niyo ay mas malalalim)
- Your loving parents took time off in order to witness this significant event. Your must realize that they are a big part of the reason that you are here.
- Lastly, you are graduating at a time where there are huge opportunities for vocational graduates.
THE REAL WORLD
The meat of my talk will be the last items. Opportunities are everywhere ((Maraming trabaho at negosyo). The private sector is expanding. In the part of government, Php 326 billion worth of infrastructure projects are on main stream . Local business enterprises needs to be competitive globally. Business owners know this can only be achieved if operation expenses are low and more jobs are performed a period time. This is where dual tech graduates are invaluable. Industrial equipment needs to be reliable and efficient. Your skill will be vital to achieve this. You, my dual tech graduate will be vital . I also see Dual Tech “ producing graduates who will tackle poverty through engineering services and innovation”
As an example, business owner requires information to make decision on whether to replace or buy a new equipment. You will be required to measure , analyze and to repair important equipment and plant system . (Sukatin, pagaralan at ayusin) like power plants, compressors, pumps and heat exchanger needs to be maintained well. Your familiarity to work with your hands, which was learned in school and improved in the work place, will make your skill unique .
THE IMPORTANCE TO BE CREATIVE AND TO WORK WITH YOUR HANDS.
The atmosphere this Satruday morning brings me back to the challenge I faced 35 years ago. I was full of hope and promise. Back then in 1981, the government and economy is struggling . Even engineering graduates have limited opportunities .
One of the leading companies wrote me that they have an opening for technical positions and that requires testing and research. My task was to test the technical feasibility of using coconut oil as fuel for commercial diesel engines. The work was challenging since we have to test the durability of these engines by operating them continuously for long periods. . We also have to run prototype vehicles from Manila to the Visayas in order to simulate the reliability of the fuel.
After a certain period, we have to tear the engines apart and inspect each of the engine members. We measured the critical parts and analyzed dimension variances and material failures. I enjoyed the work since apart from the creative thinking process , I worked with my hands. Because of the small salary, I also have to teach during evening to make me my economic ends meet and be independent from my parents.
A moment I vividly remembered is when my rubber shoes , a saucony brand was deformed because I worked long hours in the laboratory. The sole was immersed in diesel fuel and in time, affected the rubber material. The shoe formed an C shape, was tainted of browns spots and looks very unattractive when I wear it in gatherings.
After all the years I research, I was transferred to the main office to be engaged in the corporate operational functions. The period of working with my hands gave me the wisdom and strength to analyze problems and make touch decisions.
Looking back, the recipe of working with my hands is very memorable . It also allowed me to appreciate the dignity of working in the bench to fabricate a steel products or to be in the laboratory to mix a chemical solution. The outcome is always a product or a service that we can benefit a society ; whether it is a school , a factory, a transport industry or even a house of God.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SKILLS AND SPECIALIZATION.
Starting the start of the century, business environment became more demanding . Employers place more emphasis on adaptability , curiosity and learning a desirable attributes for employers . A different kind of skill is needed . The need for problem solvers and decisions makers arises to relieve the pain of clients . Employees must answer the execution question of “how to get there”. Technology takes time to trickle down and specializing in a certain niche segment is vital.
This brings me to a case study of a technical specialist named Gerry. He can disassemble and assemble back all the parts of a 4 MW diesel power plant which is as big as this stage. Machines will be machines . All machines will require corrective and predictive maintenance over a period of time . (lahat ng makina na umiinit ay ganyan). There are 2000 parts and it still amazes me that he finds time to memorize each of the parts. Gerry also helps purchasing to prepare the bill of materials during the overhauling period. When there is no parts in the inventory, he will buy an high carbon steel and machine the item according to the required specific dimension . He himself developed this reverse engineering approach.
Employers gave him a premium in his salary because of his innovations and specialty in maintaining basis load power plants. Additionally, he was always consulted for important decision when this involved plant operations. At the end of the day, Gerry feels fulfilled since his value in the corporation is always measurable. The lesson here my dear graduates is that you can never go wrong with hard work and being passionate with whatever interest you. ( matalinong pagbabago and kailangan para ka maging kakaiba ).
SAMPLE CAREERS FOR DUAL TECH GRADUATES IN THE FUTURE.
Other than the example of gerry’s craving for innovation, your skills must be monetized for specific industrial applications. I see the following needed skills sets that will be beneficial for the industrial market since they involved utility equipment:
- Design and installation of small scale solar power plants.
- Servicing of diesel power plants, compressors , pumps and heat exchangers .
- Measuring the systems losses in distribution lines and replacing overheating electrical lines.
- Installation of solar power plant stations in dead real estate assets.
ROLE TO INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH
Learning in Dualtech can also be answering a vocation to service the community. Inclusive development is important to help our government fight poverty. A business can be inclusive if its sustainable and if the work to be done includes the grass roots. A government that looks far and wide must bring investments outside the country side in order to spread wealth and help minimize poverty. Skilled workers will always be a catalyst in creating opportunities in the country side. All told , this will be bringing value to under-invested assets such as : waterproofing corroded warehouse roofs, building small power plants for charging of cell phones or illumination, repairing pumps that are needed for irrigation, maintaining of small reefer vans or low temperature container in order to help preserve aqua marine product and setting up off grid solar power plant facilities. Presently we have 27 Dualtech direct hires and 19 on the job trainees in the Glacier Group of Companies .
(For growth to be sustainable, it must be multi sectoral, multi discipline and multi level. )
THE INCLINED PLANE
God owns the earth but its is rented to the daring . There are lot of opportunities for skilled personnel like Dualtech workers and for sure companies will knock on your doors. You will be given opportunities to grow and you should accept every opportunity.
But remember that there will be unpleasant moments and you need to always struggle. You need to persevere in cases of poor results and opposition since you are part of a big society. (tibayan niyo loob niyo palagi at tulungan niyo sarili niyo). Your journey in life will always be an inclined plane. You must always be able to go up the slope with your dreams no matter how steep the slope is.
Lastly , You should have the energy and enthusiasm to move forward for the outcome is more capable hands than our own. You must learn to listen and in listening you always learn. You must be the best the you can . You can be better if you do this for love of your country, your parents and even the people I mentioned earlier in this speech.