Airline Division Director and Representatives attend Expo
Showcasing the varied career fields available in the aviation industry was the goal as Division representatives attended the ProJet Aviation Education and Career Expo in Leesburg VA on Friday, November 11th. Director David Bourne, Deputy Director Allynn Allen, International Representatives Bob Fisher and Chris Moore were joined by Local 210 Shop Steward Blake Silverstein for the event.
750 local high school students were in attendance and had the opportunity to speak with representatives at over 60 booths about careers in aviation and related fields. Law enforcement, Military, Technical Schools, Flight Schools and the Teamsters were among the participants. As the only Union at the event, the Teamsters brought a unique perspective having industry veterans who having been working to solve the industry Pilot and Mechanic shortages.
The students were fascinated by the array of parts at the Teamster table. The biggest hit was a Fan Blade from a GEnx-1b engine that powers the Boeing 787. The parts generated many questions, and these questions led to more in depth conversations about being a mechanic of pilot.
The Teamsters look forward to participation again next year as part of the outreach effort to bring young people into Aviation.
“These students are the future of aviation and they need to know about the careers that are available to them” said Capt. David Bourne. “Showing these students the pathway to a Pilot or Mechanics license is crucial if we are to fill the pipeline which has been all but depleted for both crafts.”
“Explaining to a student the return on investment on the educational dollar for getting an A & P license was eye opening for almost every student we spoke to,” said TAMC Chairman Chris Moore. “We are encouraged by the number of students we talked to that are interested in an Aviation Career.”
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