A Pittsburg State University automotive technology professor has been honored with an appointment to the leading trade skills competition in the world.
Scott Norman, an automotive technology professor at PSU since 2007, has been named the United States’ Technical Delegate for WorldSkills, an international competition that tests the skills of contestants from 52 countries in dozens of categories - everything from cabinet-making to welding to culinary arts to beauty therapy. WorldSkills, which is held every two years at different locations across the world, is known as the “Olympics of the Skilled Trade Industry” and awards medals to top competitors.
Norman, who began serving on the national automotive service technology committee of SkillsUSA in 1997, has served as national chairman for the past five years. With last year’s WorldSkills competition held in London (Norman attended as an official observer in preparation for his current role), the 2013 contest will be in Germany. Norman will travel to Korea in May to help plan the event.
“It’s an honor for me to have been named to this position,” said Norman, who will serve as the liaison between the international community and the United States team, making certain the team members are ready. “I’m looking forward to working with the top students in their fields.”
For the 2013 competition, Norman said the nation’s delegates are searching for a team of about 19 competitors to participate in the international competition. In March of 2010, Norman traveled to Brazil for a SkillsAmerica contest to help prepare the automotive competitor for the 2011 WorldSkills competition in London.
Norman, a two-time PSU graduate who previously worked as an instructor for Chrylser Corp., said the opportunity to hold such an impressive post with an organization of this magnitude is incredible.
“I will be interacting with other technical delegates who are often high-ranking education ministers in their countries,” Norman said. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for me.”