Auto technician Paul Danenberg, who was featured last December in an American Graduate: Getting to Work video, will represent the United States in Automobile Technology at the biennial WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. Danenberg will compete as a member of the WorldSkills USA team, selected and trained by SkillsUSA. The 45th international event will be held Aug. 22-27, 2019.
Danenberg looks forward to competing in Kazan. “Seeing all of the different cars that aren’t available in America — and being able to work on them — is going to be a valuable experience that I will never forget,” he says.
When asked what he most enjoys about his skill, Danenberg says, “You can see any combination of weird issues: a vacuum leak causing a fuel rail pressure sensor code on a VW; a jumped timing chain causing a low fuel rail pressure on a GM; or a ground that has high resistance causing all kinds of electrical problems from voltage feedback. The work is very rewarding.”
After the WorldSkills competition, Danenberg hopes to become a field service engineer, traveling across the country to diagnose and repair issues that nobody else can fix. “It sounds like a great opportunity to travel and perform my favorite part about my job. Eventually, I would also like to give back to my community and become an automotive teacher for a post secondary program.”
Every two years, WorldSkills hosts the world championships of skills, which attracts more than 1,600 competitors from more than 76 countries and regions around the world to compete in more than 50 different trade skills. Considered the best in the world in each trade skill, contestants compete before the public for four days in contests that are run and judged by industry using demanding international standards. They represent the best students from each nation and many are highly trained by their sponsoring country.
There are 22 members on the WorldSkills USA Team, with an average age of 19. Other occupational areas in which the United States plans to compete include Aircraft Maintenance, Autobody Repair, Bakery, Bricklaying, Cabinetmaking, Car Painting, CNC Milling, Cooking, Cyber Security, Graphic Design, Hairdressing, Heavy Vehicle Maintenance, Mechanical Engineering CAD, Mechatronics, Plumbing and Heating, Print Media, Restaurant Service, Web Technologies and Welding.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators, public policymakers, employers, teachers, trainers, technical experts and government officials from around the world will attend this competition. The event will be held at the Kazan Expo International Exhibition Centre.