FTR 070 Tim Dwyer – Why You Need to be Involved in Skills USA or Canada

Attracting young people into our industry: Help to Take Skills USA to the Next Level 

Tim Dwyer is an automotive education specialist at ConsuLab, a manufacturer, and provider of automotive training aids.  After 25 years of ownership, he sold his business Superwrench Import Auto in Tulsa, OK to pursue a teaching career at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. There he helped start and instruct the Pro-Tech Automotive Internship program for 12 years. Hear Tim’s previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Skills USA Nationals has 103 different contests going on at once. It is all Career and Technical Education under one roof (CTE)
  • Perfectly placed  but mostly unrecognized by many in our industry
  • Skills  begin locally,  then through state and national
  • Over 20 football fields full of Skills test stations 
  • There is also a World Skills every other year 
    • Some countries offer award money and  lifetime jobs for the winners of this contest
  • $36 Million is spent to put on this event
  • GM donated a 2018 Malibu to the gold medal winner’s program
  • We need to start bragging about these events that will help attract young people into our industry
  • Designing a skills contest:
    • Attention to detail
    • All stations need to appropriately challenging
    • Consistently repeatable
    • Have a real-world application
      • Equipment, tools, and information
  • Bond with parents and a reason to go to school
  • Skills show a career path
  • Instructors need to step up their game
  • Consulab supports Skills at many levels
  • As an industry, we must support this program
    • Volunteer to judge a local contest
    • Offer financial support to help pay for travel to the next level contests
  • Some state and local winner don’t go to the next level because of funding issues
  • We should offer an additional celebration of excellence to all participants and the winners
  • Shops can promote Skills in their own network and community
  • This is a spectator sport

  • A special thanks to Tim Dwyer for his contribution to the aftermarket.
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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

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As host of over 1,000 episodes, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ paths to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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