Hometown: Oakboro, N.C.
Representing the United States at WorldSkills in Mechatronics
Curt Love discovered his skill in mechatronics in college, but it wasn’t love at first program. “Initially, I didn’t really understand or enjoy this part of my classes. But eventually I became fascinated!”
Curt lives for the feeling of accomplishment that comes with seeing a machine work for the first time, after spending hours of programming. But his primary source of inspiration comes from knowing more experts are needed in this industry.
“One of the reasons America is so powerful is because we are an industrial nation driven by hardworking people. As time goes by, we’ll need a more efficient industrial workplace to compete with the demands of the market across the world. That drives me to train – knowing that I am in the skill area that will accomplish this task.”
Curt will compete at WorldSkills with his training partner, Ryan Hittepole. After the competition, Curt plans to finish his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and continue putting his skills to work in an engineering position where he can learn and grow.
“There’s still so much I have to learn about this skill, and that’s one thing I love about it. There’s always room to grow and to think. The learning never stops.”
On competing in the WorldSkills competition:
“It is a very high honor to have the opportunity to represent the United States at the WorldSkills competition. Not many people have the opportunity to represent their country, and it is a responsibility I do not take lightly.
On SkillsUSA’s role:
“What I am most excited about in competing at WorldSkills is going through the extensive SkillsUSA training over the next year with professionals in my skill area. I am looking forward to learning everything I possibly can so I will be more prepared when I start my career.”