Hometown: Kunkletown, Pa.
Representing the United States at WorldSkills in CNC Turning
As a junior in high school, Derbe Stroup placed first in CNC Turning when he competed in SkillsUSA at the national level. But before he enrolled in a precision machine technology course at his school, he had only heard about the trade from friends and family. “From the beginning, the course intrigued me. My passion only grew from there.”
Derbe loves his skill thanks to the amount of opportunity available in the machining field and the ability to advance within the trade. His dream job is to manage a fully functioning machine shop.
“Machinists often get handed jobs that may never have been made before. I enjoy taking charge and making sure production continues as it should.”
Derbe plans to put in long hours as he prepares for WorldSkills competition, and he credits his drive to wanting to make his country, his friends, and his family proud.
“This is an amazing experience that I do not take lightly. I am very fortunate to be able to represent the United States of America, and I take great pride in doing so.”
Advice for others:
“Be ambitious and constantly keep moving forward. No one else is going to do it for you. There are endless amounts of possibility and opportunity in this trade as long as you can be crafty and creative.”