Hometown: Tiffin, Ohio
Representing the United States at WorldSkills in Car Painting
Having been passionate about cars his whole life, Dylan Wertz obtained his passion for car painting through countless hours of practice with his high school collision repair teacher, Carl Rusch.
“Mr. Rusch was a mentor in my life whose dedication to put in extra time with his students was a huge step to improving my knowledge. He helped get me to this point.”
Dylan has been involved with SkillsUSA since his junior year of high school, and he is excited for the opportunity to compete at WorldSkills. “It is a huge honor to represent the United States as a WorldSkills USA team member, and I am grateful to have made it this far.”
In the future, Dylan hopes to become a head painter in an accredited collision facility – and maybe even become an instructor to teach students to stay motivated, have fun, and respond to constructive feedback.
“The biggest goal for my career is to wake up every morning and look forward to going to work, doing what I love.”
Advice for others:
“Criticism will make or break you in the automotive refinishing industry. If you can’t learn and adapt from your mistakes, you will not make it very far.”
On what he loves most about car painting:
“My favorite part of my skill is that the technology is always advancing. I enjoy pushing myself, working hard, and striving to become better every day.”
On competing in the WorldSkills Competition:
“My family and friends are all excited for my opportunity to be a part of WorldSkills, not only for competition and training, but also for the lifelong connections I will be making.”