Hometown: Lonsdale, Minn.
Representing the United States at WorldSkills in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance
WorldSkills competitor Gabe Krebs says the upcoming 2022 Heavy Vehicle Maintenance competition will allow him to “represent the United States as well as show the importance of having skilled laborers and tradesmen and tradeswomen in today’s workforce.” Krebs has competed at state and national levels in the SkillsUSA Championships and was named the high school national silver medalist in Diesel Equipment Technology in 2019.
Krebs completed his Associate of Applied Science Degree from Dakota County Technical College in 2019 and is currently employed as an assistant foreman diesel technician at Interstate Power Systems in Lakeville, Minn., while training for WorldSkills 2022 with his expert, Tom Wozniak and with the support of his supervisor, Jasen Hansen.
This talented technician would like to eventually become an instructor at a trade school to teach new diesel technicians. He is intrigued by the changes that are ever evolving in the heavy vehicle and equipment industry and says, “There will always be a need for skilled technicians to be able to adapt to and learn new systems, as well as develop new ideas to improve the existing machines.”
Krebs’ advice to other technicians is to never stop learning from those around you. He says, “Your knowledge is the one thing that no one can take away from you, and it will only make you more valuable in your work.”
Check out Gabe’s interview on the SiriusXM program, Transport Topics