Ryan Hittepole

Ryan Hittepole

Age 20
Hometown: Albemarle, N.C.

Representing the United States at WorldSkills in Mechatronics

While taking an electronics elective course in high school, Ryan discovered his passion and natural knack for mechatronics. “The aspect that I most enjoy is having a problem, and then logically and methodically finding and implementing a solution to it.”

Ryan first got involved with SkillsUSA in 2015 and has made it to the national conference every year since. He is looking forward to the opportunity to represent his country at WorldSkills.

“I’m excited about meeting new people from around the world who are all brought together for the same cause: showcasing the value of skills and raising the recognition of skilled professionals worldwide.”

Ryan will work with his partner, Curt Love, extensively as they prepare for the WorldSkills competition. They believe in the power of preparation and will be working diligently to hone their skills.

After competing in WorldSkills, Ryan plans to continue his education in the Mechatronics industry, earning a bachelor’s degree in the field. He’s excited to apply his skills to a long-term career.

Quotables

On representing the U.S. in the WorldSkills competition:
“It’s an honor to have gotten the opportunity to represent my country with the skills that I’ve spent years developing.”

Advice for others wanting to train in Mechatronics:
“Take your time, be methodical, think logically, and don’t make mistakes.”

On being trained in an uncommon skill:
“One thing that drives me to improve is that I like having skills that not many others do, and being able to find a solution where others can’t.”

Meet Ryan’s teammate in Mechatronics, Curt Love