Hometown: Southampton, Mass.
Representing the United States at WorldSkills in Plumbing and Heating
As a freshman at Smith Vocational Agricultural High School, Tim Girouard was introduced to twelve different hands-on trades as part of his course work. It didn’t take long for him to discover he was particularly skilled in plumbing and heating.
“My teachers inspired me to practice to continue to improve my skills and encouraged me to participate in the SkillsUSA competition. I love standing back and looking at what I created – it makes me feel proud.”
Tim is honored to continue a legacy of students from his high school who have competed in WorldSkills. “It means the world to me that I was chosen. I’m excited to travel, meet other competitors, and be challenged by the tasks the competition presents.”
As an apprentice, Tim plans to pursue his training both on and off the job. Eventually, he hopes to become a journeyman plumber and start his own business.
“This industry is starving for workers, and I want to help fill that gap. I enjoy working with my hands, and I also understand how technology plays a role in making the job more efficient. I just want to do my part.”
“I’ve been involved with SkillsUSA for two years, and I have gained incredible knowledge of my trade that helps me in my job every day.”
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