SCOTT NORMAN is getting ready for a different kind of Olympics. Norman, an automotive technology professor at PSU, has been chosen to be the U.S. technical delegate for WorldSkills, an international competition that has been called the “Olympics of the Skilled Trade Industry.”

“It’s an honor for me to have been named to this position,” said Norman, who will serve as the liaison between the international community and the U.S. team, making certain the team members are ready. “I’m looking forward to working with the top students in their fields.”

WorldSkills is an international competition that tests the skills of contestants from 52 countries in dozens of categories, ranging from cabinet-making and welding to culinary arts and beauty therapy. The event is held every two years at different locations across the world. In 2013, WorldSkills will be held in Germany.

Norman, a two-time PSU graduate who previously worked as an instructor for Chrylser Corp., said the opportunity to hold such an impressive post with an organization of this magnitude is incredible.

“I will be interacting with other technical delegates who are often high-ranking education ministers in their countries,” Norman said. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for me.”

Norman, who began serving on the national automotive service technology committee of SkillsUSA in 1997, has served as national chairman for the past five years.

For the 2013 competition, Norman said, the nation’s delegates are searching for a team of about 19 competitors.