A Wisconsin automotive technology student trained by Pittsburg State faculty received top honors at the WorldSkills America competition in Brazil. The WorldSkills Americas contest took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and featured 24 North and South American countries competing in 34 skill areas.

Kieron Kohlman, an automotive engineering technology major at Ferris State University, earned a gold medal in the automotive technology skill area. He also earned the highest score of an U.S. competitor and received the “Best in Nation” trophy.

Kohlman was coached by PSU automotive technology instructor Mike Elder, who recently succeeded PSU’s Ron Downing as the WorldSkills Automotive Technology Expert. Kohlman trained for four days this summer with Elder, Downing and assistant professor Scott Norman, who is the U.S. Technical Delegate for WorldSkills. Elder and Norman traveled to Brazil for the competition, which took place Nov. 11 to 18.

Next up for the WorldSkills team is the WorldSkills International competition in Leipzig, Germany, in July 2013. That event will feature competitors from more than 60 countries.