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Vermont Mechanical Plumber Apprentice Chris Royea Represented the U.S. at Biennial WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil in August.

Chris Royea, a Vermont Mechanical plumber apprentice from Williamstown, Vt., competed at the biennial WorldSkills Competition in Brazil as a member of the SkillsUSA WorldTeam. The 43rd international event was held Aug. 11-16. Royea, who placed fifth in the SkillsUSA Championship Plumber competition in 2013, represented the U.S. in plumbing and heating, and was judged on categories including work safety, installation of plumbing and heating pipe-work, prefabrication, connection and test of completed pipe-work modules, and repair and maintenance.

Royea is currently employed at Vermont Mechanical Inc. as an apprentice plumber. Brian Thomas, Royea’s supervisor and piping department manager, said, “Chris came to join Vermont Mechanical when his high school plumbing instructor, James Ficken, contacted me to tell me about a student who so impressed him he wanted to find him employment so he would have an opportunity to grow. Chris has proven himself to be a studious, respectful, hard-working apprentice who has become one of our most sought-after workers by our supervisors running our projects. He has won the respect of all his coworkers and is an excellent role model. Chris is destined for a great career in the industry.” Congratulations Chris!