NZDF Citation Awarded to Deputy Chief Expert in Aircraft Maintenance

15 Nov 2017

WorldSkills New Zealand is mighty proud of Michael Naus, the organisation’s Aircraft Maintenance Deputy Chief Expert, for having received a Citation from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

Since 2012, Michael Naus has been involved in developing Competitors and promoting nationwide interest in the WorldSkills Competition for Aircraft Maintenance.

As the NZ Skill Expert for Aircraft Maintenance, Michael has successfully managed National Competitions and coached a number of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Competitors over the past six years, with international achievements of a silver medal in 2013 and 6th place with a Medallion of Excellence in 2015. He has also been an international judge for Aircraft Maintenance and Inspection, and an international lead in testing for Aircraft Inspection. With his achievements culminating most recently in the 2017 International Competition in Abu Dhabi as Deputy Chief Expert for Aircraft Maintenance, and a gold medal for our Aircraft Maintenance Competitor.

Not only has he made an exceptional contribution to the development and promotion of workplace learning within NZ, he is now doing so internationally by raising the benchmark for skill development in Aircraft Maintenance. Through his work, Michael has brought distinction to the NZDF and enhanced the country’s reputation.

To accomplish this work, he has built and maintained robust partnerships across all three services, Service IQ (Industry Training Organisation), Air New Zealand, NMIT, and the wider aviation industry. What is even more outstanding about his achievement is that Michael has continued to produce excellent work in his Qualification Development role, aligning military training to civilian qualifications across the NZDF.

Michael is a consistent high performer in the People Capability Portfolio, and represents all that is great about the NZDF – where being of service is everything, and is a fitting recipient of the NZDF Commendation.