MSA Instructors

MSA Instructor Cesar Azevedo

Cesar Azevedo

Cesar Azevedo is a North American Training instructor, specializing in Fall Protection and confine space operations, with over 8 years with MSA. During his career at MSA Cesar served as a Fall Protection specialist, where amongst other duties, he helped costumers achieving FP compliance, suggesting products, training costumers and lecturing workshops.

Cesar also served as Fall Protection Project Manager for a Multinational costumer, where he was responsible for implementing a Fall protection program, risk assessment analysis program, develop a multi activity training program complying with local regulations.

He was also responsible for creating an online platform for managing risks, PPE delivery, PPE inspection, training, medical and safety equipment management that helped costumers reduce costs thru a consistent FP & CS program.

Cesar is a certified high angle rescuer, rope access Level II, Confined space supervisor, Fall Protection instructor, MERIT, Wingrip and portable detection expert. Cesar Also served MSA as a Sales specialist, where he was responsible for the Utilities market, gaining special experience with the Aviation and electric markets.

MSA Instructor Charley Shumaker

Charley Shumaker

Charley joined the MSA Training Team in 2019 with over 22 years of experience in the Fire Service, not only retiring as an officer from his career department, but also serving as a volunteer firefighter in his home community. Charley has been an Instructor for the Fire Service and Industry, specializing in Confined Space and SCBA end user training. As a CARE Technician since 2011 and a Sales Representative for an MSA distributor, he brings a solid yet varied background of experiences with MSA Products to our team. Charley holds both an Associate in Applied Science (Fire) and Regent’s Bachelor of Arts degrees from Marshall University.

MSA Instructor Justin Bell

Justin Bell

Justin Bell is a North American Training Instructor for Fixed Gas/Flame Detection and Portable Gas Detection Instruments. Beginning his MSA journey in 2017, Justin was involved in the manufacturing and testing of MSA’s ElectroChemical sensors. Working in this capacity he was exposed to MSA’s proprietary gas detection sensor manufacturing process. This level of experience lends to his knowledge of utilizing the XCell sensor technology to its fullest potential to create a safe and efficient customer experience.

Prior to joining MSA, Justin achieved the status of expert adult trainer through Cornell University’s TCI/RCP. He has over 10 years of training experience working with adult learners and developing training programs. Furthermore, he also spent time as an Emergency Services Dispatcher working hand and hand with First Responders utilizing MSA safety products. Justin has dedicated his professional career to the philosophy of educating individuals through life long learning.

Skyler Cook

Skyler Cook is a North American training instructor, specializing in fall protection and confined space operations, with over 20 years of experience in the life safety field. Prior to joining MSA, Skyler was a firefighter in the United States Air Force. He received his fire protection training at the DoD Louis F. Garland Fire Academy in San Angelo, Texas. Skyler spent 10 years active duty in the Air Force, and six years as a DoD contractor in Kuwait. During his career, he received numerous International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) certifications including: Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, Confined space/high angle rescue technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, as well as Airport Firefighter. Skyler also spent four years as a fire ground operations instructor at the Louis F. Garland fire academy, where he obtained his Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Master Instructor certification. After his military career, he received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Safety and Health Management from Slippery Rock University, PA. Upon graduation before coming to MSA, he began his safety career at an international distribution company as a Safety and Health coordinator.


Peter Elliott

Peter joined the MSA CARE training team in 2014 as a technical Instructor. Prior to joining the training group he has spent over 5 years with MSA's Customer Service department working as a specialist with the First Responder Team and 2 years on MSA's Inside Sales and Business Development Team as the First Responder specialist. Peter has also been volunteer Firefighter using MSA SCBA since 2007. It is during these years that Peter received his experience and knowledge with various types of MSA SCBA. In all Peter brings over 7 years of technical knowledge and front line experience with MSA SCBA.

Chris Irwin

Chris Irwin, ASHM, is a global training instructor and safety program developer with MSA, having worked in the development of both fall protection and confined space entry training programs for the company and within the field of health and safety since 2008. Having received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Safety and Health Management, Chris began his career at an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star manufacturing facility as an Environmental, Health, and Safety specialist before moving on to work as a site safety supervisor for the general contractor of a construction company of 150 union boilermaker workers and the oversight of pipefitters, iron workers, electricians, and general laborers at a dual-cycle power plant build.

Since 2009 Chris has worked full-time as a safety trainer for open enrollment and contractual trainings in everything from basic fall protection, competent person, and train-the-trainer programs to tower, wind turbine, and confined space rescue, where he currently holds a certification from CMC as a Confined Space Rescue Technician. Besides training, he has also worked extensively carrying out on-site OSHA-style safety inspections pertaining to all areas of the 1910 and 1926 regulations, consulting with safety managers to establish corporate programs and policies. Within industry, he has worked inside a diverse group of industry sectors, including power generation, automotive, steel, and petrochemical production while at the same time working with construction firms in the civil, residential, tower, and city commercial construction projects. Additionally, Chris is a certified OSHA 10 and 30-Hour trainer for both General Industry and Construction.

Jason Jenkins

Jason Jenkins started with MSA in 2003 as a Customer Service Associate and has obtained valuable knowledge on MSA products, service and support. Prior to joining MSA, Jason worked for an Industrial supplier as an employee trainer and product specialist. Jason was an MSA Customer Service group Team Leader, where he supported and trained our own Customer Service Associates and worked closely with our Channel Partners and our end users. He has also been on the front line of support for many of MSA's current product launches including the G1 and GX2, and has worked on various specialty teams projects including our Issues Resolution group.

Matt Klein

Matt has been a CARE technical instructor since 2008. Prior to becoming an instructor, Matt worked for ten years with MSA Customer Service, five of which were as a specialist on the First Responder Technical Support Team. It was during that time of working his way up the Customer Service ladder that he honed his knowledge and experience in SCBA maintenance and support. Matt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Wayne Scott

Wayne Scott was approached to join the Training Team in 2016 when MSA became a CPO approved provider of Working At Heights Training (WAH) and as such Wayne can instruct both the WAH and the WAH Refresher programs. Wayne began his career with MSA as a Customer Service Representative and then moved over to become a Coordinator with the Toronto Repair & Service team where he gained his product knowledge and helped grow the business. Wayne is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

Scott Shepherd

Scott Shepherd joined our training team as both a CARE and MERIT instructor in 2015. He began his career with MSA in 1997 working as a Service Technician for Surety Manufacturing. He continued to work on and expand his technical expertise over the years eventually becoming a senior technician with MSA’s Repair and Service department, servicing all models of MSA SCBA, Fall Protection, Portable Instruments, and Fixed Gas and Flame Detection products. Scott continued to hone his extensive product knowledge and skills working as a Field Service territory manager responsible for the Fixed Gas and Flame Detection field service in Western Canada.