SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives; working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 19,333 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served more than 9.6 million members. In Ohio more than 31,500 students and instructors join annually. For more information please visit the Ohio SkillsUSA website.

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Architecture & Construction

Architectural DraftingContestants will use their drafting skills to solve an Architectural problem. The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch, and drawings EITHER computer-generated or board drafted. If board drafted, please bring all necessary equipment. The contest tests the contestants’ problem solving abilities, not simply their CAD skills. | Building MaintenanceStudents will be competing in competencies related to the building maintenance trade. Students will be expected to compete in higher level of mastery areas considering the fact that the contest is a national event. These areas will include, but not limited to; carpet care, office and restroom cleaning, floor care, and liquid measurement. | CabinetmakingRequires the building of a small cabinet from materials and drawings supplied. Contestants are expected to read the drawings, lay out and cut the parts using a table saw, laminate trimmer, hand drill, hinge boring machine and various hand tools. The parts must be accurately assembled, sanded and adjusted to tolerances specified by the judges. | CarpentryContestants will frame walls using wood and steel studs, cut and install rafters, gable end overhangs, fascia board and soffit installation, install sheathing and/or exterior siding or trim. Demonstration of knowledge of stair construction is required. Contestants will be judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship, safety and the proper use of tools, equipment and materials. | Electrical Construction WiringContestants are required to complete a written test of questions formulated from the latest edition of the NEC, a practical conduit bending exercise and a hands-on installation of a conduit system, cabling system and wiring devices. Working from drawings and specification sheets, contestants are required to install an electrical system common with most residential projects. Judging is based on general workmanship, accuracy of layout and installation, and adherence to the current national Electrical Code and standard industry safe practices. Constants’ knowledge of the materials used in the electrical industry will be tested when they are required to fill an order from a bill of material that will be used to complete the hands-on portion of this contest. | Heavy Equipment OperationsThe Heavy Equipment Operations contest recognizes students for ability to operate and maneuver various pieces of Construction Equipment as well as demonstrating site preparation and layout. Equipment may include the Skid-steer, Mini-Excavator and Bulldozer. | HVACThe contestants will be tested in the following areas: written exam, brazing skills, refrigerant component service, air measurement and troubleshooting, refrigerant recovery and electrical troubleshooting. Various industry equipment may include ice machines, refrigerated display cases, small package HVAC units, furnaces, and split system air conditioning units. | MasonryWhile production is very important, quality workmanship is vital. The students will be expected to construct a composite brick & block project in a six-hour period that will test their ability to meet industry standards in quality. In addition to a written exam, the critical eye of journeyman judges will be the deciding factor in determining the winners. The contest project will include components of the most frequently used details in residential construction. | PlumbingContestants "rough-in" hot and cold water lines with copper tubing and “rough-in” sanitary drainage, waste and vent lines with cast iron and PVC plastic for a water closet, a lavatory, a washer box and a floor drain. Water pipes are pressure tested on completed projects. Professional plumbers and pipefitters judge the contestants on the basis of accuracy, workmanship, proper selection and use of tools and supplies, and proper safety procedures. | Sheet MetalContestants are tested on their ability to perform such jobs as connecting sheet metal pieces with drive cleats, spot welding and riveting. Skills tested may include, but are not limited to, straight duct, transition fitting and 45-degree entry tap fitting. Professional sheet metal workers judge contestants on the basis of use of hand tools, correctness of layout, and shop safety procedures. Contestants will be judged on accuracy, completeness, and craftsmanship. | TeamWorksRequires teams of four to build a joint project in three days, demonstrating their preparation for employment in residential construction. Team members must: analyze a project drawing; write an action plan and give a presentation (in which each team member is required to have an active part); and demonstrate their ability to work as a team performing skills in residential carpentry, plumbing, electricity and masonry. They are also judged on cleanliness of jobsite, timeliness of completing the project, and proper ordering and inventorying of tools and equipment. | Telecommunications CablingFor students interested in voice and data network cabling and installation, this competition tests to worldwide industry standards for data and voice connections, physical and logical networks and signal transmission. Contestants demonstrate skills in reading network design documentation, parts list set-up and purchase, pulling and mounting cable, choosing wiring closets, patch panel installation and termination, installing jacks and cable testing. Both CTA 5/6e and fiber optics cable are presented. The contest stresses safety and working effectively in group environments as well as customer service skills. | WeldingCompetitors receive contest drawings and a set of welding procedure specifications. All drawings, welding symbols, and welding terms conform to the latest edition of the American Welding Society standards. Through a series of stations, contestants are tested on various aspects of welding: measuring weld replicas, using weld measuring gauges; laying out a plate and using oxy-acetylene equipment to cut several holes that are checked for accuracy and quality; Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) on steel making welds in various positions using short circuiting transfers; Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) using a shielding gas, making welds in various positions and, using a combination machine capable of providing the correct welding current for shielded metal arc (SMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). Competitors complete the steel project and weld an aluminum project in various positions using a variety of filler metals. | Welding SculptureThe contest is designed to assess the ability of the competitor to design and produce a sculpture of that design, as well as give a presentation regarding all aspects of his or her creation of the design.

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Arts & Communications

3D Visualization and AnimationThe world of 3D is rapidly expanding, and career opportunities exist in a wide range of fields – including architecture, games, product and industrial design, civil engineering, and film and television animation. This contest allows students to step into a real world 3D production environment where creative output must be accomplished within specific timeframes, resources and design constraints. This is a two-person team event and includes a preliminary written exam. Contestants must produce high quality images and an animated short subject using 3D computerized images. Students are evaluated on their technical knowledge, production skills and creative abilities – including visual development and storyboarding. They will also have the opportunity to interface with and get feedback from high-profile judges with successful careers in 3D visualization and animation. | Advertising DesignTests technical skills and creative aptitude just as though contestants worked for an ad agency. In addition to a written test, competitors will re-create a given advertisement on the computer. Competitors are judged on their accuracy, proficiency with industry standard software and ability to meet the given deadline. Contestants also compete in a creative portion of the competition. The creative portion involves the application of creative thinking and development of a design problem. Layout, drawing and illustration skills are used, as well as their ability to create vibrant, effective designs using the computer. | Digital Cinema ProductionDuring the school year, teams of two produce a five to seven minute video that promotes one of the following: the positive aspects of a specific career/technical training program; the positive aspects of a specific career/technical school; or, the positive aspects of SkillsUSA. Team members are judged on their scripts, camera techniques, editing, music/sound, special effects, overall impressions, skill-related written test and interview. The on-site, hands-on portion of the competition requires each team to create a computerized storyboard of their project (video) using PowerProduction StoryBoard Quick software provided by the national technical committee. | Graphic CommunicationsContestant will participate in a seven part contest which includes the following segments in alphabetical order: DIGITAL WORKFLOW – The student will access file and follow instruction to perform preflight operations to make corrections and review overall quality of the file; ELECTRONIC PREPRESS – The student will create a file with InDesign an an Apple Computer and following instructions will create a file that matches a provided sample; FINISHING – The student will prepare and operate a paper cutter, following instruction cut paper to specifications, prepare table top folder for various folding exercises and a short written test; OFFSET PRESS OPERATIONS – The student will prepare the press, install plate, make ready to print, and print two colors on a preprinted two color sheet; ORAL PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENT – The student will participate in an interview exercise; PRODUCTION PLANNING – The student will solve production problems relating to paper, ink and production; and, TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE TEST – The student will complete a general technical knowledge test. | PhotographyContestants demonstrate their ability to use digital SLR's, image editing software (Adobe Photoshop) and professional studio lighting. Students perform on-site photography, portrait studio lighting & posing, process and print digital photos and submit two 11x14 or 16x20 mounted & matted photographs in advance of the contest to be judged and displayed at the competition. Contestants are evaluated on their mastery of entry-level job skills. | Television/Video ProductionTeams of two contestants are required to shoot a one-minute VHS video on to convey the "theme" of the event. Editing is done in the contest area with special emphasis on professional production of the video by industry standards, quality of audio and video, and adequate conveyance of the "theme" to the viewer. | Web DesignThe project will be for each team to complete a series of challenges, with a focus on web site usability and accessibility with at least one challenge related to scripting. Each challenge must be documented, clearly demonstrating the skills as outlined in the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards.

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Health Science

Basic Health Care SkillsContestants will demonstrate their knowledge and ability to perform entry-level procedures or skills based on the following list of core standards: Academic Foundations, Communication Skills, Career Opportunity Concepts and Systems, Employability and Teamwork, Ethical and Legal Issues, Safety Practices. Performance will be evaluated through various stations involving written, verbal and skills testing. References: Diversified Health Occupations, Seventh Edition by Louis Simmers, Thomson-Delmar Learning and National Health Care Foundation Standards. | Dental AssistingContestants demonstrate procedures specified in the accreditation standards for Dental Assisting Education Programs of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Students compete in chair-side assisting; preparation of dental materials; infection control; and emergency, laboratory and office procedures. Skills evaluated may include administrative, clinical or laboratory dental areas. | Health Knowledge BowlTests teams of four students on their collective knowledge of health occupations. Teams are judged on speed and accuracy answering questions in nine categories: (1) Academic Foundations; (2) Communication; (3) Systems; (4) Employability Skills; (5) Legal Responsibility; (6) Ethics; (7) Safety Practices; (8) Teamwork; and, (9) Health Maintenance. | Health Occupations Professional PortfolioThe Health Occupations Professional Portfolio contest recognizes students for their successful development of a professional portfolio. The competition evaluates the ability of the students to present themselves to a prospective employer. The contestants will show the use of the portfolio use effective communication skills in presenting. The contest consists of two parts: a portfolio notebook and a live presentation by the contestant. | Medical AssistingContestants are tested on their skills in the clinical and administrative setting of a medical office. They are judged on speed, the use of correct safety measures, and their ability to interact personally with a patient. They are also judged on general office skills, communication skills, identification of anatomy and instruments, terminology, instrument and equipment, as well as on a variety of clinical procedures and techniques. Contestants need to be able to assess a situation in a short period of time and perform a skill required for that situation within the given time limit. | Medical MathContestants demonstrate their knowledge of general math concepts used in the healthcare fields. They complete a written test that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, Roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, among other medical math-related problems. | Medical Terminology To evaluate the knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations of an individual preparing for employment in the health occupations fields.| Nurse AssistingStudents demonstrate knowledge and skill in performing personal care, encourage patient independence, assistance with ambulation, other routine tasks, including standard infection control procedures used in basic nurse assisting. Students will demonstrate knowledge and abilities in CPR, and the measurement of vital signs. Contestants will be familiar with basic anatomy, communication skills, legal/ethical issues and employment skills. | Practical NursingContestants will demonstrate their ability to perform procedures/skills consistent with Practical Nursing competencies as determined by State Boards of Nursing. Contestants are judged on their knowledge of medical terminology, body structure and function, nutrition, medications and nursing care. They must also demonstrate their abilities to perform job skills such as: administration of oral, subcutaneous and nasogastric medications; physical assessment; insertion of a nasogastric tube; sterile dressing change and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. At each workstation they are judged on accuracy of their skill, organization, communication and safety.

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Human Services

CosmetologyStudents will demonstrate their skills in haircutting, hair styling and long hair design in four separate tests. All work is performed on mannequins so everyone begins with the same model and the same type of hair. Contestants will create one 90 degree women’s haircut, one woman’s and one man’s cut from a finished photo. A display of creativity is seen in the long hair segment of the competition where these future salon professionals demonstrate their own design skills. A parade finale closes the contest with each contestant walking down the stage with their completed mannequins to present to the audience. | Nail CareThe purpose of this contest is to evaluate each contestant's preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students' excellence and professionalism in the field of nail technology. The contest consists of 6 separate segments; oral communication skills, acrylic application, tip and wrap application, nail polish application, nail art and a written exam. The written exam tests basic knowledge of proper sanitation, chemical safety, salon procedures, etc. The practical applications evaluate the contestant’s ability to perform the most common nail services in the salon today.

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Information Technology

Computer MaintenanceThe competition consists of project coding and output, a skill-related written test and an interview. The contestants will receive a packet that includes instructions to the written test and each of the two projects. Each project's specifications are written for Visual Basic, Java, C#, C++ and RPG. The projects will be saved on the Desktop in a folder called "SkillsUSA Contestant#_." All projects will be downloaded to a jump drive or diskette (which ever the student prefers) and transferred to a main station to be printed, both code and screen. | Computer ProgrammingThe competition consists of project coding and output, a skill-related written test and an interview. The contestants will receive a packet that includes instructions to the written test and each of the two projects. Each project's specifications are written for Visual Basic, Java, C#, C++ and RPG. The projects will be saved on the Desktop in a folder called "SkillsUSA Contestant#_." All projects will be downloaded to a jump drive or diskette (which ever the student prefers) and transferred to a main station to be printed, both code and screen. | InternetworkingThe contest consists of three main parts--networking design, general networking knowledge and hands-on evaluations. The networking design problem tests a contestant's ability to design functionality, scalability, adaptability, and manageability of an internetworking system. The online written portion tests the student's complete knowledge of internetworking concepts. The hands-on component demonstrates the abilities of the contestant to make cables, trouble shoot network systems, configure routers and switches and to deliver customer service in a technical assistant center environment. The contestants will find errors in WAN and LAN networks; do an ISP configuration using routers and switches; talk a technician through an error they are having on their network; and, take an online, certification type test. | Technical Computer ApplicationsContestants will be expected to demonstrate installation, configuration and use of DOS, Windows 95/98/ME/XP/2000 Professional Operating Systems and one or more integrated office suite packages including e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet applications, database applications, web page development, money management applications, presentations applications, internet browser applications, etc. Microsoft Office and other integrated office suites could be used. The contest will include an oral presentation demonstrating the students' ability to communicate with others, the hands-on skills demonstration, and up to one hour will be allowed for a written examination.

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Law & Public Safety

Criminal JusticeFor students preparing to be police officers or to work in other areas of criminal justice. Typically this contest will utilize both written examination and practical exercises to evaluate the contestants' abilities and knowledge of the field. The contestants are scored on their knowledge and application of U.S. Constitutional Law, written and verbal communications skills, and their ability to handle an entry-level law enforcement position. | Crime Scene InvestigationContestants will be directed to the crime scene and briefed as to the situation. The contestants will, as a three-person team, process the crime scene. They will legally search for, properly collect and remove evidence of the crime. One member of the team will be required to lift a latent fingerprint from a pre-selected item of evidence. After the scene has been processed, the contestants will write their report, draw the crime scene sketch and mark their evidence. | FirefightingThe Firefighting contest evaluates the contestant’s preparation for firefighting careers through hands-on skill demonstrations and both written and oral presentations. Areas tested include: safety; breathing apparatus; fire streams; ladders, ropes, knots and hoses; fire control; ventilation; emergency medical care and rescue; and protecting fire cause evidence. Contestants are evaluated using standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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Manufacturing & Engineering

Automated Manufacturing TechnologyThe contest evaluates teams for employment in integrated manufacturing technology fields of computer aided drafting/design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical controlled machining (CNC). CAD operators construct the part geometry; the CAM operator generates the tool paths; and the CNC operator sets up and machines the part. Plotting is not a scored event; however, the contestants must be able to generate a plot file that will be used to send their data to the plotter. | CNC MillingThe contest will assess the ability to write the CNC program for a part drawing and materials, determine tool offsets, setting up the machine and producing a part on a milling machine. The contest will include a written test evaluating a contestant’s knowledge of Computer Numeric Control machining in such areas as: basic machining skills, CNC programming, setting up a CNC machine, performing mathematical calculations related to CNC, communication and inspection. | CNC TurningThe contest will assess the ability to write the CNC program for a part drawing and materials, determine tool offsets, setting up the machine and producing a part on a lathe. The contest will include a written test evaluating a contestant’s knowledge of Computer Numeric Control machining in such areas as: basic machining skills, knowledge of CNC programming, setting up a CNC machine, performing mathematical calculations related to CNC, communication and inspection. | Design for Additive ManufacturingAdditive manufacturing embraces a wide range of materials and derivative processes building parts suitable for end-use service. The virtually unlimited design freedom enabled by additive manufacturing allows the creation of shapes and the integration of feature and function that previously required subassemblies. Employment opportunities for creative individuals are growing while industry adopts AM methods. Ready access to workstations and service providers makes the Internet a growing marketplace for public AM gadgets. | Electronics TechnologyThe contest is divided into five sections: customer service exam, written exam, soldering, breadboarding and troubleshooting. Contestants will demonstrate their knowledge of analog and digital circuitry; ability to troubleshoot electronic circuits; ability to construct and test experimental circuits; and ability to design and select circuit components. All aspects of the competition test contestants’ abilities to use and calibrate electronic equipment, record and organize data, and demonstrate proper safety practices. | Humanoid Robotics TechnologyIt is widely believed that, in the future, robots will take over dangerous jobs. Even today robots are used in the military to defuse land mines. Therefore, companies will be looking for talented individuals who can program these robots. In the end, robotics is quickly integrating into modern day life, creating a safer and more productive world. This event will access students' basic programming knowledge using a humanoid robotics platform. A team of two contestants will be evaluated on their ability to develop, document, execute and deploy a computer program for a humanoid robot to complete a series of tasks. This challenge will recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the fields of HRI - Human-Robot Interaction, Computer Science, Computer Programming, and Robotics. | Industrial Motor ControlStudents will demonstrate their knowledge of electrical principles, equipment and industry standards as it relates to the design and installation of motor control circuits. Students will demonstrate their skills and abilities in applying that knowledge by properly installing motor control equipment and associated enclosures, raceways, pilot devices and circuitry. | MechatronicsRequires contestants to understand the new industrial discipline of "mechatronics," the ability to understand complex systems that integrate various elements in the mechanical, fluid power, and controls domain, combined with the ability to work in a team environment with people of different areas of expertise. Mechatronic specialists must therefore have well development skills in pneumatic technology, electrical and electronics systems, mechanical systems and general automation techniques and practices, including systematic troubleshooting methods. This competition consists of three events designed to measure the skills required in the modern automated manufacturing environment. Contestants will be required to assemble, adjust and test an automated machine system, troubleshoot and repair a faulty machine system and take a comprehensive written test. The contest elements have been designed to be as realistic as possible, closely resembling the tasks and activities of modern automation professionals. High school teams of two will compete in a construction phase and a troubleshooting phase. In addition, there will be an individual oral interview. College/postsecondary teams will be required to provide their own PLC that will be used in the construction phase. | Mobile Robotics TechnologyThe contest will test the ability to perform, exhibit and compile skills and knowledge from competencies determined by the SkillsUSA Mobile Robotic technical committee. It will evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment in the field of robotics with emphasis on the team approach to problem solving in a work environment. | Precision MachiningContestants will compete in NIMS Level I & II manual machining skills and knowledge areas including operation of manual milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and surface grinders. Contestant knowledge of CNC programming skills using a PC will be evaluated. Related knowledge and skill in the areas of engineering drawing interpretation, GD&T, technical math, machining practices, use of precision measuring/hand tools and ability to communicate verbally using proper industry terminology are also part of this competition. | Robotics and Automation TechnologyChallenges two-person teams to demonstrate operation of a five-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a simulated production process problem. Teams set up and demonstrate operation of a robotic workcell from a word problem. Contestants are required to create a flow chart and sequence of operation. Teams are also judged on efficiency, speed and teamwork. | Technical DraftingThis contest evaluates contestant's preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of technical drafting. The contest will focus on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools including computer-aided drafting (CAD). | Welding FabricationA team competition that requires three students from each school to use their welding and fabrication skills to build a designed project from the given material. Each team is required to be skilled in the following welding and cutting processes: SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW and OFC. The students are also required to be proficient in using the common tools of a workshop. A theme-based project will be constructed by the students based on the prints drawn by each team.

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Transportation

Automotive RefinishingThe competition includes a series of workstations designed to assess skills in surface preparation; spray gun operation; paint mixing, matching and applying; solving paint application problems; determining finish defects, causes and cures; and utilizing safety precautions. The competitor will also complete an interview, a written estimate, and an ASE written exam. | Automotive ServiceContestants will demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Workstations consist of on-vehicle, simulations, bench and component testing and a written test. Contestants will be judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and ability to follow directions. There are thirteen skill stations including the written test. | Aviation Maintenance TechnologyContestants perform 12 tasks that represent the types of maintenance they will handle in the aircraft industry. The contest scope is consistent with the airframe and power plant mechanics certification guide published by the Federal Aviation Administration. Aviation maintenance is the only maintenance profession certified by the federal government. | Collision RepairThe competition includes a series of workstations to assess skills in the following areas: metalwork, welding, plastic repair and structural analysis. The overall appearance of the finished product, speed and proper safety practices will be judged. There will also be written tests on estimating, structural analysis, and an ASE exam. There will also be an interview. | Diesel Equipment TechnologyDuring the school year, teams of two produce a five to seven minute video that promotes one of the following: the positive aspects of a specific career/technical training program; the positive aspects of a specific career/technical school; or, the positive aspects of SkillsUSA. Team members are judged on their scripts, camera techniques, editing, music/sound, special effects, overall impressions, skill-related written test and interview. The on-site, hands-on portion of the competition requires each team to create a computerized storyboard of their project (video) using PowerProduction StoryBoard Quick software provided by the national technical committee. | Motorcycle Service TechnologyContestants perform tasks representative of those encountered in a dealership's service department. Technical skills include performing scheduled maintenance tasks; use of service, electrical diagnostic and parts manuals; electrical diagnostics; precision measurement; brake service; chassis/suspension service; fuel delivery system inspection and repair; transmission and drive systems; power train systems; on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Judges will look for clean and organized work habits; correct use of reference materials; the ability to follow directions; and good technical skills.  | Power EquipmentTests the student's skills in all areas of this technology. They must know and understand both 2 & 4 cycle engines. They should know and understand the related theories that go along with the types of engines that they will come across in the industry. They should also understand drive trains, hydraulic, as well as wiring schematics. Contestants will need to be versed in customer service. As they rotate through the various stations, they are judged and scored on both physical and oral skills. They are further tested with their ability to read and follow the job tasks that are given.

 

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