Skilled & Technical Sciences

3D Visualization and Animation

The 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 computer-generated images. Students are evaluated on their technical knowledge, production skills and creative abilities – including visual development and storyboarding. Competitors can also interface with and get feedback from high-profile judges with successful careers in 3D visualization and animation.

Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing embraces a wide range of materials and derivative processes to build 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 as industry adopts additive manufacturing methods. Ready access to workstations and service providers makes the Internet a growing marketplace for public additive manufacturing gadgets.

Advertising Design

This contest tests technical skills and creative aptitude as though contestants worked for an ad agency. In addition to a written test, competitors will recreate a provided advertisement on the computer. Competitors are judged on their accuracy, proficiency with industry software and ability to meet a deadline. Contestants also compete in a creative portion of the competition. The creative portion involves the application of creative thinking and a design challenge. Layout, drawing and illustration skills are used, as well as the ability to create vibrant, effective designs using the computer.

Architectural Drafting

Contestants will use their drafting skills to solve an architectural problem. The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch, and drawings that are either computer-generated or board drafted. If board drafting, contestants must bring all of the necessary equipment. The contest tests the contestants’ problem-solving abilities, not simply CAD skills.

Audio/Radio Production

Students will produce (plan, write, voice, record, edit and render) a five four-minute radio production such as a PSA, sound rich/NPR style news story or a sound and interview news story. A 30-second and a 60-second ad spot will be produced and inserted into the production. The complete production requires students to demonstrate their ability to plan a project that meets a specific prompt and run time; and to gather, edit and mix a variety of audio sources. Competitors must render their completed project to a specified audio file format.

Automated Manufacturing Technology

The 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.

Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

(High School only) The contest will be consistent with the auto maintenance and light repair task list outlined in guidelines published by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the A SE Education Foundation at: Contestants will demonstrate their ability to perform jobs or skills selected from the standards mentioned above as determined by the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Committee.

Automotive Refinishing Technology

Contestant must demonstrate the ability to perform skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The competition includes a series of workstations to assess skills in surface preparation, spray gun operation, paint mixing, matching and applying, solving paint applications problems, determining finish defects with an understanding of causes and cures, masking, and utilizing safety precautions. Competitors also complete an interview, a written estimate and an ASE written exam. The overall appearance of the finished products, speed and proper safety practices is judged.

Automotive Service Technology

The contest will be consistent with the automobile technician task list outlined in guidelines published by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the ASE Education Foundation at: Contestants will demonstrate their ability to perform jobs or skills selected from the standards mentioned above as determined by the SkillsUSA Championships technical committee.

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Contestants 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.

Baking and Pastry Arts

Contestants are challenged to meet production and quality standards expected by industry. The contest includes a written examination and practical exercises. Contestants demonstrate their knowledge and skills through scaling, mixing, preparing and baking seven products. The products include breads, rolls, cookies, and assorted pastries. The student must also demonstrate their cake decorating skills. The contestant must work efficiently to produce quality products in a job-like setting.


The contest is defined by industry standards as identified by the SkillsUSA Barbering technical committee and the National Barbering Association. The contest is divided into four separate skill performance tests, a written examination, and an oral assessment. Basic Health Care Skills (High School only) Contestants 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 teamworking, ethical and legal issues and safety practices. Performance will be evaluated through various stations involving skills testing as well as written and verbal assessments. References: Diversified Health Occupations, Seventh Edition by Louise Simmers’ Thomson-Delmar Learning and National Health Care Foundation Standards.

Building Maintenance

Students demonstrate competencies related to the building maintenance trade. These areas will include, but are not limited to, carpet care, office and restroom cleaning, floor care and liquid measurement. Because the contest is a national event, competitors are expected to compete in a high level of mastery.


Contestants build a small cabinet or piece of furniture from the materials and drawings supplied. Contestants are expected to read the drawings, lay out and cut the parts using a variety of tools including but not limited to; table saw, miter saw, drill, hinge boring machine and various hand tools. The parts must be accurately assembled, sanded and adjusted to tolerances specified by the judges.


Contestants frame walls using wood and/or steel studs, cut and install rafters, gable end overhangs, fascia board and soffit installation, install sheathing and/or exterior siding and 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.

CNC 2-Axis Turning Programmer

The purpose of this contest is to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment in Computer Numeric Control Turning. In addition, recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism. This contest will assess the ability to write CNC turning programs, interpret prints (including GDT), and measure/gage parts. Participants will also demonstrate theoretical knowledge of CNC machine configuration, setup and operations.

CNC 3-Axis Milling Programmer

The purpose of this contest is to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment in Computer Numeric Control Milling. In addition, recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism. This contest will assess the ability to write CNC milling programs, interpret prints (including GDT), and measure/gage parts. Participants will also demonstrate theoretical knowledge of CNC machine configuration, setup and operations.

CNC 5-Axis Milling Programmer Demonstration

The purpose of this contest is to evaluate each contestant can independently plan and program jobs and provide instructions for 5-Axis Computer Numerical Control milling machine operators to execute. In addition, to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism.

CNC Programmer

The purpose of this contest is to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment in Computer Numeric Control Turning and Milling. In addition, recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism. This contest will assess the ability to write CNC turning and milling programs, interpret prints (including GDT), and measure/gage parts. Participants will also demonstrate theoretical knowledge of CNC machine configuration, setup and operations.

Collision Damage Appraisal

The contest will be consistent with expectations and competencies associated with collision repair center estimators (Blue Printers), insurance auto claim appraisers/adjusters and independent appraisers. Contestants demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on, but not limited to: Virtual appraisals, computerized estimating specific to frontal damage, unibody damage, light mechanical damage, rear damage including quarter panel replacement and total loss evaluations. The overall accuracy and quality of the finished products, efficiency and communication skills will be judged by industry professionals.

Collision Repair Technology

Contestants 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 ASE Education Foundation. The competition includes a series of workstations to assess skills in the following areas: metal straightening, attachment methods, plastic repair and structural analysis. The overall appearance of the finished product, speed and proper safety practices are judged. There are written tests on estimating, structural analysis, and an ASE exam. The students fill out a job application, bring a resume, and go through a mock interview.

Commercial Roofing Demonstration

This competition is designed to evaluate team members’ skills and preparation for employment in multiple career fields related to the safe and efficient use of drone technology in the National Airspace System and to recognize outstanding performance by participants in real-world, scenario-based situations.

Commercial sUAS Drone Demonstration

Competitors will install the most commonly used roof type, thermoplastic, on the same mockup used for NRCA’s ProCertification exam. Participants will put on all required safety equipment, roll out a sheet of thermoplastic membrane, mechanically attach it to the deck, flash the perimeter edge wall, and flash around a box and pipe boot. Contest involves a written test, which is the same as the exam for NRCA’s TRAC: Thermoplastic course.

Computer Programming

Contestants demonstrate knowledge of computer programming, describe how programs and programming languages work and describe the purposes and practices of structured programming. The contest may include a computer programming problem consisting of background information and program specifications. An appropriate (successfully executable) computer program from design notes and instructions will be developed.


Students will demonstrate their skills in hair color, 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 perform one woman’s cut, and one man’s cut from a finished photo. They will also create one uniform layered haircut. 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.

Crime Scene Investigation

Contestants will be directed to the crime scene and briefed as to the situation. The three-person team will 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.

Criminal Justice

For 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.

Culinary Arts

The competition will encompass both hot and cold food preparation and presentation. Contestants will demonstrate their knowledge and skills through the production of a four-course menu in a full-day competition. The contestants are evaluated on organization, knife skills, cooking techniques, creative presentation, sanitation and food safety techniques, and above all, the quality and flavor of their prepared items. The high school competitors will work from one menu to demonstrate fundamental cooking techniques. The college/postsecondary students will work from a market basket format and create their own menus based on fundamental cooking techniques.

Cyber Security

(Team of 2) Open to active SkillsUSA members enrolled in programs with Cyber Security, Information Security, or Systems and Networking Security Architecture the contest is defined by industry standards as determined from elements of the NIST Publication 800-181 Cyber Security Workforce Framework Categories include: Securely Provision (SP) Operate and Maintain (OM) Protect and Defend (PR). Students will be tested on the elements of the NIST Publication 800-181 Cyber Security Workforce Framework Categories.

Dental Assisting

Contestants 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.

Diesel Equipment Technology

Contestants cycle through fourteen stations testing and troubleshooting engines, electrical and electronics systems, power train systems including chassis, transmissions and carriers. Contestants also demonstrate skills in hydraulic systems, vehicle inspections, fundamental failure analysis, brake systems, air-conditioning systems and general shop skills. Contestants also perform a job interview and complete a written test.

Digital Cinema Production

The Digital Cinema Production contest is designed to evaluate and recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism with their filmmaking skills in the areas of development, preproduction, production and postproduction through the writing, producing, directing and editing of a four to five minute short film based on the prompt given.

Early Childhood Education

Contestants demonstrate their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and their ability to prepare and implement learning activities for children three to five years old. Contestants will prepare a written lesson plan and take a written test assessing their knowledge of child development and effective teaching strategies. They will demonstrate their understanding of the unique age-related learning characteristics of young children and the relevant social interactions as they implement the lesson.

Electrical Construction Wiring

Contestants are required to complete a written test of questions formulated from the latest edition of the National Electric Code (NEC), a practical conduit bending exercise and 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 in most residential and light commercial projects. Judging is based on general workmanship, accuracy of layout and installation, and adherence to the current NEC and standard industry safe practices.

Electronics Technology

The 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.

Emergency Medical Technician Demonstration

The contest will evaluate the contestants’ ability to perform as an Emergency Medical Technician with the National Registry Patient Assessment Technical Scope of Practice Standards (TSOPS) as defined by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, 2007, p.24), the most current American Heart Association CPR/ECC guidelines, and the AAOS Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured 11th Ed. The event will consist of three rounds of competition for a two- person team.


The contestants are evaluated on their techniques and professionalism in the field of skin care. Contestants are tested in two different soft skill tasks including a written knowledge exam covering the fundamentals of skin care and oral professional presentation. Additionally, contestants are tested in four technical skill performance tasks consisting of a facial cleansing massage; basic facial; beauty makeup; and fantasy makeup applications. An emphasis on safety and infection control measures will be used in all segments of the skill performance areas.

Facilithon: Leadership in Facility Management Demonstration

To assess the contestant’s critical problem-solving skills, ability to quickly execute the best response to challenges and ability to accurately digest complex situations and convey related solutions related to the field of facility management.


The 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).

Graphic Communications

Student competitors may compete in most or all of the following contest segments: preparing a job and printing it with a digital printing device, creating and preflighting a print-ready file using Adobe software, performing exercises with offset press simulator software, solving production planning challenges, and taking a graphic arts knowledge test. Graphic Imaging – Sublimation Student contestants are tested on their ability to design and print a sublimation transfer and decorate a variety of materials that may including coffee and latte mugs, mouse- pads, and license plates with pre-printed sublimation transfers.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)

The contest includes a series of testing stations designed to assess skills identified by industry HVACR standards. Industry equipment used during the workstations portion of the contest may include but is not limited to ice machines, refrigerated display cases, small package HVAC units, furnaces and split-system air conditioning and/or heat pump units and geothermal units.

Heavy Equipment Operation Demonstration

Heavy Equipment Operators are needed on construction sites all over the country now more than ever. Students should have knowledge of equipment operation, day to day maintenance and activities (such as surveying and blueprint reading) on various machines in different applications. The competition will evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of Heavy Equipment Operation.


Open to active SkillsUSA members enrolled in programs with heavy equipment operation, operator and/or diesel equipment technology as the occupational objective. Programs of study may include training operators in the use of heavy equipment for engineering and construction projects.

Industrial Motor Control

Students demonstrate their knowledge of electrical principles, equipment and industry codes and standards as it relates to the design and installation of motor control systems. Students demonstrate their skills and abilities in applying that knowledge by properly installing motor control equipment and associated enclosures, raceways, pilot devices and circuitry in accordance with accepted industry practice and National Electric Code requirements.

Information Technology Services

Contestants compete in modules designed to test their knowledge as an IT service professional. The contest will challenge contestants to correct end-user computing issues, configure and secure networks, manage virtual machines, navigate and modify Windows registry, deploy operating systems, leverage troubleshooting software and tools, identify virus and malware origins, work with mobile devices, and proficiently use command line interfaces. Additionally, contestants are evaluated on their interpersonal skills (such as communication, teamwork, and honesty). In the national contest, contestants take the required exams for the CompTIA A+ Certification and receive their official CompTIA A+ certification if they pass. Interactive Application and Video Game Development Open to a team of two active SkillsUSA members enrolled in programs focused on creating interactive applications and/or video game design and development as occupational objectives. Up to four addition students from the same school and program may assist the team, as long as they are properly credited per the instructions below in Sections 2c and 2g.

Internet of Things and Smart Home

To test each contestant’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of home technology integration. The contest is made up of multiple stations where the contestants will be judged and scored on the following skills and knowledge: Installation of “smart home” residential products including items such as bulbs, thermostats, locks, alarms, sensors, cameras, speakers, a home theater system; computer networking; video security equipment and construction of the various cables used at each of the stations. There will also be a written test that will includes Computer Networking Fundamentals, Audio and Video Fundamentals, Home Security and Surveillance Systems, Telecommunications Standards, Structured Wiring (Low Voltage & High voltage, and Systems Integration) and IoT products.


The contest focuses on testing the networking knowledge and hands-on ability of the competitors. 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, switches and servers, and to deliver customer service in a technical assistant center environment. The contestants will find errors in WAN and LAN networks; do a full network configuration using routers, switches, and servers; talk a technician through an error they are having on their network; and take an online, certification type test. The national contest is based on the most current CCNA certification. In today’s job market system administration skills are needed, therefore server skills that will be scored include, but are not limited to: DNS, Active Directory, and DHCP. For more information, be sure to follow our Facebook page at:

Marine Service Technology

The contest includes individual skill stations and a written or online test. The hands-on test stations include many aspects of two-stroke and four-stroke outboard, stern drive and inboard troubleshooting and repair. Students should be proficient in marine application electrical/ignition systems, fuel systems, cooling systems, lubrication systems, drive/transmission/jet propulsion systems and boat and trailer rigging and repair. The written or online test includes the above listed topics including diagnostics, service and repair of marine accessory items. Contestants will be judged on safe work practices, cleanliness, organizational skills, accuracy, speed and completion of assigned tasks, worksheets and paperwork.


The SkillsUSA Masonry competition highlights skills training in the masonry industry. The exciting competition spotlights our industry’s finest masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry. Students are expected to construct a composite brick and block project in a six-hour period that tests their ability to meet industry standards in quality. In addition to a written exam, students will be judged on a number of criteria to determine the winners. The contest project will include components of the most frequently used details in masonry construction.


The contest requires 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 have well developed 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 are 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 compete in a construction phase and a troubleshooting phase. In addition, there is an individual oral interview. College/postsecondary teams are required to provide their own PLC that will be used in the construction phase.

Medical Assisting

Contestants are tested on their skills in the clinical and administrative setting. They are judged on speed, use of correct safety measures and ability to interact personally with the patient(s). The contest consists of various stations associated with skills that may be found in an ambulatory medical office or clinic. The contestants are judged on general office skills, communication skills, patient education, knowledge of anatomy and physiology, knowledge of medical terminology, instruments, medical equipment, as well as on procedures and techniques found in an ambulatory medical office or clinic. Contestants are given a scenario which requires action; they should be able to read the scenario, assess the supplies/equipment and/or situation in a short period of time and perform a skill required for that situation within the given time limit. Documentation, grammar, correct pronunciation and spelling count in all stations.

Mobile Electronics Installation

This event tests contestants’ abilities to perform standard installation practices used by certified, professional mobile electronics installers. These skills have been established through the certification objectives and items created for the Basic MECP certification by the Consumer Electronics Association. This event includes a written examination covering the Basic MECP certification, a professional interview and five hands-on applications that include taking electrical measurements, installing consumer electronics equipment in a mobile environment, soldiering, working with relay circuits and troubleshooting electronic circuitry.

Mobile Robotics Technology (includes Middle School)

The contest includes activities that simulate situations encountered by robotic programmers and support professionals. Teams are given a task to solve using a mobile robotic system provided by the technical committee. Teams will have two scored chances to solve the mobile robotic challenge. Once a team has performed the required task or set of tasks, a design change may be introduced. Contestants are required to adhere to industry safety standards using the hardware and software provided.

Motorcycle Service Technology

Contestants 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 various powersport products. Judges will look for clean and organized work habits; correct use of reference materials; the ability to follow directions; and good technical skills.

Nail Care

The 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 practical applications evaluate the contestant’s ability to perform the most common nail services in the salon today. The contest consists of six separate segments: oral communication skills, acrylic application, tip and light-cured enhancement overlay application, nail polish application, nail art, pedicuring and a written exam. The written exam tests basic knowledge of proper sanitation, chemical safety, salon procedures, etc.

Nurse Assisting

Student competitors demonstrate knowledge and skill in performing personal care, encouraging patient independence, assisting with ambulation, and performing other routine tasks, including standard infection control procedures used in basic nurse assisting. Students also demonstrate knowledge and abilities in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the measurement of vital signs. Contestants must be familiar with basic anatomy, communications skills, legal/ethical issues and employment skills.


Contestants are put through a series of real-world photographic scenarios and are judged on their overall mastery of the following skills: understanding the features of today’s digital SLR or mirrorless cameras, field assignment, producing a contact sheet, producing a composited digital fine art piece from their field assignment, 50 question written test, portrait/commercial studio using strobes, troubleshooting common photo errors, print competition, and job interview.


Contestants “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 accuracy, workmanship, proper selection and use of tools and supplies and proper safety procedures.

Power Equipment Technology

Tests the student’s skills in all areas of this technology. They must know and understand both two- and four-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, electrical as well as being able to read and interpret both electrical and hydraulic schematics and their symbols. Contestants will need to be well versed in customer service skills. 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/service procedures they are provided. Students should be proficient in the use of a multimeter and able to utilize electronic parts look-up tools and/or OEM manuals.

Practical Nursing

Contestants 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.

Residential and Commercial Appliance Technology

Contestants rotate from station to station diagnosing common service issues on residential and commercial refrigeration, laundry, cooking, dishwashing food serve products. Contestants also demonstrate their ability to braze and use Lokring technology by assembling a copper and steel tubing project per a schematic provided. The contestant’s customer satisfaction and employability skills will also be evaluated using interviews, job applications and various types of assessments. There is a need for good understanding and use of tools and test equipment, providing the most professional service available to customers as necessary. There is also a residential & commercial appliance technology general knowledge learning exercise.

Restaurant Service

Contestants are tested on skills required in the “front of the house” of a fine restaurant. The focus is on guest service and guest relations in the dining room including table set up; greeting guests; reservations procedures; presentation of menus; description of food, drinks, soups and specials of the day; taking orders; serving each course and clearing the table after each course; and preparation and presentation of the check and closing remarks. Contestants are judged on personal appearance, tableside manner, professionalism, ease with guests, courtesy, general knowledge and technical and verbal skills.

Robotics and Automation Technology

Challenges two-person teams to demonstrate operation of a five-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a production process problem. Teams set up and demonstrate operation of a robotic workcell from a word problem. Contestants also utilize and program a Siemens LOGO PLC as part of the contest. Contestants are required to create a flow chart and sequence of operation. Teams are also judged on efficiency, speed and teamwork.

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue (includes Middle School)

A two-member team builds a robot and arm mechanism prior to the competition and then, during the competition, remotely operates the robot. The robot should be capable of locating, grabbing and moving simulated ordnances on the challenge course. This remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must traverse the course, locate the ordnances, secure them and properly dispose of them. Each team will perform one round of competition consisting of a time limited mission to locate and dispose of two ordnances.

Screen Printing Technology

Contestants are tested on their ability to prepare screens (coat, expose, etc.), register a multi-color design on a manual printing press, and print a multi-color design on a manual printing press. Contestants also complete a written technical knowledge test and participate in an oral professional assessment.

Sheet Metal

Contestants 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 use of hand tools, correctness of layout and shop safety procedures. Contestants will be judged on accuracy, completeness, and craftsmanship.

Team Engineering Challenge (Middle School only)

This contest is designed to evaluate and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the areas of creative and critical thinking skills and the decision-making process, to solve a problem. The contest is intended to foster creativity, innovation, teamwork, and problem-solving skills.


Teams of four students are required to build a construction project, over three days, that demonstrates their ability to work together as a team. Each team will be required to understand the project elements based on a detailed blueprint and special instructions presented at the pre-competition orientation. Each team must write a project completion “action plan” and present their “action plan” as one of the “key” elements of the competition (all team members must participate during the presentation). During the “construction project”, the team demonstrates their ability to work together by using their carpentry, roofing, electrical, plumbing and masonry skills. Judging is based on the team’s presentation skills, ability to construct the project per “competition specified” building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, organized and correct ordering of materials from the competition material depot, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment and the rate of completion of the project. TeamWorks is not only a SkillsUSA competition, but a way of learning, for each team member, to help maximize their skills for their future.

Technical Computer Applications

Contestants will be expected to demonstrate installation, configuration and use of Windows, Mac OSX and Linux Professional Operating Systems and one or more integrated office suite packages including email, word processing, spreadsheet applications, database applications, web page development, money management applications, presentations applications, internet browser applications, etc. The use of Open source software such as OpenOffice will be preferable. Microsoft Office and other integrated office suites could be used. The utilization of instant messaging, collaboration and social networking software will be required during the contest. Contestants will be expected to perform in teams while demonstrating individual technical skills. The contest will include an oral presentation demonstrating the student’s ability to communicate with others, a hands-on skills demonstration, and a one-hour time allotted written examination.

Technical Drafting

This 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).

Telecommunications Cabling

For students interested in voice and data network cabling and installation. Industry indicates that 80 percent of the problems in networking, security systems installations and other installations are caused by cabling and connectivity issues not the computers, servers, switches, etc. This competition tests to worldwide industry standards related to cabling and connectorization for data and voice connections, physical and logical networks and signal transmission. Contestants demonstrate skills in fiber and copper cable termination, pulling and mounting cabling, patch panel installation and termination, installing jacks, cable and fiber optic testing and troubleshooting, and providing customer service. Both CAT 5e/6 and fiber optic solutions (or installations, whichever is preferred) are represented. The contest stresses safety in all activities.

Television (Video) Production

Teams of two contestants are required to plan and shoot a video (generally 30 seconds or one minute in length) on location 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.

Video News Production

Four-member teams have two hours to write and produce their rundown before the assigned contest time. Two students serve as the news anchor team, one student serves as the team’s director/technical director, and one student is the floor director. Teams will produce and complete a three-minute newscast as if it were live. Teams are evaluated on their broadcast writing ability, voice quality, diction, timing and pacing and performance techniques.

Web Design and Development

Teams will complete a series of challenges focusing on website usability and accessibility, with at least one challenge related to scripting (client or server or both). Teams will also be evaluated on the process they use to meet the challenges and how well they work as a team. Teams may be interacting with a local server environment.


Competitors 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 Fabrication

A team competition that requires three students from each school to use their welding and fabrication skills to build a designed project from given material. The project will be constructed by the competitors based on prints provided by the committee. Teams should be skilled in the following welding and cutting processes: SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW / OFC and PAC. The students are also required to be proficient in using common tools of a workshop.

Welding Sculpture

Contestants demonstrate their ability to design and produce a welded sculpture and will be able to describe all aspects of their creation of the design. Previously welded sculptures are displayed for the national competition. A notebook is required displaying evidence of creating the original work. Each participant is interviewed regarding aspects of design and creation of the piece. There is no live welding on site.