State Championships Updates and Equipment Lists

The state contests will follow the 2017-18 SkillsUSA Technical Standards as much as possible. Note contestants should check National Contest Updates page often for latest information. Any variations to national technical standards and/or national contest updates at our state competitions due to time or limited resources will be posted below on this State Contest Updates page:

Advisors:

  • Please note you must have completed copies of the  CTSO Release Form  for each attendee with you at the conference in case of an emergency.

Last update: 4/8/2017


SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards

Advisors, if you cannot access your copy of the online SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, please review the following information. You MUST have an accurate email address entered under your professional membership account. To check on this you need to login your chapter’s membership, go under Membership>Add/edit members, click on Members tab for your section, look to right of your name, and click Edit. When you access this you will see the following popup notice, which says you cannot change the name. You can however update information like your email address and save it. The final step will be to request your access pin which will be emailed to your address listed in membership.

TechStandards

AccessPin


Change for State Contest Exams

2017 SkillsUSA High School Contest Exam Detail Chart

The online testing window is March 20-31, 2017. ALL contestants will need to complete the SkillsUSA Tie Breaker Exam which is managed through our D2L system. The study guide for tie breaker exam available online through Quizlet.

In addition, certain contests, especially the skilled/trade, will have a general knowledge exam specific to their contest area. Some contest specific exams are managed through the D2L system. Other contests have an contest specific exam managed through the Workforce Ready System called SkillConnect assessments. The testing details chart document gives the type of required exams for each of our state contests.


Proctors can click on the links below to download, and print exam administration details. Proctor emails with the contestant exam list and SkillConnect voucher codes was send on March 15, 2017. If your school’s proctor needs this information resent email Tracy Whitehead.

Proctoring Instructions for Desire2Learn (D2L) Exams

Proctor Instructions for SkillConnect Exams


The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2016-17 year is:
SkillsUSA: Champions at Work
Preparing America’s Skilled Workforce
The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is how our theme addresses the SkillsUSA national program of work in the area of professional development.


Contests with Specific Team Members

The contests below are the contests that had a change from various team members to a specific numbers/teams. All members will be interviewed and or will be taking part in the contest. Some of the Technical Standards may state one member however they will all be scored and questioned to some extent.

American Spirit AM – 3
Chapter Display DIS – 3
Interactive Application and Video Game Development   IAGD – 2
Occupational Health and Safety – Single: OHSS – 3
Occupational Health and Safety – Multiple: OHSM – 3
Outstanding Chapter OUT – 3
Promotional Bulletin Board: BB – 3 


Additive Manufacturing

 

American Spirit
The American Spirit portfolio must be received by Samantha Childress no later than March 22, 2017. This is NOT a postmark date.

Mail to:
Loretto High School
Attn:Samantha Childress
525 2nd Ave S.
Loretto, TN 38469

Contestants must email or call Samantha Childress by March 22, 2017 to set up a time for an one-on-one interview at the State Leadership and Skills Conference.

Please call School: 931-231-8850; Cell: 256-483-9618; or email schildress@lcss.us

 

Architectural and Technical Drafting
Architectural and Technical Drafting – The online tests will not be a SkillConnect exam due to the software specific exam questions included. Contestants will take a general knowledge exam in these areas instead.

 

Automotive
Coming Soon

 

Automotive Refinishing

Required Items for contestants:
• Hand Tools
• Air Tools
• Multiple air fittings
• welding shield, gloves, sleeves
• NIOSH approved Respirator for refinishers (required to compete!!!). We will not have respirators available for borrowing.
Materials will be supplied:
• Body filler, spreaders, razor blades, masking tape, plastic repair materials, dust masks, scuff pads, dry guide coat
• DA Paper will be 6″ adhesive backed
• File paper will be adhesive backed
• Paint for the refinish contest will be Axalta waterborne / urethane clearcoat
• Sprayguns will be loaned, no need to bring your own
A couple of rules to be aware of:
• Instructors are absolutely not allowed in the shop area during contest hours
• Mobile phone use is prohibited during the contest
• No communicating with people outside the contest area
• Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the shop area
Schedule:
• Monday 4/10/17 12pm until 4pm – Interviews
• Tuesday 4/11/17 8am until 2pm collision repair/welding, refinishing, estimating
If you have questions please contact the Contest Coordinator – Rob Ashby at 423-667-2934

 

Audio Radio Production

Skills Talent: Must write and edit the script, conduct interviews, show proper mic technique, have proper diction, and assist with editing. Engineer: Must show proper technique in obtaining proper level-to-recorder, mic choice, show proper level and balance in mix, and edit the project.

Requirements: The project must be submitted in MP3 format on a USB Flash Drive Labeled with the team’s contestant number.

Judging: The contestants will be judged on all criteria shown on the SkillsUSA competition score sheet. No copyrighted material can be used in the production per SkillsUSA. For questions about contest please send email to: Mr. Gubala

Sample from 2016 Audio/Radio Production Prompt

 

Barbering

 

Career Pathways Showcase 12/20/16

The documents below will help with preparation for Career Pathways Showcase. There is a scoring criteria as well as updates and set-up instructions.
Career Pathways Showcase Updates 3/29/2017
Career Pathways Showcase Scoring Rubric

 

Carpentry
Contestants must bring following equipment: all tools listed in the technical standards (except the Cut-resistant Level 3 gloves), personal protective equipment including safety glasses and leather gloves, 4 foot ladder, and Saw Horses. Contest will include use of metal studs.

 

CNC Milling & Turning
 Contestants are allowed to use any non-programmable calculator or the Machinist Calc Pro calculator during the competition. Contestants must bring the calculator they prefer as one will not be provided.

CNC Technology: The following was an outline of the CNC competitions for National Contest in 2015. The outline was preliminary and could have changed slightly at the time of competition. However, the changes would not have been outside the scope of the contest descriptions. Such changes may have occurred to maintain competition integrity. The contests consist of multiple sessions. Consider each session a workstation. (Note: the State Contest will cover as much as the limited timeframe allows.) For more information in preparing your student click here.

Contestants are allowed to bring use any non-programmable calculator or the Machinist Calc Procalculator during the competition. Contestants must bring the calculator they prefer as one will not be provided.

 

Collision Repair

Required Items for contestants:
• Hand Tools
• Air Tools
• Multiple air fittings
• welding shield, gloves, sleeves
• NIOSH approved Respirator for refinishers (required to compete!!!). We will not have respirators available for borrowing.
Materials will be supplied:
• Body filler, spreaders, razor blades, masking tape, plastic repair materials, dust masks, scuff pads, dry guide coat
• DA Paper will be 6″ adhesive backed
• File paper will be adhesive backed
• Paint for the refinish contest will be Axalta waterborne / urethane clearcoat
• Sprayguns will be loaned, no need to bring your own
A couple of rules to be aware of:
• Instructors are absolutely not allowed in the shop area during contest hours
• Mobile phone use is prohibited during the contest
• No communicating with people outside the contest area
• Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the shop area
Schedule:
• Monday 4/10/17 12pm until 4pm – Interviews
• Tuesday 4/11/17 8am until 2pm collision repair/welding, refinishing, estimating
If you have questions please contact the Contest Coordinator – Rob Ashby at 423-667-2934

 

Commercial Baking

Contest information and equipment list can be found at the links below, schedule was updated on March 29th:

Each baking contestant will be given two 1 inch round chocolate cake layers to yield a two inch tall cake. Layers do not need to be split. The change is due to product availability from Virginia College.

2017 Commercial Baking Contest – Updated 3/29/2017

 

Community Service Contest and Community Action Project
Contestants must email Julie Brewer at jbrewer@tntech.edu for an interview appointment by March 22, 2017.

All electronic files (Powerpoint, PDF, Word, Prezi, etc.) should be emailed to Julie Brewer no later Friday, April 7, 2017. Contestants should bring their presentations on a memory card or flashdrive. If the contestant brings his/her own laptop, then the contestant must also bring the necessary hookups (cables, cords, etc.) to connect to the projector.

 

Cosmetology

Contestants can use a synthetic hair mannequin for the long hair design at the state conference. Please note that this is NOT the type of manikin used at the national conference.

SkillsUSA Cosmetology 2017

Cosmetology 2017 Contest Agenda

 

Crime Scene Investigation
Note that the CSI holding room at our state event is a secured location for contestants ONLY. The use of electronic devices and/or assistance provided to contestants from others who have viewed the crime scene is strictly prohibited. Contestants will be disqualified for violation of this rule.
In the past we’ve had issues with teams not being able to download their crime scene photographs to our judge’s computer. Teams need to be prepared to transfer their photographs to a jump drive to be turned into judges for review.

The online tests will not be a SkillConnect exam. Contestants will take a general knowledge exam in CSI.

CSI Scoring Rubric Competitor Guide

 

Criminal Justice
The possible scenarios for criminal justice state contest are: Domestic, High Risk Stop/Felony Stop, Field Sobriety, Suicide, Child Endangerment, Suspicious Person, Warrant Service, Intoxicated Person – Not vehicle related, Burglary Suspect Interrogation, or Basic Traffic Stop – Low Risk.

The online tests will not be a SkillConnect exam. Contestants will take a general knowledge exam in criminal justice.

 

Culinary

Hats and gloves will not be provided, for contest information and the equipment list click on the link below, schedule was updated on March 29th:

2017 Culinary Arts Contest updated

 

Customer Service 12/19/16
The document below lists a few minor edits in regards Equipment and Materials needed and a few edits in a procedure. This will help all participants to properly prepare.
Customer Service Changes

 

Digital Cinema Production
Source files and usb drive will not be provided by technical committee.
Monday – Contestants will be given their topic/theme for the video project. Upon receiving their topic, contestants will have until 9 p.m. Monday to complete pre-production (planning/storyboard), filming all source files including video/b-roll, interviews, and voice overs. Contestants will be allowed to log and transfer footage to their editing software, and render any necessary source files to begin editing at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Contestants should not begin editing their video until Tuesday.

Tuesday – Contestants will begin completing the production process including editing. At 12 p.m. contestants will begin to render their final video project in order to export the video in the correct format for submission. Video storyboard will be turned in to judges as soon as the final render process starts. Contestants will turn in the final video on usb thumb drive supplied by the contestant. Videos must be no less than 1 minute 30 seconds to maximum of 2 minutes of run-time length.

 

Electrical Construction Wiring

Electrical Construction Wiring contestants will need to bring their own hand tools for the contest including a 1/2″ conduit bender and safety glasses. Contestants can use either 2008, 2011, or 2014 NEC code book for their contest.

 

Entrepreneurship

Please send your notebooks to the contest chair below by March 22, 2017. This is an in-hand date, not a postmark date.
Lynn Chestnut, Managing Director
Tennessee Small Business Development Center
Chattanooga State Community College
100 Cherokee Blvd.
Suite 202
Chattanooga, TN 37405

 

Esthetics
The  Fantasy Theme for the 2017 Esthetics Contest is “Flora and / or Fauna” to utilize nature based concepts of animal or plant life or a combination.

2017 Tennessee Esthetics Contestant Information – Updated

 

Industrial Motor Control

In addition to tool list on technical standards contestants must bring 1/2 inch conduit bender, battery powered drill with screw bits, personal protective equipment (no hard hats required), multi-meter, and contest will use some metal clad cable so be prepared to install with appropriate equipment.

 

Information Technology Services

The document below will help direct you and your competitors in preparing for the 2017 NLSC in Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services Update

 

Job Interview & Employment Application
Contestants in both Job Interview & Employment Application contests must complete an online job application, and submit their resume online by March 20, 2017. Contestants should also bring copies of their resume for the interview portion of the contest held during state conference. Contestants should be “applying” for a position that is within their training program. We will not post a specific position title for this contest.

 

Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology 10/25/16
There is a change within one of the stations in the MART competition. The document below explains the change within the MART Contest.
Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology Update

 

Mobile Robotics Technology - VEX Robotics Contest

Variation for the Tennessee state contest: MRT teams will need to bring their completed robot, and engineering notebook for state competition. The teams will be able to run trials, and will compete on the scoring field per contest guidelines published by national contest update. VEX Competition Kits will NOT be provided at state level, and teams will NOT be required to build their robot on first day of contest.

Additional Notes from Tennessee Technical Committee

Inspection Checklist

Below is the 2017 contest project for Mobile Robotics dated 2/19/17 there were a few minor edits to help clarify a few scoring zone concerns.

2017 TN Mobile Robotics Contest – Revised

2017 TN Mobile Robotics Contest Updated – Second draft please use copy above which has been revised.

Note: At the national event teams will also be tasked with a programming challenge using CoderZ virtual software. CoderZ is an online Java based programming tool using virtual robots in a variety of landscapes. To create a demo account with full feature access, go to www.gocoderz.com/skillsusa

 

Mock Trial

 

Nail Care
Contestants must provide at orientation on Monday 1 p.m. a digital copy of their nail art on usb thumb drive, and a printed copy, on a 8.5×11 inch size card stock paper, of the nail art image for audience display. During orientation judges will go over the rules, contest layout, expectations, oral assessment, and the contestants will turn in their resume and artwork with descriptive theme.

 

Notebook Event Instructions
The following notebooks must be received by Estle Muncy by March 22, 2017. This is NOT a postmark date.

  • Occupational Health and Safety-Single
  • Occupational Health and Safety-Multiple
  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

Mail to:
Anderson County Career and Technical Center
Attn: Estle Muncy
140 Maverick Circle
Clinton, TN 37716

Contestants will be assigned a time for an one-on-one interview between 12-4 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 at the State Leadership and Skills Conference after registration has closed. An email will be sent to the advisor listed in registration with the appointed interview time on March 10, 2017.

 

Promotional Bulletin Board

To help competitors be prepared for Promotional Bulletin Board please review the notes and changes.

Promotional Bulletin Board Updates

 

Restaurant Service

 

Robotics and Automation Contest - (This is NOT VEX Robotics)
Contestants need to review new score sheet for updates to standards covered by the contest. Students to recruit for this contest could be from Electro-Mechanical, Industrial Maintenance, and/or Mechatronics programs or those that are completing the Industrial Specialty in Electronics Technology program.

Competitors must have an understanding of:

  • PLCs
  • Pneumatics
  • Circuit Set-up for PLC Automation
  • Sensor integration including: press, position, proximity, and photo
  • SCORBASE Software (used at Nationals)
  • Siemens PLC Software
  • Fanuc Robots

 

Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue

This contest is an open platform competition. Other manufacturers’ kits/components may be used in addition or in place of TETRIX. There are restrictions outlined in the technical standards for overall size, number of motors, number of servos, battery pack voltage, etc. The Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue Challenge: enables students to create a mobile robot like those employed by emergency service personnel (fire, police, military). The robot is designed to secure an area where it is unsafe for emergency service personnel to enter. The demand for designers, skilled technicians, and manufacturing workers who are fluent in mechanical design and electrical systems and highly skilled in troubleshooting and maintenance of robotic systems is projected to continue to grow. The current generation of students is expected to take artificial intelligence and robotics into the evolving world of emergency services, finding new ways to help trained personnel react more quickly and effectively. Therefore, it is imperative that our future labor force be on the leading edge of current and emerging technologies and possess the technical and team skills necessary to maintain industry leadership in design, manufacture, maintenance, and operation of life-saving robotic equipment.

Mobile Robotics 2017 Urban Search and Rescue Challenge Guide

We were recently made aware of the DCD status of the current camera that we include in the TETRIX USAR set is being discontinued. However, any single wireless camera with a power supply of 9V or less can be used. So long as there is only 1 camera on the robot with a power supply of 9V maximum.

 

SkillsUSA Suitcase Display

 

Occupational Suitcase Display

 

Sharon Melton Myers

 

Team Engineering
Team Engineering Challenge Contest Guidelines *New – Middle School Contestants Only
To learn more about this new contest for middle school please visit their SkillsUSA TEC YouTube Channel.

 

Team Works
Teams will need to bring tools to complete the project.

Sample project from 2016 TeamWorks State Contest

Both the instructor and the contestants certify by agreeing to enter this contest that the contestants have received instructions and have satisfactorily passed an examination on the safe use of portable electric power tools (including cordless) and all hand tools. All team members are required to have an OSHA Certification prior to competition. To take the OSHA Certification test, go to:www.careersafeonline.comwww.careersafeonline.com

 

Television (Video) Production
Source files and usb drive will not be provided by technical committee.
Monday – Contestants will be given their topic/theme for the video project. Upon receiving their topic, contestants will have until 9 p.m. Monday to complete pre-production (planning), filming all source files including video/b-roll, interviews, and/or voice overs. Contestants will be allowed to log and transfer footage to their editing software, and render any necessary source files to begin editing at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Contestants should not begin editing their video until Tuesday.

Tuesday – Contestants will begin completing the production process including editing. At 12 p.m. contestants will begin to render their final video project in order to export the video in the correct format for submission. Contestants will turn in the final video on usb thumb drive supplied by the contestant.

 

Contests at Local 43 Training Center
All major tools will be provided for each contest, note exceptions listed below with plumbing, welding, and HVAC&R.

Plumbing: Nothing needed by competitors.

Welding: Competitors need to bring: gloves, hood, safety glasses & protective clothing.

HVAC&R: Competitors may bring a small tool bag with small hand tools.

 

Web Design
Web design contest technologies/frameworks/libraries that include pre-written code are NOT allowed. This would include frameworks such as Bootstrap, Foundations, and Get Skeleton and libraries such as jQuery and React. Contestants will need to use vanilla HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to design their website.

 

Welding Fabrication
Contestants need to bring their own:
PPE Equipment, Grinder and Pads, Center Punches, Markers / Soap Stone, and 25/64″ Drill Bit. All other material will be provided by the Technical Committee.

Welding Fabrication Project 2017 – Updated Final Print

Welding Fabrication Project 2017

Contest Updates and Details for 2017 Project – 3/20/2017

 

Welding Sculpture 12/22/16
There has been a change in the weight of the Welding Sculpture Project. They have reduced the weight from a maximum of 150 lbs. down to 100 lbs.

SkillsUSA Tennessee State Conference has an app! The data in app is currently displaying last year’s 2016 conference schedules. Once the 2017 schedule is finalized the new data will be pushed to the app and advisors will receive an email that it is available. Please NOTE that any changes made on site during the conference will not be available in the app, so please double check notices at registration desk.