State Championships Updates and Equipment Lists

The state contests will follow the SkillsUSA Championship 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.
  • Contestants should bring power strip and 5′ extension cord for contests where you bring your own equipment that will need power. For example display contests, and ones where a laptop, desktop, or other electrical device is supplied by the contestant.

Last update: 3/13/2018


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 option 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

You can now go back to your membership home screen and then access either of the icons featured below.

Once you select one of the above icons you will be directed to following page which asks for your credentials, your professional membership email and pin. To retrieve the pin you can select “Email My PIN”.


State Contest Exams

The SkillsUSA Tennessee State Association will not be hosting or requiring any exams to be given prior to the state conference. Currently the contests that will have a written exam for 2018 are Related Technical Math, Medical Math, Medical Terminology, and Quiz Bowl. The Quiz Bowl exam will be given on Monday afternoon March 19 as part of the contest orientation session. For the contests not listed above that have a written exam, the exam may be given as part of the state contest on March 19-20 as determined by the contest chair.

Additionally, SkillsUSA Tennessee will provide our gold medalists with either a copy of our old exam to study and/or voucher for the SkillConnect exam related to their contest to assist with preparing for national competition. We are confident this will provide our contestants with the opportunity to prepare for the written exam portion at nationals that may not be included at state level due to our time constraints.


The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2018 year is:
SkillsUSA: Champions at Work
Job Ready Day One
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.


Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing 2018 Contest Project Tennessee measurements will be updated under scope of contest soon.

Tire Swing Challenge:
Students must design a fixture that connects a tire swing to a tree branch in a designated location. The tire swing fixture must stay connected to the tree branch when force is applied. Force is defined as a person moving the tire swing fixture with a light amount of pressure. The tire swing fixture must include a moving assembly, and hold a chain that is similar to Sash Chain, size 8.

Students must create a design that prints in no more than 2 hours with a build volume of 3X2X3in. Students may use no more than 2 cu. inches of build material and 1 cu. inch of support material. Students must submit CMB files to be printed via GrabCad.

 

Advertising Design
Contestants will need to bring their own drawing table if preferred, as we can only provide standard tables and chairs.

 

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

 

American Spirit
The American Spirit portfolio must be received by Samantha Childress no later than March 1, 2018. This is NOT a postmark date. Please note: American Spirit team must have a minimum total score of 650 points to receive the gold medal at state and advance to Nationals.

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

Contestants must email or call Samantha Childress by March 1, 2018 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

 

Automated Manufacturing Technology

 

Automotive Computer Estimating and Total Loss Evaluation

Contestant Advisors need to contact a CCC representative at 877-208-6155 to request school copy of the CCC Touch software to be used in contest. Contestants will need to bring a device with software installed for the competition.

 

Automotive MLR

MLR 1-4 Contests – Contestants entered in the MLR contests will perform tasks related to the standards for that MLR level as listed below:

  • MLR 1 (tasks are based on standards which cover: explore career opportunities and requirements of a professional service technician; content emphasizes beginning transportation service skills and workplace success skills; safety, tools, equipment, shop operations, basic engine fundamentals, and basic technician skills)
  • MLR 2 (tasks are based on standards which cover: automotive general electrical systems, starting and charging systems, batteries, lighting, and electrical accessories)
  • MLR 3 (tasks are based on standards which cover: service suspension and steering systems and brake systems)
  • MLR 4 (tasks are based on standards which cover: service automotive HVAC systems, engine performance systems, automatic and manual transmission/transaxle systems, and workplace soft skills)

 

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 – interviews
• Tuesday – collision repair/welding, refinishing, estimating
If you have questions please contact the Contest Coordinator – Rob Ashby at 423-667-2934

 

Barbering

The winner of the barbering will advance the the national event in 2018. Please note the changes to the contest as a model is no longer part of this competition. At the state level contestants must bring their own manikins and stand. There is no minimum length for the manikins, however it has to be uncut. Brush on color for the Pompadour design is allowed.

Barbering Technology Standards 2018

Barbering SkillsUSA TN Agenda 2018

Barbering SkillsUSA Tennessee Contest

 

Carpentry
Contestants must bring following equipment: all tools listed in the technical standards, personal protective equipment including safety glasses and leather gloves, 4 foot ladder, and Saw Horses. (Only exception is the Cut-resistant Level 3 gloves are not required)

 

CNC Milling & Turning
The information available through the link below will help contestants prepare for the SkillsUSA machining contests. The link gives access to both the mill and lathe programming manuals. Competitors who study these manuals will be better prepared to perform tasks given at the SkillsUSA state conference.

https://diy.haascnc.com/user-guide

Below is a screenshot of the manuals contestants should access based on their contest.

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. Additional practice materials can be accessed online.

 

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 12pm until 4pm – Interviews
• Tuesday 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. The contest will be held at Sweet and Savory Classroom, 45 E Main St #112, Chattanooga, TN 37408. The facility is next to the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel, and entrance is accessible from back of the SoHo building. There will be a shuttle bus provided for contestants that will pickup from Chattanooga Convention Center at 5:30 a.m. on March 19th from entrance across from Banquet Hall. All contestants will need to be at Sweet and Savory location at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 19th.

2018 TN SkillsUSA Commercial Baking TN-updated

 

Community Service Contest and Community Action Project
Contestants must email Julie Brewer at jbrewer@tntech.edu for an interview appointment by March 1, 2018.

All electronic files (Powerpoint, PDF, Word, Prezi, etc.) should be emailed to Julie Brewer no later Friday, March 9, 2018. 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.

 

Computer Programming
Contestants must bring a laptop or desktop with Windows 7 or higher operating system, RJ 45 connection, WiFi connectivity, administrator privileges, updated virus protection, and all installed software must be licensed.

 

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.

Cosmetology Contest Tips

Cosmetology SkillsUSA Tennessee 2018 Contest Details

 

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.

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. Contestants should bring their equipment as the interview and fingerprint portion of the contest will be completed during the Monday orientation session.

 

Culinary

Hats and gloves will not be provided, for contest information and the equipment list click on the link below. The contest will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Chattanooga State Community College, Center for Business Industry and Health Building, 4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406. There will be a shuttle bus provided for contestants that will pickup from Chattanooga Convention Center at 5:10 a.m. on March 19th from entrance across from Banquet Hall. All contestants will need to be at the Chattanooga State location by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 19th.

2018 SkillsUSA TN Culinary Arts

 

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 will not be allowed to use a box-cutter during the contest. Contestants can use either 2011 or 2014 NEC code book for their contest. There will be a mandatory debrief session for contestants on Tuesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

 

Entrepreneurship

Please send your notebooks to the contest chair below by March 1, 2018. This is an in-hand date, not a postmark date.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center
ATTN: Lynn Chesnutt – SkillsUSA – Entrepreneurship
100 Cherokee Blvd.
Suite 202
Chattanooga, TN 37405

 

Esthetics
The  Fantasy Theme for the 2018 Esthetics Contest is “Looney Tunes”.

2018 Tennessee Esthetics Contestant Information

 

First Aid & CPR
Contestants must bring an adult and infant mask.

 

HVAC&R
Competitors should bring a tool bag with hand tools, and should bring appropriate personal protective equipment/clothing. A list of equipment needed will be sent to advisors by March 8th.

 

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
Contestants must bring a laptop or desktop with Windows 7 or higher operating system, RJ 45 connection, WiFi connectivity, administrator privileges, updated virus protection, and all installed software must be licensed.

 

Job Interview & Employment Application
Contestants in both Job Interview & Employment Application contests must complete a job application on site and turn in one copy of their resume with the application. Contestants should also bring three 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.

 

Mechatronics
In addition to the equipment required in the technical standards, high school contestants will need to bring a Windows laptop, safety equipment, and basic mechatronics hand tools. College contestants need to bring PLC, computer with PLC programming software,  safety equipment, and basic mechatronics hand tools.

 

Medical Assistant
Contestants will need to bring at least two pairs of sterile gloves in their size, and a pair of safety glasses.
Tips from the judges: Allied Health competitors, hair must be up off of shoulders during contest (no bangs handing down or loose hair) if need be hairspray it back or use clips or bobby pins. Uniform pants cannot touch the floor. Only one small pair of earrings. No fake nails or bright nail polish. Shoes must be white, clean no open back shoes.

 

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. Teams must bring there engineering notebook to the contest on Monday to turn in for scoring. 2018 Game Specifications

2018 SkillsUSA TN Mobile Robotics Contest Update-Revised

SkillsUSA Mobile Robotics Inspection Parts List

 

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 1, 2018. This is NOT a postmark date. Please note: the following notebook contests must have a minimum total score of 650 points to receive the gold medal at state and advance to Nationals.

  • Occupational Health and Safety-Single
  • Occupational Health and Safety-Multiple
  • 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, March 19, 2018 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 14, 2018.

 

Nurse Assistant
Contestants will need to bring at least two pairs of sterile gloves in their size, and a pair of safety glasses.
Tips from the judges: Allied Health competitors, hair must be up off of shoulders during contest (no bangs handing down or loose hair) if need be hairspray it back or use clips or bobby pins. Uniform pants cannot touch the floor. Only one small pair of earrings. No fake nails or bright nail polish. Shoes must be white, clean no open back shoes.

 

Outstanding Chapter
The Outstanding Chapter portfolio must be received by Samantha Childress no later than March 1, 2018. This is NOT a postmark date. Please note: Outstanding Chapter team must have a minimum total score of 650 points to receive the gold medal at state and advance to Nationals.

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

Contestants must email or call Samantha Childress by March 1, 2018 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

 

Plumbing
Contestants should bring tools listed on technical standards. Only exception the snap, chain, or battery-operated cutters suitable for cast-iron soil pipe will be provided.  Competitors also need to bring gloves, safety glasses and protective clothing.

 

Practical Nursing
Contestants will need to bring at least two pairs of sterile gloves in their size, and a pair of safety glasses.
Tips from the judges: Allied Health competitors, hair must be up off of shoulders during contest (no bangs handing down or loose hair) if need be hairspray it back or use clips or bobby pins. Uniform pants cannot touch the floor. Only one small pair of earrings. No fake nails or bright nail polish. Shoes must be white, clean no open back shoes.

 

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 2018 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.

 

Sharon Melton Myers

 

Suitcase Display SkillsUSA

 

Suitcase Display Occupational

 

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

Tips from judges:

  • Include in writing, a project plan that covers who is going to do the framing, electrical, who is in charge of the crews, what do you complete first, and is there anything that can be done at the same time. Judges will give team time before they start to do this if team does not already have their project plan.
  • Teams need to bring something to be able to mix the mortar for the brick.
  • Don’t forget the OSHA documentation.
  • Don’t forget your resumes.
  • Team must bring their own PPE: hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, etc.
  • Team must bring their own hand and power tools.
  • Instructors/teachers should review the TeamWorks Technical Standards.

 

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.

 

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

The 2018 welding contest will be held at Dilling Group. A separate transportation shuttle will be provided for the welding off-site contest. The welding contest shuttle will leave convention center at 7 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Advisors there are no observation areas available at the facility, so transportation is only for contestants. Please note that contest orientation, conducted by judges from Dilling Group, will be held in morning on the bus ride over. All competitors will need to be on the bus with their tools by 6:55 a.m.

Contestants will need to bring the tools listed in the welding technical standard. Competitors must also bring gloves, hood, safety glasses and protective clothing including steel toe boot. To participate in the contest the work boot must be steel toe due to OSHA safety requirement. If the proper foot wear is not worn they will not be allowed on the bus for transport to the contest site. The assigned group/day for contestants was emailed to advisor listed in registration on March 6th. Group A will compete on Monday, March 19, and group B will compete on Tuesday, March 20.

 

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.

2018 SkillsUSA Welding Fabrication Rocket Stove Drawings