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2014 Contest Updates

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards 2013-2014

The 2013-14 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards are still effective at the 2014 Championships. To assure you and your students are prepared for the 2014 competitions, be sure you have the latest edition. You may order online by going to www.skillsusa.org/store/ or you may call toll-free and place your order. The telephone number is 1-800-321-8422.


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General Notes

Contest Scorecards
The official SkillsUSA Championships scorecards have been removed from the book and electronic copies of the Technical Standards manual.

They are available here as a download.

Résumé Requirement
All competitors must create a one-page hard copy résumé and submit this to the technical committee chair at the contest orientation. Failure to do so will result in a 10 point penalty. Competitors can bring a résumé to the contest on the day of competition however, the penalty will remain in effect.

Computer Rentals
Computer Express, www.cerents.com/skillsusa.html, will again be the vendor of choice for the 2014 SkillsUSA National Championships Events. If you choose another company you run the risk of no technical support for your computer during the competition.

To order a computer go to www.cerents.com/skillsusa.html Here is a listing of the contests that require contestants to supply a computer(s) to compete:

  • 3-D Visualization and Animation
  • Advertising Design PC/MAC
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Robotics and Automation Technology
  • Technical Computer Applications
  • Technical Drafting
  • Television Video Production
  • Web Design

Contest Name Changes
Digital Cinema Production (formally Video Product Development), Early Childhood Education (formally Preschool Teaching Assistant), Restaurant Service (formally Food and Beverage Service), Electrical Construction Wiring ( formally Residential Wiring), Career Pathways Showcase (formally Tech Prep Showcase), Major Appliance Technology is now Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology.

Shipping
Same Roadway label as last year. Click here.

Promotional Bulletin Boards
The bulletin boards should be shipped United Parcel Service to your hotel. DO NOT use YRC or any other freight service for these shipments.

Chapter Displays, Career Pathways Showcase, Large Tool Boxes
Chapter displays, Career Pathways Showcase, Sustainability Solutions and other contests that have large projects shipped in, or large tool boxes needing to be shipped must be clearly marked where the item is to go. The name of your contest or Tool box check-in must be marked on the contest name line. DO NOT mark tools to a contest. When you arrive in Kansas City you must claim your tool box at the North dock of Bartle Hall to receive a tag for your tool box. All contest projects will be placed in the contest areas. Unidentified shipments will be kept at the warehouse and its delivery may be delayed.

Contest Clothing Requirements
In the 2013-2014 Technical Standards there is an error in regards to the contest clothing requirements.

The following contests have the wrong women’s requirements:

3-D Visualization and Animation
Advertising Design
Architectural Drafting
Audio/Radio Production

It currently reads:
For women: Official red blazer or jacket; black dress skirt (knee length) or slacks with businesslike white, collarless blouse or white blouse with small, plain collar that may not extend onto the lapels of the blazer; black sheer or skin-tone seamless hose and black dress shoes.

It should read:
For women: Official white polo shirt with black dress slacks or skirt, black socks or black or skin-tone seamless hose and black leather shoes.

Clothing Clarification 3/17/14
To help clarify two areas in regards to clothing please note the following:

  1. Black or brown leather work shoes: They will now allow black, brown or tan work shoes
  2. Plain black tie with no pattern or SkillsUSA black tie. Bow ties are not allowed

Leadership

Outstanding Chapter 5/27/14
Please review some minor changes concerning how articles are to be submitted.

Occupationally Related

Career Pathways 5/12/14
To help clarify and assist the competitors and advisors the attached note will be beneficial.

Entrepreneurship 5/13/14
All books need to be submitted to the national headquarters by June 1st. Late submissions will be penalized 20 percent of total possible points. For the 2014 event only one book needs to be in any type of 3-ring binder the remaining five copies can be submitted in a folders for each submission.

Skilled and Technical Sciences

Automated Manufacturing Technology 5/1/14
To be prepared for this year’s contest please go to this link http://intelitekdownloads.com/skills/ and download and read all the necessary information .

2/27/14
A Calculated Industries Machinist Calc Pro calculator (model #4087) will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

12/26/13
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. Parts will be proven in "Virtual" software prior to machining operation. Top five (5) teams as judged at " Virtual" stage, move on to machining finished Part. Plotting is not a scored event; however the contestants must be able to generate a plot file that will be used to send their data to the plotter.

Automotive Refinishing Technology 5/12/14
There is a change in the base coat that is posted with the paint specifications. Please note the following:

The Chroma base system was used in previous years and we have attached the updated information MSDS/TDS. As for the CroMax Pro waterborne system that the panels will be painted with. We have attached the TDS sheet as well as video links which help explain the blending process which is different than the other waterborne technologies out there.

 

5/5/14
The attached PDF files contain the paint information that will be used at this year’s NLSC.

2/12/14
All equipment and materials will be provided for the competition including: spray guns, paint suits, air pressure gauges, and safety glasses. Due to hazardous waste requirements, competitors will not use personal spray equipment. The Spot Refinish segment will be sponsored by Axalta (formerly DuPont). The Featheredge, Prime and Block segment will be sponsored by Sherwin Williams.

Please see the attached document for a Color Tint Segment Overview. Competitors should familiarize themselves with the worksheets.

Competitors will be required bring a hard copy résumé with them to the Orientation and Testing (first meeting).

Automotive Service Technology 4/21/14
The attached document covers the stations and whose product and what if any special details are needed for you to be prepared for this year’s AST contest.

1/14/14
Postsecondary students participating in the 2014 National Automotive Service Technology competition will be tested using the ChiltonPRO (www.ChiltonPRO.com) Automotive Repair Information system at the Post-Secondary Electronic Service Information station. To gain FREE access to the system, or to have ChiltonPRO available at your state competition, instructors/advisors can contact Celia McCarty at celia.mccarty@contractor.cengage.com. Please share this information with your students to get them prepared!

Postsecondary students participating in the 2014 National Automotive Service Technology competition can begin preparing now with FREE access to Delmar’s Online ASE Technician Test Preparation (www.techniciantestprep.com). To gain FREE access, instructors/advisors can contact Danielle Shaw at Danielle.g.shaw@cengage.com.

Cabinetmaking 2/27/14
A Calculated Industries Material Estimator calculator (model #4019) will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

Carpentry 2/27/14
A Calculated Industries Construction Master Pro calculator (model #4065) calculator will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

CNC Milling 2/27/14
A Calculated Industries Machinist Calc Pro calculator (model #4087) will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

CNC Turning 2/27/14
A Calculated Industries Machinist Calc Pro calculator (model #4087) will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

Collision Repair Technology 4/21/14
The attached list will clarify the tools the students will need to bring in addition to some items supplied by the committee.

4/14/14
The items listed below will be supplied by the technical committee:

  • Welding helmets
  • Welding respirators
  • Skull caps
  • Cartridge-type respirators
  • Dust respirators

Commercial Baking 5/12/14
Please find the contest orientation information as well as the high school and college/postsecondary formulas for this year's NLSC.

10/4/13
The attached document will help you prepare for the competition.

Computer Maintenance Technology 4/23/14
To help clarify the changes in the technical standards that will be taking place due the discontinued support of Windows XP. Please note the following statement and the supporting files on the Operating Systems.

Windows XP was sunset on 4/08/2014. Microsoft no longer offers extended support for it. In the new skills standards, the following operating systems were approved for use with the contest. From an employment perspective, they view this as all Microsoft Operating systems currently in life-cycle of mainstream or extended support. 

4/21/14
All national competitors continue training for the national competition immediately following conclusion of their state contest and should continue to train up to the week of national competition.

These links are intended for additional training and elements of certain documents may apply to procedures used in competition.

Cosmetology 4/29/14
For more information on the schedule and the details for this year’s Cosmetology contest please go to the following site:

www.pivot-point.com/skills-usa.html

Criminal Justice 5/1/14
The attached document is the corrected list of items that the contestant will need to bring to this year’s contest for Criminal Justice skills.

Culinary Arts 5/9/14
Attached are the menus for high school and the mystery baskets for college/postsecondary.

2/27/14
A Calculated Industries KitchenCalc calculator (model #8300) calculator will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

Electrical Construction Wiring 2/27/14
A Calculated Industries ElectriCalc Pro calculator (model #5070) calculator will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

Electronics Technology 4/7/14
In addition to the required tools needed the contestants will need to bring the following:

An oscilloscope with two probes
Calculators will be provided by the Technical Committee

Esthetics 10/14/13
Props, such as hair ornaments, wigs, jewelry or facial prosthetics will not be permitted to be used during the Fantasy portion of the contest. Time will be allocated after the fantasy portion is judged for contestants to add props. No points will be given for the additional props.

Along with the contest note changes this year’s Theme is: Avatar (the Movie).

The attached document lists changes in Procedures and Guidelines for this year's NLSC Contest

Graphic Communication 3/4/13
This link: www.graphicCOMMcentral.org could help both the students and advisors be better prepared for this year’s contest.

The following link: www.futureprintersofamerica.com can be used for current up to date information specific to the graphic communication contest, including information of equipment being used along with possible training videos and links. As demonstrated and introduced during the 2013 contest, Digital Press will be an official part of the 2014 Graphic Communication Contest. Advanced training will be provided on all equipment the day prior to the contest in 2 three hour rotations followed by an optional 1.5 hour training session for the instructors.

Mechatronics 1/29/14
Please note the following changes in regards to tool requirements for all contestants as well as the change for Postsecondary PLC requirements.

  1. In section 2 of the "Equipment and Materials" section, contestant-supplied tool listing, thanks to Snap-On, we are supplying basic tools. Contestants are allowed to bring any tools they wish to bring (based on the current tool listing), but sufficient tools will be provided at the contest.
  2. The PLC identified for the Postsecondary competition in section 1.b of the "Requirements for College/Postsecondary Team Supplied PLC Assemblies" needs to be changed so that it reads "PLC shall have a minimum of 16 digital inputs and 16 digital outputs."

Mobile Electronics Installation 1/22/14
Please see the attached sheet for the required tools the contestant must bring for this contest.

Mobile Robotics 11/22/13
The information below is for the 2014 Mobile Robotics competition:

Nail Care 1/7/14
The attached document covers the changes in the Nail Car Competition that will be in effect for this year.

Precision Machining 2/27/14
A Calculated Industries Machinist Calc Pro calculator (model #4087) will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

Restaurant Services 4/14/14

  1. Both High School and College/Postsecondary Caesar salad will not be the table side service this year it will be replaced by an omelet. Minimum of two (2) ingredients, one will have to be cheese. Cooked by an induction burner and pans (which will be provided)
  2. The test is 30 multiple questions on service scenarios including sequence of service, protocol of service, handling customer issues, definitions of words that commonly appear on menus, words that might be needed during service and a couple of questions on basic wine knowledge. This test will be given at orientation.
  3. See attached for place setting 2014

TeamWorks 4/21/14
Special Note to the Advisors for TeamWorks

Attached is an Advisor Letter it focuses on some points that should be stressed to the students as they continue to prepare for the National Leadership Championships.

3/5/14
Within this year’s contest the teams will be asked to install insulation. This was introduced at last year’s event however it was not scored.

This year the installation of insulation will be scored.

1/31/14
The following link: http://teamworks-info.com/?p=222 is for both High School and Postsecondary Competitors. The link will help your teams become better prepared with the presentation portion of your contest at nationals.

Television (Video) Production 3/20/14
The information in the this document is important in regards to equipment use and copy rights for music.

The contest will have a name change as we head into 2015 It will become Television Production They will be dropping the word (Video) to be more in line with the contest.

Welding 5/12/14
To help answer the questions in regards to equipment and fillers, please see the attached.

2/27/14
A Calculated Industries Tradesman Calc calculator (model #4400) calculator will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

Welding Fabrication 4/1/14
The document attached is the 2014 Welding Fabrication Project for this year’s National Competition along with additional notes to help the team prepare.

2/27/14
A Calculated Industries Tradesman Calc calculator (model #4400) calculator will be available for each contestant to use in the competition. By clicking on the hyperlink you will be able to see the model available.

Welding Sculpture 12/24/13
Please note the following changes to Welding Sculpture. These changes will be implemented at the 2014 NLSC.

Demonstration Contests

Graphic Sublimation 9/9/13
The attached document is the corrected standards that will be used for this year's contest.

Interactive Application and Game Development 12/27/13
The information in this document will help you prepare for Interactive Application and Game Development.

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue 2/12/14
To help your team prepare for this year’s NLSC, here are the 2014 Guidelines.

10/3/13
The contest will have a slight change it will be called:

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue

Sustainability Solutions 9/9/13
This contest is no longer a team event it is an individual event. The attached document is the 2014 Technical Standards and Guidelines for this contest.

Please check back regularly as additional updates will be posted.

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