Competition Sectors

Each of the 102 competitions at the SkillsUSA Championships falls under one of 11 categories known as “sectors.” Sponsoring competition sectors demonstrates a company’s direct support of and alignment with the work on the competition floor and the sweat equity required to qualify for this competition.

Arts and Communications

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

Sector Sponsors: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Lowe’s Companies Inc.

  • 3-D Visualization and Animation
  • Advertising Design
  • Audio/Radio Production
  • Broadcast News Production
  • Digital Cinema Production
  • Graphic Communications
  • Graphic Imaging Sublimation
  • Interactive Application and Video Gaming
  • Photography
  • Pin Design
  • Screen Printing Technology
  • T-Shirt Design
  • Telecommunications Cabling
  • Television (Video) Production
  • Web Design
Construction

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Sector Sponsors: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Carhartt Inc., Ferguson Enterprises, Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, Ideal Industries, John Deere, Lowe’s Companies Inc., Miller Electric, NCCER, Pops Electric

  • Architectural Drafting
  • Building Maintenance
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Sheet Metal
  • TeamWorks
  • Welding
  • Welding Fabrication
  • Welding Sculpture
Health Sciences

Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Sector Sponsors: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, Lowe’s Companies Inc., Robert Bosch Tool Corp., U.S. Army

  • Basic Health Care Skills
  • Dental Assisting
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Math
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nurse Assisting
  • Practical Nursing
Hospitality and Tourism

The management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services.

Sector Sponsors: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Lowe’s Companies Inc., Sullivan University National Center for Hospitality Studies, U.S. Coast Guard Human Services: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Lowe’s Companies Inc

  • Commercial Baking
  • Culinary Arts
  • Restaurant Service
Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in Career Pathways Showcase that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

  • Barbering (demo)
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics
  • Nail Care
Information Technology

Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

Sector Sponsors: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Ferguson Enterprises, Lowe’s Companies Inc.

  • Computer Programming
  • Cybersecurity (Technology demo)
  • Information Technology Services
  • Internetworking
  • Technical Computer Applications
Leadership

Sector Sponsors: 3M, AirProducts, CareerSafe LLC, Enterprise Holdings, Ferguson Enterprises, Gerber Collision and Glass, IAA, John Deere, Lowe’s Companies Inc., Magna International, Robert Bosch Tool Corp., Snap-on Incorporated

  • Action Skills
  • American Spirit
  • Chapter Business Procedure
  • Chapter Display
  • Community Action Project
  • Community Service
  • Customer Service
  • Employment Application Process
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Job Interview
  • Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Prepared Speech
  • Principals of Technology
  • Promotional Bulletin Board
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Arts and Communications
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Business Management Technology
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Health Sciences
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Natural Resources and Agriculture
Manufacturing

Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Sector Sponsors: 3M; AirProducts; CareerSafe LLC; Ferguson Enterprises; GE Appliances, a Haier Company; Goodheart-Willcox Publisher; Haas Automation Inc.; Hypertherm, Lowe’s Companies Inc.; Magna International; OnMainKGWD; Volvo Construction Equipment

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
  • CNC Milling Technology
  • CNC Technician
  • CNC Turning Technology
  • Humanoid Robotics (demo)
  • Industrial Motor Control
  • Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Mobile Robotics Technology
  • Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance
  • Robotics and Automation Technology
  • Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue
  • Technical Drafting
Public Safety

Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Sector Sponsors: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Lowe’s Companies Inc.

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Justice
  • Firefighting
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Sector Sponsors: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Hypertherm, John Deere, Lowe’s Companies Inc., Snap-on Incorporated, Toyota Motors North America

  • Electronics Technology
  • Engineering Team Challenge (Middle School)
  • Engineering Technology / Design
  • Mobile Electronics Installation
  • Related Technical Math
Transportation

Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

Sector Sponsors: 3M, The Association for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), CareerSafe LLC, CarMax, Enterprise Holdings, Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, John Deere, LOCTITE, Lowe’s Companies Inc., Mercedes-Benz, Ryder, Toyota Motor North America, Volvo Construction Equipment

  • Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Collision Damage Appraisal (Demo)
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Marine Service Technology
  • Motorcycle Service Technology
  • MLR (Maintenance Light Repair) (Technology demo)
  • Power Equipment Technology