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Name Grade Level Category State Only
3-D Visualization & Animation Category 2
Action Skills Category 2
Additive Manufacturing Category 2
Advertising Design Category 2
Architectural Blueprint Reading (SO) Category 3 State Only
Architectural Drafting Category 2
Audio/Radio Production Category 2
Automated Manufacturing Category 2
Automotive Refinishing Technology Category 2
Automotive Service Technology Category 2
Baking and Pastry Arts Category 2
Basic Health Care Skills Category 2
Bridge Building (SO) Jr. Div. 9-10th Grades, Sr. Div. 11-12th Grades Category 3 State Only
Cabinetmaking Category 2
Career Pathways Showcase Category 2
Carpentry Category 2
Chapter Business Procedure Category 1
Chapter Display Category 2
CNC (2-Axis Turning Programmer, 3-Axis Milling Programmer, Programmer) Category 2
Collision Damage Appraisal Category 2


3-D Visualization & Animation

Contest Coordinator: Dana Wright

Students will create 3D models and a short animation from prompt. Students may use any appropriate 3D modeling software (Autodesk Maya, 3DS Max, etc). 

PROMPT: “Unexpected Adventures” Description: Create a scene in which a character embarks on an unforeseen adventure that presents unique obstacles and pushes them to step out of their comfort zone.

Ideas can only be on paper, no actual design work can be done prior to competition.

Required Equipment: Students need to bring their own computers and chargers and licensed Design Program software, surge protectors, extension cord, sketchbook/Notebook, writing tools, and computer mouse

Team Size: team of 2


Action Skills

Contest Coordinator: Courtney Glock

Students deliver a five- to seven-minute demonstration of an occupational skill in an area in which a student is training.

Additional Information: Register IEP Students Only

Required Equipment: All materials and equipment needed for the demonstration and resume.


Additive Manufacturing

Contest Coordinator:  Charles Hildebrand

Note: Design file must be emailed by March 27, 2023 by 5pm CST to [email protected]. Subject line should read ADMNF (FULL NAME) DESIGN.  Click here for 2023 contest guidelines. 

Design for 3D printing a project that meets specific criteria that focus on form, fit, and function. This contest will include a written test.

On contest day, students must submit:

  1. Engineering Notebook (see guidelines)
  2. 3D printed design files
  3. Printed part (provided by contest chair day of contest)
  4. Presentation of design

Materials to be Provided by Competitor:

  •  3D design submitted by 5pm CST March 27 see abobe
  • Computer system with computer design software capable of rendering files in STL or CMB format. Software must be able to operate without network connections to your school.
  • Thumb drive loaded with 3D design
  • Engineering notebook and pencils or pens
  • Presentation

Required Equipment: Additional Equipment: Dial Calipers, tape measure or measuring device, files or sandpaper, small toolbox is allowed along with glue if needed.

Team Size: team of 2


Advertising Design

Contest Coordinator: Dana Wright

Prompt: “Coffee Shop Open Mic Night” Description: Create a cohesive advertising campaign that includes a Poster, Social Media Graphic, and Postcard to promote an Open Mic Night at a local coffee shop.

Ideas can only be on paper, no actual design work can be done prior to competition.

Required Equipment: Students need to bring their own laptop with charger, licensed software – Adobe (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, PDF reader), surge protector, extension cord, Sketchbook and pens/pencils, and computer mouse.


Architectural Blueprint Reading (SO)

Contest Coordinator: Amy Stuart
The architectural blueprint reading contest will require students to answer questions regarding a provided residential set of house plans. The questions that will be directed to the contestants will come directly from a set of plans which will consist of site plans, foundation plans, framing plans, sections, elevations and electrical plans. The questions will be looking for specific specifications, dimensions, quantities and symbols. Contestant will also be required to measure supplied segments with an architectural scale.

Additional Information: Students will be provided with a blueprint.

Required Equipment: Students will need to bring a pencil, eraser, calculator, Architect’s scale and ruler.

Architectural Drafting

Contest Coordinator: Brad Brandenberg
The contest will include a written test assessing general knowledge of architecture and drafting. Written portions may also exist during the skills portion of the contest. Knowledge of terms and principles used in the architecture profession will be required for the skill demonstration portion of the contest. Students will need to bring:
  • Laptops
  • Software including PDF creating software
  • Pen, pencil, Eraser
  • Architectural scale
  • Calculator
  • Pin Drive

Required Equipment: Registrants will supply computer, software, Extension cord and resume’

Team Size: limit 4 students per school


Audio/Radio Production

Contest Coordinator: Brian Gallagher
Click here to view 2023 state competition. The Competition tests the participants in news/copy/production/editing/timely preparation. Students will need to bring:
  • Laptop equipped with audio editing software
  • Headphones for direct listening
  • USB drive for submission of finished product
  • Writing tools of your choice (pen/pencil/paper)
  • Digital audio recorder w/audio cable
  • One page typewritten resume (turned in w/audio)
  • Surge-protected power strip

Required Equipment: Registrants will supply computer, software and Extension cord

Team Size: team of 2


Automated Manufacturing

Contest Coordinator: Todd Jacobson

Click here for 2023 guidelines. 


Additional Information: Please verify your machine uses 120 volt 20 amp electrical service.

Required Equipment: Team will supply computers, Mill and Cords, See guidelines for additional equipment

Team Size: team of 3


Automotive Refinishing Technology

Contest Coordinator: Chuck Sanson

The competition will consist of properly prepping a repair area for primer surfacer application, and applying primer surfacer. Properly apply masking products to a fender and door that are on a vehicle to mask for refinishing. Properly prepare primer spot repair area for refinishing. Prepare panel for spot repair, apply primer sealer, basecoat, blend basecoat, and clearcoat entire panel to complete your repair.

Students will need to bring approved safety glasses or side shields on prescription glasses, safety shoes/boots, and all other personal safety devices to include respirators. Body Repair Respirator-3M07182 or 3M07183 and Paint Respirator-3M07191,3M07192, or 3M07193

One copy of resume


Automotive Service Technology

Contest Coordinator: Craig Korte
The competition will include a series of workstations. Workstations consist of a vehicle and/or simulators, components, service publications, and interpersonal skills stations (such as Customer Service and Job Interview). The competition will include a written knowledge test which will be comprised of diagnostic and repair content from these skill areas: engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drivetrain and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic steering, heating and air conditioning and engine performance.

Additional Information: (limit 4 students per school)

Required Equipment: Students will need to bring Pencil, safety glasses and appropriate footwear.


Baking and Pastry Arts

Contest Coordinator: Maybell Galusha

To evaluate each competitor’s preparation for employment in the food service industry and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the baking and pastry arts field.

Students must be in proper uniform or they will be docked points on their final score. Recipes will be provided.

Click here for the 2023 Tentative Baking & Pastry Schedule and Guidelines.

Click here for Tool List 2023



Additional Information: Limit of one contestant per school – send names of 2nd and 3rd to Greg. There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 6:30pm

Required Equipment: Do not forget your resume


Basic Health Care Skills

Contest Coordinator: Diane Stevenson

Students should have a resume prepared and will fill out a job application for an interview the day of the contest. Skills that will be observed are skills related to patient safety such as hand hygiene and transferring, bed mobility and ambulation as well as collection of vital signs. A test will be given the day of the contest that will include legal and ethical issues in nursing, cultural diversity and nursing care as well as questions related to anatomy and physiology. Each contestant should have a health care related presentation of 5-7 minutes. This presentation can be done with a laptop computer or with visual aides.

Additional Information: Bring resume to competition along with laptop or visual aides for presentation.


Bridge Building (SO)

Contest Coordinator: Corey Tompkins
Bridges and dimensioned drawings are to be completed prior to competition day. Load testing the bridges are conducted the day of competition. There are no specific tasks or tools needed at the day of the competition. Bridges are to be built per bridge building contest regulations. Be sure to review pictures in Section VI Testing (on pages 3 and 4) of contest regulations to understand the rod and loading block physical requirements used for loading. Include the contestant entry number, which is assigned during registration, on the drawing and bridge to identify for testing. Bridges are to be checked-in at the bridge building competition site/booth between 8am-10am Friday morning.



Contest Coordinator: Tim Shirmer
Click here for the mandatory Safety Certification. Tools/Equipment list each student competitor needs to bring for this contest from 2023:
  1. Cordless 3/8″ Drill or electric Drill with 25′ extension cord and power strip
  2. Phillips #2 bit and smaller drill bitsCordless pin nailer (optional)
  3. Philips #2 bit and smaller drill bits
  4. Hammer
  5. Measuring Tape
  6. Combination Square
  7. Speed Square
  8. Framing Square
  9. Pencils
  10. Nail sets
  11. Utility knife
  12. Hand Saw (optional)
  13. Quick Clamps, c-clamp, bar or pipe clamps of various sizes (will need to clamp project size of at least 30″)
  14. Screw Drivers (Philips and Flat)
  15. Sanding Block
  16. Various grit sand paper for finish sanding
  17. Small bottle of glue
  18. Calculator
  19. One-page Resume

Additional Information: limit 2 students per school. There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 6:30pm


Career Pathways Showcase

Contest Coordinator: Jessica Hendricks
Student teams will use their course of study as the basis of a project that will benefit their class, school, community, or industry. The project must highlight an aspect of their career cluster training. Upon completion of the project, the students will develop a display and use it within their community to explain their training and their project. This contest will judge mastery of their training, its application, the project’s benefit to their community, and display and presentation techniques. All standards and guidelines of the 2022-2023 Technical Standards will be followed.

Additional Information: Teams should be present for entire competition time perios.

Team Size: team of 3



Contest Coordinator: Todd Enck

Click here for the mandatory Safety Certification.

Framing and trim exercise according to the national technical standards.

Only the tools on the equipment list are allowed. There should be no sharing of tools or equipment between contestants. Sharing of tools will result in loss of all tool points and may cause disqualification.

Prefabricated saw horses and hard hats are not provided.

Additional Information: limit 4 students per school

Required Equipment: Contestants should bring 25′ extension cord and hard hat. Contestants are to provide their own sawhorses or they may cut materials in a safe manor on the floor.


Chapter Business Procedure

Contest Coordinator: Lynn Kaufmann
Student teams demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary procedures related to material found in Roberts Rules of Order. Teams are to demonstrate a business meeting according to the order of business published in Robert’s Rules of Order. Motions and their proper handling of each motion is the most important. The team’s should also discuss these motions, providing effective information on each motion. This is equally important along with the correct usage of the motions.

Additional Information: (Jr. Div. 9-10th Grades is State Only)

Team Size: team of 6


Chapter Display

Contest Coordinator: Jessica Henricks
Design and construct a promotional exhibit that is built around and articulates the SkillsUSA national theme. Displays should be cohesive and well thought out. Follow the national standards on display requirements. Students must present for the duration of the judging as judges may have follow up questions after viewing your exhibit.

Additional Information: All Team members to be interviewed, must be present for duration of competition

Team Size: team of 1-3

CNC (2-Axis Turning Programmer, 3-Axis Milling Programmer, Programmer)

Contest Coordinator: Travis Johnson

Contestants will need to be ready to compete by 8:00am on Friday morning.

Each contestant will be required to successfully program a part on the Haas simulator, accurately measure and record the measurements of part gauges using various machine shop tools, and also take a multiple choice exam covering basic machine shop practices. Cumulative scores of the three phases of the contest will determine the winner of the competition.

Collision Damage Appraisal

Contest Coordinator: James Rodis

The competition includes a series of competencies to assess skills in the following areas:

  • Vehicle Diagnostic Scanning
  • two computerized estimates/appraisals on frontal damage including unibody damage and light mechanical damage and rear damage including quarter panel replacement
  • “virtual” estimate prepared from images assessing virtual (remote) estimating skill
  • a total loss vehicle inspection report vehicle evaluation including digital images associated with all computerized estimating and total loss evaluation.

The competitors will also participate in a mock estimator/customer interaction and interview.

Required Equipment: Resume

Collision Repair Technology

Contest Coordinator: Emily Workman
Supplied by contestant:
  • Cartridge-type respirator
  • Safety Glasses
  • Welding helmet
  • Welding respirator
  • Skull caps
  • Welding goggles
  • Welding gloves
  • Welding jacket
  • Tape measure
  • DA Sanders
  • Sanding blocks
  • Hammer & Dollys

Required Equipment: Students will need to bring eye protection, safety shoes/boots, and all other personal safety devices.


Commercial sUAS Drone 2 – Advanced

Contest Coordinator: Derek Hays

Click here to view the 2023 Drone Technology Team Guide for both Basic and Advanced.

Click here for the Drone Study Guide for the written test.

Additional resources:

Drone Power Point Presentation

Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot and Private Pilot(pdf)


Railroad Drones (Uses, Legal Issues, Solutions, etc.)

Drones that you might consider are: (pictures in the team guide)

  • JJRC H31
  • Quadtone Tumbler 2.0
  • Many larger drones have been reduced in price.

Additional Information: State Only Competition HS Only

Team Size: team of 2


Commercial sUAS Drone I – Basic (State-Only)

Contest Coordinator: Derek Hays

Click here to view the 2023 Drone Technology Team Guide for Basic.

Click here to view the study guide.

Additional resources:


Drone Power Point Presentation

Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement for Sport Pilot, Recreational Pilot, Remote Pilot and Private Pilot(pdf)


Railroad Drones (Uses, Legal Issues, Solutions, etc.)

Drones that you might consider are: (pictures in the team guide)

  • JJRC H31
  • Quadtone Tumbler 2.0
  • Many larger drones have been reduced in price.

Additional Information: State Only Competition HS Only

Team Size: team of 2


Community Service

Contest Coordinator: Melissa DeLaet & Karen Rathke

The community service competition evaluates local chapter activities that benefit the communities while becoming productive community members. SkillsUSA chapters present their best community service project for the year. Competitors are evaluated on a professional portfolio that details their chapter’s community service project and on a presentation to a panel of judges. The competencies that are evaluated are based on the team’s professionalism in the visual representation of the project, designing and implementing an engaging presentation, and effective delivery of that presentation.

The chapter will organize the year’s community service activities and present its best community service project to a panel of judges. Only one project may be presented during the school year. Notebooks containing information about more than one project within the school year will not be judged.

The notebook and presentation should represent a community service project that was conceived, planned and completed during the current school year. Professionals like companies not related directly to projects or High Stakeholders within your district are no longer accepted as letters of recognition.

Note: Although involvement of the entire school is encouraged, the project must clearly be organized and conducted by the active SkillsUSA chapter.

Additional Information: All Team members to be interviewed. Remember that official SkillsUSA dress or Business-Like Attire is required.

Required Equipment: Students will need to bring laptop and adapter for LCD projector if needed.

Team Size: team of 3


Computer Programming

Contest Coordinator: Joe Gray
The Co Contestants will be provided with a series of project requirements that a program they write will be required to meet. That program is to be written during the allotted competition timeframe using a computer contestants provide and physical references or manuals either provided by the contestant or the contest coordinator – no online materials will be permitted. A contestant will have a fixed number of attempts to have their program validated before submission to judges. Aside from meeting requirments, a Contestant’s program will be evaluated for other criteria such as completeness, correctness of output, validation of input, internal documentation, efficiency of code, and quality of work. The following are approved programming languages for this year’s competition: Java, C++, Visual Basic, RPG, C#, Python, and Javascript.

Additional Information: A contestant will have a fixed number of attempts to have their program validated before submission to judges. Aside from meeting requirements, a contestant’s program will be evaluated for other criteria such as completeness, correctness of output, validation of input, internal documentation, efficiency of code, and quality of work. The following are approved programming languages for this year’s competition: Java, C++, Visual Basic, RPG, C#, Python, and Javascript.

Required Equipment: Student will need to bring laptop computer, software, language/programming reference and pencils/paper for test. No online materials will be permitted – this includes Kindles, Nooks, or any other eReader!

Construction/Ag-Diesel (SO)

Contest Coordinator: Elliot Grosshans

Contestants will cycle through a minimum of 10 stations, each testing knowledge in the following areas: 

  • Live Engine Technology
  • Electrical Skills
  • Hydraulics
  • Power train Systems
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Basic Brake Systems
  • A/C Systems
  • Precision Measuring
  • Precision Planting Equipment
  • General Shop Skills.

Each contestant will also perform an “on-site” Job Interview, and will complete written tests for each station.



Contest Coordinator: Ken Broekemeier

2023 Competition Information and supply list.

Mannequins and a Mannequin stand will be provided and ready to go for each participant on the day of the competition.

Scope of the competition

Additional Information: Mannequin with stands will be provided.

Required Equipment: See supply list.


Crime Scene Investigation

Contest Coordinator: Sgt. Josh Moline
Your team will be sent to a crime scene where you will need to properly document the scene, collect evidence, and process evidence. After you have completed processing the scene you will need to properly document what you have collected. Information and equipment list.

Additional Information: Limit: 2 teams per school

Required Equipment: See information and equipment list

Team Size: team of 3


Criminal Justice

Contest Coordinator: Officer Tyler Noel 

2023 Scenario available here. Contest Coordinator will be setting up a zoom meeting with competitors to discuss expectations.

Competition will begin promptly at 8:00 AM on Friday April 14th, 2023. Please arrive early.

Competitors will take a written knowledge test with one hour time limit.  The test will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and scenario based multiple choice questions. They will then participate in three entry level law enforcement scenarios. Scenarios will be judged by seasoned law enforcement officers and will take 15-30 minutes each.

Students should be aware of how officers conduct and write citations for basic traffic stops for moving violations and subsequent violations during the stop. Competitors should also be able to perform simple investigations and have knowledge of the relating state statutes to include but not limited to; Suspicious person, Trespassing (28-520 & 28-521), Criminal Mischief (28-519,28-524), Burglary (28-507), theft (28-511), and Assault 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Degree (28-308,309, 310).

Competitors will be scored in the following areas; officer safety, communication and interpersonal skills, radio use (records checks on subjects), fact/information gathering, and decision making. Students will be asked to submit their field notes at the conclusion of their scenarios.

Students will be required to complete a minimum of a 4 hour ride along, or to be a member of a law enforcement explorer post or to have served as an intern in a law enforcement agency. They will be required to bring documentation attesting to the same to competition on Friday. They will be directed to discuss and review specific topic areas with the officer(s) they ride along with. These topic areas will relate directly to the test and competition.

Additional Information: Attire is business casual or a SkillsUSA jacket or shirt (not event tshirt)

Culinary Arts

Contest Coordinator: Montana Childress & Susan Nickerson
Scope of Contest, Culinary Schedule, Clothing Requirement, and Tool/Equipment List for 2023 to be available soon. 2022 Scope of Contest – Post Secondary 2022 Scope of Contest-Secondary

Additional Information: There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 6:30pm


Customer Service

Contest Coordinator: Michelle Setlik
The contest has 2 parts. The first part is a written examination. For the second part, participants will be given a customer service scenario they are expected to respond to in front of a panel of judges.

Required Equipment: Resume’

Cyber Security

Contest Coordinator: Enrique Regalado-Aguilera

The contest is defined by industry standards as determined from elements of the NIST publication “800-181 Cyber Security Workforce Framework.”

Framework categories include:
• Securely Provision (SP)
• Operate and Maintain (OM)
• Protect and Defend (PR)

Contestants will take an examination covering their knowledge of common cyber security tenets as defined by the objectives of CompTIA’s Security+ or ETA’s ITS certifications. The contestants will also work through several skills tasks. The tasks are designed to provide a variety of cyber security challenges based on the recommended best practices of the industry.

The Combined Component Workbench listed under supplied by the competitor section is the: Connected Components Workbench from Rockwell International.

Team Size: team of 2


Diesel Equipment Technology

Contest Coordinator: Kenny Smith & Keith Lund

The Diesel Equipment Technology contest will consist of hands-on test of skills pertaining to theory, application and repair of heavy-duty diesel trucks.

Possible stations that a student may see during the competition are but not limited to:

Diesel Engine Electrical, Diesel Engine Mechanical, 5th Wheel Operation and inspection, DOT Inspection, Shop Skills (thread repair and bolt extraction), HVAC identification and diagnostics, Electrical Troubleshooting (Digital Multimeter will be used to test Available voltage and Voltage drops), Precision Measurement (Micrometer fundamentals), Job Interview, Wheel End (wheel bearing adjustments), Manual Transmission, Steering and suspension systems.

Students will need to bring safety glasses, steel toe shoes, and pants. Students will need a Resume in hand to summit for the Interview station.

Required Equipment: bring safety glasses, steel toe shoes, pants and resume


Digital Cinema Production

Contest Coordinator: Joe Dean Lacy

The contest will be divided into three portions: a script or storyboard assignment to be completed in teams of two people, an interview with one or more judges and a short video (four-and-one-half to five minutes in length) that will be filmed and edited on site (meaning all work must be done between contest briefing and designated turn-in-time).

All footage must be acquired after the contest has begun and must be filmed within the area specified by the field assignment.

Click here for the scope of the competition.


  • One-page resume
  • Any camera that can shoot video
  • A microphone for recording audio
  • Copyright-free music or licensed music with proof of license for each song and/or sound effect used
  • Script or storyboard of the video
  • Computer with editing software
  • A USB Thumb drive to transfer the final video


Team Size: team of 2


Early Childhood Education

Contest Coordinator: Jackie Zeckser
The skill performance of this competition consists of three parts:
  1. Ability to interview and answer questions pertaining to working in a childcare facility.
  2. Ability to create and implement a developmentally appropriate lesson in an assigned curricular area.
  3. Ability to demonstrate a developmentally appropriate literary reading.
The competition could include a multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, written exam assessing knowledge of early childhood education and quality childcare. There is an orientation Thursday evening


Electrical Construction Wiring

Contest Coordinator: Roy Lamb

Installing electrical equipment, boxes, wiring and supports according to the national technical standards.

Click here to view the required Tool List from 2023.

There will be no extra tools or equipment available.


Additional Information: There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 5:30pm, need to bring 2020 National Electrical Code book to meeting for written exam.


Engineering Technology

Contest Coordinator: Jake Neujahr

A team of three students demonstrate their ability to design an innovative engineering project and present those ideas along with a display and live model. During the presentation, students are judged on their performance as a professional team, presentation of their project to a panel of judges from the engineering field, their storyboard presentation model, and the overall effect of the presentation.

Team Size: team of 3


Extemporaneous Speaking

Contest Coordinator: Brent Adrian

The contest requires contestants to give a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic with five minutes of advance preparation. Contestants enter the preparation area one at a time, where they are given a speech topic. They are judged on voice, mechanics, platform deportment, organization and effectiveness.

This competition has high school, C/T, State Only and Middle School divisions.

The reference materials used in this competition can be found in the SkillsUSA Educational Store which include: SkillsUSA Member Handbook and SkillsUSA Framework Fundamentals Cards: Framework Fundamentals: Teaching Strategies for Essential Elements/TG

Middle School will start at 6:30pm on Thursday with high school competitors starting at 7:00pm.

Additional Information: (Jr. Div. 9-10th Grades is State Only)

Required Equipment: Pen or pencil along with a 1-page resume



Contest Coordinator: Harvey Langrehr

This competition will be held at City Fire Station #1 at Fonner Park.

The competitors will need to bring.  A set of bunker gear.  This includes a jacket, pants, boots, hood, helmet and gloves.  A set of comfortable workout type clothes and shoes for the physical agility test.  And a nice shirt and pants for the interview process. 

Please review the 2023 note from the Contest Coordinator. 

Required Equipment: Read 2023 note.


First Aid/CPR

Contest Coordinator:  Josh Webb
Competitors will be managing 2 patients.
  1. Person down (one imaginary first aid and CPR cetified person to assist.)
  2. Person struck by a baseball bat.
Please study Adult and infant CPR as well as bleeding control and when to apply a tourniquet. Students will also need to know how to properly dispose of an epinephrine pen. Students are to wear comfortable clothing such as nice jeans, conference tshirt, and tennis shoes. They will be getting on the floor to perform tasks. Students may want to tie long hair back.

Additional Information: You must have approved certifications in CPR/AED & First Aid with you to turn in at the contest in order to compete

Required Equipment: Gloves


Health Knowledge Bowl

Contest Coordinator: Gracie Davis

This competition will test teams of students on their collective knowledge within the healthcare system. Teams are judged on accuracy of answering questions in a variety of categories including:  anatomy and physiology; medical terminology, healthcare procedures, healthcare systems; employability skills; legal responsibility; ethics; safety practices; current events related to Healthcare; communication and teamwork.

Teams will demonstrate communication skills, teamwork, problem-solving and time management skills by determining and presenting the answer to each question presented during the quiz bowl portion of the competition.

Required Equipment: 60 sheets of paper 8 1/2″ x 11″, a number of black and/or blue pens, pencils and black markers, a calculator (not on cell phone) and each member must have a 1-page resume.

Team Size: team of 4


Heavy Equipment – State Only

Contest Coordinator: Jason Baker
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. Review the Skill Performance Project for more information. This contest will consist of 8 competitions.
  • Wheel Skid Loader Pre-op inspection/Component/ Control Identification
  • Wheel Skid Loader change attachments and obstacle course
  • Backhoe Pre-op inspection/Component/ Control Identification
  • Backhoe Trenching
  • Compact (track) Skid Loader Pre-op inspection/Component/ Control Identification
  • Compact (track) Skid Loader Backfill/Grading
  • Proper Shutdown of each machine.
  • 50 question written test

Required Equipment: Students must bring a hard Hat, safety vest, steel/composite toe work boots and their Resume.


Contest Coordinator: Greg Geis

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.

Required Equipment: Safety glasses, gloves, 1-Page Resume and hand-held calculator (no cell phones)


Industrial Motor Control

Contest Coordinator: Anthony Hoffman

Students will need to interpret information necessary to repair a ladder diagram so they can wire a motor starter/ contactor based on the drawing. Students will need to bend 1/2 inch conduit.

Students will need to bring their electrical pouch tools which must include wire identification numbers,  screwdrivers, terminating screwdrivers, wire strippers, multimeter, tape measure, level, pencil, safety glasses clear, and cut resistance gloves, electrical rated boots, a hard hat and cordless drill with Phillips’s bit and a ½ inch conduit bender and hack saw. Added tools conduit reamer tool and Philips screw driver(s)

A contest shirt and identification badge must be worn to competition, along with electrical rated boots and long-legged pants (If your boots are not electrical rated a 10-point reduction will be assessed to your final grade and you then can compete). Contestants will need 1-page resume.

This contest starts promptly at 8 am you must be at the contest site by this time.


Information Technology Services

Contest Coordinator: Philip Kuhl
The contest is defined by industry standards as determined from elements of the CompTIA A+ including elements of Network+ and Security+ guides. There will be a written/online exam with 50 questions covering all areas of the standards in the A+ exam. Three additional hands on stations will cover identification of tools and equipment, hands on technical problem resolution, and a help desk interview covering customer service, troubleshooting and issue resolution. Coordinator will provide laptops, desktop, hand tools, and computer parts.

Required Equipment: Students need to bring pencil and scratch paper


Contest Coordinator: Ryan O’Neill

The contest focuses on testing the networking knowledge and hands-on ability of the competitors. 

The 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. Part three will be a case study of network design.

Required Equipment: Safety glasses. Can bring own crimper and tester but they will be provided.

Job Interview

Contest Coordinator: Heidi Isley

Each individual will have an opportunity to compete in a Job Interview and will need to submit a resume and application prior to the competition for the specific position below. Students should also bring resume and references to the competition. Judges will provide resume and interview feedback to the students upon completion of the interview.

Here is the Job Description and application.

Email fillable PDF application (available soon) and resumes to [email protected] with the subject line as: “2023 (Your full name) Resume” by March 14, 2023.

Additional Information: Students should also bring resume and references to the competition. Sponsor to review feedback with student after competition.


Job Skills Demo

Contest Coordinator: Tonja Brown

Contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training.

Competitors in Job Skill A:  Must demonstrate a career objective in an occupational area that is included in one of the contest areas of the SkillsUSA Championships.

Competitors in Job Skill Open:  Any technical skill may be demonstrated, from outside the training program of the participant.


  • 8am – Job Skill Demo both A and Open – High School
  • 10am – Job Skill – State Only
  • 11am – Job Skill A – Middle School
  • 12pm – Job Skill Open – Middle School
  • 12:30pm – Job Skill Open – College

Times are subject to change. Both middle school and college contestants need to check in 30 minutes before their time to see if times have changed.

Additional Information: (see Technical Standards)


Contest Coordinator: Scott Krosschell

Build a masonry wall using the design provided during competition.

Block, brick, mortar, and mortar boards will be provided.

Additional Information: Contestants should also bring a one-page resume.

Required Equipment: Student will need to bring one trowel, two levels (24″&48″), One “S” 3/8″ jointer, brick hammer, two 6-foot folding rules (1 modular & 1 standard), one brush one brick chisel, and pencil.



Contest Coordinator: Allen Stenzel

There is an orientation on Thursday evening at 6:00pm for the college contestants!

High School Contest:

All events have a time limited.

Written Test: The test will cover areas in Electronics, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Electrical control systems and Mechanical.

Build to Print: The contestants will do 2 builds. The contestants will be given a diagram, a box of parts and a description to build from. Build one is a pure pneumatic circuit. Build 2 is an electro pneumatic circuit. Component Types: Cylinders, Pneumatic Valves, Electro Pneumatic Valves, Flow controls, Sensors, Pushbuttons, Selector Switches, Limit Switches, Relays, AND Logic, Or Logic, etc.

Trouble shooting:  The contestants will be given a prebuilt machine with a fault in it.  The Contestant will have to diagnose the problem and explain how they fixed the fault.

College Contest:  

Contestants will assemble, program and commission an automated station similar to a Festo MPS Station within a specified time frame. Contestants will provide their own PLC/PAC with 16 24vdc digital Inputs and 16 24vdc Outputs. They will need to source 2 Syslink cables capable of connecting the PLC/PAC to the Festo MPS station. Coordinator can provide day of contest if needed. Contestant will need to provide their own programming device for their PLC/PAC.  


Required Equipment: All students will need to bring safety glasses. College students only: Supplied PLC assemblies, basic hand tools and digital multimeter

Team Size: team of 2


Medical Assisting

Contest Coordinator: Michel McKinney
There will be 5 parts of the MEDA contest.
  1. Medical Assisting written exam
  2. Medical asepsis hand washing skills
  3. Measuring adult pulse
  4. Measuring blood pressure skill
  5. Interview, resume, references
Please bring someone to be your patient to do vital signs on.

Required Equipment: Students will need to bring a working stethoscope, watch with second hand, resume with references, pencil/pen and paper to record vital signs, and patient to do vital signs on


Medical Math

Contest Coordinator: Lucas Waggoner
Contestants demonstrate their knowledge of general math concepts used in the healthcare fields. They will complete a written test that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, Intake and output, metric and household equivalents, Roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, the ability to read syringe units among other medical math-related problems.

Required Equipment: Students need to bring calculator (not smart phone) and pencils. Do not forget resume.


Medical Terminology

Contest Coordinator: Kira Friedrichsen

To evaluate the knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations of an individual preparing for employment in the health occupations fields. 

This will be a timed 2 hour multiple choice test consisting of 100 questions.

Required Equipment: Be sure to bring a couple of pencils and resume

Metric 500 (SO)

Contest Coordinator: TBA
Contestants will build a CO2 car to state specifications. The car will be raced once with the top 8 fastest times advancing to the competition. A detailed drawing plan of the car is required for judging. The overall winner will be graded on plans, appearance and speed. Click here for technical standards. Cars to be checked in Thursday night from 5:30-7 pm at competition location.

Additional Information: limit 4 students per school


Mobile Robotics Technology

Contest Coordinatr: Matt Wichman
The game manuals for the 2023 Mobile Robotics Technology competition are available below:

Additional Information: Limit 2 teams per school

Required Equipment: Teams will bring robot – this is a Closed VEX competition – not Open

Team Size: team of 2


Motorcycle Service Technology

Contest Coordinator: Paul Brusegaard

Competitors 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; and powertrain systems. Judges will look for clean and organized work habits, the correct use of reference materials, the ability to follow directions and good technical skills.

Required Equipment: Safety glasses, DVOM meter, pencil(s) and note pad


Mouse Trap Vehicles (SO)

Contest Coordinator: Chris Salberg

Technical standards are below.





National T-Shirt Design

Contest Coordinator: Wendy Carlson

On the day of competition, students should bring a resume and be prepared for a 5-7 minute oral presentation of concept of design and be able to answer questions. 

This is the national competition. The national winner will go on to compete at nationals and the design will be worn by the Nebraska delegation at the next national conference. This is different from the state competition which is voted by our delegates, awarded a state medal and the design will be worn at the next state conference.

Students will need to submit a 8×11 rendering of the t-shirt design to [email protected] with the subject line as: 2023 National Design (Your full name) by April 7th, 2023.


Nursing Assisting

Contest Coordinator: Adriane Ogden

The Nursing Assisting competition will evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment in the field of nurse assisting by providing a resume, CPR certification card, meeting the clothing requirement, complete a written knowledge exam, skill performance of patient transfer from wheelchair to commode, skills performance of emergency response to choking, skills performance of interview skills, and skills performance of  vital signs and intake and output measurement for a client. 

Required Equipment: Student will need to bring a resume, copy of CPR card, pencil, and small notebook.


Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Contest Coordinator: Tony Glenn
Contestants must be in official SkillsUSA dress as described in the Technical Standards.  All other equipment will be provided. Open to a team of seven active SkillsUSA members. The team need not be composed of offiers. The competition is a demonstration of the SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Ceremonies conducted according to the script and description as printed in the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards. Each team is composed of seven team members. A team of 6 can compete with a deduction.

Team Size: team of 7



Contest Coordinator: Erika Thiele

Submit TWO board-mounted prints taken with a DSLR camera with following criteria: Click here for your 2023 contest criteria.

**** CELL PHONE PHOTOS ARE NOT PERMITTED! Cellphone photos will be an instant disqualification. Photoshop Required! ****

Student must pass a multiple choice test of photographic knowledge with a 70% or higher. The test
will include questions on Photographic history, lighting, lenses, camera parts, settings, and more.

A field assignment will be given ONLY to those that pass the exam described above. This
assignment is an opportunity to showcase camera and photoshop skills.

Additional Information: Limit: 3 per school.

Required Equipment: Contests will provide Laptop, Adobe Photshop CS4+ or higher, DSLR camera with compatible lens, extra batteries and charging cables, an 8gb+ memory card for camera, a blank USB memory stick, card reader or camera cable, 2 print competition images and print description sheet (see contest requirements), pencil


Pin Design

Contest Coordinator: 

The competition is designed to assess the competitor’s ability to design and produce a trading pin concept for their State SkillsUSA Association. 


  1. All entries must be rendered in color (full color or two-color). Preferably, entries will be created in a design software package such as Illustrator, or Photoshop. However, contestants are permitted to use equivalent open-source software such as Inkscape, Gimp, etc. Licensed software such as the Corel suite, Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, etc. is also acceptable. Entries may also be hand-drawn, painted or rendered in colored pencils or markers.
  2. All entries should be submitted on a single 8.5″x11″ page with two sizes: 7″ and 1-1/2″. Both sizes must be  identical. A copy for judging must be turned in at registration Thursday. The larger 7″ version is for showing greater detail. The smaller 1-1/2″ version is to show what the actual pin will look like at pin size. The larger version must be 7″ wide or 7″ tall on its largest dimension for judging. The smaller version must be 1-1/2″ wide or 1-1/2″ tall on its largest dimension to show how the actual pin will look at pin size. Deductions will be taken for each size version as follows: Every 1/4″ over or under on the 7″ version and every 1/8″ over or under on the 1-1/2″ version. Wording on the pin must reference the name of the State, the year, and SkillsUSA. Note that both sizes should be readable, but especially at the 1-1/2″ actual pin size. Your contestant number must be placed on your submitted artwork. The SkillsUSA emblem or SkillsUSA logo (or elements of either) should not appear on the pin. The name SkillsUSA must be used and the proper spelling must be as shown (SkillsUSA is one word; accurate use of capitalization is required to represent the brand’s standards.)
  3. The design must be the original concept of the student. Use of the students’ own original photos, drawings or digital art is highly recommended. Designs may be constructed of small amounts of Creative Commons licensed material, material in the public domain, or commercial stock images. These materials must be accompanied by proof of license and must provide attribution to credit the originator.
  4. Designs that violate copyright laws are subject to elimination.
  5. A total of only 6 colors are allowed.

Pin designs are pre-screened and then voted on by our delegates, awarded a state medal and the design will be worn at the next national conference.

Additional Information: Designs are for 2024

Required Equipment: Middle School Conference winners are included in this competition



Contest Coordinator: Chandler Cannon
There will be a written test on basic plumbing, an oral interview with resume. Must prepare for installation of sanitary waste and vent and potable water piping Contestants will need to bring: 2023 Tool and Clothing List  


Power Equipment Technology

Contest Coordinator: Wayne Cross & Lynn Kaufmann

Click HERE for th 2023 Tool List & Scope of the Contest

Click here for Resume Example. Resume must be submitted via email by 4/5/23 to , see Tool List & Scope of the contest for email address.

Additional Information: There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 7:00pm, test will be taken after meeting. Contestants must have: pencil, calculator, and Safety Glasses.

Required Equipment: Safety Glasses, calculator and pencil


Precision Machining Technology SO

Contest Coordinator: Brandon Barwick

This competition is at Career Pathways Institute.

Written test of general shop knowledge, converting fractions to decimals-NO calculators on test. Precision measuring test with test blocks, manual mill and manual lathe project. Turning, milling, drilling and tapping included. Calculator can be used on the machining projects. Any questions or needing past years projects contact Brandon (402) 469-4648 or [email protected].

Coordinator will bring measuring and cutting tools.

Additional Information: State Only Contest – HS and C/T. There is an orientation starting at 5:30pm on Thursday night, this is not required but highly recommended. This gives everyone a chance to look at the machines and get all questions out of the way before the competition on Friday.

Required Equipment: Students will need to bring safety glasses.


Prepared Speech

Contest Coordinator: Mary Ingram & Brenda Kucera
The topic to be addressed by contestants is our theme “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now2023 SkillsUSA Competition Theme


Promotional Bulletin Board

Contest Coordinator: Jessica Henricks

Create a clear promotional board which promotes the national theme, organization, career and technical education, and related occupational information. Bulletin boards should be creative, organized, well constructed and informative. The bulletin board should follow one cohesive theme and be well thought out. Students must present for the duration of the judging as judges may have follow-up questions regarding your bulletin board.

The topic to be addressed by contestants in the 2023 SkillsUSA Promotional Bulletin Board competition is our theme, “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now”

All standards and guidelines of the 2022-2023 Technical Standards will be followed

Additional Information: All team members must be present from 9am-12pm to be interviewed

Required Equipment: bring board support device

Team Size: team of 1-3

Quiz Bowl

Contest Coordinator: Major Amanda Schmid

2023 Guidelines available soon. 

The brackets will be assembled randomly. 2023 brackest available soon.

Additional Information: Limit – 1 HS team per school

Required Equipment: Please see the SkillsUSA Nebraska Dress Requirements for approved dress code options.

Team Size: team of 5

Restaurant Service

Contest Coordinator: Rey Lopez

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.

Students will need to bring a pen, pencil, calculator, table crumber, lighter, and wine key.


Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue

Contest Coordinator: Richard Chrisman

Event Overview: A two-member team builds its robot and arm mechanism prior to the competition. Then, during the competition, there will be two separate but related challenges. The first will be a demonstration of proficiency in five specific skill test challenges. The second is a simulated urban search and rescue mission to traverse a course and locate, secure, and properly dispose of ordnances. Both challenges will require teams to demonstrate proficiencies such as remotely operating the robot via camera, navigating, manipulating the arm mechanism to collect simulated ordnances, traversing various types of terrain, and communicating between driver and spotter. Each team will perform one round of the five skill trials and one round of the simulated mission to locate and dispose of two ordnances. In both challenges, teams will be under time constraints to complete the objective. Challenge breakdown is as follows. Note: See Appendix for technical details of each skill challenge 2023 Urban Search and Rescue Challenge Team Guide.

The five identified skills challenge areas are:

  1. Arm Mechanism Skill Challenge:
    a. Teams will demonstrate how effective they can open mailboxes and remove ordnance at three levels of increasing difficulty.
  2. Navigation Skill Challenge:
    a. Teams will demonstrate basic navigation skills while controlling an ordnance by driving to specified areas of the field.
  3. Drive Chassis Skill Challenge:
    a. Teams will navigate multilevel terrain challenges to test the engineering of their chassis and overall robot design. (Examples might be driving up smooth ramps, or rough ramps, a teeter totter, or a debris field, and so on.)
  4. Camera POV Skill Challenge:
    a. Teams will demonstrate their Tele-Op/remote control driving proficiency using only POV (point of view) information transmitted from an onboard camera by navigating through a complex tunnel.
  5. Communication and Collaboration Skill Challenge:
    a. Teams will demonstrate communication and collaboration skills by navigating a course using only direction from a spotter. This simulates a potential hardware failure on a robot where the driver must depend only on information from the spotter for successful completion of the challenge.

Additional Information: Teams should review the Urban Search and Rescue Challenge Team Guide

Required Equipment: Teams will bring robot w/ camera and remote controller, completed Engineering notebook, safety glases, toolbox w/spare parts, and a pen/pencil for test.

Team Size: team of 2

Sheet Metal

Contest Coordinator: Greg Geis

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. Click here for the 2022 tool list. 2023 tool list available soon.


T-Shirt Design State Only

Nebraska – State Only Standards

Please note that only 4 colors are allowed on design. If the color of the shirt matters to your design besure and state a shirt color.

You must fill out and staple to your design the identification sheet provided at the end of the State Only T-Shirt standards.

Students will need to submit a 8×11 rendering of the t-shirt design to be dropped off at registration on Thursday morning.

T-Shirt designs are pre-screened and then voted on by our delegates, awarded a state medal and the design will be worn at the next national conference.

Additional Information: State Leadership Conference T-Shirt 2024


Team Engineering Challenge

Contest Coordinator: Jake Neujahr

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

Additional Information: Must Qualify as 1st or 2nd Place at Middle School Conference

Team Size: 3



Contest Coordinator: Tim Uhrich

Click here for the 2023 project.
Click here for the 2023 Plumbing Skill Check.
Click here for the mandatory Safety Certification.

The plumbing skill test can be assembled at the team location and will be taken to the plumbing area for skill testing.  Please bring all tools required for cutting and soldering copper pipe to build the small plumbing stack plan attached.  

The masonry skill test will be a small corner cut of block and brick that can be completed at the team location and will be scored by the TeamWorks judges.

Along with all materials including framing lumber, trusses, siding, roofing, electrical, plumbing, and masonry we will also be providing framing nails, siding nails, roof nails, and screws for the floor sheathing. 

Your teams will be required to supply all tools required for assembly.  Powered circular saws are allowed but no miter saws or pneumatic tools.

Although the plans show it, teams will not be setting a door, they will only be required to frame it in and wrap the RO with siding trim.

Orientation will be Thursday April 13th at 6:30pm.  We will allow your teams to begin cutting Thursday evening following orientation until 8:30pm.  Please feel free to take this time to cut and prep but no assembly will be allowed until Friday.   During this time we will be pulling each team aside for their Team Presentation.  Your presentation should include the introduction of your team, team qualifications, and your plan of attack on the project.  Please see the guidelines below for the presentation.

  • Each team has 5-7 minutes to present
  • Electronic presentations are not allowed, such as PowerPoint
  • Each team member is expected to speak
  • Following the presentations there will be Q&A for 3-5 minutes

We will start the competition Friday April 14th at 8:00am with a quick 5 – 10 minute in person safety meeting and will then turn your teams loose!

There will be a panel of 6 judges who will be scoring each team based on the following:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Carpentry
  • Masonry
  • Order Efficiency
  • Team Presentation
  • Clean site
  • Extent of Completion

Additional Information: limit 1 team per school/section C/T. There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 6:30pm

Team Size: team of 4


Technical Computer Applications

Contest Coordinator: Kim Schlachter

This competition will evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of technical computer applications.

The contest will include a Written Exam, Resume with embeded links, and Video with Oral Presentation of PowerPoint, Word and Excel projects. See SkillsUSA Virtual Technical Standards for competencies measured.

A series of virtual demonstrations will be performed during the skill performance portion of this contest. The competencies outlined by the contest technical committee will be used as the foundation for this assessment. These will all be completed and submitted prior to the actual contest date. Contestants should be familiar with using a Windows, and/or macOS-based operating system. All work must be done independently.

All items must be emailed to [email protected] by due date April 7, 2023. Put in subject line “LastName, Skills USA Technical Computer Applications Competition Submission”.

Read SkillsUSA Technical Computer Applications Virtual Project to complete project prior to competion.


Technical Drafting

Contest Coordinator: Lynnette Frey

Contestants will be responsible for creating a set of working drawings complete with appropriate views, annotations, notes, and title blocks in accordance with ASME standards. A maximum of 4 text books may be used for reference. Contestants need to bring their own computer with CAD software and a jump (USB) drive for printing. Students will need to be able to print to a pdf, save the pdf to their jump drive, and print from the jump drive (there will be a printer/copier available for all contestants to share on the day of the competition). All prints will be A-size or B-size prints. Contestants should set up their computers and print a test drawing after opening ceremonies on Thursday evening between 4:00 and 5:00 PM.

Contestants will be required to work independently. No assistance may be given by other competitors, instructors, advisors, or observers. The competition will include an exam that assesses technical drafting knowledge and will be given at the start of the competition, prior to the modeling/drawing portion of the competition. (No books, notes, or internet permitted during the exam. Please bring a pencil or pen.)

Contestants need to bring:

  • Computer with CAD software (set up Thursday evening 4-5pm)
  • 6’ multiple-outlet surge protector (set up Thursday evening 4-5pm)
  • USB/Jump Drive
  • One-page resume

Clothing requirement is a Class E: Competition Specific – Business Casual

  • Official SkillsUSA white polo shirt OR plain white polo
  • Black dress slacks or black dress skirt (knee-length minimum)
  • Black closed-toed dress shoes

Cell phones or other electronic devices are not approved by the competition’s national technical committee and are not allowed in the competition area.

Additional Information: limit 4 students per school


Technical Team Problem Solving

Contest Coordinators: Thomas Harling, Logan Patras and Elijah Strom

The contest is intended to foster creativity, innovation, teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Additional Information: limit 1 team per school

Required Equipment: Teams need to bring scissors, everything else will be provided.

Team Size: team of 3-5


Television/Video Production

Contest Coordinator: Joe Dean Lacy

The objective of this competition is to showcase your creative and technical skills in
producing a high-quality video production. Participants are required to produce a TV commercial with a
duration of 30-60 seconds. The commercial can be for any product or service and
can be shot using any device.

Each participant or team must submit a completed video production, adhering to the category’s duration requirements. The video will be uploaded to a thumb drive.

The video’s credits (not included in the run time) must include the following:

  • The title of your video production.
  • A brief description of your video production (maximum of 150 words).
  • The names of all the participants involved in the production.
  • The equipment used in the production.

Format: The film must be submitted in digital format (e.g. .mp4 or .mov) with a resolution of 1080p or higher.
Originality: The film must be original and made on the day of the competition.
Music and Copyright: Any music used in the film must be original, royalty-free, or properly licensed. Any copyright infringement will result in disqualification. (you will have to submit authorization to use the sound(s)
Deadline: You have 4 hours to complete this.

Required items to bring with you:

  1. One-page resume.
  2. Any camera that can shoot video.
  3. A microphone for recording audio.
  4. Copyright-free music or licensed music with proof of license for each song and/or sound effect used.
  5. Script or storyboard of the video.
  6. Computer with editing software.
  7. A USB Thumb drive to transfer the final video.


Team Size: team of 2


Video News Production

Contest Coordinator: Brian Anderson
Contestants will be expected to complete a three-minute newscast. They are expected to turn in their résumés, a digital copy of their newscast (recorded on the Tricaster), a paper copy of their rundown(s), and a paper copy of their script(s).
  1. The competition will be held on the second floor of the Heartland Events Center. Competition will start at 10am. We will have cameras, a NewTek TriCaster mini, news desk, lavaliere microphones, communication headsets, and teleprompter
  2. Contestants only need to bring a USB flash drive (16GB minimum) and a hard copy of their resume.
  3. There will NOT be a written test for this competition. There will also NOT be a contest orientation. We will cover everything on the day of the competition at your sceduled time.
  4. Computers will be provided for writing your news stories and a printer will also be provided to print off documents.

Required Equipment: USB Flash drive (16GB)

Team Size: team of 4


Web Design

Contest Coordinator: Sammy Harper

The Web Design & Development competition will focus on how students are able to put what they’ve learned in class towards a real-world design problem. In the competition, students will be expected to know how to create a basic website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students will also be expected to be familiar with web design and development terminology, best practices, and accessibility standards. Websites created will be expected to work offline on a variety of devices and modern browsers. After receiving contest instructions, students will be given time to build their websites in accordance to progress checkpoints (an allotted amount of time given to each portion of the website). The competition will end with website presentations given by each pair.

Here is the Web Design & Development Scenario for 2023

Required Equipment: Contestants will supply laptop w/charger, software and a resume

Team Size: team of 2


Welding (High School)

Contest Coordinator: Chase Einspahr & Colby Gibilisco

Contestants will be evaluated though welding knowledge and skill performance assessments in accordance with industry standards. All drawings, welding symbols and welding terms conform to the latest edition of the American Welding Society (AWS) standards. 

Contestants must complete a written exam on topics including safety, mathematics, print reading and general knowledge as it pertains to welding. The exam will be given after orientation the evening of 4/13/23. Those who are unable to complete the exam on 4/13 may be allowed to take the test during available times on 4/14 with penalty.

2023 Welding HS details. Be sure and read this document as it contains the list of required equipment and materials. 2023 Drawing

Click here for the schedule for the day. Here is a study guide for the exam.

Additional Information: 64 Total Welders – Limit of one HS Welder – send names of 2nd and 3rd welders to SkillsUSA Nebraska. This will be at CCC-GI CIT Bldg. There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 5:30pm

Required Equipment: Do not forget your resume.


Welding (Post-Secondary)

Contest Coordinator: Mark Smith

2023 Safety and Tool List

​Skill Performance
Follow detailed instructions to complete 1 each GTAW, GMAW,SMAW, and Oxy Fuel Cutting Project. One hour is allowed for each project. Click here for Drawings and instructions.

Additional Information: 32 Total Welders. There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 6:30pm

Required Equipment: Check the Safety and Tool List and don’t forget your resume!


Welding Fabrication

Contest Coordinator: Bruce Gregory

3-person teams will be given a detailed blueprint and steel material to make a completed project within a 3-hour time period. Some of the project parts are premade, the team will make parts too via OA cutting and mechanical cutting with angle grinder/cutoff wheel. Parts are assembled, tack welded and final welded via GMAW & SMAW weld processes (post-secondary includes GTAW DC- process). The individuals must know how to read and interpret blueprint drawings & weld symbols. Utilizing a tape measurer, square, protractor and skills in welding with GMAW (MIG) & SMAW (E7018, E6011) are crucial. GTAW (TIG) for post-secondary is needed as well. Skill in safely utilizing an angle grinder with grinding disc, cutoff disc, & sanding disc for metal finishing is also critical. Knowing how to drill holes in steel is important. Teamwork and time management is paramount to a successful team. Safe shop practice must be employed, at all times.

There will be a multiple-choice test for welding fabrication knowledge administered the evening prior to hands-on competition.

Click here for Tools and Equipment list.

2023 Materials List and Drawing/Blueprint of project.   REVISED

2023 Scoring Summary

Hints to a potential winning team:

The key to this contest is individual skill of the various welding, cutting, fabrication disciplines, team skills, and team management. The highest scoring teams have best team management that translates to TIME MANAGEMENT. Organization of assignment of skills to the various points and stages of project build is imperative. We do NOT expect all teams to finish or submit a completed project at conclusion of work time allotted. Those teams that are able to complete the project get the highest grade in Team Management/Cooperation category.

Fit & Finish of submitted project carries a higher-grade scoring category. AKA Quality of Finished Project


Additional Information: One Team per school. There will be an orientation meeting Thursday evening at 6:30pm

Required Equipment: Teams to bring their own printout of the blueprint on day of competition

Team Size: team of 3


Welding Sculpture

Contest Coordinator: Gene King

The contest consists of three parts (see sculpture & notebook requirements):

  1. Evaluation of the sculpture
  2. 3-Ring Notebook
  3. Interview & QA session

Contestant must provide a metal sculpture that they created. They will also provide a 3-ring notebook that contains all the elements as described in the SkillsUSA technical standard. A thumb drive must also be provide that contains everthing in their notebook. There will be a 5-10 minute interview with the judges.