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We are preparing our students to become world-class workers.
According to SkillsUSA Nebraska, every state competitor should be prepared to submit a resume and be ready for an interview.
SkillsUSA Nebraska Dress Requirements for all contests
Tentative Conference Schedule (as of 12/21/2021)

3-D Visualization

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

Students need to bring their own computers and chargers and licensed software (Autodesk Maya or 3DS Max, etc), surge protectors, extension cord, sketchbook and writing tools, computer mice.

Action Skills

To evaluate each contestant’s ability to demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training.

Additional Information: Register IEP Students Only

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

Additive Manufacturing

Note: Design file must be emailed by 4:00 CST on March 1, 2020 to [email protected]. Subject line should read ADMNF (FULL NAME) DESIGN. 

Design for 3D printing a project that meets specific criteria (given at contest) 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

Advertising & Design

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, optional computer mouse, and optional computer pen tablet.

Written test (15 min)

Copy project: Box car graffiti (45 min)
Competitors will be given a photograph box car graffiti which they will copy to the best of their ability using Adobe Creative Cloud software of their choice.

Design project: Cut through the noise (2 hrs)
Competitors will be presented with a real-life scenario and be required to develop a concept and create an associated marketing solution which they will illustrate using Adobe Creative Cloud software of their choice.

Architectural Blueprint Reading (SO)

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

Students will need to bring:

  • Laptops
  • Software including PDF creating software
  • Pen, pencil, Eraser
  • Architectural scale
  • Calculator
  • Pin Drive


Audio/Radio Production

Click here to view 2022 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 

Team Size: team of 2

Automated Manufacturing

Click here for 2022 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

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

Supplied by contestant:

  1. DA Sander
  2. Sanding Block
  3. Razor Blades
  4. Cleaning Towels
  5. Tack Cloth
  6. Painter gloves
  7. Fresh Air respirator – see picture
  8. Safety Glasses
  9. Paint suit that fits competitor
  10. Spray Gun

One copy of resume

Automotive Service Technology

The contest will consist of diagnosis of a vehicle(s) and written exams of industry knowledge.

Students will need to bring safety glasses, shoes, all proper PPE, and multimeter for diagnostics.

Aviation Maintenance

Contestants perform 12 tasks that represent the types of maintenance they will handle in the aircraft industry. The contest scope is consistent with the airframe and power plant mechanics certification guide published by the Federal Aviation Administration. Aviation maintenance is the only maintenance profession certified by the federal government

Basic Health Care Skills

The contest will include a written test assessing general knowledge of basic health care skills. Topics include life science, health care communication skills, employability, law and ethics, and work safety practices. The second portion of the contest will be a series of work stations in which contestants will demonstrate their knowledge of basic health care skills which may include blood pressure, critical incidents, etc.

Bridge Building

Bridges and dimension drawings are to be built prior to day of testing. There are no specific tasks or tools needed at the time of competition. Bridges are to be built per bridge building contest regulations. Be sure to review pictures in section VI of contest rules to understand the rod and loading block physical requirements for testing. Include the contestant/entry number, which is assigned during registration, on the drawing (and/or bridge) to identify for scoring.

Bridges are to be checked-in at the bridge building competition site/booth from 8-10 am, April 12th.

Broadcast News

​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 hosted on the campus of Hastings College (transportation provided by SkillsUSA). We have a three-camera studio set up with a green screen, news desk, NewTek Tricaster, lavaliere microphones, communication headsets, audio board, and teleprompter monitors.
  2. Contestants only need to bring a USB flash drive (16 GB minimum) and a hard copy of their résumé. They can work on their own laptops if they’d like, or use on-campus computers.
  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. A printer will also be provided to contestants to print off documents.
  4. 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).


Click here for the mandatory Safety Certification.

Tools/Equipment each student competitor needs to bring for this contest:

  1. Cordless 3/8 Drill or electrical with 25′ extension cord NEW!!
  2. Phillips #2 bit and smaller drill bits
  3. Claw Hammer
  4. Measuring Tape
  5. Combination Square
  6. Two pencils
  7. 1/32”, 1/16”, 3/32” nail sets
  8. Block plane
  9. Utility knife
  10. Backsaw – Optional
  11. Two hand-screw clamps or two “C” clamps with an opening of at least 8”
  12. One set ¼” – 1” wood chisels
  13. One set of flat-bade and Phillips head screwdrivers and /or handle with interchangeable bits.
  14. Sanding Block
  15. Hand Scraper/cabinet scraper
  16. Two – 24” bar clamps (24 “ opening minimum)
  17. Calculator
  18. Resume – one page

Career Pathways Showcase

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.

Teams should be present from 9am-12pm.


Click here for the mandatory Safety Certification.

Framing and trim exercise according to the national technical standards.

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. 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.

Chapter Business Procedure

The demonstration will show the correct use of parliamentary procedure while conducting a typical business meeting in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

Students need to bring #2 pencils and writing paper.

Chapter Display

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.

Students must be present from 9am-12pm.

CNC – Milling, Technician, Turning

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

Contestants demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on, but not limited to: Virtual appraisals, computerized estimating specific to frontal damage, unibody damage, light mechanical damage, rear damage including quarter panel replacement and total loss evaluations. The overall accuracy and quality of the finished products, efficiency and communication skills will be judged by industry professionals.

Collision Repair Technology

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

Supplied by contestant:

  • Dust Respirator (see picture)
  • DA Sander
  • Cartridge-type respirator
  • Welding helmet
  • Welding respirator
  • Skull cap
  • Hammer and dolly
  • Welding goggles
  • Welding gloves
  • Welding jacket
  • 9/16” and 5/8” wrenches
  • Tape measure
  • One copy of resume

Commercial Baking

To evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence/professionalism in the commercial baking field.

High School students: Sugar Cookie, Make Buttercream/Decorate Cake, and also make biscuits. Written test.
College: Make Buttercream/Decorate Cake, Make Mousse to fill the decorated cake, Blueberry Muffins, and Yeast Rolls. Written test and submit a resume.

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

Click here for Tentative Competition Schedule
Click here for 2019 Guidelines
Click here for Secondary Tool List
Click here for Post Secondary Tool List

Community Service

This is your opportunity to showcase the impact your SkillsUSA program is having on your school and community. Students in teams of three will highlight their community service project through a live presentation and notebook, demonstrating their excellence and professionalism in the area of community service. 

Additional Information: All Team members to be interviewed

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

Team Size: team of 1-3

Computer Programming

The Computer Programming competition is divided into two parts: a written test and a project to build. The written test will evaluate general knowledge about computers and computer programming.

For the project, contestants will be provided with a series of requirements that a program they write will be required to meet. Examples of past project requirements include a college tuition calculator, compound interest calculator, and a personal budgeting application. That program is to be written during the allotted timeframe on the day of competition. 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.

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!



Hold Strong Nebraska Updo Artistic Design

All supplies listed in the national standards are required.

Maniquin with stands will be provided.

Crime Scene Investigation

Click here to view CSI information and the minimum equipment requirements

Criminal Justice

Click here for 2019 Student Requirements

Students are encouraged to have their own duty belts and equipment. If they don’t, we will have belts, holsters, cuffs and cuff cases, plastic guns and radios for the students. Other than that, students will need a pencil for test taking and note taking material for Thursday night. Friday, they will have to have a pen and a small notebook for note taking. They should avoid large notebooks or binders for the Friday competition.

Students will be given reading and study assignments prior to the competition and the material will be covered on the written test.

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 on Thursday night. 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.

Student failure to attend Thursday night will disqualify them for Friday competition. Students will be required to achieve a minimum score on the written test to be eligible for the Friday competition. Students will be required to bring documentation of the ride along or other activity to be eligible for Friday’s competition.

Culinary Arts

Scope of Contest, Culinary Schedule, Clothing Requirement, and Tool/Equipment List for 2019

Click here for High School and here for Post Secondary

Customer Service

You will be provided with a scenario which will prepare you for the questions you’ll encounter when visiting with judges. You will also have a written test.

Cyber Security

This contest will consist

Diesel – Construction – Ag

This contest will consist

Diesel Equipment Technology

This contest will consist of written and hands on test of skills pertaining to theory, application and repair of heavy-duty diesel equipment.

Students will need to bring safety glasses, steel toe shoes, and pants.

Digital Cinema

Click here for 2019 prompt & prop

Drone Technology

Click here to view the 2018 Drone Technology Team Guide for both Basic and Advanced.

Click here for the 2018 Study Guide for the written test.

Additional resources:

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


Please note: At this time, the drone that was used last year for this contest may NOT be used for this year’s Drone Basic Challenge Field Two. If the Hubsan X4 H107L cannot carry the payload, another larger drone should be chosen.

Basic and Advanced Challenge Field One will demonstrate the team’s control of the drone.

Basic Challenge Field Two will require teams to modify the drone to carry a payload.

Advance Challenge Field Two will require first-person view (FPV), also known as remote-person view (RPV), or simply video piloting.

Early Childhood Education

Click here for the 2019 lesson plan template
participants need to bring: scissors, markers, and pen.

Electrical Construction Wiring

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

Click here to view the required Tool List. There will be no extra tools or equipment available.

Coordinator will provide code books and pencils.

12/17/2019                                                                                                             Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Evaluates each contestant’s preparation for employment within healthcare and to recognize outstanding students for clinical excellence and professionalism within the field of emergency medical services. 

Student competitors must be enrolled in, or just have completed (within the current membership year), an EMT-Basic vocational program in preparation for a career in emergency services, emergency medical technician, or other closely related technical, skilled, or service occupation.

Team of 2 


Engineering Technology

A team of three students demonstrates 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

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.

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

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


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

The competitors will need to supply full bunker gear, to include; pants, boots, coat, gloves, helmet, and Nomex hood. Competitors will not need an SCBA this year.

First Aid/CPR

Students will need to wear scrubs, bring a resume, and be prepared for an interview with one of the judges. A written test will be given, and two hands on scenarios. All equipment needed for the scenarios will be provided.

Industrial Motor Control

Students will need to write a scope of work based on work requested from client, make a control drawing, and wire motor starter and controls based on the control drawing.

Students will need to bring screwdrivers, terminating screwdrivers, wire strippers, multimeter, tape measure, level, pencil, safety glasses, and gloves.


Health Knowledge Bowl

Tests 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.

Required Equipment: Sheets of paper, a number of 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


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.

Heavy Equipment – State Only

Students will need

Industrial Motor Control

Students will need to write a scope of work based on work requested from client, make a control drawing, and wire motor starter and controls based on the control drawing. Students will need to bring screwdrivers, terminating screwdrivers, wire strippers, multimeter, tape measure, level, pencil, safety glasses, and gloves.

Information Technology Services

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

Interactive Application and Video Game Creation

Teams of 2 will meet with contest coordinator and turn in their USB drives with their video on it at 8:30 am. Competitors will then set up their table in the hallway space outside the Career Pathways Institute (CPI) Info Tech and Conference room. Each team will be given a table (per the contest description), and have access to an outlet. They will have until 9:30 am to set up their table. 

Teams will take the online exam in the CPI Info Tech Computer Lab at 9:30, and will be given one hour. 

Following the exam (10:30 am), there will be a short break, and then teams should be present at their table to be able to answer questions from judges about their game and design process. Once the judges have had a chance to visit with each team and see their display, teams will be ushered in one at a time to demo their game and answer questions. Other teams will not be allowed in this session.

Students need to bring a USB with their video on it, as well as a laptop that can connect to a projector to present their game with. The interpretation of the standards is as long as the video runs on the device you bring, you should be good. It’s encouraged to plan on the device connecting to a projector to demonstrate the game to the judges. In addition for the state competition, internet will be available if teams wanted the judges to view it from YouTube or another site.

Required Equipment: Registrants will supply resume, signed affidavit, computer to demo game and present to judges with; needed software, USB with video (or web address), and game design document (digital or hard copy).

Team Size: Team of 2


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, configure routers, switches and servers, and to deliver customer service in a technical assistant center environment. The contestants will find errors in WAN and LAN networks; do a full network configuration using routers, switches, and servers; talk a technician through an error they are having on their network; and take a certification type test. 

Required Equipment: Contestants need laptop w/wireless, ethernet connection and COM port (USA w/adapter. Along with tools to connect a router or switch via an RS232 console connection (USB to serial adapter and console cable.


Job Interview

Each individual will have an opportunity to compete in a real life job interview and will need to submit a resume and application prior to the competition.

Students will need to review this job description and complete this fillable PDF application. All resumes and completed applications need to emailed to [email protected] with the subject as:

“2022 (Your full name) Resume” by March 1, 2022. Any resume and application received after the due date will receive a deduction in their score.

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

Job Skills Demo A, Open, SO, MS

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.

Additional Information: (see Technical Standards)


Build a clock wall with brick veneer.

Student will need to bring one trowel, two levels (24″&48″), One “S” 3/8″ jointer, brick hammer, pencil, brush, brick chisel, standard tape, and modular tape.

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


Assemble, Program and Commission a simple automated machine.

College teams will need to bring a PLC and computer with programming software of their choice that is capable of 16 discrete 24vdc Inputs and 16 discrete 24vdc outputs. They will need 2 Festo syslink cables to connect to the Festo like MPS stations.

Coordinator will bring all specialized tools, materials, and equipment.

Required Equipment: All students will need to bring safety glasses.

Team Size: team of 2

Medical Assisting

There will be 5 parts of the contest.

  1. Medical Assisting Written exam
  2. Medical asepsis hand washing skills
  3. Measuring adult pulse
  4. Measuring adult blood pressure
  5. Interview, resume, references

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

Real world math problems that health care workers are commonly exposed to.
Students need to bring calculator (not smart phone) and pencils.

Medical Terminology

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

Metric 500

Contestants will build a CO2 car to state specifications – the car will be raced once with the top 8 times advancing to a competition – best times move forward – must include a detailed drawing plan of the car – required for judging – overall winner will be graded on plans, appearance and speed.

Cars can be checked in Thursday night from 5:30-7 pm.

Mobile Robotics

Posted on the national website 12/19/18
The 2019 Mobile Robotics Contest Project/Challenge for this year and this should help teams prepare.

Motorcycle Service Technology

The contest will consist of a written test and hands-on testing of basic industry knowledge in motorcycle repair.

Contestants will need to bring:

  • Safety glasses
  • DVOM meter
  • Pencil(s), calculator, and note pad.

Nursing Assisting

The Nursing Assisting competition will evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment in the field of nurse assisting by providing a resume, meeting the clothing requirement, complete a written knowledge exam, skill performance of unoccupied bed making, skills performance of denture care, and skills performance of measure and record height and weight of ambulatory client.

Student will need to bring a resume, pencil, and small notebook.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Contestants must be in official SkillsUSA dress as described in the Technical Standards.  All other equipment will be provided.

Team Size: team of 7


Click here for the 2022 project & equipment list 

Additional Information: Limit: 3 per school. The photography competition will consist of a multiple choice test, image review of 2 portfolio images, and a creative photoshop field exercise. The test will cover photo history, basic camera parts/descriptions, camera settings, lighting (both natural and flash), a variety of photography equipment, exposure/metering, as well as composition and design both in camera and in Photoshop. Each contestant must be able to shoot RAW images using Manual mode on their camera.

Required Equipment: Registrants will supply a fully functioning DSLR camera, an external flash unit for camera, extra batteries for both your camera and flash, pencil(s) for the test, laptop computer with photoshop software, a blank USB/card reader/and camera USB cable, a brief resume of your photographic background & skills, camera laptop charging cables/devices, two mounted images for print competition, and an extension cord.

Pin Design – State Only

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

Additional Information: State Only 2022-23


Vent and Drains for a stool and lav in pvc water piping in copper set a stool and wall hung lav

​Contestants will need to bring:

  • 8′ steel tape measure
  • Copper tubing cutter
  • Adjustable wrenches (8″ or 10″)
  • 4 in 1 screwdriver
  • Torpedo level or 2′ would do
  • 14-16 oz claw hammer
  • PVC saw
  • Channellock
  • Hand tools (cordless ok)

Power Equipment Technology

Click here for 2019 Tool List and Scope of Contest
Click here for 2019 Time Schedule
Click here for Resume Example

Precision Machining Technology

This competition is at Career Pathways Institute.
Written test of general shop knowledge. Precision machining test with test blocks, manual mill project, and manual lathe project.
Students will need to bring safety glasses. Calculator is optional.
Coordinator will bring measuring and cutting tools.

Prepared Speech

The topic to be addressed by contestants is our theme, “SkillsUSA: United as One.” 2022 SkillsUSA Nebraska Competition Theme

Promotional Bulletin Board

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 2022 SkillsUSA Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is our theme, “SkillsUSA: United as One.”

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

2022 Guidelines will be posted here after 2/25/2022. Theres are an additive to the SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl competition rules, as well as the official tournament schedule.

*Please note:  2022 bracket will be posed here when available, it will be assembled randomly.

Click here to view the 2018 bracket, which was assembled randomly.

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

Related Technical Math

A written test is required to show the contestants’ ability to solve mathematical problems in the skills trades, professional, and technical occupations. Knowledge of geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and basic statistics will be tested.

Students need to bring a scientific calculator without algebraic operating system (AOS) and one-page resume.

Restaurant Service

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.

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

Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue

The 2022 Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue Challenge: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) enables students to create a mobile robot like those employed by emergency service personnel (fire, police, military). The robot is designed to secure an area by locating, neutralizing, moving, and disposing of explosive materials. The demand for designers, skilled technicians, and manufacturing workers who are fluent in mechanical design and electrical systems and highly skilled in troubleshooting and maintenance of robotic systems is projected to continue to grow. The current generation of students is expected to take artificial intelligence and robotics into the evolving world of emergency services, finding new ways to help trained personnel react more quickly and effectively. Therefore, it is imperative that our future labor force be on the leading edge of current and emerging technologies and possess the technical and team skills necessary to maintain industry leadership in design, manufacture, maintenance, and operation of life‐saving robotic equipment.

A two-member team builds a robot and arm mechanism prior to the competition and then, during the competition, remotely operates the robot. The robot should be capable of locating, grabbing, and moving simulated ordnances on the challenge course. This remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must traverse the course, locate the ordnances, secure them, and properly dispose of them. Each team will perform one round of competition consisting of a time limited mission to locate and dispose of two ordnances. See the Urban Search and Rescue Challenge Team Guide here.

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

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.


T-Shirt Design-State Only

Students will need to submit a 8×11 rendering of the t-shirt design

T-Shirt Design-National Delegation

Students will need to submit a 8×11 rendering of the t-shirt design to [email protected] with the subject line as: 2022 (Your full name) by April 8th.

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 2022 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 2023 state conference.

Team Engineering Challenge

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


Click here for the 2019 project.
Click here for the 2019 Tool List (Last updated 3/29/19)
Click here for the tentative Competition Schedule
Click here for the mandatory Safety Certification.

Sampson Construction will be conducting interviews on Thursday, April 11. Exact interview times will be announced after the kickoff meeting. The intent of the interview is to introduce your team, team qualifications and why should you build our project.

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

Technical Computer Applications

Contestants will be expected to demonstrate installation, configuration and use of Windows, Mac OSX and Linux Professional Operating Systems and one or more integrated office suite packages including email, word processing, spreadsheet applications, database applications, web page development, money management applications, presentations applications, internet browser applications, etc. The use of Open source software such as OpenOffice will be preferable. Microsoft Office and other integrated office suites could be used. The utilization of instant messaging, collaboration and social networking software will be required during the contest. Contestants will be expected to perform in teams while demonstrating individual technical skills. The contest will include an oral presentation demonstrating the student’s ability to communicate with others, a hands-on skills demonstration, and a one-hour time allotted written examination.

Technical Drafting

Contestants will be responsible for creating an assembly drawing complete with appropriate views, balloons, and Bill of Materials. Multiple Detail Drawings will be required to accompany the assembly drawing. Detail Drawings will require appropriate orthographic views, annotations, notes, and tolerances in accordance with ANSI and ASME standards.

A maximum of 4 text books may be used for reference during the competition. Jump (USB) file storage will be required for printing. A written exam of approximately 100-multiple choice questions will accompany the drawing portion of the contest.

Students will need to bring their own computer with CAD software, scientific calculator, and mechanical pencil with lead. Students should test print a .pdf from their CAD system on Thursday night from 4-6 pm when setting up their computers.

Technical Team Problem Solving

The rocket ship carrying your team has landed on a different planet and you get word that a possible threat is approaching. This rocket ship holds all your essentials and you must protect it along with your team. In order to ensure that no damage can be done to your team and supplies, you must build a structure with the provided materials. Because the threat is already on its way, you will have 15 minutes to design your structure using the engineering design process and then 45 minutes to build the structure with the provided materials.

Additional Information: limit 1 team per school

Required Equipment: Teams need to bring scissors, a ruler, and writing utensils.

Team Size: team of 3-5

Television/Video Production

Click on this link for the 2019 project and guidelines.

Students should bring their own computer with their favorite video editing software pre-installed

Web Design

Click to view the 2022 Web Design guidelines.

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

Team Size: team of 2


Welding Art Sculpture

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

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

Welding Fabrication

3-person teams will fabricate a steel weldment in 3 hours time. Blue print reading, parts layout, measuring skills required. Students will be given a blueprint of the project and steel material to be cut welded and finished. Oxy-acetylene cutting, welding processes of GMAW, SMAW (E6010, E7018) will be demonstrated, utilized and graded. Fillet welds, butt welds, edge welds are typically used on the weldments. Students will employ safe shop practice while competing. Setting of equipment parameters will be needed to yield best cuts, weld quality, fit and finish.

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

​New for 2019 Post Secondary teams will include GTAW-DC lift start TIG with 3/32”cut length filler metal.

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 is carries a higher grade scoring category. AKA Quality of Finished Project

Drawing/Blueprint of project will be handed out to the teams the evening prior. Just before the written test.

​Click here for 2019 tool list.

Welding (Post-Secondary)

Click here for the Welding PS 2019 prints

Skill Performance-

The skill performance assessment will be four stations testing various aspects of welding in the GMAW, GTAW, SMAW & OFC processes. Contestants will demonstrate ability to read blue prints, follow weld symbols, use weld procedures, take measurements, tack and weld in various positions. Materials to be welded may include carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum.

Knowledge Performance-

The contest includes a written knowledge exam that assesses welding and associated topics including safety, math for welders and print reading. Students must bring a lead pencil and ballpoint pen to orientation. Resumes are to be turned in at orientation.  

Failure to submit a resume will result in a 100 point penalty. 

All tools/equipment listed in the national technical standards are required except: 6 inch side cutting pliers or diagonal cutting pliers, friction lighter (striker) and tip cleaner.



Welding (High School)

Click here for the 2019 Welding HS prints
Click here the 2019 Welding HS details
Click here for the 2019 State Welding HS technical standards.