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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 4/10/19)
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.
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:
- Engineering Notebook (see guidelines)
- 3D printed design files
- Printed part (provided by contest chair day of contest)
- 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.
Students will need to bring:
- Software including PDF creating software
- Pen, pencil, Eraser
- Architectural scale
- Pin Drive
Click here to view 2019 state competition
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
Automotive Refinishing Technology
Students will need to bring eye protection, safety shoes/boots, and all other personal safety devices.
Supplied by contestant:
- DA Sander
- Sanding Block
- Razor Blades
- Cleaning Towels
- Tack Cloth
- Painter gloves
- Fresh Air respirator – see picture
- Safety Glasses
- Paint suit that fits competitor
- 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.
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.
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.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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.
Click here for the mandatory Safety Certification.
Tools/Equipment each student competitor needs to bring for this contest:
- Cordless 3/8 Drill or electrical with 25′ extension cord NEW!!
- Phillips #2 bit and smaller drill bits
- Claw Hammer
- Measuring Tape
- Combination Square
- Two pencils
- 1/32”, 1/16”, 3/32” nail sets
- Block plane
- Utility knife
- Backsaw – Optional
- Two hand-screw clamps or two “C” clamps with an opening of at least 8”
- One set ¼” – 1” wood chisels
- One set of flat-bade and Phillips head screwdrivers and /or handle with interchangeable bits.
- Sanding Block
- Hand Scraper/cabinet scraper
- Two – 24” bar clamps (24 “ opening minimum)
- 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 8-1.
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
Demonstrate the use of parliamentary procedure for conducting a typical business meeting in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.
Students need to bring #2 pencil and writing paper.
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 8-12.
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
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.
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. Students will need to bring laptop and adapter for LCD projector if needed.
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. The project will be presented as a fixed set of requirements that will need to be completed within the time allotted. Allowed languages include C, C++, C#, Java, Python, and Visual Basic.
Students should have a physical code reference with them as that WIFI, or being able to connect remotely to any other device – is not allowed (This includes Kindles, Nooks, or any other eReader!).
Student will need to bring laptop computer, software, and language reference.
Hold Strong Nebraska Updo Artistic Design
All supplies listed in the national standards are required.
Maniquin with stands will be provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contestants will need to demonstrate knowledge of analog and digital circuiting, troubleshoot circuits, design and build circuits, and soldering skills.
Coordinator will provide soldering kit, electrical test equipment, safety equipment, and necessary hand tools.
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
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.
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.
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.
Students need to bring pencil and scratch paper.
Coordinator will provide laptops, desktop, hand tools, and computer parts.
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
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.
2020 (Your full name) Resume by March 1, 2020. 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.
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.
There will be 5 parts of the contest.
- Written exam
- Medical asepsis hand wash
- Measuring adult pulse
- Measuring adult blood pressure
- Interview, resume, references
Students will need to bring stethoscope, watch with second hand, resume with references, pencil/pen and paper to record vital signs, and patient to do vital signs on
Real world math problems that health care workers are commonly exposed to.
Students need to bring calculator (not smart phone) and pencils.
Assemble, Program and Commission a simple automated machine.
All students will need to bring safety glasses.
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.
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.
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.
National T-Shirt Design
Students will need to submit a 8×11 rendering of the t-shirt design to [email protected] with the subject line as: 2019 (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 2019 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 2020 state conference.
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.
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
- Hand tools (cordless ok)
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.
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.
Students must be present from 8-12 and bring board support device
Click here for guidelines* we’ve written that are an additive to the SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl competition rules, as well as the official tournament schedule. Click here to view the bracket, which was assembled randomly.
*Please note: Please see the SkillsUSA Nebraska Dress Requirements for approved dress code options.
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.
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
From the national website: 2019 Contest Guide Robotics Urban Search and Rescue 2/1/19
The contest name is the same but some modifications within the project and in particular is on page 9 paragraph 2 with information on the weight of what is called the ordinance.
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
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 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.
Teams need to bring scissors, a ruler, and writing utensils.
Click here for the Welding PS 2019 prints
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.
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.
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.
- Materials used must ferrous or non-ferrous metals.
- Sculptures may be welded, brazed or soldered depending on the material used.
- Sculptures may be painted with clear coat only.
- The sculpture must be one continual piece, not multiple pieces unconnected.
- The sculpture cannot exceed the maximum size of 18” tall x 12” wide x 18” long and cannot exceed 250 lbs
- Letter certifying that the sculpture was designed and constructed by the student.
- Itemized list of all expenses.
- Pictures and supporting evidence (e.g., receipts, sketches, plans and photographs).
- Evaluation of the sculpture