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Competition Updates

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Off-Site Competitions on Earlier Dates:

There are a total of 5 competitions that are being held off-site and on earlier dates than the rest of the conference. Those include Baking & Pastry Arts, Graphic Imaging Sublimation, Screen Printing Technology, Welding, and Welding Fabrication. At these competitions, the Top 3 will be announced, but the order in which they have placed and the placement of others will not be announced. The Top 3 will learn of their placement (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) at the Closing/Awards Ceremony in Greenville on March 28, 2024. See the tentative schedule for the time of the ceremony. Those competitors can also participate in State Only competitions at the conference in Greenville if they signed up for such
before to registration closing. See the Locations, Dates, and Times page for information on the dates and locations for these specific competitions. There will be some additional competitions held off-site but during the normal conference dates. Those will operate like any other competition during the conference as it pertains to awards.
 
Competition Updates are used for three different reasons:
1) Provide alterations and/or deviations from the State Competition Technical Standards or Procedures.
2) Provide additional important information about competitions.
3) Provide reminders and/or emphasize information listed elsewhere.

Resumes
All contestants will turn in a digital copy of their 1-page resume for scoring purposes. If a contest does not require a resume, requires an additional (hard copy) of a resume, or requires a more in-depth resume or portfolio, it will be listed in the update for the competition. Middle School competitors do NOT turn in a resume unless noted in the competition update. An example: Job Interview requires a portfolio, which includes an in-depth resume, however, the competitor must also turn in a 1-page digital resume for scoring purposes. All digital copies of 1-page resumes are due by March 12, 2024, by 11:59 pm. Any competition occurring on a date before March 22, 2024, requires the 1-page digital resume by March 5, 2024, by 11:59 pm. No resumes will be accepted beyond the deadlines or in person in the event they are not turned in properly. See the Resume Requirement document for directions to turn in. Go HERE for more details.
 
Written Tests
Dependent on the competition. Those with only the required PD Test will take their tests in advance of the conference utilizing school proctors. Those with competition skill tests will complete both the PD Test and Skill Test at the conference utilizing a state-provided proctor. Testing at the conference requires the competitor to bring their own electronic device (laptop, tablet, cell phone, etc.). See the "Resumes, Digital Submissions, and Testing" Tab on the conference page for a full breakdown or go HERE.
 
Clothing
Proper competition clothing is required for all contestants and models. This is a very strict policy for safety and professional reasons. Certain competitions will utilize the judge or technical chair to inspect competition clothing and deduct points accordingly. Others will utilize an inspection team, in coordination with the technical chair and technical committees to inspect competition clothing and deduct points accordingly. See Clothing Classifications HERE.
 
Note: If a competition has no current updates, it will say "No updates at this time." Some competitions will have no updates leading up to the conference, others will have many updates. It is the responsibility of the competitor and advisor to check this page frequently and be aware of any updates listed here and anywhere within the conference page or tabs/documents leading from it. This page is updated as information is received from the technical chair, technical committees, or other sources. If anyone notices any typos, non-functioning links, or incorrect/missing information, please contact the state executive director at jchapman@skillsusasc.org. For any other questions regarding competitions, please contact the state executive director.

3D Visualization and Animation

No updates at this time.

Action Skills (includes Middle School)

(01/2024) - The order in which competitors perform their demonstrations will be randomly assigned before the competition date and published at the competition orientation. There will be no preliminary round for this competition, however, there will be two rounds. Each competitor will perform their demonstration twice with both going towards their final score. There will be a break between, however, to allow time to reflect. This is to simulate a preliminary and finals round that nationals use. Competitors should prepare enough materials or equipment to perform twice.

Equipment & Layout Update:

  • Competitors will be provided with two notecards at the competition orientation. Each will have their competitor number on it. Competitors are responsible for adding their CTE Program and what they will demonstrate onto each of the cards. These cards are to be provided to the judges just before each demonstration for each round.

  • An 8’ x 12’ space will be provided with a table, chair, easel, and access to an outlet.

  • Competitors must bring their own power cord and/or extension cord if needed.

  • Follow the technical standards carefully as it pertains to set up, take down, and models/assistants. The only exception is that if a student is a model in the demonstration, they must be in official competition attire or model attire. If they are only helping with set up and take down, there is no clothing requirement.

 

Note: Each competitor’s letter of eligibility must be digitally submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, following instructions online. No letters will be accepted onsite except for competitor substitutions. In those cases, the letter must be provided at registration when the substitution occurs. There is no written test for this competition. Resumes must be submitted following directions online.

 

(12/2023) - A letter from the appropriate school official, on school letterhead, stating that the competitor is classified under the provisions of Public Law 105-17, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 1997, is required for participation. The letter should simply state, "I certify that [student name] meets the eligibility requirements for the SkillsUSA Championships Action Skills competition. Signed, [school official name, title, and contact information]." The letter is to be electronically submitted using the method provided to the listed advisor for the competitor (by email) upon registration.

Additive Manufacturing

(02/10/2024) - Each team will need a laptop with access via software or internet to a CAD software of their choice. The project for this year includes parts that are created prior to the conference and brought in for assembly. There will also be a mini challenge this year which requires the team to take a physical part that is provided and replicating it in their CAD program. Competitors will be graded on dimensions and completion within a set time for the mini challenge.

Project (to be completed in advance) - State Additive Manufacturing Challenge

Glossary Provided - 3D Printing Glossary

Additional equipment or requirements:

  • Each team will need to record a video that is at least 2 minutes in length and no more than 5 minutes in length. The video does not need to be a single clip, but can be several clips put together. This can be recorded from any device and is not graded based on editing or production, it is used as an additional resource for the judges to see and hear about the team's process and provide proof of authenticity. The video should show the following, preferably while the process is occurring. 

  1. Showing the 3D Printer and one of the competitors descripting the specifications of the printer.

  2. Showing what program they used to create the model.

  3. Showing the part and support structures still in place.

  • The video should be placed on a zip drive to be turned in to the judge(s).

  • Each team should bring a dial or digital caliper (for mini-challenge).

(01/2024) - This competition will require students to complete an engineering notebook, print and bring objects for assembly and review at the convention center. The instructions for this will be posted here in the updates section prior to competition.

Advertising Design

(02/22/2024) - There will be no drawing tables and stool, nor will there be an illustration board and repo materials. Due to this competition being completely mostly in a digital format, there is very little hand drawn components. The hand drawn components are 6 thumbnails each of a logo and of a flier. A table and chair will be provided for use during the competition. This table will also have their laptop or computer on it. If the competitor wishes to have a separate hard surface to draw on, they may bring one. If doing so, the separate surface should not be larger than 36"x36" in size.

The hand drawn components will state within the prompts that six thumbnails will be created with a logo and six of a flier. The thumbnail sizes will be between 4 inches and 5 inches. These are then used to complete the prompt on their computer. Thumbnails are turned in as well. The exact nature of the prompts will not be provided until the competition. Competitors should use the equipment list in the competition Technical Standards to determine what items to bring for this portion and the rest of the competition. No additional pieces of equipment besides those on that list and anything in these updates will be allowed. Do not have anything on your items that indicates your school or name. Cover those up if they are not removable.

 

(02/10/2024) - Each competitor should follow the equipment list in the competition technical standards unless otherwise noted here. Competitors may use the industry standard software that they use in class and/or are most comfortable with which can save designs as a PDF and transfer to a USB zip drive.

Equipment Information: A USB zip drive will be provided at the competition orientation. Any electronic device used for design purposes should be capable or using the drive or have an adapter, provided by the competitor, for the drive.

The provided USB zip drive will contain the branding guides, logos, and additional materials to be used during the competition.

The competition will have a logo and poster design prompt (provided at orientation or during competition) and a design challenge portion. Each will have a time frame or a suggested time frame to complete that task. There will be a break for lunch in which competitors may exit the competition area. All equipment will be left in the competition area and zip drives must be turned in during that time. 

REMINDER -- This competitions will now be held at the Greenville Convention Center this year!

 

 (01/2024) - This competition will be held at the Greenville Convention Center this year.

American Spirit (includes Middle School)

(01/2024) - All competitors, except Middle School, are required to take the Professional Development Test. There is no written skill test for this competition. All competitors, except Middle School, are still required to turn in a resume using the submission instructions online. This competition requires an official SkillsUSA Notebook or Scrapbook. Teams must also submit a digital copy of their notebook by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, following submission instructions online. A hard copy of the notebook must also be turned in at the competition orientation and will be returned at the competition debrief or a designated pick-up time.

Notebook Updates:

  • Due to the timing of the State Competition compared to the school year timeline and when National Competition occurs, at the State-Level, teams will only be required and judged on two of the three projects / portions of the notebook. They must have a Patriotism and Citizenship project and then may have either a Community Service or Promotion of Career and Technical Education project. The team that wins must complete the final project and/or include the required documentation for their third project prior to the National Competition.

  • The notebook should have the letters of recommendation/recognition for those two projects.

  • The notebook should still have a minimal of three photographs.

  • An interview will still occur.

  • Notebooks may be placed on display at a designated time, more details of this would be provided at the competition orientation.

  • Notebooks must be SkillsUSA Notebooks.

The order of interviews will be randomly selected prior to the competition date and published at the competition orientation. All notebooks will be turned in at the competition orientation.  A label with the competitor number and team letter will be provided to place on each notebook. This is how they will be identified. Keep this label on the notebook until they have been picked-up.

Architectural Drafting

No updates at this time.

Audio-Radio Production

(02/24/2024) - Prompt(s) will not be released roughly 24 hours prior to the competition orientation (roughly 9:00 am on March 26, 2024). Teams will not be allowed to complete any work prior to the start of the competition following the orientation, but may plan and brainstorm in advance. The prompt will be a NPR news style package that is 1-minute in duration and teams will have 4-hours to complete this and turn in. Teams may begin set up of any equipment in the competition area at 8:30 am on March 27, 2024.

Equipment Update - Competitors required to bring:

  • Surge Protector power strip

  • Editing software/system (use of laptops is strongly encouraged)

  • 1 Computer Laptop per team

  • Device that can record audio (cell phones do not count). Cameras, portable digital audio records, or similar items may be used.

  • Microphone with audio cable

  • Method of importing digital audio from device recording to editing software/system

  • Scratch paper for notes

  • Headphones

  • Access to copyright free sound effects and music to be provided by competitors

 

(01/2024) - Prompt(s) will be provided onsite at the competition orientation meeting. Each team will be provided  USB drive labeled with their competitor and/or team letter, for their project. A time frame will be provided to complete the project with a hard deadline to turn in. Competitors should follow the equipment list provided in the technical standards unless otherwise noted in these updates.  All work must be completed on Greenville Convention Center Grounds without the aid of their advisors. Additional instructions regarding requirements and project details will be provided at the competition orientation meeting.

Automated Manufacturing Technology

No updates at this time.

Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair (MLR) - (High School Only)

(02/20/2024) - Competition schedule can be found HERE. There will be a period of time in between the preliminary round and finals for a visit to see some industry partners at the Greenville Convention Center. Additional competition information may appear on here or in a direct email to advisors.

Automotive Refinishing Technology

(02/20/2024) - Competition schedule can be found HERE. There will be a period of time in between the preliminary round and finals for a visit to see some industry partners at the Greenville Convention Center. Additional competition information may appear on here or in a direct email to advisors.

Automotive Service Technology (College / Post-Secondary Only)

(03/01/2024) - Competition schedule can be found HERE. There will be a period of time in between the preliminary round and finals for a visit to see some industry partners at the Greenville Convention Center. Additional competition information may appear on here or in a direct email to advisors.

Aviation Maintenance Technology

No updates at this time.

Baking and Pastry Arts

(02/16/2024) - The competition menu/recipes can be found HERE. The equipment list will be released prior to March 1, 2024. The full schedule will be released prior to March 1, 2024 as a rough draft and then after March 1, 2024 with a breakdown by competitor. Depending on the number of competitors, there may be separate report times for beginning the competition.

Barbering

(02/25/2024) - There will only be a PD Test this year worth 50 points. No competition skill test is given. See the testing procedures on the conference page for further information. Please find the newest competition updates in pdf format HERE.

 

(02/10/2024) - This competition will use live models only, no manikins.

Basic Health Care Skills (High School only)

(01/2024) - The order of the competition (workstations, interview, presentation) will be provided prior to the competition date, however, the exact workstations and order in which competitors are interviewed and provide their presentations will be published at the competition orientation. There will be a set up and display location for all projects. All competitors MUST bring a hard copy of their professional resume to the Job Application and Interview portion of the competition. No resumes will be accepted at the competition orientation. This resume is separate from the required one-page resume that must be submitted online following online submission instructions. The hard copy resume may be more than one page. However, this is not a portfolio.

Biotechnology Knowledge Bowl (High School only) - (STATE ONLY)

(01/2024) - There is no written knowledge test for this competition, however, all competitors on a team must complete the Professional Development Test online. If a competitor is also participating in a non-state only competition and must complete the test for that competition, the same score will be used for both competition. The total combined score of a team is used in the scorecard and will not be immediately known to the competitors. This score does factor into the overall scores at the end of the competition and may have an impact on the seeding of teams, if seeding is used. Any seeding, pooling, pairing of teams does not factor in whether two teams are from the same school. This is done through a seeding process or random draw. The exact format of the competition (bracket, pool, round-robin) will be determined when the total number of teams are known. The format will published on this competition updates page once known.

(12/2023) - This is a State Only competition. Any student competing in this event may also compete in a non-State Only competition, as long as, they do not interfere with each other. Some competitions may occur on the same day, but will not interfere, others may. A general list of competitions by day will be listed online, but is subject to change. If there is an expected conflict, the advisor will be notified and the student and advisor must choose which competition to compete in. State Only competitions do NOT advance to the national level. If the student and/or advisor do not choose between any conflicting competitions, the student will be removed from the State Only competition and placed in the non-State Only competition. This process will have a deadline that is conveyed to any advisor with a conflict.

Building Maintenance

(01/2024) - There is no skilled written test for this competition, however, all competitors must complete the Professional Development Test online and turn in their resume following instructions online. The letter of eligibility must be digitally submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, following instructions online. No letters will be accepted onsite except for competitor substitutions. In those cases, the letter must be provided at registration when the substitution occurs.

(12/2023) - A letter from the appropriate school official, on school letterhead, stating that the competitor is classified under the provisions of Public Law 105-17, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 1997, is required for participation. The letter should simply state, "I certify that [student name] meets the eligibility requirements for the SkillsUSA Championships Building Maintenance competition. Signed, [school official name, title, and contact information]." The letter is to be electronically submitted using the method provided to the listed advisor for the competitor (by email) upon registration.

Chapter Display
Cabinetmaking

No updates at this time.

Career Pathways Showcase (6 separate competitions based on career) 

(02/20/2024) - Following the close of registration, advisors for registered teams will receive an email regarding electrical power needs, if any, for their space.

 

(01/2024) - There is no skilled written test for this competition, however, all competitors must complete the Professional Development Test online. There are 6 different competitions under Career Pathways Showcase, each representing a different career cluster or group of career clusters. The top three teams in each receive medals and the top team in each advance to the national competition. These 6 include:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

  • Arts and Communication

  • Business, Management and Technology

  • Health Science

  • Human Services

  • Industrial and Engineering Technology

Although there are separate Technical Standards for each of the 6 categories, they are nearly identical in what they require. There will be specific set up and pick up times and locations. Please read the Technical Standards as it pertains to the size of the display. Teams will have a time frame in which they will be interviewed and present their project. This time frame will be provided at the competition orientation.

Carpentry

No updates at this time.

CERT / Community Emergency Response Team (STATE ONLY)

(12/2023) - This is a State Only competition. Any student competing in this event may also compete in a non-State Only competition, as long as, they do not interfere with each other. Some competitions may occur on the same day, but will not interfere, others may. A general list of competitions by day will be listed online, but is subject to change. If there is an expected conflict, the advisor will be notified and the student and advisor must choose which competition to compete in. State Only competitions do NOT advance to the national level. If the student and/or advisor do not choose between any conflicting competitions, the student will be removed from the State Only competition and placed in the non-State Only competition. This process will have a deadline that is conveyed to any advisor with a conflict.

Chapter Business Procedure

No updates at this time.

Chapter Display (includes Middle School)

(02/20/2024) - Following the close of registration, advisors for registered teams will receive an email regarding electrical power needs, if any, for their space.

 

(01/2024) - There is no skilled written test for this competition, however, all competitors must complete the Professional Development Test. There will be designated set up and pick up times for displays. Teams will be provided a time frame to be present for interview and presentations. Those times will be provided at the competition orientation.

Displays, per the Technical Standards, should related to the National Theme located HERE. This is different than the state theme. Any displays that do not follow the national theme will be disqualified from placement.

CNC 2-Axis Turning Programmer

(01/17/2024) - Laptops and/or desktop computers MUST be provided by the competitor at the state level. It is suggested that competitors bring their own power strips or extensions if desired. CAM software will be used for this competition. Mastercam and Autodesk software will be provided, free of charge, and must be downloaded prior to the day of the competition. Contestants MUST use one of those two software options at the competition.

Users can fill out the form at http://www.mastercam.com/skillsusa/ to gain a temporary license to be used for the competition. You can also reach out to education@barefootcnc.com if you run into any issues obtaining licenses for the competition.

Please download and review the Competitor Resource Document (link here).

Phillips Commercial will provide prizes and lunch for CNC competitors.

 

(01/2024) - This competition will occur at the Greenville Convention Center. Haas Simulators are no longer used for the state or national competitions. The competition will be administered via laptop or desktop computer that the competitor MUST provide.

Additional information regarding the software, access to software, and resources are forthcoming.

CNC 3-Axis Milling Programmer

(01/17/2024) - Laptops and/or desktop computers MUST be provided by the competitor at the state level. It is suggested that competitors bring their own power strips or extensions if desired. CAM software will be used for this competition. Mastercam and Autodesk software will be provided, free of charge, and must be downloaded prior to the day of the competition. Contestants MUST use one of those two software options at the competition.

Users can fill out the form at http://www.mastercam.com/skillsusa/ to gain a temporary license to be used for the competition. You can also reach out to education@barefootcnc.com if you run into any issues obtaining licenses for the competition.

Please download and review the Competitor Resource Document (link here).

Phillips Commercial will provide prizes and lunch for CNC competitors.

(01/2024) - This competition will occur at the Greenville Convention Center. Haas Simulators are no longer used for the state or national competitions. The competition will be administered via laptop or desktop computer that the competitor MUST provide.

Additional information regarding the software, access to software, and resources are forthcoming.

CNC 5-Axis Milling Programmer

(01/17/2024) - Laptops and/or desktop computers MUST be provided by the competitor at the state level. It is suggested that competitors bring their own power strips or extensions if desired. CAM software will be used for this competition. Mastercam and Autodesk software will be provided, free of charge, and must be downloaded prior to the day of the competition. Contestants MUST use one of those two software options at the competition.

Users can fill out the form at http://www.mastercam.com/skillsusa/ to gain a temporary license to be used for the competition. You can also reach out to education@barefootcnc.com if you run into any issues obtaining licenses for the competition.

Please download and review the Competitor Resource Document (link here).

Phillips Commercial will provide prizes and lunch for CNC competitors.

(01/2024) - This competition will occur at the Greenville Convention Center. Haas Simulators are no longer used for the state or national competitions. The competition will be administered via laptop or desktop computer that the competitor MUST provide.

Additional information regarding the software, access to software, and resources are forthcoming.

CNC Programmer

(01/17/2024) - Laptops and/or desktop computers MUST be provided by the competitor at the state level. It is suggested that competitors bring their own power strips or extensions if desired. CAM software will be used for this competition. Mastercam and Autodesk software will be provided, free of charge, and must be downloaded prior to the day of the competition. Contestants MUST use one of those two software options at the competition.

Users can fill out the form at http://www.mastercam.com/skillsusa/ to gain a temporary license to be used for the competition. You can also reach out to education@barefootcnc.com if you run into any issues obtaining licenses for the competition.

Please download and review the Competitor Resource Document (link here).

Phillips Commercial will provide prizes and lunch for CNC competitors.

(01/2024) - This competition will occur at the Greenville Convention Center. Haas Simulators are no longer used for the state or national competitions. The competition will be administered via laptop or desktop computer that the competitor MUST provide.

Additional information regarding the software, access to software, and resources are forthcoming.

Collision Damage Appraisal

(02/10/2024) - See the Location, Dates, & Times for the Greenville Technical College address for this competition. The competition will start at 7:30 am on March 27, 2024 (Wednesday) and run until completion. The competition this year is being run and judged by Caliber Collision, Polyvance, CCC Industry Solutions, BASF, I-CAR, USC, and additional partners. All of whom have involvement at the national level as well. Additional information will be provided here in the updates page as they are released.

Collision Repair Technology

(02/10/2024) - See the Location, Dates, & Times for the Greenville Technical College address for this competition. The competition will start at 7:30 am on March 27, 2024 (Wednesday) and run until completion. The competition this year is being run and judged by Caliber Collision, Polyvance, CCC Industry Solutions, BASF, I-CAR, USC, and additional partners. All of whom have involvement at the national level as well. Additional information will be provided here in the updates page as they are released.

Suggested Free Courses and Videos to Watch regarding plastic repair portion:

Free online course about nitrogen plastic welding (in English) - https://polyvance.tortal.net/course/default.asp?crid=24896&caid=3133

Free online course about nitrogen plastic welding (in Spanish) - https://polyvance.tortal.net/course/default.asp?crid=25528&caid=3133

SkillsUSA Nationals plastic welding procedure - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz0aBrDcAa8&t=9s

Commercial Roofing

(02/08/2024) - There are two contacts that can be reached regarding the preparation and execution of this competition within your program / school and at the state conference.

Baker Roofing - Ryan Clancy (State Technical Chair) - rclancy@bakerroofing.com, 828-424-5963 -- Contact to learn more about Commercial Roofing, implementing this within your program, competition preparation, and the state competition.

National Roofing Contractors Association - John Esbenshade (National Technical Chair, Director of Workforce Developement at NRCA) - Jesbenshade@nrca.net, 352-229-9507 -- Contact for free certification access and information regarding the requirements for competition at the national level and some preparation needs.

Commercial sUAS Drone (includes Middle School)

(02/08/2024) - Each competitor (not team) should bring a laptop with the ability to connect to WIFI for the purposes of taking a skill test during the competition. This test is separate from the Professional Development Test (SkillsUSA Knowledge Test). Information for that test is provided on the conference website. The competition Skill Test is taken through the Cross Flight Learning Management System. 

The size of the drone cage is 20 ft. x 20 ft. x 10 ft. tall.

(01/2024) - Flights will occur indoors, however, due to the proximity of the Greenville Convention Center to the Greenville Downtown Airport, competitors will need to make sure they know how to unlock their drones to fly in that airspace. They will need to receive verification to fly in a controlled airspace. Ensure this ability PRIOR to arrival for the competition.

Middle School competitors do not have to take any testing or turn in any resumes.

Community Action Project (includes Middle School)

(01/2024) - The order in which teams present and are interviewed will be randomly assigned before the competition date and published at the competition orientation. There are multiple items that must be turned in digitally by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. These items include:

  • Eligibility Letter - Each team may provide a single letter of eligibility as long as all team members are listed appropriately. Letters of eligibility must be digitally submitted by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, following instructions online. No letters will be accepted onsite except for competitor substitutions. In those cases, the letter must be provided at registration when the substitution occurs.

  • Certification Letter

  • Digital copy of the binder

  • Resume - These are due by the resume submission date of 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, excluding middle school competitors.

Notes: There is no written test for this competitions. High School and College/Post-Secondary competitors are required to complete the Professional Development Test online. The binder must be a SkillsUSA binder. A device that is compatible with a HDMI cable will be provided, such as a TV or projector. The device to present from, such as a laptop, and the HDMI cable, must be provided by the competing team. It is also recommended that all teams bring a copy of their presentation on a USB drive. Teams may test their device at the competition orientation. A physical copy of the notebook will be provided at the competition orientation.

(12/2023) -