3D Animation and Visualization

This competition allows students to step into a real-world 3-D production environment where creative output must be accomplished within specific time frames, resources and design constraints. Competitors must produce high-quality images along with an animated short...

Action Skills

This competition features a five-to seven-minute demonstration of an occupational skill in an area in which a student is training. Competitors use examples, experiments, displays or practical operations to clearly explain their skills using contestant-prepared visual...

Additive Manufacturing

The Additive Manufacturing (AM) competition embraces a wide range of materials and derivative processes for building parts suitable for end-use service. The virtually unlimited design freedom enabled by additive manufacturing allows the creation of shapes and the...

Advertising Design

Technical skills and creative aptitude are tested as though competitors work for an ad agency. In addition to a written test, competitors recreate a given advertisement on the computer. Competitors are judged on their accuracy, proficiency with industry standard...

Architectural Drafting CAD

Competitors use their drafting skills to solve an architectural problem. The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch, and either computer-generated or board-drafted drawings. The competition tests the competitors‘ problem-solving abilities, not simply their CAD...

Automated Manufacturing Technology

This competition evaluates teams for employment in integrated manufacturing technology fields of computer-aided drafting/ design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical-controlled machining (CNC). CAD operators construct the part geometry,...

Automotive Refinishing Technology

Competitors demonstrate the ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The competition includes a series of...

Automotive Service Technology

Competitors demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Workstations consist of on-vehicle,...

Basic Health Care Skills

Competitors demonstrate their knowledge and ability to perform entry-level procedures or skills based on a list of core standards. Performance is evaluated through various stations involving written, verbal and skills testing. The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships...

Cabinetmaking

This competition requires the building of a small cabinet from materials and drawings supplied. Competitors are expected to read the drawings and layout and cut the parts using a table saw, laminate trimmer, hand drill, hinge boring machine and various hand tools. The...

Career Pathways Showcase (6)

Arts and Communication Business, Management and Technology Health Services Human Services Industrial and Engineering Technology Natural Resources-Agriculture-Food This competition recognizes outstanding Career Pathways students for their ability to present –...

Carpentry

Competitors frame walls using wood and/or metal steel studs; cut and install rafters, gable end overhangs, fascia board and soffit installation; and install sheathing and/or exterior siding and trim. Competitors are judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret...

Chapter Business Procedure

Student teams of six demonstrate knowledge of parliamentary procedure in both a written exam and a team demonstration. The written exam will consist of 100 questions related to materials found in Robert’s Rules of Order—Newly Revised. Scores are averaged and included...

Chapter Display

This competition evaluates promotional exhibits designed and constructed by SkillsUSA student members. The displays are built around and articulate a common theme established annually by SkillsUSA. The competition involves a team of no more than three students setting...

CNC Milling Specialist

This competition assesses the ability to write the CNC program for a part drawing and materials, determine tool offsets, set up the machine and produce a par on a milling machine. The competition includes a written test evaluating contestant knowledge of computer...

CNC Technician

Students compete in NIMS Level I and II manual machining skills and knowledge areas, including operation of manual milling machines, lathes, drill presses and surface grinders. Related knowledge and skills in the areas of engineering drawing interpretation, geometric...

CNC Turning Specialist

This competition assesses the ability to write the CNC program for a part drawing and materials, determine tool offsets, set up the machine and produce a part on a lathe. The competition includes a written test evaluating contestant knowledge of computer numerical...

Collision Repair Technology

Competitors demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The competition includes a series...

Commercial Baking

This competition challenges competitors to meet production and quality standards expected by industry. Students must scale, mix, prepare and bake six products (including breads, rolls, danish, cookies and pies) and demonstrate cake decorating skills. They must deliver...

Community Service

This competition evaluates local chapter activities that benefit the community. SkillsUSA chapters present their best community service project for the year. Competitors are evaluated on a notebook that reports their chapter’s community service project and a live...

Computer Programming

This competition consists of project coding and output, a skill-related written test and an interview. Each project’s specifications are written for Visual Basic, Java, C#, C++ and RPG. The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the current edition of the SkillsUSA...

Cosmetology

Students demonstrate their skills in haircutting, hair styling and long hair design in four separate tests. All work is performed on mannequins. A display of creativity is seen in the long hair segment of the competition, where these future salon professionals...

Crime Scene Investigation

Competitors are directed to a crime scene and briefed as to the situation. As three-person teams, they process the crime scene. They legally search for, properly collect and remove evidence of the crime. After the scene has been processed, the competitors write their...

Criminal Justice

This competition is for students preparing to become police officers or to work in other areas of criminal justice. It uses both a written examination and practical exercises to evaluate the competitors’ abilities and knowledge of the field. The competitors are scored...

Culinary Arts

This competition will encompass both hot and cold food preparation and presentation. Competitors will demonstrate their knowledge and skills through the production of a four-course menu in a full day of competition. The competitors will be rated on their organization,...

Customer Service

This competition evaluates students’ proficiency in providing customer service. The competition involves live role-playing situations. Competitors demonstrate their ability to perform customer service in both written and oral forms. 2019 Contest Information The...

Diesel Equipment Technology

Competitors cycle through 14 stations while testing and troubleshooting engines, electrical and electronics systems, and powertrain systems (including chassis, transmissions and carriers). Competitors also demonstrate skills in hydraulic systems, vehicle inspections,...

Early Childhood Education

Competitors demonstrate their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and their ability to prepare and implement learning activities for children 3-5 years old. Competitors will prepare a written lesson plan and take a written test assessing their knowledge...

Electrical Construction Wiring

Working from drawings and specification sheets, competitors are required to install an electrical system common in most residential projects. Judging is based on general workmanship, accuracy of layout and installation, and adherence to the current national electrical...

Electronics Technology

This competition is divided into five sections: customer service exam, written exam, soldering, breadboarding and troubleshooting. Competitors demonstrate their knowledge of analog and digital circuitry, ability to troubleshoot electronic circuits, ability to...

Engineering Technology Design

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...

Entrepreneurship

This team event tests students’ knowledge in starting their own businesses by developing business plans that identify needed products or services in a local market. Emphasis is placed on financial planning and practicality of the product/service. Teams must deliver an...

Esthetics

This competition evaluates the competitors’ techniques and professionalism in the field of skin care. Areas of testing include a student kit check, an oral skin assessment, a written exam covering the fundamentals of skin care, sanitation, skin analysis, a...

Extemporaneous Speaking

With five minutes of advance preparation, competitors are required to give a three-to five-minute speech on an assigned topic. They are judged on voice, mechanics, platform deportment, organization and effectiveness. The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the...

Firefighting

This competition evaluates students’ preparation for firefighting careers through hands-on skill demonstrations and both written and oral presentations. Areas tested include: safety; breathing apparatus; fire streams; ladders, ropes, knots and hoses; fire control;...

First Aid/CPR

This competition evaluates the ability to perform procedures or take appropriate action based on scenarios related to first aid and CPR medical emergencies. There is also a written exam. All skills are judged on nationally accepted standards identified from any of the...

Graphic Communications

Competitors participate in a seven-part competition that evaluates their skills in digital workflow, electronic prepress, finishing, offset press operations, oral professional assessment and production planning. Students will also complete a general technical...

Graphic Imaging Sublimation

This contest rates a screen-printing contestant’s preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding contestants for excellence and professionalism in the field of graphic imaging. The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the current edition of the SkillsUSA...

Health Knowledge Bowl

This competition tests students on their collective knowledge of health occupations. Four-member teams are judged on speed and accuracy answering questions in nine categories: Academic Foundations, Communication, Systems, Employability Skills, Legal Responsibility,...

Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

This competition recognizes students for their successful development of a professional portfolio. The competition evaluates the ability of the students to present themselves to a prospective employer. The competitors will show the use of the portfolio and use...

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration

Competitors are tested in brazing, refrigerant component service, air measurement and troubleshooting, refrigerant recovery and electrical troubleshooting. A written exam will also be taken. 2019 Contest Information The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the...

Information Technology Services

This competition requires competitors to identify and repair computer hardware malfunctions, solve configuration problems and install common components. In addition, the competitors take a A+ Certification lie exam. Their score on this exam is used as the basis for...

Interactive Application and Video Game Creation

Teams must produce an original, high-quality prototype or sample of an interactive multimedia application or video game during the school year immediately preceding the contest deadline. Their production should include concept art and/or storyboards, the sample or...

Internetworking

This competition consists of four main parts. The networking design problem tests students’ ability to design the functionality, scalability, adaptability and manageability of an internetworking system. The online written portion tests the students’ complete knowledge...

Job Interview

Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of employment procedures faced in applying for positions in the occupational areas for which they are training. They are tested on completion of employment applications, preliminary interviews with the receptionist and...

Job Skill Demonstration A

Competitors are evaluated on their understanding of employment procedures faced in applying for positions in the occupational areas for which they are training. They are tested on completion of employment applications, preliminary interviews with the receptionist and...

Job Skill Demonstration Open

Contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training, or outside of their training program. Any technical skill may be demonstrated. The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the current edition of the...

Mechatronics

This competition consists of three events designed to measure the skills required in the modern automated manufacturing environment. Competitors are required to assemble, adjust and test an automated machine system, troubleshoot and repair a faulty ma-chine system and...

Medical Assisting

Competitors are tested on their skills in the clinical and administrative setting. They are judged on speed, the use of correct safety measures and the ability to interact personally with a patient. Skills tested are general office skills, communication skills,...

Medical Math

Competitors demonstrate their knowledge of general math concepts used in the healthcare fields. They complete a written test that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, Roman numerals, abbreviations, percentages...

Medical Terminology

This competition is designed to evaluate knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations of individuals preparing for employment in the health occupations fields. The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the current edition of the SkillsUSA National Technical...

Mobile Robotics Technology

The competition tests the ability to perform, exhibit and compile skills and knowledge from a list of competencies determined by the technical committee. It will evaluate each contestants preparation for employment in the field of robotics with emphasis on the team...

Nail Care

The purpose of this competition is to evaluate each competitor’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students’ excellence and professionalism in the field of nail technology. Competitors are judged on oral communication skills, acrylic application,...

Nurse Assisting

Students demonstrate knowledge and skill in performing personal care, encouraging patient independence, assisting with ambulation and performing other routine tasks, including standard infection control procedures used in basic nurse assisting. Students will...

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

A teamwork and oral presentation contest that evaluates teams’ understanding of the symbolic representation of the colors and assembled parts of the SkillsUSA emblem. Each team includes seven registered members in the roles of president, vice president,...

Photography

Competitors demonstrate their ability to use digital single-lens reflex cameras, image editing software (Adobe Photoshop) and professional studio lighting. Students perform on-site photography, including portrait studio lighting and posing. They process and print...

Pin Design

Students present their state-winning pin and artwork and participate in an oral presentation regarding all aspects of the creation of their design. Competitors will explain how the pin represents the state, its unique qualities and why another SkillsUSA student or...

Plumbing

Contestants “rough-in” hot and cold-water lines with copper tubing and “rough-in” sanitary drainage, waste and vent lines with cast iron and PVC plastic for a water closet, a lavatory, a washer box and a floor drain. Water pipes are pressure tested on completed...

Power Equipment Technology

Competitors must know and understand both two- and four-cycle engines as well as the related theories that go along with the types of engines they will come across in the industry. They should also understand drivetrain, hydraulic and wiring schematics. Competitors...

Practical Nursing

Competitors are judged on their knowledge of medical terminology, body structure and function, nutrition, medications and nursing care. Competitors must also demonstrate their abilities to perform job skills such as: administration of oral, subcutaneous and...

Prepared Speech

Students are required to deliver a five-to seven-minute speech on a common theme established by SkillsUSA early in the school year. Competitors are evaluated on voice, mechanics, platform deportment, and the ability to present thoughts relating to a central theme...

Principles of Engineering Technology

This competition evaluates competitors’ understanding of basic technical concepts/principles of the applied sciences and ability to demonstrate and explain the concept/principle in action and application. Any technical concept may be demonstrated, provided it is...

Promotional Bulletin Board

A bulletin board display is created by the SkillsUSA chapters based on the annual SkillsUSA theme. The bulletin boards promote SkillsUSA, career and technical education in general, and related occupational information. An accompanying notebook documents the...

Quiz Bowl

The Quiz Bowl tests a team of five competitors on ability to quickly respond to questions covering the areas of academic knowledge, professional development and current events. The participants respond to a question by activating a buzzer system. The teams receive one...

Related Technical Math

On a written test, competitors demonstrate skills required to solve mathematical problems commonly found in the skilled trades and professional and technical occupations. Skills demonstrated include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers,...

Restaurant Service

Competitors 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 setup; greeting guests; reservations procedures; presentation of menus; description of...

Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue

This competition evaluates team members’ skills and preparation for employment in fields related to and including robotics, engineering, automation, manufacturing, electronics and emergency services. It recognizes outstanding performance by participants in scenarios...

Screen Printing Technology

Competitors are tested on their ability to prepare screens; register a multicolor design on a manual four-color, one-station rotary press; and print a multi-color design on a manual six-color, four-station rotary press. Competitors also complete a written technical...

Sheet Metal

Competitors 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....

T-Shirt Design

This event is designed to assess the ability of the competitor to create a T-shirt design and produce a drawing of that design. A presentation regarding all aspects of design creation is also required. 2019 Contest Information The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships...

TeamWorks

Teams of four students demonstrate their ability to work together in completing a construction project in a “real world” environment. Each team is required to understand the project elements based on a project binder, write a project action plan and present its action...

Technical Computer Applications

Competitors are expected to demonstrate installation, configuration and use of Windows, Mac OSX and Linux professional Operating systems, as well as one or more integrated Office suite packages. The use of instant messaging, collaboration and social networking...

Technical Drafting

This competition evaluates competitors’ preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of technical drafting. The competition will focus on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying...

Telecommunications Cabling

This competition tests to worldwide industry standards for data and voice connections, physical and logical networks and signal transmission. Competitors demonstrate skills in: reading network design documentation; parts list setup; purchase, pulling and mounting...

Television (Video) Production

Teams of two are required to plan and shoot a video on location to convey the theme of the event. Editing is done in the competition area, with special emphasis on professional production of the video by industry standards, quality of audio and video, and adequate...

Web Design

Teams complete a series of challenges focusing on website usability and accessibility, with at least one challenge related to scripting. Each challenge must be documented, clearly demonstrating the skills as outlined in the latest edition of the SkillsUSA...

Welding

Through a series of stations, competitors are tested on various aspects of welding, including measuring weld replicas, Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW). Competitors complete a steel project and weld an aluminum project in various...

Welding Fabrication

This is a team competition that requires three students from each school to use their welding and fabrication skills to build a designed project from the given material. The students are also required to be proficient in using the common tools of a workshop. A...

Welding Sculpture

This competition is designed to assess the ability of the competitor to develop a design and produce a welding sculpture of that design, as well as deliver a presentation regarding all aspects of the design creation. The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the...