Adobe Photoshop Design

Adobe Photoshop is an integral tool in the visual communications industry. Students with experience in Adobe Photoshop have an advantage over others in the marketplace because knowledge of the application is required for most jobs in the visual communications field....

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 Board

Architectural Drafting Board is an entry-level drafting competition in the architectural area. It measures a student’s knowledge of basic architectural concepts and how the student applies them to create a small architectural drawing on a drafting board....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician evaluates each contestant’s preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of emergency medical technology. Technical Standard The SkillsUSA Illinois Championships follow the...

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...

Fashion Design

Fashion Design evaluates each contestant’s preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of commercial sewing, design and embroidery decoration. Technical Standard 2019 Contest Information The SkillsUSA...

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...

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...

Interior Room Design

Interior Room Design provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate competencies needed in the occupational field of interior design through designing a room to accommodate individual needs, interests and tastes within a limited budget. Technical Standard 2019...

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...

Machine Drafting Board

Machine Drafting Board is an entry level competition in the technical drafting area. It allows a students to use problem solving skills and basic drafting concepts to construction a two dimensional board drawing of a machine part. Technical Standard The SkillsUSA...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...