Available NH State Contests
Contest(s) | Date | Time | Place | Chaperon(s)
Available State Contests by Program as September 22, 2015
Skilled and Technical Sciences
- Architectural Drafting
- Contestants will use their drafting skills to solve an Architectural problem.
- The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch, and drawings EITHER computer-generated or board drafted.
- If board drafting, please bring all necessary equipment.
- The contest tests the contestants’ problem-solving abilities, not simply their CAD skills.
- Automated Manufacturing Technology
- The contest 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, the CAM operator generates the tool paths, and the CNC operator sets up and machines the part.
- Plotting is not a scored event; however the contestants must be able to generate a plot file that will be used to send their data to the plotter.
- Automotive Service Technology
- Contestants will 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, simulations, bench and component testing and a written test.
- Contestants will be judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and ability to follow directions.
- There are thirteen skill stations including the written test.
- Requires the building of a small cabinet from materials and drawings supplied.
- Contestants are expected to read the drawings, lay out and cut the parts using a table saw, laminate trimmer, hand drill, hinge boring machine and various hand tools.
- The parts must be accurately assembled, sanded and adjusted to tolerances specified by the judges.
- Contestants will frame walls using wood and or metal steel studs, cut and install rafters, gable end overhangs, fascia board and soffit installation, install sheathing and or exterior siding and trim.
- Demonstration of knowledge of stair construction is required.
- Contestants will be judged on accuracy, ability to read and interpret blueprints, workmanship, safety and the proper use of tools, equipment and materials.
- CNC Milling Specialist
The purpose of this contest is to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment in Computer Numeric Control Milling.
In addition, recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism.
This contest will assess the ability to write CNC milling programs, interpret prints (including GDT), and measure/gage parts.
Participants will also demonstrate theoretical knowledge of CNC machine configuration, setup and operations.
- CNC Turning Specialist
The purpose of this contest is to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment in Computer Numeric Control Turning.
In addition, recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism.
This contest will assess the ability to write CNC turning programs, interpret prints (including GDT), and measure/gage parts.
Participants will also demonstrate theoretical knowledge of CNC machine configuration, setup and operations
- Commercial Baking
- Contestants are challenged to meet production and quality standards expected by industry.
- The contest includes both a written examination and practical exercises.
- Contestants demonstrate their knowledge and skills through scaling, mixing, preparing and baking six products.
- The products include breads, rolls, danishes, cookies and pies.
- The student also must demonstrate their cake decorating skills.
- The contestant must work efficiently to produce quality products in a job-like setting.
- Computer Programming
- Competition consists of project coding and output, a skill-related written test and an interview.
- The contestants will receive a packet that includes instructions to the written test and each of the two projects.
- Each project’s specifications are written for Visual Basic, Java, C#, C++ and RPG.
- The projects will be saved on the Desktop in a folder called “SkillsUSA Contestant#_.”
- All projects will be downloaded to a jump drive or diskette (whichever the student prefers) and transferred to a main station to be printed, both code and screen.
- Students will demonstrate their skills in hair cutting, hair styling and long hair design in four separate tests.
- All work is performed on mannequins so everyone begins with the same model and the same type of hair.
- Contestants will create one 90 degree women’s haircut, one woman’s and one man’s cut from a finished photo.
- A display of creativity is seen in the long hair segment of the competition where these future salon professionals demonstrate their own design skills.
- A parade finale closes the contest with each contestant walking down the stage with their completed mannequins to present to the audience.
- Cosmetology - Long Hair Design (State Competition Only)
- Culinary Arts
- The competition will encompass both hot and cold food preparation and presentation.
- Contestants will demonstrate their knowledge and skills through the production of a four-course menu in a full day competition.
- The contestants will be rated on their organization, knife skills, cooking techniques, creative presentation, sanitation food safety techniques, and above all, the quality and flavor of their prepared items.
- The high school competitors will work from one menu with standardized recipes.
- Digital Cinema Production
- To evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the cinematography/short film production.
- The contest will be divided into four portions: a written exam that will assess knowledge in industry standards, a storyboard assignment to be completed in teams of two people, an interview with 1 or more judges and a short video (4.5 to 5 minutes) that will be filmed and edited on site (meaning all work must be done between contest briefing and designated turn in time).
- All footage must be acquired after the contest has begun and must be filmed within the areas specified by the field assignment.
- Electrical Construction Wiring
- Contestants are required to complete a written test of questions formulated from the latest edition of the National Electric Code (NEC), a practical conduit bending exercise and hands-on installation of a conduit system, cabling system and wiring devices.
- Working from drawings and specification sheets, contestants are required to install an electrical system common in most residential and light commercial projects.
- Judging is based on general workmanship, accuracy of layout and installation, and adherence to the current NEC and standard industry safe practices.
- 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 project to a panel of judges from the engineering field, their storyboard presentation model, and the overall effect of the presentation.
- The Esthetics competition evaluates the contestants’ techniques and professionalism in the field of skin care.
- Students will be tested in four different areas: an oral skin consultation; a written exam covering the fundamentals of skin care; sanitation; skin analysis; a hands-on basic facial demonstration; and, a day time and fantasy make-up application.
- Industrial Motor Control
- Students demonstrate their knowledge of electrical principles, equipment and industry codes and standards as it relates to the design and installation of motor control systems.
- Students demonstrate their skills and abilities in applying that knowledge by properly installing motor control equipment and associated enclosures, raceways, pilot devices and circuitry in accordance with accepted industry practice and National Electric Code requirements.
- Information Technology Services (formerly Computer Maintenance Technology)
- Competition requires contestants to identify and correct end -user computing issues including configuration problems, operating system failures, boot issues, basic client side network problems and install common software components.
- The contest also includes client or customer facing issues pertaining to intake or resolution of a customer installation or repair.
- Students must demonstrate basic ability to configure & secure SOHO networks, manage client side virtual machines, basic understanding of Windows registry, use of remote assistance software to support remote clients, comprehensive knowledge of commands, and work with mobile devices.
- In addition, the contestants take the A+ Certification exam.
- Their score on this exam is used as the basis for the written portion of the contest, and contestants who pass the exam receive their A+ Certification.
- The contest consists of three main parts–networking design, general networking knowledge and hands-on evaluations.
- The networking design problem tests a contestant’s ability to design functionality, scalability, adaptability and manageability of an inter-networking system.
- The online written portion tests the student’s complete knowledge of inter-networking concepts.
- The hands-on component demonstrates the abilities of the contestant to make cables, trouble shoot network systems, configure routers, switches and servers, to deliver customer service in a technical assistant center environment.
- The contestants will find errors in WAN and LAN networks; do an ISP configuration using routers and switches; talk a technician through an error they are having on their network; and, take an online, certification type test.
- The national contest is based on the most current CCNA certification.
- In today’s job market system administration skills are needed, therefore the server skills listed here will be scored: install DNS, create a record, install active directory service, and DHCP.
- In addition, contestants should have knowledge of creating user and group accounts on Windows Server 2008.
- Power Equipment Technology
- Tests the student’s skills in all areas of this technology.
- They must know and understand both 2 & 4 cycle engines.
- They should know and understand the related theories that go along with the types of engines that they will come across in the industry.
- They should also understand drive trains, hydraulic, as well as wiring schematics.
- Contestants will need to be versed in customer service.
- As they rotate through the various stations they are judged and scored on both physical and oral skills.
- They are further tested with their ability to read and follow the job tasks that are given.
- Principles of Engineering/Technology
- Evaluates contestants’ 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 related to the principles of technology curriculum and incorporates basic principles of the applied sciences.
- Restaurant Service
- Contestants are tested on skills required in the “front of the house” of a fine restaurant.
- The focus is on guest service and guest relations in the dining room including: table set up; greeting guests; reservations procedures; presentation of menus; description of food, drinks, soups and specials of the day; taking orders; serving each course and clearing the table after each course; and preparation and presentation of the check and closing remarks.
- Contestants are judged on personal appearance, table side manner, professionalism, ease with guests, courtesy, general knowledge and technical and verbal skills.
- Technical Computer Applications
- Contestants will be expected to demonstrate installation, configuration and use of Windows, Mac OSX and Linux Professional Operating Systems and one or more integrated office suite packages including email, word processing, spreadsheet applications, database applications, web page development, money management applications, presentations applications, internet browser applications, etc.
- The use of Open source software such as OpenOffice will be preferable.
- Microsoft Office and other integrated office suites could be used.
- The utilization of instant messaging, collaboration and social networking software will be required during the contest.
- Contestants will be expected to perform in teams while demonstrating individual technical skills.
- The contest will include an oral presentation demonstrating the student’s ability to communicate with others, a hands-on skills demonstration, and a one hour time allotted written examination.
- Technical Drafting
- This contest evaluates contestant’s preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of technical drafting.
- The contest will focus on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools including computer-aided drafting (CAD).
- Telecommunications Cabling
- For students interested in voice and data network cabling and installation.
- Industry indicates that 80 percent of the problems in computer networks, security systems installations and others are caused by cabling issues not the computers, servers, switches, etc.
- This competition tests to worldwide industry standards related to cabling for data and voice connections, physical and logical networks and signal transmission.
- Contestants demonstrate skills in fiber and copper cable termination, pulling and mounting cable, patch panel installation and termination, installing jacks, cable testing and troubleshooting, and providing customer service. Both CAT 5/6e and fiber optics cable are represented.
- The contest stresses safety in all activities.
- Television Video Production
- Teams of two contestants are required to plan and shoot a video (generally 30 seconds or one minute in length) on location to convey the “theme” of the event.
- Editing is done in the contest area with special emphasis on professional production of the video by industry standards, quality of audio and video, and adequate conveyance of the “theme” to the viewer.
- Web Design
- Teams will 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 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards.
- Competitors receive contest drawings and a set of welding procedure specifications.
- All drawings, welding symbols, and welding terms conform to the latest edition of the American Welding Society standards.
- Through a series of stations, contestants are tested on various aspects of welding: measuring weld replicas, using weld measuring gauges; laying out a plate and using oxy-acetylene equipment to cut several holes that are checked for accuracy and quality; Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) on steel making welds in various positions using short circuiting transfers; Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) using a shielding gas, making welds in various positions and, using a combination machine capable of providing the correct welding current for shielded metal arc (SMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW).
- Competitors complete the steel project and weld an aluminum project in various positions using a variety of filler metals.
- Welding Fabrication
- 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.
- Each team is required to be skilled in the following welding and cutting processes: SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW and OFC.
- The students are also required to be proficient in using the common tools of a workshop.
- A theme-based project will be constructed by the students based on the prints drawn by each team.
- Welding Sculpture
- Contestants demonstrate their ability to design and produce a sculpture of that design, as well as give a presentation regarding all aspects of his/her creation of the design.
- Previously welded sculptures created for regional and state competitions will be displayed for the national competition.
- A notebook is required displaying evidence of original work.
- Each participant is interviewed regarding aspects of design and creation of the piece.
- There will be no live welding on site.
Leadership Development and Occupationally Related
- Customer Service
- Evaluates students’ proficiency in providing customer service.
- The contest involves live, role-playing situations.
- Contestants demonstrate their ability to perform customer service in both written and oral forms including telephone and computer skills, communications, problem solving, conflict resolution and business etiquette.
- Extemporaneous Speaking
- Requires contestants to give a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic with five minutes of advance preparation.
- Contestants enter the preparation area one at a time where they are given a speech topic.
- They are judged on voice, mechanics, platform deportment, organization and effectiveness.
- Job Interview
- Divided into three phases: completion of employment applications; preliminary interviews with receptionist; and, in-depth interviews.
- Contestants are evaluated on their understanding of employment procedures faced in applying for positions in the occupational areas for which they are training.
- Job Skills Demo A
- Contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training.
- Competitors in Job Skill A must demonstrate a career objective in an occupational area that is included in one of the contest areas of the SkillsUSA Championships.
- Job Skills Demo 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.
- Pin Design (State Design)
- Students present their state-winning pin along with their artwork and participate in an oral presentation regarding all aspects of their creation of the design.
- He/she will explain how the pin represents the state, its unique qualities and why another SkillsUSA student or adult member would want to wear it.
- Prepared Speech
- Requires students to deliver a speech five to seven minutes in length on a common theme established by National SkillsUSA early in the school year.
- Contestants are evaluated on their ability to present thoughts relating to a central theme clearly and effectively, and on voice, mechanics, and platform deportment.
- Promotional Bulletin Board
- Judges bulletin board displays created by 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 development and construction of the bulletin board.
- An oral presentation explains the process, purpose and educational value.
- Related Technical Math
- On a written test, contestants 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, fractions and decimals; applied word problems; percentages; ratio proportions; averages; area; volume; metric measures and traditional (Imperial) measures and trigonometry.
- Quiz Bowl
- The Quiz Bowl tests a team of 5 competitors’ 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 point for a correct answer and lose a point for each incorrect answer.
- The active rounds (preliminary and finals) are 100 questions each.
- T-Shirt Design (State Design)
- The contest is designed to assess the ability of the competitor to design and produce a drawing of that design, as well as give a presentation regarding all aspects of his or her creation of the design.
Brief Outline of each Contest
Details of each Contest
Assessment Guidance Documents
Contest Singles (cost $9)
General Dress Code
Red SkillsUSA blazer or windbreaker
White dress shirt
Plain, solid black tie
Black dress slacks (not jeans)
Black dress shoes (not sneakers) and black socks
Red SkillsUSA blazer or windbreaker
Black dress skirt or slacks (not jeans)
Black or skin-tone sheer seamless hose Black dress shoes (not sneakers)
Dress Code for each Contest
Tools List for each Contest