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Electrical Construction Wiring Contest Information

Last Revised: 17 February 2017

 See General Contest Information for information common to ALL BULLINGTON'S SKILL CONTESTS. Please print a copy for your records.

Written testing for most contests will be held ON-LINE through your schools' Testing Liaison.
Testing will be open beginning Monday, March 20.
The deadline for taking the on-line tests is Friday, April 14.
No provisions are being made for make-up testing on-site.
NO Substitutions will be allowed this year after April 17th
See the State SkillsUSA Director's Memo for the policy on substitutions and late registrations.

Print the General Instructions for each of your competitors and have them become acquainted with the competition BEFORE arriving at the conference.

Each contestant will be required to bring his or her printed resume. It will be presented to the judges upon entry to the contest area. A deduction will be applied to your overall score if you do not have a resume.


After the contest, all workstations must be disassembled and prepared for shipping. Please have your contestants stack the panels neatly for transport on pallets or 4x4's to allow the forklift to get under them without re-stacking.

The contest area must be cleaned, swept, tables stacked, and all tape removed from the floor. This is the responsibility of instructors and contestants.


As agreed at August Conference each instructor is requested to secure a minimum of $50.00 in prizes for each student that you bring to the State SkillsUSA Championships. Please contact or for details and to let him/her know of industry awards you have secured.  I know many of you have already been hard at work securing the awards. These awards should be labeled with the name, address, and contact person for the donating industry so that the contestant they are awarded to can send an appropriate expression of his or her appreciation.


The contest will again be provided and judged courtesy of the staff of the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board with the assistance of contractors who are members of the Statewide Electrical Trades Advisory Committee.  The contest will consist of an online SkillsUSA (PDP) knowledge test, online written test covering knowledge of National Electrical Code and both residential and commercial electrical construction competencies, and hands-on components of both residential and commercial wiring, including EMT bending and proper wiring of GFCI and AFCI devices.  See the attached drawing of Electrical Construction Wiring Panels. The written test will contribute 20% to the total score and the performance test the remaining 80%.  The SkillsUSA test will be used as a tie-breaker only.  This is consistent with the National SkillsUSA competition.


Print the Standard Electrical Construction Wiring Materials List and have each student equipped with all items on the list.

EMT will be provided at the contest site. Contestant fee for EMT is included in conference registration.

Contestants will need to bring the tools on the list below, (NO POWER TOOLS REQUIRED, PANELS ARE PRE-DRILLED)

  • Claw Hammer

  • Hacksaw with blades

  • ½" EMT bender

  • Pocket tools and pouch

  • Eye protection with side shields

  • OSHA Acceptable hard hat

  • NEC book (Code version currently adopted by the Construction Industries Board)

  • 6' Folding rule or tape measure

  • Bandages (Bandaid brand adhesive bandages or equivalent for use on minor injuries to avoid time penalty of having to go to first aid station.)

  • Scientific Calculator

  • #2 Lead Pencils

  • Contestants may bring and use cordless screw guns or impact drivers. It is the responsibility of each contestant to check the condition of batteries and see that they are charged for the contest. In the event of forgotten, malfunctioning, or equipment with dead batteries, screws will be driven the old fashioned way. No penalty will be applied but no accommodation will made for this disadvantage.

NOTE: Maximum height of any device to be seven feet from finished floor. Contestant may bring step-ladder if he or she feels one will be needed to reach these devices.

I have worked with your trade group chairman and Gary Williamson of the Construction Industries Board to confirm the changes proposed at Summer Conference 2009 and modified the unified materials list. The changes include:

  • Elimination of the Motor Control commercial project in favor of a more generic commercial project

  • Addition of a GFCI receptacle

  • Change in conductor colors: blue replaced by green

  • All device boxes for Residential project will be plastic

  • Light boxes remain the same

  • Commercial project submitted from Summer Conference has been modified and will include both 3-point and 4-point saddles

Our goal is a single materials list which will contain no surprises for you each year: you will know the day after this year’s contest exactly what to bring next year and so on. The list includes metal boxes as well as plastic boxes, nail-on octagonal boxes as well as metal octagonal boxes with hanger bars, and plaster rings. This will allow the technical committee some latitude from year to year to change the materials and construction techniques and add a dimension to the contest we have not had before. Contestants will be expected to read instructions carefully and note changes in materials called for.

NOTE: Drywall screws have been replaced by pan head sheet metal screws, as drywall screws do not have the corrosion resistance needed and are not approved in electrical construction. Contestants will be penalized for use of drywall screws.

Contestants will be required to wear hard hats and OSHA-approved eye protection (including side shields) at all time while in the contest area. Failure to have these items on BEFORE entering the contest area will result in immediate disqualification and the contestant's project will not be judged.

The judges from past years' contests have provided feedback here to help you and your students avoid common mistakes. Please print and provide for each contestant.
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