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Engineering Technology Contest Information

Last Revised: Feb. 28, 2019

Highlighted information is for 2019: Note change in time, day and location.

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

The SkillsUSA Professional Development (PDP) Test (see sample test) will be taken on-line prior to coming to the conference. The PDP is the ONLY test required for Engineering Technology. No Technical written test will be necessary. The contest information is in the national Skills USA technical guide.

PDP only testing for Engineering Technology contests will be held ON-LINE through your schools' Testing Liaison.
Testing will be open beginning Monday, March 25.
The deadline for taking the on-line tests is Friday, April 15.
No provisions are being made for make-up testing on-site.
NO Substitutions will be allowed this year after April 23rd
See the State SkillsUSA Director's Memo for the policy on substitutions and late registrations.

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.

The Engineering Technology contest interviews will be held Monday in the Keystone Room, DoubleTree Hotel. (First floor of DoubleTree, down the east hall from the main entrance, past the restaurant area and rest rooms, to the first hallway on the right. The Keystone is the last room on the left and is immediately adjacent to SkillsUSA Headquarters.)

Contestants will set up their Storyboard and Project in the hallway outside the Keystone Room from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

 Teams remain with your projects until the Judges arrive. You will then draw for presentation order. Teams other than the first to present will be asked to remain in the hallway until called in to present.

 The first Presentation will begin at 9:00 a.m.

This event is a team event, consisting of a team of 3 Secondary students, or 3 Post-Secondary students (no mixed teams will be allowed).

Each team will have one storyboard explaining the new innovation they collaboratively worked on. Each storyboard may be smaller than, but may not exceed a maximum of 4' x 4'. Teams may also elect to bring a laptop and present to the Judges via PowerPoint.

The live model must be an accurate reflection of what is being claimed in the oral presentation. Importance is placed on the oral presentation that lasts no longer than ten minutes. Following the oral presentation, there will be a possible ten-minute question and answer session by the judging panel to clarify any questions that arise during the presentation.

Participation in this competition is limited to contestants presently enrolled in or having completed an ODCTE-approved Pre-Engineering program.


  • Each team will need to bring the following:

Live model of the innovative engineering project

Storyboard explaining the project and the steps used to design the project

Extension cords, compressed air, special lighting, or other special equipment needed to demonstrate the live model

Individual resumes

Live model may not be hazardous in any way.

Proper personal protective equipment must be worn and provided for judges, if necessary.

Live models must be transported and set-up in the contest area by the contestant team. No help will be provided by State SkillsUSA.

If the live model is not conducive to being presented in an indoor facility, please notify headquarters in advance so other arrangements can be made.

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.

  • State SkillsUSA will provide the following:

A space for the live model no bigger than 10’ x 12’

A space for the storyboard

One standard 120 volt electrical outlet

One standard 8’ conference table

All regulations of the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards will be followed.

First place teams will proceed to the National SkillsUSA conference in Louisville in June.

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