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Technical Drafting Contest Information

Last Revised: March 4 2020

Written testing for most contests will be held ONLINE through your schools' Testing Liaison.
Testing will be open beginning Monday, March 16.
The deadline for taking the online tests is Friday, April 10.
No provisions are being made for make-up testing on-site.
NO substitutions will be allowed this year after April 14.
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.

PLEASE NOTE: Contestants will need to move in to the Convention Center at 2 p.m. Sunday to set up equipment and allow maximum time for the contest on Monday. No guarantee of equipment safety can be made, but a security guard will be on hand all night with orders to allow no one in Monday until state staff arrive.


Schedule for Sunday afternoon:


2:00-4:00 -- All contestants set up equipment


Instructors: Please stay with your contestants until equipment is completely set up. Instructors will be permitted in the contest area only during the SET-UP times for their students.

4:00 -- All contestants leave contest area


Present this memo to security or state staff as your pass to accompany your contestants to the Technical Drafting contest area only.


  • One 110 volt receptacle will be provided for each contestant.

  • Each contestant should bring a 25' extension cord and multi-outlet strip clearly marked with the name of the school.

See the following documents:

The contestants will also need the following instruments:

  • English Scale

  • English Caliper

  • Drafting Supplies: pencils, compass, protractor

  • 4GB or larger USB drive

  • Snacks
  • Bottled Water

Note from the Technical Committee Chairman:


This contest will focus on the ability of contestants to solve visualization and presentation problems of a mechanical nature by applying appropriate technical drafting skills. The contestants will be required to solve industry developed problems, including the utilization of standards.


The goal of this contest is to simulate a workplace environment. The contest packet will consist of documents typically submitted as a proposal, including: proposal letters, letters of intent, drafting standards and reference material. Contestants will be asked to demonstrate their ability to perform technical drafting skills using design and company standards. These standards will be used to measure the contestants' ability to gather information from a variety of sources and use it to complete a project. Also included are documents supporting how well the contestant can fill out a cost estimate sheet to be sent to a customer. This is to measure the contestant's ability to perform everyday workplace functions. Reading of all the information is crucial to this contest.


In short, this contest is to measure the contestant's ability to do the following:


  • Use CAD to produce working drawings.
  • Gather information from design/company standards.
  • Perform everyday workplace functions.
  • Work diligently to create a submittal estimate at a set deadline.

During the contest, the contestants will work independently. No assistance will be given by other contestants, instructors, or observers. Limited technical assistance for a computer or software malfunction may be given by appropriate technical committee personnel. Contestants will each be given the same amount of time to accomplish the problem. Everyone will begin at the same time and no one will be allowed to work past the contest conclusion. It is not this contest's intent to single out any person or school because of their choice of software. Any CAD software may be used to complete the problem.


Each contestant's work will be judged on his or her workstation. Any required document must have the contestant's assigned number on it. Documents without a contestant number will be considered incomplete. All other documents used to complete the problem must be left at their workstation (i.e., contest packet).


In preparation for changing judging to print, printers and laptops will be available this year and each contestant will be expected to save his or her project to a USB drive (Thumb Drive) in format recognizable by CAD  (i.e., dwg, dgn, dxf).


The judges hope to prepare the contestants for national competition while measuring his/her drafting abilities.



The technical committee has requested that contestants dress in SkillsUSA DRESS ATTIRE. Dress attire is judged at the beginning of the contest by the contest chairman or his designee. The penalty for inappropriate attire will be at 5 percent. Exceptions to this rule are made solely by the contest chairman or his designee.

Dress attire shall be considered to consist of either of the following:

a) Original/Official SkillsUSA dress without jacket (white shirt, black tie, black slacks/skirt, black belt, black shoes, black socks/black or nude hose)

b) New official SkillsUSA regulation attire for drafting contest (white SkillsUSA polo, black slacks/skirt, black belt, black shoes, black socks/black or nude hose).

Immediately after the contest ends, after all, contestants have plotted their solutions and when the judges have approved the tear-down, contestants and advisers will be allowed back into the contest site to dismantle, repackage and remove all their personal equipment. Positive identification will be required. Contestants failing to return and remove their equipment as directed will be disqualified! Please bring your own cart to assist in the removal of your equipment.

Students and instructors should stay away from the contest area during the judging, as this distracts the judges and lengthens the judging process. Chairmen typically will want to brief contestants and advisers following the judging process. The information obtained at this informal meeting in or adjacent to the contest area may prove to be very helpful and contestants and advisers are urged to attend.

INDUSTRY AWARDS As agreed at Summer Conference each instructor is requested to secure a minimum of $50 in prizes for each student that you bring to the State SkillsUSA Championships. Please contact 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 consist of an online SkillsUSA (PDP) knowledge test, an online written test covering knowledge of technical drafting concepts, and a practical test involving the development of a technical drawing from details and instructions provided by the technical committee. The written test will contribute 20 percent to the total score and 80 percent will be divided among the various practical tasks as assigned by the Technical Committee. A 5 percent deduction may be taken from the practical score for inappropriate attire. The SkillsUSA test will be used as a tie-breaker only, which is consistent with National SkillsUSA competition. Contestants will have four hours to complete the project.

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