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Internetworking Contest Information

Last Revised: 23 February 2017

The contest is subject to a last minute change depending upon the industry technical committee setting up each station.

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.

The Internetworking (Cisco) Competition will be held at the Tulsa Technology Center Riverside Campus. There will be NO required contestant meeting on Sunday to set up equipment.


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 your Awards Chairman 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.


Supplied by the instructor for each contestant (No Sharing):

Each competitor is required to bring the following tools/equipment to the Internetworking competition.

Be sure each item you bring is visibly marked with your school name.

  • Router-any model

  • DTE/DCE cables to match your equipment

  • Router power cable

  • Transceiver if your router requires it

  • 2-25 to 30 ft Ethernet cables (terminated straight through)

  • DB9 to RJ45 adaptor

  • Console cable

  • 2950-Series switch

  • 66- and 110-type punch down tools

The following materials may be brought to the contest site on or before the day of setup or may be brought with the competitor the day of the competition:

Cabling Materials

  • 3-3 to 4 ft lengths of Cat 5 cable

  • 12-RJ45 connectors

  • Crimp tool for RJ45 connectors

  • 8P8C jack of the type your contestant is familiar with, if you want a particular type. Otherwise, these will be provided.

  • Cable cutter

  • Cable stripper

  • Cable tester

  • Safety Glasses

  • 2-#2 Lead Pencils

The contest will consist of an online SkillsUSA (PDP) knowledge test, online written test covering knowledge of internetworking concepts and practices, cable building, internetwork configuration project, a customer design problem, and a subnet problem. The written test will contribute 25% to the total score, the cable building 10%, the internetwork configuration project 45% (composed of 25% router configuration and 20% switch configuration), the customer design problem 10%, and the subnet problem 10%. The SkillsUSA test will be used as a tie-breaker only, which is consistent with National SkillsUSA competition. Other tie breakers will be (in order): configure routers, written test, subnetting problem, design problem, and cable building.

General Procedures

Here's what to expect on Monday:

8:00 a.m.    Contestants and advisors may move in. Enter the building at the "Student Center" entrance. The contest headquarters is upstairs and to the right (west). The receptionist will give you directions. Judges may arrive whenever they wish.

Contestants will sign in and draw a random card which will be used for grouping and equipment selection. Please be sure to turn your badge so that only your contestant number (not your name and school) is visible! Know your number, please! In the interest of fairness, and anonymity you will be identified ONLY by number during the contest, so if a judge says, "Contestant Number 1234, please ping the ISP router," you'll know if they're talking to you!

Equipment may be placed in the lab area and tools may be stored in the staging area upon arrival.

Judges may arrive any time before 8:30.

8:28    Dramatic theme music begins

8:30    CONTEST BEGINS! After a brief introduction and orientation, contestants will divide into two groups. One group will begin with cabling, design and submit elements while the other will begin with configuration.

~11:00    Break for lunch. Do not discuss your activities so far with ANYONE! You could give someone an unfair advantage!

12:00    Groups "swap" areas and begin.

~2:30    Contest concludes. When judges permit, you may pick up your equipment from the lab area.

Some other useful information:

No one may enter a room when a contest is actively underway. Parents, friends, advisors and observers may view contestants from staging area only. Non-flash photography will be permitted at the judges' discretion.

Contestants may not leave and re-enter a contest area, nor may they remain in an area when scoring is taking place. However, judges may recall a contestant to ask for additional information or demonstration.

It's an honor to host this contest and to have our wonderful contestants and colleagues on our campus and in our city this week. We all wish you the best success and a safe trip and we look forward to seeing you!

Mark Griffin

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