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Residential Systems Installation Contest Information

Last Revised: 13 February 2017


The RSI page is UNDER CONSTRUCTION as this new event evolves. Thanks for your patience.

Please notify Jim Bullington IF you plan to participate in this event this year. I may need to notify you of last minute changes that will not make it onto this page.

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 ONLINE 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.
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.



Mock walls and equipment to be installed


Contestants will need to bring the following tools and materials:
  • Standard "pouch" tools, including but not limited to the following:
  • Multimeter
  • Cordless drill and battery or batteries
  • Telephone buttset
  • Toner
  • Signal generator
  • Cable tester
  • Laptop computer
  • Coax crimpers
  • RJ11/RG 45 crimpers
  • Coax compression tool (F)
  • Coax stripper
  • Punch awl (to start holes for drilling)
  • Drill index with 1/16” to ½” twist drill bits
  • 5/8” paddle drill bit
  • Tape measure 25'
  • Hacksaw
  • Marking pencil to mark holes to be drilled
  • Wire strippers (14-20 AWG and 20-25 AWG)
  • Diagonal cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Screwdrivers, assorted (slotted 1/8”, 3/16” and ¼”, phillips #2 and #3)
  • Nut drivers
  • Retractable razor knife
  • Torpedo level
  • Bandaids
  • Eye Protection
  • Bottled water and snacks 


1. The installation will be tested to industry standards.

2. The home technology integration project must be completed within the given time and certified for use.

3. Skills that are to be evaluated are outlined in the competencies provided by the contest technical committee.

4. Standards are congruent with those established.

5. A written industry exam will be given and will count for 20% of the contestants’ final score

6. The construction portion will count 80%.


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.


The contest will consist of an online SkillsUSA (PDP) knowledge test, online written test covering knowledge of Home Technology Integration principles and skills and a skill test.

Specific scores:

The written test will contribute 20% to the overall score, the electro-mechanical 40% for functionality and 28% for drawing, and the conduit bending 12%. The SkillsUSA test will be used as a tie-breaker only, which is consistent with National SkillsUSA competition.

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