SkillsUSA Competitions Summary

DACC Invitational Championship


Computer Programming – Contestants demonstrate knowledge of computer programming, describe how programs and programming languages work and describe the purposes and practices of structured programming. The contest may include a computer programming problem consisting of background information and program specifications. An appropriate (successfully executable) computer program from design notes and instructions will be developed.

Cyber-Security – The contest will be a series of Provisioning, Testing, Deployment, Operational and Maintenance, and Protection and Defensive procedures with the end goals set by the technical committee.  The contest is defined by industry standards as determined from elements of the NIST Publication 800-181 Cyber Security Workforce Framework. Categories include Securely Provision (SP), Operate and Maintain (OM), Protect and Defend (PR).

Electronics– The contest will assess the ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of “state of the art” electronic industry standards as determined by the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians. Additionally, the contest also requires contestant proficiency of competencies listed by the National Coalition for Electronics Education — Basic Electronics. Contestants will demonstrate their ability to perform jobs or skills from the following list of competencies as determined by the SkillsUSA Championships technical committee, which includes: Electronics Supply Co. Inc., NIDA Corp. and United States Postal Service.

Information Technology Services – Contestants compete in modules designed to test their knowledge as an IT service professional. The contest will challenge contestants to correct end-user computing issues, configure and secure networks, manage virtual machines, navigate and modify Windows registry, deploy operating systems, leverage troubleshooting software and tools, identify virus and malware origins, work with mobile devices, and proficiently use command line interfaces. Additionally, contestants are evaluated on their interpersonal skills (such as communication, teamwork, and honesty). In the national contest, contestants take an official CompTIA A+ Certification exam, and receive their certification if they pass.

Internetworking – The contest focuses on testing the networking knowledge and hands-on ability of the competitors. The online written portion tests the student’s complete knowledge of internetworking concepts. The hands-on component demonstrates the abilities of the contestant to make cables, trouble shoot network systems, configure routers, switches and servers, and to deliver customer service in a technical assistant center environment. The contestants will find errors in WAN and LAN networks; do a full network configuration using routers, switches, and servers; talk a technician through an error they are having on their network; and take an online, certification type test. The national contest is based on the most current CCNA certification. In today’s job market system administration skills are needed, therefore server skills that will be scored include, but are not limited to: DNS, Active Directory, and DHCP.

Technical Computer Applications – Contestants will be expected to demonstrate installation, configuration and use of Windows, Mac OSX and Linux Professional Operating Systems and one or more integrated office suite packages including email, word processing, spreadsheet applications, database applications, web page development, money management applications, presentations applications, internet browser applications, etc. The use of Open source software such as OpenOffice will be preferable. Microsoft Office and other integrated office suites could be used. The utilization of instant messaging, collaboration and social networking software will be required during the contest. Contestants will be expected to perform in teams while demonstrating individual technical skills. The contest will include an oral presentation demonstrating the student’s ability to communicate with others, a hands-on skills demonstration, and a one-hour time allotted written examination.