There are 5 fields of competitions that can be selected, and each participant can only choose one of 5 fields. These fields are:

  1. Information Technology - Software Solutions for Business
  2. Mechanical Engineering Design - CAD
  3. Web Design
  4. Graphic Design Technology
  5. Information Technology - Network System Administration

Information Technology - Software Solutions for Business

The rapid pace of globalization over the past decade has been largely driven by developments in Information Communication Technology (ICT). IT specialists are increasingly in great demand in several areas, one of which is in providing solutions for business.

These professionals are not merely users of Microsoft Office; they are power users who have an intricate knowledge of each of the applications in the suite. Their skills may be used in a plethora of ways across a multitude of industries, cultures and languages.

Microsoft Office is by far the most widely-used suite of office applications throughout the world, therefore making Software Solutions professionals highly-employable members of the IT community. There are thousands of businesses that are undoubtedly in need of better training in the use of these office applications, and will often benefit greatly from having customized solutions developed for them that suit their individual needs.

What do IT Software Solutions professionals do?

  • Develop solutions to businesses' problems
  • Use Microsoft Office as a framework to build software solutions
  • Analyze business requirements in order to create well-fitting solutions
  • Use problem-solving skills and in-depth technical knowledge to build those solutions
  • Use communication skills to document their creations in an easy-to-understand way
  • Use communication and sales skills to present their solutions to clients

Where do IT Software Solutions professionals work?
IT Software Solutions professionals are employed throughout the following:

  • Large enterprises
  • Medium-sized businesses
  • Small businesses
  • As freelancers

They can operate in a wide variety of roles including:

  • In a support role
  • In a training role
  • In a development role
    • providing customization and automation
    • developing totally customized software solutions to a business' requirements

The application & software that will be used during elimination phase : Ms. Office 2010 (complete install)

The application & software that will be used during final phase : Ms. Office 2010 (complete install)

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Mechanical Engineering Design - CAD

Skill Explained
Mechanical engineer designers apply their knowledge to design all types of machines and their components using CAD software. CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. It is used to produce design documentation in manufacturing, including product drawings, paperwork and 3D models. CAD designers are expected to draw up designs accurately and meticulously and to have acquired thorough understanding of their CAD software. CAD designers work in industrial design departments or design agencies. Professional CAD designers have to keep up with their industry's continuous development and new software.

Required Skills
Communication, numeracy, critical thinking, mathematics, computer science, analytical skills, creativity, read and interpret technical drawings

What the Competitors do at the Competition?
Competitors will be judged on their knowledge of and ability to:

  • 3D modelling of part
  • 3D modelling of assemblies
  • Create photo rendered images
  • Creation of simulations
  • Reverse engineering of a physical model
  • Technical drawings and dimensioning
  • Materials
  • Software and hardware

Source: World Skills : Mechanical Engineering Design - CAD

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Web Design

Web Design is a fairly new profession incorporating building and maintaining web pages. Web Designers use computer programmes to produce pages which include links to other pages, graphical elements, text and photographs. The layout of these elements can be presented as a script or drawings on paper. Computer software is used for technical implementation. In their work, designers and builders must pay attention to copyright laws and ethical questions.

These days anybody can try their hand at Web Design, putting more pressure on professional designers. In order to awaken interest and make visitors stay at a site designers must learn new techniques and use them to come up with original solutions. When professional rather than amateur sites pull in visitors, the Internet can become an important platform for corporate communications, marketing and trade.

A web page producer understands the technology and the related artistic values. On websites, technology is used to automate functions and to help content administrators in their work. Creative skills are needed when designing the colours, fonts and graphics and their layout on a site. User interface planning ensures good usability. A website producer must also understand the basics of project work, content production and site administration.

Compatibility of the end product with standard browsers and software/hardware combinations is important.

The software application will be used (select depends on your need) :

  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Sound Forge
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • PHPMyAdmin
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Graphic Design Technology

Graphic Designers typically work in advertising agencies, corporate advertising departments, reproduction plants or printers. Graphical Designers can be called ADs (Art Directors), Production ADs, Assistant ADs, Advertising Assistants and Graphical Designers. In reproduction plants and printers they may be called Printing Surface Producers or Printing Assistants.

Two-dimensional objects may involve any kind of printed material. Planning three-dimensional objects involves technical design and creating a visual image of the object (such as packaging). Skills include producing ideas, creating layouts, digital editing, typography, producing graphics, typesetting, printing and presenting the final product.

The skill covers every form of graphic interpretation, including 2D design, graphic design for 3D format and image manipulation.

2D design may include all kinds of printed matter (refer Section 2 - Competency and Scope of Work).

3D design may include both the technical construction of the 3D element (such as packaging) and the visual design of the surface (refer Section 2 - Competency and Scope of Work).

Image manipulation may include the use of technical manipulation in preparation for printing (refer Section 2 - Competency and Scope of Work).

The application & software that will be used during elimination phase :

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro X
  • Bamboo

The application & software that will be used during final phase :

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro X
  • Bamboo

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Information Technology - Network System Administration

Skill explained
Network Administrators install, maintain, update and service computer equipment and software. Their work includes:

  • Installing a complex, custom IT solution with workstations, users, servers and networking equipment
  • Using a variety of operating systems and server software
  • Implementing business IT systems with servers, workstations and network devices
  • Tackling business-to-business communication solutions, accessing the Internet and other business networks safely and efficiently
  • Installing and configure wireless network devices, switches, routers and data protection devices
  • Ensuring security of stored information and give access to relevant users
  • Providing system level documentation and diagrams
  • Install, maintain and troubleshoot VOIP devices and software

Required skills
Attention to detail, technologically savvy, critical thinker, problem-solver

What the Competitors do at the Competition
The Competitor is judged on: their knowledge, understanding, and abilities to install, run, configure, and troubleshoot various components of the following:

  • Various operating systems, both client and servers
  • Wired and wireless internetworking devices
  • Network security and system integration

Source : World Skills : IT Network System Administration

The application & software that will be used during elimination phase : Packet Tracer 5.33

The application & software that will be used during final phase :

  • Packet Tracer 5.33 Packet Tracer 6.01
  • VMWare Workstation 9 Virtual Box
  • VM of Linux Debian 6.0.5 i386
  • VM of Windows Server 2008 R2
  • VM of Windows XP Profesional SP3 or better

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