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 application; 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 Visual Studio/Java 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 Visual Studio/Java 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 : C#/VB.Net (Visual Studio Express Edition 2013), Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition 2014 (complete install), Microsoft Visio 2013

The application & software that will be used during final phase : C#/VB.Net (Visual Studio Express Edition 2013), Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition 2014 (complete install), Microsoft Visio 2013

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Mechanical Engineering Design - CAD

Computer aided design is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis or optimization of an engineering design. CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communication through documentation and create a database for manufacturing. CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, manufacturing or other manufacturing processes.

The technical and engineering drawings and images must convey information such as materials, processes, dimensions and tolerances according to application-specific conventions. CAD may be used to design curves and figures in two-dimensional (2D) space or curves, surfaces and solids in three-dimensional (3D) space. CAD is also used to produce computer animation for the special effects used in, for example, advertising and technical manuals.

CAD is an important industrial art and is the way projects come true. It is extensively used in many applications, including automotive, ship building and aerospace industries, and in industrial design. The CAD process and outputs are essential to successful solutions for engineering and manufacturing problems.

CAD software helps us explore ideas, visualize concepts through photorealistic renderings and movies and simulates how the design project will perform in the real world.

The application & software that will be used during elimination phase: Autodesk Inventor Professional ver. 2015 and 2016

Source: World Skills : Mechanical Engineering Design - CAD

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Web Design

Skill Explained
Web Design encompasses many different skills and disciplines in the production and maintenance of websites. The diversity of the skills required by a web developer are many, often to the point it is difficult for a web designer to excel in all aspects. As a result, a team may cover the Web Design process, with each member of the team having their own strengths, specialties and role in the development process.

Web Design involves implementing specific solutions that follow the business rules and objectives outlined by the client. Web Designers develop a professional relationship with their clients, interacting with them in order to develop a deep understanding of the requirements and convert these into a website specification. Strong design and communication skills, coupled with research techniques and a grasp of target audiences, markets and trends, will ensure initial client satisfaction and credibility for the Web Designer.

Having completed the website planning and design, the Web Designer then integrates the website with third party tools and platforms. During the development process web designers design and develop the databases, create programs, tests and debug the website. The current trend is to also integrate the website with Social Media and take advantage of the leverage these modern platforms bring.

All these skills may apply equally to the re-design or an upgrade of an existing website.

A Web Designer has many employment opportunities. This can range from being a self-employed freelancer to being employed by media organizations and advertising agencies. Web Designer positions may be broad in scope or specialize in an area such as Graphic Design, Client Management, Front End Development, Back End/Server Side Development and User End Designer. Whichever role a web designer chooses to specialize in they will need to have access to ICT facilities, open source libraries and frameworks.

High performing Web Designers may have broad or specialist web-related skills. However, to excel they must have a strong grasp of copyright law and a well-developed personal code of ethics. They must understand artistic values, and take personal responsibility for being constantly at the forefront of trends and web technology. They must also be responsive to clients and have the ability to work in structured and unstructured teams and groups. These qualities enable the Web Designer to contribute and take advantage of this rapidly developing aspect of modern communications technology.

At The Competition

The development of a website often involves a sequence of developmental phases:

  • Planning
  • Creating elements for the web site
  • Client side coding
  • Server side programming

The process of development may vary involving a different order of phases. The Web Designer may be provided completed portions of a website such as a completed database or a completed user interface (UI). Through the sequence of developmental phases ongoing testing takes place.

Source: World Skill : Web Design

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Graphic Design Technology

Graphic Designers typically work in graphic house, application Developer Company, advertising agencies, corporate advertising departments, reproduction plants or printers. Graphical Designers can be called ADs (Art Directors), Production ADs, User Interface Designer, 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.

3D design may include both the technical construction of the 3D element (such as packaging) and the visual design of the surface.

Image manipulation may include the use of technical manipulation in preparation for printing.

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

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro X
  • Wacom Tablet

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

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro X
  • Wacom Tablet

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Information Technology - Network System Administration

Skill explained

An IT Network Systems Administrator works in small or large organizations in the commercial and public sectors, offering a wide range of IT services which are critical for the operation of daily business. He or she offers a wide range of services based on: user support, troubleshooting, design, installation/upgrading and configuration of operating systems and network devices.

Required skills
Work organization and self-management, communication and interpersonal skills, problem-solving, a dedication to research/keeping up to date with industry developments and a consistently methodical and investigative approach are the universal attributes of the outstanding IT Network Systems Administrator.

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 6.2

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

  • Packet Tracer 6.2
  • VMWare Workstation 11
  • VM of Linux Debian 7
  • VM of Windows Server 2012
  • VM of Windows 8.1 or 7
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 / 2010

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