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 and Development
  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 Community Edition 2015), Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition 2014 (complete install), Microsoft Visio 2015

The application & software that will be used during final phase: C#/VB.Net (Visual Studio Community Edition 2015), Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition 2014 (complete install), Microsoft Visio 2015

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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. 2017 and 2018

Source: World Skills : Mechanical Engineering Design - CAD

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Web Design and Development

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.

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

  • XAMPP 7.1.1 / PHP 7.1.1 (with php 7.1.1)
    • OpenSSL PHP Extension
    • Mbstring PHP Extension
    • Tokenizer PHP Extension
    • Reflection extension
    • PCRE extension
    • SPL extension
    • Ctype extension
    • MBString extension
    • Intl extension >= 1.0.2
    • ICU version >= 49
    • Fileinfo extension
    • DOM extension
    • PDO extension
    • PDO SQLite extension
    • PDO MySQL extension
    • GD PHP extension with FreeType support
    • ImageMagick PHP extension with PNG support
  • Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator (CC / CS6)
  • PHPStorm 2017
  • Brackets
  • Notepad++ 7.3.3
  • Sublime v3 + Emmet Sublime
  • Composer
  • Nodejs v6.10.2
  • Office standard
  • Firefox Developer Edition
  • Google Chrome
  • SQLYog/WebYog
  • MariaDB V10
  • Mysql Workbench
  • 7zip
  • Filezilla

The web framework that will be used during both elimination & final phase:

  • Laravel 5.4
  • Angular 2 or ReactJS or VueJS

Source: World Skill : Web Design and Development

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Graphic Design Technology

Graphic Design Technology comprises many different skills and disciplines in the production of graphic design and output. The diversity of the skills required in the industry are very broad: it is common for people working in this field to be specialists in a particular aspect. As a result, a team may cover the Graphic Design Technology process, with each member of the team having their own strengths, specialties and roles.

Graphic Design Technology involves working with external and internal clients to create solutions to their needs; it may also include the printing or online publication production. People working in this industry often work closely with their clients and must be strong communicators so that they can achieve the client’s objectives successfully. They require strong interactive, research, design and technical skills. In order to have these they need to understand the target audience, markets, trends and cultural differences and what the client wants. They must be able to work in either formal or informal teams, or stand-alone.

After completing the research and planning stage, a project is interpreted to form a design inappropriate industry specific software. The design must be set up with the correct technical specifications for output or online publication. It is essential that practitioners understand all phases of the procedure including the constraints of the specified printing process. These skills also apply to redesigning or updating a design.

There are various employment opportunities within the industry. This can include becoming a freelancer, business owner, or being employed by an advertising firm, a design firm, a printing company or a company with a design department. Practitioners may have a broad role, or specialize as a graphic designer, graphic artist, prepress operator, typographer, typesetter, type designer, image manipulation specialist, illustrator, art director, production manager, digital printer, information designer, publisher or packaging specialist

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

  • Adobe CS6 Illustrator
  • Adobe CS6 Photoshop
  • Adobe CS6 Indesign
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro X

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

  • Adobe CS6 Illustrator
  • Adobe CS6 Photoshop
  • Adobe CS6 Indesign
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro X
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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

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

  • Packet Tracer 7

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

  • Packet Tracer 7
  • VMWare Workstation 12
  • VM of Linux Debian 8.6
  • VM of Windows Server 2012 R2
  • VM of Windows 10

Source : World Skills : IT Network System Administration

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