Automation is the control of machines and processes by independent systems through the use of various technologies which are based on computer software or robotics.

This is a practical competition that will test your logic, design and fault-finding skills in a challenging environment. To complete the tasks, competitors are expected to apply their theoretical knowledge of fundamental principles, automation, pneumatic, electrical/electronic and PLC technologies. The skills that are tested include:

  • Designing, building and testing pneumatic, electro-pneumatic circuits and PLC programmes for sequential and non-sequential tasks
  • Using appropriate sensors and actuators to build simple automated systems
  • Adding new functionality and operations to a given application
  • General Impression and function

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail

  • Performance testing

  • Troubleshooting

  • Software programming

  • Test design

  • Configuration management

  • Agility

Entry criteria

  • This is a team competition
  • Teams must compromise of 2
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies (these can be found in the documents within the useful information section). This is a practical competition that will test your logic, design and fault finding skills in a challenging environment.

How it works

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Learners who get through the passive stage (where they will be expected to prepare a submission for entry or participate in an online assessment), will be invited to take part in national qualifiers which take place across the UK between April and June. All competitors receive certification for their achievements at the qualifiers

The highest performers from the national qualifiers are invited to compete in the UK National Finals in November at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeship and careers event

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In light of the ongoing uncertainty relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be running the WorldSkills UK national competition cycle in 2020. We expect to resume competitions in 2021 and urge you to register your interest now so we can keep you advised of developments.

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