Automation is the control of machines and processes by independent systems through the use of various technologies.

This is a practical competition that will test your logic, design and fault-finding skills in a challenging environment using automation equipment. To complete the tasks, competitors are expected to apply their theoretical knowledge of fundamental principles of, automation, basic pneumatic and electro-pneumatic technologies 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
  • Limited mechanical assembly and basic electrical wiring
  • 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 an individual competition (2021 cycle only)
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core This is a practical competition that will test your logic, design and fault finding skills in a challenging environment. National qualifiers will be held using an online platform, however, national qualifiers will be conducted in an online format.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register before 14 May

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions at their local college, training provider centre or work place, or, take part in an online competition

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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