Automation is of increasing importance in the industrial control of production systems. It requires the ability to troubleshoot, both during installation and in working systems, either across industries or in a specialist area.

Industrial Control electricians will need a wide range of skills, learning the installation of cables, instruments and control centres, circuit design and programming. Automation technology is developing rapidly, requiring a strong interest in keeping up with the very latest developments.

The competition has been designed to reflect the role of a Control Systems Engineer and the standards that are expected within the Control Systems Industry, also covered are elements of electrical and automation installation.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Health and Safety

  • Installing

  • Attention to detail

  • Organisation skills

  • Troubleshooting

  • Circuit design

  • Technical knowledge

  • Programming

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per organisation
  • This competition is intended for those competitors with 2 years’ experience of this skill in education, training, employment, or who are enrolled in a programme of study or have completed the equivalent to a level NVQ 3-4, HNC qualification.

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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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