Industrial Robotics refers to the use of industrial robots in performing automated manufacturing tasks. It allows for outfitting and programming them to work in a wide variety of sectors to include assembly, handling, palletizing, finishing processes, welding to name a few.

Automation is a fast growing and innovative field of Engineering, spanning a number of industry sectors that value skills in problem solving, critical thinking and process optimisation coupled with high standards and a good work ethic.

Successful participants will then be invited to take part in the National Finals working with the FANUC education cell to complete a simulated manufacturing process.

How competing has fuelled Louie’s plans for the future.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Problem solving

  • Communication skills

  • Producing documentation

  • IT Skills

  • Adaptability

  • Team working

  • Critical thinking

  • Programming

  • Design

  • Mechanical / Electrical assembly

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Entry criteria

  • This is a team activity (teams of two).
  • There is no limit to the number of teams permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • Competitors must have access to I.T. equipment capable of running FANUC Roboguide.
  • Must be available for the final stage of the competition at the National Finals.
  • Be within a year of completion of a relevant Level 3 Apprenticeship and /or hold qualifications in an Engineering based subject to a minimum of a Level 3 or equivalent. Additionally, applicants must not have been employed within the industry of the chosen skill for more than three years prior to registration, not including the period of an apprenticeship.

How it works

Registrations are now open and close midnight 28th March 2024.

The entry stage of competition is a remote or online test sent after registrations closes.

Competitors will have between the 24th & 26th April to complete the task.

Live Qualifier starting from the 5th June 2024

The qualifiers will be held at:

  • The Smart Factory Expo at the NEC Birmingham, 5th & 6th June 2024
  • A location in Northern Ireland, to be confirmed.*

*dependent on competitor entrants from the Northern Ireland region

To help finalists prepare ahead of the UK Final, we will provide relevant technical training and share mindset development techniques, to support them to remain focused on achieving success.

National finals will take place between the 18th-22nd November 2024 in Manchester (venues TBC).

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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