This year, for the first time, the WorldSkills competition will be held in the Middle East! WorldSkills 2017 is happening in Abu Dhabi, the capital the United Arab Emirates. The ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) will house the event that boasts over 1,300 competitors and nearly an equal number of international experts. Delegates from 77 member countries will participate in the world’s most prominent skills education and vocational education competition. This global event takes place every two years. In 2015, it took place in São Paulo, Brazil and in 2019 it will take place in Kazan, Russia. We are thrilled to be journeying to Abu Dhabi for this year’s event.
WorldSkills 2017 – An Overview
The 44th WorldSkills Competition kicks off at the opening ceremony October 14th. This promises to be an exciting event with a breathtaking show and a warm welcome to all participants. The competition itself focuses on six skills sectors: construction and building technology, creative arts and fashion, information and communication technology, manufacturing and engineering technology, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics. Over 50 skills competitions will be held!
Also happening at this event will be the International TVET Youth Forum and the WorldSkills Conference 2017. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to try out other skills. This allows the experience of skills or career paths that may have not even considered before. To complement the event, WorldSkills 2017 Abu Dhabi has created a unique web experience. There is also a mobile game app “Skill It” and a “WorldSkills Conference App” that will be available to attendees. The closing ceremony will take place on October 19th where awards will be given and the accomplishments of all participants will be celebrated.
A Closer Look: Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Sector
The manufacturing and engineering technology sector will offer 14 skill competitions:
- CNC Milling
- CNC Turning
- Construction Metal Work
- Industrial Control
- Industrial Mechanic Millwright
- Manufacturing Team Challenge
- Mechanical Engineering CAD
- Mobile Robotics
- Plastic Die Engineering
- Polymechanics and Automation
- Prototype Modelling
Of these, one of the most trending fields is Mobile Robotics. This skill has a variety of applications for diverse industries such as medicine, aerospace, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. Robotics engineers must design, maintain, develop, and research to expand the potential of robots. The main elements of this year’s competition include programming, preparing specifications, testing, making adjustments, assembling, repairs, and troubleshooting.
Studica is proud to be an official supplier and a skills sponsor of the WorldSkills Mobile Robotics Competition. Studica exclusively offers a WorldSkills Mobile Competition Collection designed for the teams competing in this event. The Collection provides a wide variety of components and a programming toolkit. Additional add-on components are also available.
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