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2 November 2017

The Open Qualifying WorldSkills Championship at the Moscow Poly is over

November 2 the closing ceremony of the Intercollegiate Open WorldSkills Championship was held at the Moscow Poly. To read about the preparatory day please click here. During two days of the Championship the participants had to demonstrate their professional skills by carrying out practical tasks in their competences. Those who managed to score the highest number of points in the overall tournament table, will meet at the National Championship to be held at the VDNKh exhibition November 29-30.

The WorldSkills Championship is not a competition for the time. One of its main objectives is formation of a professional culture. That is why there is no division into “complex” and “easy” tasks, and the experts evaluate more than just a finished product. One can lose points due to disorder at the workplace or to inability to communicate with colleagues, or in case of a failure with the project presentation. It is necessary to display the ability to work with documentation and under conditions of clear-cut deadlines. The demand for workers with such skills already exists, and in the future it will only grow.

All the participants competed in soft skills and professional skills, but they were divided into nine competences (see Reference). The Fourth Industrial Revolution (so called Industry 4.0) dictates the demand for high-skilled robotics engineers. According to the Chief Expert of the Championship in the competence “Industrial robotics” Vitaliy Polubabkin, participants of the WorldSkills acquired the skills of robot programming, which will be helpful at the real production site. “On the first day of the Championship students were programming a manipulator to simulate the process of plasma cutting and welding at production site. This is a complicated technical process, where compliance with all technology requirements is needed. At first the participants recorded the program on the remote control of the KUKA robot, then they adjusted the output, and only after that they submitted to the experts the finished product”, - says Vitaliy.

To provide that the manipulator does not “get lost” in space, the participants had to solve correctly the differential equations and describe the technology properly, displaying their knowledge in theoretical mechanics and resistance of materials. “it is very difficult to avoid making mistakes”, - notes the technical expert Vladlena Matrosova. – “It happens that the program is written correctly, but the manipulator touches the surface, and as a the result we have a reject product”.

Unlike the industrial robotics, in the mobile one the robot constantly moves in space. That is why it should be able to “find its way”, identify the goal and implement the task properly. On the first day of the Championship the participants checked up how sensors and engines of the device work, and on the second day they ran the robot on the site. The students implemented two different tasks: coordination of the robot’s trajectory by eye and by means of a camera or telemetry. The programmed robot had to find certain objects in the field and move them to the designated place.

“This is a complex and nontrivial task”, mentions the Chief Expert of the competence Mikhail Komov. – “Participants should understand what differs the robot’s logic from the human one. A man uses his senses to realize himself in space. A robot is restricted in these terms, so a participant has to create for him a map of the area and teach him to navigate by it”. According to the expert, all participants coped with the task satisfactorily.

At the competence “Internet of Things” the participants ran a robot by means of cloud computing. Connecting via the Internet various objects, one can run them even if they are located on different continents. According to Chief Expert of the competence Timur Tofikovich Idiatullov, the global task of this year’s championship is the automation of modern production, based on flexible robotized production cells.

The WorldSkills participants were given a task to write a program in the cloud system and to make the robot bring things from one place to another. It is worth noting that it were first-year students that ran the cyberphysics systems. “Anybody can get prepared to the Championship, it is important to know programming”, - says Timur Tofikovich. – “If afterwards a man wants to run a mobile robot, in his competence of Internet of Things he will address these issues and will become a specialist at the intersection of these disciplines. The participants can try themselves in a real production task and understand whether they need it or not”.

The winners in this category were students of the Moscow Poly IT faculty Liudmila Kayumova and Alisa Turayeva. The girls said that they had been acquainted with the Internet of Things for just two months, but trained nearly every day after the studies. The received knowledge will help them in studies, because the classes on the Internet of Things in their case will start only next semester.

The competence “Industrial design” combines in it the functionality and the esthetics. On the first day the students had to make a sketch of an electric kettle for the Austrian brand of household appliances “Fugison”. Within a few hours the students drew a sketch on paper, estimated proportions and the scale of the product, made 3D sketch of a model and, as well, developed the project documentation. The final product must have an original design and meet requirements of small-scale manufacturing. On the second day the participants developed an organizer “3 in 1”: a stand for a dry and a liquid soap and for toothbrushes.

One of requirements to the competence is a properly made presentation. “Nobody can tell the audience about the product better than its creator, however competent is the designer or the art director”, - notes the competence expert Anton Izotov. – “Every feature of the work is taken into account: precision of the task implementation, the ability to answer questions, even the final words of the speech. If a student managed to meet definite requirements of a conditional customer within a brief period of time, he will manage to issue a major project as well”.

The visual component of the project is essential also for a web development. “On the first day there was a bright task, demanding creative effort, design and creativity as a whole. The participants had to make a browser game”, - tells us Chief Expert of the competence “Web development” Ivan Chikunov. – “In a virtual aquarium with fish the player must click within 30 seconds on a maximum number of objects, trying to dodge away from the cursor”. According to Ivan Chikunov, students, when developing the animated games, acquire the skills of solution of the tasks, similar, for example, to those applied in development of business applications. While the task of the second day was oriented at development of technological skills – step by step writing of algorithms and processes. Participants created an application for online preliminary queuing to see a doctor.

The students, who performed in the competence “Refrigerating equipment and air-conditioning systems”, had to assemble a heat exchanger from a copper tube and attach it to the installation within four hours. But, according to conditions of the task, the installation was out of order and it was necessary to detect the breakdown and neutralize it. On the first day the students worked with an air cooler, on the second – with an ice-making device. This equipment will remain the property of the faculty of chemical technology and biotechnology for training of the Moscow Poly students.

Reference:

Before the competitions nine specialized centers were equipped at the Moscow Poly for the competences: “Web development”, “IT solutions for business on the platform “1C: Enterprise “, “CAD Engineering design”, “Entrepreneurship”, “Internet of Things”, “Mobile robotics”, “refrigerating equipment and air-conditioning systems” and “Industrial design”. Later on the centers will be used for implementation of educational programs and conducting demonstration exams. The rivals of the Moscow Poly were participants from the Technology University of the Moscow region, the Moscow Technology University, the Orenburg State University, the Sochi State University, KIU named after V. G. Timiriasov and the Snezhinsk Physics and Technique Institute.

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