No, you're not seeing double, triple, or even quadruple — you're seeing the TeamWorks competition that took place in June at the SkillsUSA leadership conference in Kansas City, Mo. SkillsUSA, an organization that promotes trade and technical training at high schools and technical colleges, holds the national competition each year. To qualify, students must first win at the state and local levels. There are individual contests in carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and hvac. But the main event is the TeamWorks championship, in which teams of four grapple with a variety of trades. This year, 32 teams received plans for a
7-foot-by-7-foot structure containing a bathroom; they had two days to build it. Corporate sponsors donated the necessary tools and materials. Volunteer judges, many of them contractors, roamed the floor during construction and graded teams on various aspects of their work. As in the real world, each phase of the job had to pass inspection....
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