Purpose Statement:

All students in this program are expected to meet certain essential functions/technical standards which are essential for successful completion of all phases of the program and which reflect industry requirements and standards. To verify the students’ ability to perform these essential functions, students may be required to demonstrate the following technical standards: 

Standard Definition of Standard Example(s) of Technical Standard
1. Critical Thinking Skills Ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and integrate information Evaluate drawings and prints to perform proper machining tasks

Apply basic mathematical skills to solve problems

Demonstrate mathematical dexterity in machine-related computations

2. Mobility/Motor Skills Sufficient motor function to set up and run manual and CNC machining equipment

Able to stand on hard or concrete floors for prolonged periods of time

Able to work with hands, being able to feel by touch, with finger dexterity

Perform basic competencies related to machining of various parts on manual and CNC machines

Participate completely in lab activities

Demonstrate the ability to perform bench-related work activities

3. Tactile Skills Effectively use a computer, keyboard/mouse, and a CNC controller

Ability to physically inspect parts for issues and quality

Ability to perform dexterous manipulative work

Feel by touch with finger dexterity

Complete duties requiring stooping and bending

Input of both alphanumeric data and use of hardware found on a CNC controller in order to program, set up, and operate a CNC machine

Physically measure and inspect parts both prior to, during, and post completion for quality and tolerances

Use industry standard measurement tools, such as calipers and micrometers

4. Auditory Skills Ability to tolerate a wide range of noise which can potentially be loud

Effectively hear sounds that indicate potential issues and problems in the machining environment

Actively listening during machining process for sounds that indicate appropriate processes while machine are operating and parts are being manufactured

Ability to hear other students and staff in the machine shop while machines are operating

5. Visual Skills Sufficient visual acuity to distinguish details from a distance and at a close proximity while wearing appropriate eye protection

Sufficient enough to access printed and electronic documents as well as reading gauges

Visually inspect parts for quality and precision
Accurately read a variety of measurement instruments during the manufacturing inspections and set up of partsRead MSDS documents
6. Communication Skills Able to follow both written and verbal instructions

Appropriate interpersonal interaction with other students, faculty, staff, facility owners, customers, and other technicians

Effective communication with others both written and verbal

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of prints and engineering drawings and the ability to communicate those details

Ability to translate geometric tolerances and symbols as they relate to quality and inspection

Communication with oral and written documents in the machining processes as they relate to part drawings

Communicate with others in the work environment to troubleshoot machine and programming issues

7. Interpersonal Skills Ability to work with others in a variety of settings and situations

Maintain hygiene and dress requirements appropriate for a machining environment

Collaborate and work with other students during group projects that require more than one student per machine

Attend class and shop time with clean, appropriate attire that maintains safety standards within the machine shop

8. Behavioral Skills Behave in a safe, professional and appropriate manner in both dress and actions as required by the program

Maintaining a work pace that is appropriate and actively moving toward quality project completion

Wearing safety glasses or other required PPE and approved clothing at all times while working in the machine shop, regardless of the tasks being performed

Being attentive to the machining environment and actively monitoring movements when working with the tools and machines

Effectively utilizing the time in the machine shop to work on the tasks at hand and not being distracted to others

In the case of a qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless to do so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Accessibility Services Statement

The College has a legal obligation to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. If you have a disability and are seeking accommodations, you should contact the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office (Sink Building; (828) 694-1813; access@blueridge.edu). Students can contact SAS at any time, however they are encouraged to initiate this process as soon as possible (prior to the start of classes and/or field experience).