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 and solve problems Ability to make meaningful cognitive connections and analysis of topics between varieties of subjects over several years

Synthesize meaning and make cognitive connections, predictions, and interpolations about various parts of labs

Evaluate, troubleshoot, and repair equipment by using the scientific method

Apply mathematical and verbal/written/reading skills to interpret and solve problems

2. Mobility/Motor Skills Able to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time

Able to perform repetitive physical tasks

Ability to perform dexterous manipulative work for several hours doing this work

Feel by tough with finger dexterity

Complete duties requiring stooping, bending, and climbing

Participate completely in lab activities.

Examples might include wiring large and small components into small places. Reaching all parts of the motors and controls and hydraulics/pneumatics boards.

Demonstrate the ability to perform equipment-related work activities

Manipulation of hand tools and using industry standard measurement tools such as multimeters, calipers, and micrometers

3. Tactile Skills Must be able to manipulate and place small components and use appropriate tools

Press buttons

Able to operate a computer, mouse, and utilize related software

Able to lookup technical information

Participate completely in lab activities. Examples might include wiring large and small components into small places.

Effectively use a keyboard/mouse or teach pendant

Type or use appropriate typing replacement software

Drawing using 3D Cad Software

Must be able to manipulate small components and tools


4. Auditory Skills Must be able to hear and comprehend instructions, manufacturer videos, and with group/class members

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

Motor and circuit troubleshooting

Hear instructions in noisy shop and classroom environment

Respond to alarms, bells, whistles, and other equipment sounds

5. Visual Skills Distinguish between different colors

See/read small numbers and labels on components, follow wire diagrams, visually inspect components and systems to test and troubleshoot, as well as follow manufacturer tutorials

See meters and gauges

Sufficient enough to read books, diagrams, and manuals some of which do not come with online texts

Finding the nominal value of resistors

Reading what is written on a small circuit board or piece of equipment

Seeing where to place wires on screw terminals on a relay or motor contractor

Seeing white to place leads of a multimeter to measure voltage or resistance on both small surface or breadboard components as well as on industrial motors and motor controls

Reading which terminal a wire goes on based on what is written on the wire

Read MSDS documents

Follow PDFs, specialized software, and handwritten diagrams and schematics

6. Communication Skills Must be able to read and write sufficient to follow manuals and directions in today’s technical work environments

Must be able to communicate verbally (hear/lip-read and speak) sufficient to follow directions, explain a scenario or setup, and communicate questions

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

Speak clearly

Reading comprehension for manuals and textbooks

Reading and writing meaningful notes and homework

Comprehension, synthesis, and analysis of technical information

Group projects

Class participation

Asking questions or giving explanations that make sense

Taking criticism in a professional and productive manner

Being professional and giving meaningful professional critique

Ability to interpret and give instructions over a wide variety of topics

7. Interpersonal Skills Ability to work with others in a variety of settings and situations, some of which may be stressful, hot, or cold

Maintain hygiene and dress requirements appropriate for an industrial and technical environment

Taking criticism in a professional and productive way

Behave professional and give professional critique

Group and class labs and work

Reading/giving basic social cues and abiding by accepting professional norms

Respecting instructors, students, facilities, and equipment

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

Maintaining a work space that is appropriated and actively moving toward quality project completion

Does not take risks to endanger equipment or personnel

Thinks before they act

Respectful to teachers and other learners

Follow all rules and regulations

Behaving safely and not roughhousing or playing during labs

Being respectful of others and equipment

Wearing appropriate PPE and approved clothing

Being attentive to task at hand for some dangerous situations

Effectively utilizing the time in class to work on assigned tasks

Not being easily distracted or distracting others

Respecting instructors, students, and equipment

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).