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 think using analysis, evaluation, problem solving, judgment, and the creative process Use of judgment and problem-solving in order to create repair plan

Ability to apply general automotive knowledge to various situations

2. Mobility/Motor Skills Able to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds

Able to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time

Able to perform repetitive physical actions

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

Operating lifts and jacks, use of common hand tools (sanding blocks, ratchets, wrenches, pneumatic and elective powered hand tools, sanders/grinders, paint spray equipment)

Bending, squatting, reaching

Lifting automotive mechanical/body parts and wheels

Removing and installing mechanical fasteners for bolt on body parts

3. Tactile Skills Touch perception, ability to understand information perceived by touch Determining the coarseness of sand scratches and high/low spots in body contours

Able to identify safe temperatures for repair procedures

Identifying temperature of vehicle components to perform a safe repair

4. Auditory Skills Capable of sufficient hearing Troubleshooting problems

Fire alarms, carbon dioxide detectors

Hear equipment notifications and necessary sounds during operation of equipment

5. Visual Skills Sufficient enough to access printed and electronic documents as well as readings on gauges

Able to operate a motor vehicle safely
Able to see shades of color

Product technical data sheets, service documents, as well as air pressure gauge

Valid driver’s license to move vehicles in and out of the shop

Seeing color change while mixing products and being able to identify colors of wires (or ability to comprehend wiring schematics and identify connector/pin locations and wire size)

6. Communication Skills Ability to communicate orally with others

Ability to communicate effectively in writing

Comprehension and understanding of spoken and written language

Able to follow technical instructions from instructor/employer/online services sources

Able to explain vehicle needs to customer

Using correct verbiage when ordering parts/materials

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

Requires the ability to listen to others and determine their wants and needs

Interact appropriately with individuals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds

Accept advice from peers, instructors, and employers

Ability to employ basic conflict management skills

8. Technological Skills   Log in and out of Learning Management System

Search vehicle service information such as Snap-on ShopKeyPro, AllData, and manufacturer-specific information to develop a step-by-step repair procedure

9. Environmental Tolerance   Working on and around vehicles can be dirty.

Hot and cold temperatures

10. Behavioral Skills Maintaining hygiene and dress requirements for an office setting

Ability to adapt to changing environments and work related challenges

Ability to exercise sound judgment during repair process

Ability to develop good rapport and interact with customers and peers in a diverse population

Accept criticism and modify behavior and practices as needed

Communicate in a mature, professional, accurate and effective manner with faculty, staff, and peers

Perform duties efficiently, willingly, and thoroughly

Present professional appearance and maintain personal hygiene

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).