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 Able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems

Able to recognize when there is problem or possible problem

Critical thinking sufficient enough to use logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems

Formulate fabrication plans and detect fabrication problems

Understand welding codes and qualifications and interpret blueprints and sketches

Calculate slopes, circumferences, and decimal equivalents; take accurate measurements and do conversions

Perform procedures according to proper specifications

2. Mobility/Motor Skills Possess physical strength and flexibility to safely perform welding techniques Physical abilities sufficient to perform welding skills in a hot (90+ degree) and cold environment

Ability to use hand tools such as grinders, oxy-act torch and hammer

Weight bearing ability sufficient enough to lift and carry weight up to 50 pounds (i.e. lifting plates, parts, and fixtures)

3. Tactile Skills Possess dexterity to be able to properly perform weldment in accordance with a stated welding code Dexterity to perform welds in all positions (flat, horizontal, vertical, and overhead) at floor level and heights over six feet
4. Auditory Skills Able to use sensory cues to maintain standards of quality welding

Able to recognize when there is a problem or possible problem

Have awareness of surroundings through use of senses

Able to tolerate extreme and constant noise

Able to discern machinery and arc noise for malfunctions and proper operation

Able to tolerate a work environment that produces noise from industrial machinery, grinding, and drilling

5. Visual Skills Attentive in the classroom, observe demonstrations, and participate in lab classes

Have visual perception

Able to use sensory cues to maintain standards of quality welding

Able to recognize when there is a problem or possible problem

Have an awareness of surroundings through use of senses

Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer) with or without corrective lenses/glasses

Able to take precise measurements to 1/16 of an inch

Survey and select appropriate materials, tools, and equipment for welding work

Understand welding codes and qualifications and interpret blueprints and sketches

Distinguish shapes, forms, and patterns and visualize three-dimensional objects

6. Communication Skills Communication skills sufficient to communicate in class and on welding floor using welding terms and safety practices pertaining to welding Understand/interpret information from textbook, handouts, diagrams, charts, and tables

Use written and oral communication to demonstrate comprehension of welding concepts

Recognize welding terminology and symbols
Able to interpret blueprints and sketches

7. Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal skills sufficient for successful interactions with customers, colleagues, supervisors, and individuals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds Able to work cooperatively with partners and groups

Interact with coworkers under physically and mentally demanding environmental conditions

Careful of detail and thoroughness in completing work tasks

8. Behavioral Skills Possess the emotional well-being required for use of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of sound judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities in the classroom and for lab projects

Students will be expected to learn and apply workplace responsibilities.

Maintain composure, keep emotions in check, control anger, and avoid aggressive behaviors, even in difficult situation

Exercise good judgment

Follow safety procedures

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).