Technical Standards

Standard Definition Example of Standard
Motor Skills
  • Students must possess physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely perform HVAC services.
  • Physical abilities sufficient to perform HVAC skills in a hot (90+ degree) and cold environment.
  • Physical ability sufficient to crawl under structures or confined spaces while carrying tools and equipment.
  • Physical ability to use various hand tools.
  • Be able to climb ladders up to 10’ in height while carrying tools and equipment.
  • Sufficient motor function to execute hand movements required to install and service HVAC/R systems.
  • Physical ability to coordinate two or more limbs (two arms, two legs or one arm and one leg) while sitting, standing or lying down.
  • Weight bearing ability sufficient enough to lift and carry weight up to 50 pounds and install equipment overhead.
Vision
  • Must have visual perception
  • Must be able to use sensory cues to maintain standards of quality brazing.
  • Must be able to recognize when there is a problem or possible problem.
  • Must have an awareness of surrounding through use of senses.
  • Ability to identify HVAC equipment preventive and maintenance needs and perform maintenance and preventive services.
  • Ability to determine appropriate tool needed to repair air conditioning, heating or refrigeration systems.
  • Visual skills sufficient to distinguish all primary colors.
  • Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range.
  • Have sufficient visual capacity to read prints, schematics, meters and testers.
Hearing
  • Must be able to recognize when there is a problem or possible problem.
  • Must have an awareness of surrounding through use of senses.
  • Sufficient auditory skills to hear tones of various pitches emitted by testers and meters.
  • Sufficient auditory skills to hear equipment running/operating to determine efficiency of operation.
Technological
  • Basic knowledge of the computer.
  • Must be able to read prints, schematics, meters and testing equipment.
  • Must be able to check email and create/edit basic documents.
Communication
  • The ability to convey information effectively and efficiently in class or lab settings.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with the instructor and other students.
  • Must be able to understand/interpret information from textbooks, handouts, diagrams, charts and tables.
  • Must use written and oral communication to demonstrate comprehension of HVAC concepts.
  • Must recognize and be able to use HVAC terminology.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Students must be able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Must be attentive in the classroom, observe demonstrations and participate in lab classes.
  • Must be able to recognize when there is a problem or possible problem.
  • Ability to determine the steps necessary to troubleshoot air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment.
  • Ability to assess causes of HVAC equipment malfunctions and solutions.
  • Ability to identify HVAC equipment preventive and maintenance needs and perform maintenance and preventive services.
  • Ability to determine appropriate tool needed to repair air conditioning, heating or refrigeration systems.
  • Sufficient motor skills to quickly and repeatedly adjust HVAC system controls to exact settings.
  • Must be able to read and interpret wiring diagrams, meters, gauges, manifolds and electrical instruments.
Interpersonal Skills
  • Students must have sufficient personal skills for successful interactions with customers, colleagues, supervisors, and students from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Must possess emotional wellbeing and intellectual abilities to complete all projects and responsibilities in the classroom.
  • Student will be expected to learn and apply workplace responsibilities.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers under physically and mentally demanding environmental conditions.
  • Be careful about detail and thoroughness in completing work tasks.
  • Exercise good judgment.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Maintain composure, keep emotions in check, control anger, and avoid aggressive behavior, even in difficult situations.
  • Must not have a debilitating fear of heights, insects, spiders, snakes, or lizards.
Environmental Tolerance
  • Must be able to work in an industrial or construction environment
  • Must be able to work effectively in confined spaces such as under structures.
  • Must be able to tolerate extreme heat and cold.
  • Must be able to tolerate exposure to noxious chemical compounds including but not limited to acids, acid-like chemicals, solvents, glues, cleaners, oils and refrigerants.
  • Must be able to wear hard hats, safety glasses, steel toe shoes and other safety related equipment as required by the industry.