Technical Standards

Standard Definition Example of Standard
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
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
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
  • Soldering
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
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 shematics
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
Interpersonal Skills
  • Maintain hygiene and dress requirements appropriate for an industrial and technical environment
  • 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
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