Technical Standards

The following Technical Standards have been developed to establish the essential skills that a student must possess to be able to fully participate and complete the required tasks and assignments in the following programs: Clean Energy Management, A.A.S.; Electrical Construction and Maintenance, A.O.S.; Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services, A.O.S.; Mechatronics, A.A.S.; and Overhead Electric Line Worker, Certificate.

They also protect qualified persons with disabling conditions against discrimination. Technical Standards are a concrete statement of the minimum physical, sensory/motor, communication, behavioral/social, mental/emotional and environmental requirements for normal and safe professional function. They are intended to inform the prospective student/professional of the attributes, characteristics and abilities essential to the fields taught in the programs listed above. Professional competency is the summation of many cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills. The College has a moral and ethical responsibility to select, educate and certify competent and safe students and practitioners. Health and safety is the sole benchmark against which we measure all performance requirements, including the Technical Standards addressed in this document.


Students must be able to:

  • Follow verbal instructions from Team Leaders and or Instructors
  • Follow written lab procedures and written instructions
  • Clearly communicate the status of potentially energized equipment and/or the presence of danger
  • Communicate effectively during team oriented tasks

Manual Dexterity/ Motor Skills

Students must be able to:

  • Lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Operate hand tools
  • Climb ladders and scaffolding
  • Crawl, kneel, twist with wrists and hands, bend
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Walk and sit while working on equipment
  • Manipulate small parts and equipment in a manner to safely and accurately operate equipment including on live, potentially lethal voltages

Sensory/Observational Skills

Students must be able to:

  • Distinguish between various colors of wire, push buttons and indicator lights
  • Take readings from both analog and digital equipment
  • Take accurate measurements using various measuring devices
  • Detect and respond to sensory clues that indicate problems

Critical Thinking

Students must be able to:

  • Interpret data and make conclusions from their findings
  • Interpret diagrams, tables, charts and graphs
  • Comprehend the National Electric Code, EPA regulations, OSHA regulations & NFPE 70E
  • Explain the characteristics of various concepts learned in theory and connect those concepts to laboratory assignments
  • Exhibit thoughtful and often fast decision making skills essential for other workers’ personal safety while working in and around potentially lethal electricity, equipment, chemicals, temperatures and other safety and health risks.


Students must be able to:

  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • Be aware of their surroundings and personal safety as well as those around them
  • Work collaboratively
  • Follow safety procedures and rules
  • Use good judgement

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Christopher McNally, Ph.D.
Applied Technologies Department Chairperson
Williams Hall, Room 126

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.