Technical Standards for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand nonacademic standards, skills, and performance requirements expected of a student in order to complete this particular curriculum.

If an accommodation is necessary to participate in the program, it is imperative to identify a reasonable accommodation to those students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Accessibility Resources and the program on a case-by-case basis utilizing the program technical standards. The accommodation needs to be in place prior to the start of the program, or it may delay your ability to start the program. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Accessibility Resources and request accommodations.

Skills Description Specific Examples
Manual Dexterity/Motor Skills Manual dexterity is the ability to make coordinated hand and finger movements to grasp and manipulate objects. Manual dexterity includes muscular, skeletal, and neurological functions to produce small, precise movements. Students must be able:

  • Lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Operate hand tools
  • Provide other patient services and patient associated services.
  • Climb ladders and scaffolding
  • Lift fifty (50) pounds of weight up and over the level of the head.
  • Crawl, kneel, twist with wrists and hands, bend.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Able to kneel while working on equipment.
  • Operate electrical meters and test equipment in a safe manner while operating equipment with live, potentially lethal voltages and extremely high pressures that could cause severe refrigerant burns.
Sensory/Observational Skills Observation skills inform us about objects, events, attitudes and phenomena using one or more senses.
  • Distinguish between various
    colors of wire, indicator lights and warning or danger signs
  • Take readings from both analog
    and digital equipment
  • Take accurate measurements using
    various measuring devices
  • Detect and respond to sensory
    clues that indicate problems
Technological Basic Knowledge of Computer Students must be able to:

  • Basic Knowledge of Computer Login in to Blackboard and complete assignments.
  • Check email
  • Login in to Tecklink.
Communication The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Follow verbal instructions from Instructors or
    assigned personnel
  • Follow written lab procedures and written
  • Clearly communicate the status of potentially
    energized equipment and/or the presence of danger
  • Communicate effectively during team oriented
    classroom or lab projects
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving Critical thinking is the analysis of facts to form a judgment.
  • Interpret diagrams, charts,
    graphs and other pertinent data and make conclusions from their findings
  • Comprehend the National Electric
    Code, EPA regulations, OSHA regulations & HVACR Building Code
  • Explain the characteristics of
    various concepts learned in the classroom 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.

This document is intended to serve as a guide regarding the physical, emotional, intellectual and psychosocial expectations placed on a student. This document cannot include every conceivable action, task, ability or behavior that may be expected of a student. Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. Ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any licensure, certification exam, or successful completion of the degree program.