Technical Standards for Aviation Systems 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 reasonable accommodations to those students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonableness is determined by the Accessibility Resources Counselors 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
Motor Skills Students will require excellent hand-eye coordination, flexibility, strength, dexterity, and balance to perform Aircraft inspection, taxi and repair.
  • Capable of lifting and holding up to 50 pounds.
  • Requires dexterity to make aircraft repairs in confined spaces and at high elevations over 6ft.
  • Ability to work in extremely hot and cold temperatures
  • Proficient in the use of hand tools and power tools.
Vision Vision sufficient to inspect equipment and their environment in a safe manner. Vision sufficient to perform Aircraft inspection, taxi and repair with attention to details and in a safe manner.
Hearing Hearing sufficient enough to respond to instruction and communicate with others while surrounded by industrial noise
  • Capable of responding to others over loud decibel tool operations.
  • Often requires hearing protection
  • Willing to work in areas where decibel level exceeds 85 decibels.
Technological Students will need strong technical skills to perform in Aircraft inspection, taxi and repair environments and complete assignments.
  • Standard knowledge of search engines. (Google, Safari)
  • Ability to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Capable of reading and using software similar to Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) for accessing aircraft manufacturers’ data.
Communication Students should have sufficient personal skills to interact with supervisors, colleagues, customers, and coworkers.
  • Capable of working in a team environment with others to complete a task.
  • Ability to control emotions in difficult situations and not display aggressive behavior.
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving
  • Students must use logic to identify problems and solutions to complete tasks.
  • Students need to be attentive in the classroom and lab to observe demonstrations.
  • Develop plans for fabrication and foresee problems.
  • Determine appropriate aircraft repairs and necessary tooling.
  • Interpret multiple Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) regulations
  • Ability to follow aircraft best practices.
  • Capable of making precise measurements with tape, ruler, calipers, etc.
Interpersonal Skills Students must adapt to different work environments that require multiple personal traits. Able to work in a team environment at times but mainly enjoy working alone, be self-motivated, be organized and detail oriented and enjoy working with hands
Environmental Tolerance Students must be able to work in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces
  • Must be able to work in extremely loud and hot environments.
  • Must be able to move about in environment containing hazards that include sharp objects, moving equipment, trip hazards, and uneven surfaces.
  • Must be able to wear Personal Protective Equipment for long periods of time.

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.