Technical Standards for Diesel and Heavy Equipment

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 accommodations 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
Motor Skills Be able to work at heights up to 35’

Be able to lift objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

Not have a debilitating fear of heights

Operating lifts and jacks, starting fasteners, use of common hand tools

Lifting wheels, tires, diesel components

Vision Have sufficient visual capacity to access printed and electronic documentsBe able to clearly distinguish all primary colors

Must be able to perform vehicle visual safety inspection

Schematics, other service documents, as well as meters and testers


(CDL License Standards)
Waiver from NC DMV may be needed

Hearing Be capable of hearing equipment running

Be capable of hearing tones of various pitches

Troubleshooting problems
Fire alarms, carbon dioxide detectors
Technological Be capable of accurately operating and reading lab equipment

Able to look up online technical information

Able to operate basic computerized word processing

Testing and/or Measuring equipment
Vehicle service information
Word, Excel and Power point
Communication Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

Demonstrate the ability to professionally interact with equipment operators and vehicle owners

Ability to use correct technical terminology

Ability to follow technical instruction found in on-line service information
Ability to explain vehicle concernsComplete repair/parts orders using correct verbiage
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving Be capable of testing, and troubleshooting equipment

Be able to read, understand and comprehend instructions

Installing components, or making repairs to equipment

From technical manuals, manufacturer’s instructions, and warning labels

Interpersonal Skills Ability to work well with other peers and in small groups

Able to accept constructive criticism

Being respectful and courteous to others

Accept advice from instructors, mentors, and employers

Environmental Tolerance Ability to work shifts, schedules, and conditions that are unique to the industry

Ability to get hands and clothing dirty


Ability to tolerate the conditions of the working environment

1st, 2nd , and 3rd shifts

Ability to work in Hot and Cold environments

Be capable of repairing/operating construction, agricultural, and trucks as needed

Smells of rubber, gasoline, diesel fuel and other lubricants

Shop Safety Pass required safety exams

Ability to wear PPE (personal protective equipment)

S/P2 safety exam

Be able to wear hard hats, safety glasses, steel toe shoes, and other safety related equipment as required by industry

Educational Requirements Complete High School

Maintain 2.0 GPA

Diploma or GED

GPA of 2.0 is a requirement for graduation Diesel and Heavy Equipment

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.