Technical Standards for Mechanical Engineering 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
Motor Skills Sufficient motor functions necessary to operate machining and manufacturing equipment in a safe manner.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to gain access and operate controls on a variety of electrical / mechanical equipment.
  • Maintain proper safety precautions while working on electrical and mechanical equipment with potentially lethal voltages and mechanical hazards.
Vision Must possess good peripheral vision and have depth perception. Ability to respond to visual alarm indicators during the operation of some electrical/electronic equipment.
Hearing Be capable of distinguishing various sounds, tones, and pitches emitted by machining and manufacturing equipment.
  • Ability to respond to alarm indicators during the operation of some electrical/electronic equipment.
  • Ability to audibly discern unusual equipment noises that can indicate potential safety hazards.
Technological Be able to effectively use a computer through the use of a manual keyboard, mouse, and viewing a monitor/screen to accomplish tasks requiring email and web browsers.
  • Utilize email and web-based systems to complete and submit assignments, and communicate with classmates, instructors, and college staff.
  • Use Blackboard to access course content and complete assignments.
Communication Be able to effectively and clearly communicate with others in English, and to accurately gather, disseminate, and clarify specific information Effectively communicate orally and using written documents containing technical information.
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving Ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate and synthesize information Demonstrate the ability to understand engineering and technical drawings, and interpret the information to solve problems.
Interpersonal Skills Must be able to effectively communicate and work within a team. Must work within a team setting to identify solutions to problems.
Environmental Tolerance Tolerant of extended exposure to equipment noise, and prolonged periods of standing / walking.
  • Must stand to safely operate most machining equipment.
  • Walking to multiple locations within the labs is necessary for retrieval of tools and other resources.

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.