Technical Standards for Plumbing

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
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.
  • Climb ladders and scaffolding.
  • 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.
Observation Skills/Vision
  • Observation skills inform us about objects, events, attitudes and phenomena using one or more senses.
Students must be able to:

  • Distinguish between various colors of wire, indicator lights and warning or danger signs.
  • Take accurate measurements using various measuring devices.
  • Detect and respond to sensory clues that indicate problems (Ex. Smell of gas, visually find water leaks, etc.).
  • Basic knowledge of computer
Students must be able to:

  • Login in to Blackboard and complete assignments
  • Check email
  • Login in to Techlink
  • The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
Students must be able to:

  • Follow verbal instructions from instructors or assigned personnel.
  • 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 classroom or lab projects.
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving
  • Critical thinking is the analysis of facts to form a judgment.
Students must be able to:

  • Interpret diagrams, charts, graphs and other pertinent data and make conclusions from their findings.
  • Comprehend the North Carolina Plumbing 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.
  • The ability to perform basic math problems that are related to the trades.
Students must be able to:

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, mixed numbers and fractions.
  • Work with percentages and decimals.
Environmental Tolerance
  • The ability to handle extreme physical conditions.
Students must be able to tolerate:

  • Loud construction noises (hammering, saws, etc.).
  • Extreme Temperature – Hot and Cold (Inside and outside work in potentially wet locations).

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.