Automotive Technology Program Technical Standards
A student looking to enroll in the Automotive Technology program (degree, certificate, and / or diploma) at Pitt Community College must meet the following technical standards:
The student must:
- Be able to clearly and effectively communicate with others.
- Be able to understand orders, instructions and descriptions and be able to read and comprehend technical manuals, manufacturer’s specifications and instructions, and warning labels in English.
- Have a good peripheral vision and depth perception.
- Have sufficient visual capacity to read blueprints, sketches, schematic diagrams and other printed documents including but not limited to tape measures, architect scales, and engineer scales.
- Be able to effectively use a computer through the use of a manual keyboard, mouse, and viewing a monitor / screen.
- Be able to perform simple mathematical calculations including adding and subtracting whole numbers, fractions and decimals. (Successfully completed MAT 003)
- Understand that due to the nature of the work being done in this curriculum, to be successful in this curriculum the student must take notes, read all required books and materials and study. Attendance is mandatory in this program.
- Be able to work in confined spaces and tight spaces.
- Be able to work on a lift at various heights.
- Be able to reach, manipulate, and operate equipment necessary for laboratory work.
- Be able to lift/carry between 40 – 60 lbs.
- Not have a fear of loud noise, fire or sparks from the use of heavy equipment in the labs.
- Be able to wear all appropriate and required PPE (personal protective equipment) at all times in the labs. PPE includes but not limited to the required Automotive Technology uniform, safety glasses, closed-toe shoes, and to not have loose fitting clothing. PPE is used as required in the performance of specific duties by the industry and to meet OSHA requirements and regulations.
- Be able to problem-solve, detect and evaluate slight differences in color, distance, smell, vibration, sound and movement.
- Need to be able to safely handle petroleum products and other chemicals used in the program.
- Be able to operate vehicles safely and have a valid North Carolina Driver’s License.
Professions within the automotive industry are comprised of many different positions which can include both office positions and field / on-site positions. Careers can include aspects from both office and field. Field / on-site positions provide the greatest exposure to many inherent risks and safety factors, which may affect the student and others. The ability to communicate, make reasonably good decisions, and be self-motivated and self-directed, and work well in teams should be an important consideration for individuals desiring to enter this program and profession.