Horticulture Technology Program Technical Standards
A student looking to enroll in the Horticulture 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 lift a dead weight / load between 50lbs without assistance.
- Be able to climb a ladder or other similar device without assistance.
- Be able to wear all appropriate and required PPE (personal protective equipment) at all times on the site and in the labs. PPE includes but not limited to safety glasses, closed-toe shoes (no crocs and flip flops) with good traction – work boots preferred. All shirts must have sleeves. Halter tops and sleeve-less shirts are not allowed. Vulgar advertisements are not allowed on any clothing.
- Be able to safely move around the jobsite, work in tight or confined spaces.
- Be able to work in both group / team environments and individually.
- Understand that participation in April and October Plant Sale is required.
- Be able to safely handle pesticide and fertilizer products and other chemicals used in the program.
Professions within the horticulture 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.