Technical Standards

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Technical Standards

A student looking to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program (degree, certificate, and / or diploma) at Pitt Community College must meet the following technical standards:

The student must:

  1. Be able to clearly and effectively communicate with others.
  2. 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.
  3. Have a good peripheral vision and depth perception.
  4. Have sufficient visual capacity to read blueprints, sketches, orthographic projection, and other printed documents including but not limited to tape measures, engineering scales, micrometers, and calipers.
  5. Be able to effectively use a computer through the use of a manual keyboard, mouse, and viewing a monitor / screen.
  6. Be able to perform simple mathematical calculations including adding and subtracting whole numbers, fractions and decimals. (Successfully completed MAT 003)
  7. 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.
  8. Be able to work in a lab environment.
  9. Be able to lift a dead weight of between 30-40 lbs without assistance.
  10. Not have a fear of loud noise from the use of lab equipment.
  11. Be able to wear all appropriate and required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times in the lab area.
  12. Need to be able to move safely around the lab.

Professions within the mechanical 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.

Revised 2/5/2020