College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Technical Standards for Automotive Technology Programs

The technical standards listed below are intended to inform students of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations required in this program. These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of this program at SUNY Delhi. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program, but persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this list to develop a better understanding of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

Thinking skills

General: Diagnose mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and computer-related automotive failures.

Specific: 

  • Understand and interpret automotive manuals, diagrams, charts, meters and gauges.
  • Perform searches on computer and in manuals for necessary information.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Identify automotive components and systems.
  • Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
  • Analyze information and draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
  • Measure and calculate electrical power.

Sensory/Observation Skills

General Requirements:  Valid driver’s license

General: Use sensory cues to inspect and test components to determine root causes of failures and respond properly.

Specific:

  • Interpret read-outs on meters, gauges, and computers.
  • Distinguish identifying colors of wires, knobs and other parts.
  • Recognize and interpret colors and textures of residue on parts.
  • Detect and respond to noises, vibrations, temperatures, and smells that indicate problems.
  • Select appropriate materials, tools, and equipment for maintenance and repairs.
  • Judge distances and space relationships of objects.
  • Manipulate certain parts and tools by feel only.

Motor skills

General: Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity.

Specific:

  • Operate necessary tools and equipment.
  • Remove and replace failed components and small parts.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.

Communication skills

General: Communicate to gather and convey information.

Specific:

  • Speak, write, and understand English.
  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Utilize automotive technical terms and expressions.
  • Document work accurately.

Behavioral skills

General: Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.

Specific:

  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Exercise good judgment.
  • Follow safety procedures.

Sensory/Observation skills.

General: Use sensory cues to inspect and test components to determine causes of failures and respond properly.

Specific:

  • Interpret readings on meters, gauges, and computers.
  • Distinguish identifying colors of wires, knobs and other parts.
  • Recognize and interpret colors and textures of residue on parts.
  • Detect and respond to noises, vibrations, temperatures, and smells that indicate problems.
  • Select appropriate materials, tools, and equipment for maintenance and repairs.
  • Judge distances and spatial relationships of objects.
  • Manipulate certain parts and tools by feel only.

Environmental tolerance

General: Function safely in an auto shop environment.

Specific:

Work for prolonged periods amidst:

  • Extreme noise
  • Extreme heat
  • Sharp tools and materials
  • Electrical equipment
  • Chemicals and toxins
  • Dust and fumes
  • Machinery with moving parts
  • Moving objects and vehicles
  • Slippery or uneven surfaces
  • Variations in lighting