Computer Engineering Technology Technical Standards

Purpose Statement

All students in the Computer Engineering Technology program are expected to meet certain technical standards which are essential for the successful completion of all phases of the program, and which reflect industry requirements and standards. To verify the student’s ability to perform these essential functions, students may be required to demonstrate the technical standards below.

Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. The ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any certification exams or successful completion of the program.


Technical StandardDefinition of StandardsExamples
Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving SkillsAbility is sufficient to analyze information and utilize engineering principles, logical sequencing, and problem-solving to both independently and collectively solve problems.
  • Assess and maintain safety in classrooms and labs with industry equipment.
  • Apply technical knowledge in a systematic manner to troubleshoot technical problems.
  • Utilize computers, with minimal assistance, to locate technical information from manufacturers' websites.
Interpersonal SkillsAbilities are sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Be able to work effectively independently or in a group.
  • Stay focused on the current task.
  • Demonstrate time management skills.
  • Communicate information with accuracy and professionalism.
Communication SkillsSufficient ability to interact effectively and professionally with others via the English language using non-verbal, verbal, and written forms of communication. Follow instructions effectively when interacting with faculty, staff, and peers using written, verbal, and digital means.
  • Speak and write accurately, clearly, and distinctly.
  • Communicate effectively with others in verbal and written forms.
  • Give and follow verbal directions or follow verbal directions from other members of the class or instructors.
  • Read and understand technical writing, policies, and standard operating procedures.
Coping SkillsAbilities are sufficient to effectively manage stress produced by work, environmental, and social situations and to react productively in a classroom, lab, or industry situation.
  • Solves personal and interpersonal problems.
  • Minimizes stress and conflict.
  • Balances internal needs and external demands.
  • Recognize personal limitations and request assistance as appropriate.
Mobility/Motor SkillsPhysical abilities are sufficient to move in one’s environment with ease and without restriction. Must possess the ability to lift, stand, stretch, and maneuver to any position as required by an industrial situation.
  • Move safely near other students, instructors, and equipment.
  • Lift and position items (such as motors) up to 25 lbs. individually or in coordination with others.
  • Be able to properly use personal protective equipment (PPE) without assistance, such as safety glasses, face shields, respirators, fall protection, gloves, and hearing protection.
Auditory SkillsSufficient auditory ability to quickly send and receive information and interpret verbal orders and instructions from other people in industrial environments safely and efficiently.
  • Receive and respond to verbal commands in a noisy environment.
  • Respond to alarms, bells, verbal communication, and other audible safety alert systems.
Visual SkillsVisual ability sufficient for observation, assessment, and safe performance in classroom, lab, and industrial environments.
  • Recognize hazards, interpret indicators and measurements from industrial equipment.
  • Read safety labels and warnings such as specific Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Work with small electronic components used in labs.
Tactile SkillsTactile skills adequate for work in a class, lab, or industrial environment.
  • Operate equipment safely by turning on and off proper switches, buttons, and/or valves.
EnvironmentalMust be able to function under varying environmental factors and detect and respond safely to changes in the current environment or the presence of a hazardous situation.
  • Complete cleaning responsibilities requiring stooping or bending.
  • Detect and identify visible signs and audible signals related to industrial equipment.
Emotional/BehavioralPossess emotional stability sufficient to maintain composure in stressful situations and assume responsibility/accountability for actions.
  • Receive and respond professionally to verbal and written communication.
  • Adapt rapidly to changing environment and/or stress.
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, respect, patience, and cooperative behaviors.
  • Maintain personal hygiene.
  • Attentiveness to the task at hand in hazardous situations.


In the case of an otherwise qualified individual with a documented disability, appropriate and reasonable accommodations will be made unless doing so would fundamentally alter the essential training elements, cause undue hardship, or produce a direct threat to the safety of the patient or student.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is invested in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Support Services is part of Student Services and is located in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center. For detailed information or to request accommodations visit Support Services. An appointment is recommended prior to enrollment in order to discuss any special concerns.