Computer Integrated Machining Technical Standards

Purpose Statement

All students in the Computer Integrated Machining 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 Standard Definition of Standards Examples
Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills

Ability is sufficient to apply engineering principles and practices to address technical problems and challenges in class and labs with industrial equipment. Understand engineering and technical documents and interpret the data to solve problems.

  • Use of scientific calculator.
  • Mathematical tables/charts/references.
Interpersonal Skills

Abilities are sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds. Must be able to effectively work in teams or groups.

  • Work in a self-sufficient and self-directed manner.
  • Work in a team or group setting with students of different backgrounds, ethnicity, or gender.
Communication Skills

Abilities are sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Effectively communicate using oral and written technical documents. Must be able to read equipment instructions and machine controls in English.

  • Read technical specifications.
  • Read and understand machine labels, controls, and instruction material.
Coping Skills

Abilities are sufficient to be productive in a classroom or lab situation.

  • Must be able to adapt to different teaching modes, lab settings, or classroom environments.
  • Be able to work individually or in a group.
Mobility/Motor Skills

Physical abilities are sufficient to move in one’s environment with ease and without restriction. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Must be able to operate electrical/mechanical controls.

  • Participate in laboratory assignments.
Auditory Skills Auditory abilities are sufficient to work effectively and safely. Must be able to respond to audible indicators and discern potentially hazardous noises from industrial equipment.
  • Must be able to discern audible equipment alarms and tones.
  • Must be able to hear instructions from faculty in a machine shop environment.
Visual Skills Visual ability is sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in the classroom, lab, and other locations on the campus. Reading prints, schematics, charts, and spreadsheets (written or on a computer monitor). Must be able to respond to visual alarms on industrial equipment.
  • Read blueprints.
  • See and respond to warning light(s).
  • Read information on a computer monitor, TV, or another screen i.e. touchscreen or teach pendant.
  • Read scales, calipers, digital readouts, and machine legend plates.
Tactile Skills Tactile skills adequate for work in a class, lab, or industry environment. Have appropriate dexterity to use common industry hand tools.
  • Use hand tools needed to complete labs or projects.
Environmental Must be able to function safely under varying environmental factors. Must be able to wear lab-specific PPE.
  • Appropriately wear safety PPE such as safety glasses, face shields, respirators, gloves, and hearing protection.
  • Tolerate course activities in an industrial lab with equipment noise and operating equipment.
Emotional/Behavioral Possess emotional stability sufficient to maintain composure in stressful situations and assume responsibility/accountability for actions.
  • Must be alert and attentive during class and laboratory activities.
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects while adhering to deadlines.


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.