Construction Management Technical Standards

Purpose Statement

All students in the Construction Management 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 sufficient for classroom and lab work. Ability sufficient to objectively analyze information, directions, and instructions.
  • Apply mathematical and verbal/written/reading skills to interpret and solve problems.
  • Troubleshooting/fixing problems with tools, equipment, and materials by using the scientific method.
  • Synthesize meaning and make cognitive connections, predictions, and interpolations about various parts of labs.
Interpersonal SkillsAbilities are sufficient to interact with individuals and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
  • Participate in team projects with other students.
  • Maintain a cooperative spirit while working in a lab environment with weather variables.
  • Respect and care for fellow students and guests whose appearance, condition, beliefs, and values may conflict with your own.
  • Demonstrate sufficient emotional health to perform under stress, exercise good judgment,waist-level, and promptly complete all academic and work-based learning responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a team to complete a common goal/task efficiently and safely.
Communication Skills
  • Communicate effectively and professionally when interacting with faculty, staff, and peers using English both written and verbal. (Students speaking other languages are welcome but for safety reasons, students should be able to communicate with other students, faculty, and staff- Broken English is acceptable.)
  • Follow instructions both written and verbal.
  • Speak and write clearly and distinctly.
  • Give verbal directions or follow verbal directions from other members of the class or instructors.
  • Demonstrate listening skills.
Coping SkillsAbilities are sufficient to effectively manage stress produced by work, environmental, and social situations and to react productively in a classroom or lab with industrial equipment.
  • Solves personal and interpersonal problems.
  • Minimizes stress and conflict.
  • Balances internal needs and external demands.
Mobility/Motor SkillsAbility to navigate around construction labs and utilize the tools and equipment to successfully complete practical coursework and projects.
  • Move between workstations, projects, scaffolding, and other students in a construction lab.
  • Lift items up to 60 lbs. in conjunction with a partner, from the ground to a waist-level location such as a wheel barrel, shelf, or table.
  • Manipulate and use hand tools, portable power tools, and stationary equipment.
  • Move supplies up to 30 lbs. above head.
  • Safely climb step ladders, extension ladders, scaffolding, and aerial work platforms.
Auditory Skills
  • Auditory abilities are sufficient to work effectively and safely in a noisy environment.
  • Effectively hear sounds that indicate potential issues and problems in the machining environment.
  • Hear the instructor’s voice in a noisy production floor and lab environment.
  • Respond to alarms, bells, and whistles.
Visual Skills
  • Visual ability is sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in classroom, lab, and industry situations.
  • See tape measures, meters, is, and gauges.
  • Use thermo-imaging cameras and other visual instruments.
  • Read equipment instructions, instrumentation, and safety data sheets.
  • Utilize depth perception to safely and properly perform tasks with drills, saws, and other power tools.
Tactile Skills
  • Tactile ability is sufficient for handling and assessment of tools, equipment, and materials related to construction & sustainability.
  • Press buttons and safely operate tools & equipment.
  • Use a sense of feel to determine surface roughness while sanding wood.
  • Operate equipment safely by turning on and off proper switches, buttons, and/or valves.
  • Utilize the internet to locate information and learning management systems.
EnvironmentalPossess the ability to tolerate environmental stressors and function safely.
  • Attend course labs in environments with sawdust, chemical fumes (ex. Paint), indoor, outdoor, heat, cold, and noise.
Emotional/BehavioralPossess emotional stability sufficient to maintain composure in stressful situations and assume responsibility/accountability for actions.
  • Adapt rapidly to changing environments and/or stress.
  • Calmly receive feedback.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity beyond reproach.
  • Wearing appropriate PPE and approved clothing.
  • Attentiveness to the task at hand in dangerous situations.
  • Respecting instructors, students, and equipment.


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 before enrollment to discuss any special concerns.