Electrical Systems Technology Technical Standards

Purpose Statement

All students in the Electrical Systems 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 Standard Definition of Standards Examples
Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills

Ability is sufficient to complete classroom and lab work with industrial equipment. Ability is sufficient to objectively analyze information, directions, and instructions, make correct decisions, and draw reasonable conclusions that produce acceptable outcomes.

  • Utilize engineering theory and practices to logically work through technical problems.
  • Utilize computers, with minimal assistance, to obtain technical information.
Interpersonal Skills

Abilities 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 Skills

Sufficient 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 Skills

Abilities 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.
  • Recognize personal limitations and request assistance as appropriate.
Mobility/Motor Skills

Physical 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 items up to 30 lbs. individually or in coordination with others.
  • Properly wear appropriate personal protective equipment (ex. safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, fall protection, face shield, etc.) without assistance.
Auditory Skills

Sufficient 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, and other safety alert systems.
Visual Skills

Visual ability is sufficient for observation, assessment, and safe performance in the classroom, lab, and industrial environments.

  • Recognize hazards, and 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 Skills

Tactile 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.
  • Utilize the internet to locate information and learning management systems.
Environmental Must 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.
Emotional/Behavioral Possess 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 environments and/or stress.
  • Attentiveness to the task at hand in hazardous situations.
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, respect, patience, and cooperative behaviors.
  • Maintain personal hygiene to a satisfactory standard.


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.