Technical Standards for Automotive Systems Technology

A student wishing to enroll in the Automotive Systems Technology curriculum must meet the following

  • Be able to reach, manipulate and operate equipment necessary for laboratory work
  • Not have a debilitating fear of small spaces or heights
  • Be able to make accurate measurements with test equipment and/or measuring instruments
  • Be able to troubleshoot projects, components and equipment to include detecting and evaluating slight differences in color, distance, smell, vibration, sound and movement
  • Be able to repair and/or replace defective components
  • Be able to communicate with others in English to accurately gather information relevant to locations and defects in equipment, components and/or products
  • Be able to interpret and work from blueprints, schematics or sketches
  • Be able to identify wire, components and supplies by color code
  • Be able to lift/carry 40- to 60-pound objects and be able to lift objects up and over an automobile fender or radiator
  • Be able to understand orders, instructions and descriptions and be able to read and comprehend technical manuals, manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels in English
  • Be able to operate vehicles safely
  • Not be allergic to petroleum products or any other chemical used in the program
  • Not have a fear of fire or sparks
  • Be able to work with hands
  • Not have a fear of getting clothes or hands dirty
  • Be able to connect, distinguish and evaluate readings using a volt-ohm meter
  • Be able to locate/interpret North Carolina General Statutes, city codes, department rules and regulations
  • Have a driver’s license that is valid in North Carolina

The automotive trade is one with inherent risks, and the safety of the employee (student) is of the utmost concern.