Catalog 2015-2016

Automotive Collision Repair

Essential Functions

The purpose of the essential functions list is to allow prospective students who are considering a career to be informed of the physical, emotional, and psychological demands related to training and employment in a field of study. These lists are provided to allow prospective students to make informed career choices by providing them with a summary of the physical abilities and personality traits that are generally required for the successful completion of a curriculum and result in employment in a field of study after graduation. For students to be successful in the Automotive Collision Repair programs, they must be able to perform the following essential functions:

Ability to Use Senses.

  • Visual: Acuity to identify different problems, small and large, on vehicle body and mechanical parts, as well as read fine print on equipment service manuals.
  • Hearing: Ability to hear sounds and emergency signals (with auditory aids or full-time interpreter for the hearing impaired) and to understand a normal speaking voice without direct access to the speaker's face.
  • Smell: Ability to evaluate possible dangers involved in working with automotive paint products, refinishing equipment, and welding equipment.
  • Tactile: Ability to feel heat/cold or pain and evaluate the possible danger of extreme temperatures and the ability to differentiate different contours and shapes.

Motor Ability.

  • Physical ability to walk long distances and stand for long periods of time; lift, move, and transfer equipment of at least 50 pounds; and maneuver in limited spaces.
  • Ability to work while in hot/humid and/or cold conditions.
  • Ability to have manual dexterity to efficiently and safely use equipment, power tools and hand tools, and other small and large equipment while wearing essential safety glasses and/or gloves and/or other necessary required safety gear.
Ability to Understand Need for a Safe Work Environment.
  • Practical awareness of potential dangers while working with automobiles and automotive equipment.
  • Ability to wear necessary safety gear.
  • Ability to maintain a safe environment at all times.

Ability to Communicate.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written forms to class partners and/or team and to instructors.
  • Ability to write and perform routine mathematical calculations clearly and correctly within the automotive collision industry standards.
  • Basic proficiency in technology (computers and peripheral components) as the industry requires.

Ability to Problem Solve.

  • Intellectual and conceptual ability for measuring, calculating, reasoning, analyzing, and prioritizing daily functions in today's automotive collision industry.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a sense of urgency without jeopardizing safety.
  • Ability to react and adjust as instructed by the instructors during lab or shop instruction or based on a customer's needs.

Ability to Maintain Emotional Stability.

  • Ability to function safely under stress in today's workplace and adapt to changing staff and client/customer situations.
  • Ability to maintain composure and professionalism at all times in labs and work and shop or lab environment.