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.
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 Understand Need for a Safe Work Environment.
- 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.
- 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.