Technical Standards for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology
The technical standards listed below are intended to inform students of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations required in this program. These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program at Johnson College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program, but persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this list to develop a better understanding of the skills, abilities, and behavioral expectations necessary to successfully complete the program.
Physical Demands/Motor Skills
- Students must possess physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely perform HVACbservices.
Critical Thinking/Observation/Sensory/Reasoning Skills
- Students must be able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Must be attentive in the classroom, observe demonstrations and participate in lab classes.
- Must have visual perception
- Must be able to use sensory cues to maintain standards of quality brazing.
- Must be able to recognize when there is a problem or possible problem.
- Must have an awareness of surrounding through use of senses.
EXAMPLES of necessary activities (not all inclusive)
- Physical abilities sufficient to perform HVAC skills in a hot (90+ degree) and cold environment (30- degree)
- Physical ability sufficient to crawl under structures or confined spaces while carrying tools and equipment.
- Be able to climb ladders while carrying tools and equipment.
- Sufficient motor function to execute hand movements required to install and service HVAC/R systems.
- Physical ability to coordinate two or more limbs (two arms, two legs or one arm and one leg) while sitting, standing or lying down.
- Weight bearing ability sufficient enough to lift and carry weight up to 50 pounds and install equipment overhead.
- Ability to determine the steps necessary to troubleshoot air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment.
- Ability to assess causes of HVAC equipment malfunctions and solutions.
- Ability to identify HVAC equipment preventive and maintenance needs and perform maintenance and preventive services.
- Ability to determine appropriate tool needed to repair air conditioning, heating or refrigeration systems.
- Sufficient motor skills to quickly and repeatedly adjust HVAC system controls to exact settings.
- Visual skills sufficient to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Have sufficient visual capacity to read prints, schematics, meters and testers.
- Sufficient auditory skills to hear tones of various pitches emitted by testers and meters.
- Sufficient auditory skills to hear equipment running/operating to determine efficiency of operation.
Johnson College is committed to helping students with disabilities complete their program of study by reasonable means or accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are services provided to individuals with disabilities that remove or lessen the effect of the disability-related barrier. Individuals without documented disabilities are not eligible for accommodations.
Prospective (interested) students with disabilities, in accordance with Johnson College policy, and as defined by section 504 of 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1993, who may seek accommodations in order to meet the technical standards are encouraged to contact Counseling and Disability Services to discuss what reasonable accommodations, if any, the College could make in order for the perspective student to meet the standards. A student with a disability who requests accommodations will be required to submit this request in writing and provide pertinent supporting documentation in accordance with Johnson College policies. Perspective students are not required to disclose any information regarding technical standards to the Enrollment Department.
Questions or Concerns? Please contact disability services for more information.