technical Requirements

NBSS faculty have determined that in order to successfully complete our programs, students must have and demonstrate the following physical and cognitive skills and abilities, with or without reasonable accommodation.

NBSS is a welcoming community committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and our alumni have successful careers at many levels of ability. The standards outlined here are meant as a guideline so that you understand the commitment to training at NBSS, as well as industry standards.

For those who self-identify as having a disability, NBSS provides reasonable accommodations. We will work with you individually to determine whether reasonable accommodations can be provided through our 504 Coordinator. To learn more, please contact NBSS Admissions at

Technical Standards for All Programs

Cognitive Abilities

  • To process, synthesize, organize and learn new material.
  • To plan a variety of activities and projects.
  • To obtain information for processing through primary senses.
  • To problem solve independently.
  • To utilize basic math concepts for measurement and construction & repair tasks.
  • To imitate or mimic role modeling.
  • To follow written, verbal, and demonstrated instructions in English.
  • To visualize three dimensional objects.

Communications Skills

  • To communicate effectively with faculty, staff and other professionals.
  • To orally report observations.
  • To read English sufficiently to understand and comprehend technical books, written protocols, and plans.
  • To write English sufficiently to record notes legibly.
  • To express thoughts clearly.

Adaptive Skills

  • To maintain a professional attitude during all work performance.
    • To work individually and as part of a team.
    • To adjust to changes in scheduling and flexibility to meet department or faculty needs.
    • To identify one’s own strengths and weaknesses and to request assistance when needed.
    • To respect and work with fellow students, staff, faculty, clients and employers.
    • To maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty, students and professionals in a responsible manner.
  • Physical Abilities (See also program-specific requirements below)

    • To stoop to adjust tools and materials.
    • To kneel to adjust tools and materials.
    • To crouch to adjust tools and materials.
    • To crawl to adjust tools and materials.
    • To reach to obtain items overhead.
    • To be mobile within the work facility and on site.
    • To climb, balance, and work on a step stool, ladder, and scaffolding.
    • To move from sitting to standing.
    • To work an 8-10 hour day with reasonable breaks, sitting and standing at a workbench.

    Manual Abilities (See also program-specific requirements below)

    • To manipulate fine motor tasks.
    • To locate and examine materials.
    • To use assistive technology, computer, typing, writing for documentation.
    • Gross and fine motor skills to manipulate tools and materials.
    • Sufficient manual dexterity and mobility to manipulate tools and materials.

    Sensory Abilities (See also program-specific requirements below)

    • Visual
      • To observe projects and demonstrations.
      • Ability to see fine detail up close.
    • Auditory
      • To receive verbal directions in English.
      • To be aware of activity in a shop or on site.
    • Tactile
      • To identify touch, pressure, temperature, and texture.

    Program-Specific Technical Standards

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