AEC Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Use technical, mathematical, and visualization skills to create computer-assisted drawings.
  • Read textbooks, handouts, blackboard instructions, online text, technical manuals, and blueprints.
  • Do basic math functions, solve simple equations, and complete ratios.
  • Select appropriate math operations to solve problems.
  • Distinguish important from unimportant information in problem solving.
  • Recognize patterns or similarities in how things work.
  • Create alternatives for accomplishing same tasks.
  • Replicate teacher-demonstrated procedures.
  • Visualize 2D and 3D geometric shapes and their rotations.
Sensory/Observation Skills Use sensory cues to do precise and accurate drawings.
  • Transfer ideas from rough sketches into detailed computer drawings.
  • Create and assess architectural and engineering designs on the computer.
  • Judge distance and space relationships of objects.
  • Distinguish basic colors.
  • Observe and replicate teacher-demonstrated procedures.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient mobility and dexterity to do design work.
  • Produce lines, shapes, and figures on paper.
  • Execute computer commands and operations to draw, edit, render and animate designs.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information accurately and coherently.
  • Use correct spelling and grammar in drawing work and report writing.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately in both self-directed and shared learning environments.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with responsibilities in a timely manner.
  • Work diligently and put in necessary time to complete tasks.
  • Persist on difficult tasks.
  • Exercise good judgment.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in a computer-assisted drafting lab.
  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Artificial lighting, Air conditioning, Electrical equipment

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail