DISL 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 Apply theory and principles for proper diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of heavy duty truck equipment and systems.
  • Read manuals, diagrams, and charts.
  • Interpret readings on meters and gauges.
  • Do searches in component manuals for manufacturer specifications.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Identify names and functions of major internal and external components and operating systems.
  • Identify tools and materials.
  • Discuss hazardous waste.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Assemble/disassemble parts in proper order.
  • Organize parts by type and function.
  • Inspect and test components and systems.
  • Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
  • Draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
  • Formulate service or repair plan.
  • Perform procedures according to manufacturer specifications.
Sensory/Observation Skills Use sensory cues to inspect and test components to determine root causes of failures and respond properly.
  • Determine readings on meters, gauges, scales, and dials.
  • Detect and respond to noises, vibrations, temperatures and smells that indicate problems.
  • Survey and select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for maintenance and repairs.
  • Judge distance and spatial relationships of objects.
  • Recognize and interpret colors and textures of residue on parts.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely and independently handle components.
  • Move and maneuver a diesel truck and forklift.
  • Operate necessary tools and equipment.
  • Remove and replace failed components and small parts.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Use checklists to complete work and do inspections.
  • Complete job sheets clearly specifying parts, materials, and services.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.
  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with other students in class and lab.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in a heavy equipment shop environment.
  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Extreme noise, Extreme heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Moving objects and vehicles, Slippery or uneven surfaces, Variations in lighting

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 accesshcc-l@lists.hawaii.edu