RAC 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 theories and principles for proper installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of cooling components and systems.
  • Read textbooks, handouts, diagrams and charts.
  • Visualize three-dimensional objects.
  • Take measurements and do conversions.
  • Interpret readings on meters, gauges, scales and other measurement devices.
  • Identify names and functions of cooling components.
  • Explain operating characteristics of cooling systems.
  • Relate concepts of physics, chemistry, and electricity to operations of cooling systems.
  • Identify tools and materials.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Inspect and test cooling components and systems.
  • Recognize indicators of malfunctions.
  • Draw conclusions based on a review of findings.
  • Formulate service or repair plan.
  • Perform procedures according to proper specifications.
Sensory/Observation Skills Use sensory cues to conduct inspections and tests to determine root causes of failures and respond properly.
  • Read meters, gauges, and other measuring devices.
  • Distinguish identifying colors of wires, knobs and other objects.
  • Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
  • Detect and respond to indicators of malfunctions.
  • Select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for maintenance and repairs.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely handle electrical and mechanical parts.
  • Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Remove and replace failed components.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces to do repairs.
  • 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.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a cooperative learning environment.
  • Fulfill personal and shared responsibilities.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in a refrigeration and air conditioning lab.
  • Work for prolonged periods exposed to: Extreme noise, Extreme heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, 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