SMP 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 standard principles and practices to solve sheet metal shop problems.
  • Read textbooks, handouts, diagrams and charts.
  • Visualize three-dimensional objects.
  • Distinguish shapes, forms, and patterns.
  • Take accurate measurements and do conversions.
  • Identify names and uses of tools and machines.
  • Identify safety concerns.
  • Explain characteristics and uses of sheet metal and related supplies.
  • Perform standard fabrication and installation practices.
  • Follow safety procedures.
  • Formulate fabrication plans.
  • Perform procedures according to proper specifications.
  • Distinguish indicators of poor vs. quality construction.
Sensory/Observation Skills Use sensory cues to maintain standards of quality fabrication and installation.
  • Take precise measurements to 1/16 of an inch and to 1 degree of an angle.
  • Recognize and compare shapes and forms of objects.
  • Detect fabrication problems.
  • Survey and select appropriate materials, tools and equipment for sheet metal work.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to safely perform sheet metal work.
  • Operate necessary tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Remove, repair, and replace sheet metal components.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Lift and transport tools, 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 sheet metal shop environment.
  • Work for prolonged periods exposed to: Extreme noise, Moderate heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical powered tools and equipment, Chemicals and toxins (using proper safety equipment), Dust and fumes (using proper safety equipment), 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