Culinary Arts Program Technical Standards

It is understood that a student that is otherwise qualified may be able to use reasonable accommodations in order to meet these standards. Students with an identified disability should contact Disability and Access Services in order to investigate available reasonable accommodations.

Essential Function Standard Example
  • communicate effectively and professionally when interacting with peers, faculty, staff, and guests using the English language verbally and in written form
  • follow verbal and written instructions
  • follow directions, describe decisions, demonstrate listening skills, write reports, and follow directions
  • speak clearly and distinctly
Physical Strength and Samina
  • lift and move without assistance cookware typically found in a commercial kitchen and independently lift and move cookware containing product
  • lift and move stock and supplies  weighing up to 50 pounds
  • stand and move about kitchen/laboratory for up to six hours
  • complete cleaning responsibilities requiring stooping, bending, and climbing
  • lift and safely move pots, pans, stock pots, and small equipment
  • lift and safely move pots, pans, stock pots containing hot food being prepared according to instructions
  • lift and move bags and boxes of supplies weighing up to 50 pounds
  • stand and move about in kitchen and dining areas during food preparation
  • lift and transport trays with plated foods, china, and small wares.
  • serve and clear tables where guests are seated
Mobility and Motor Skills
  • move freely, quickly, and safely in a close environment
  • work in coordination with other students
  • move supplies between floor and standard height above head
  • safely manipulate small wares, equipment, and equipment controls
  • safely pour liquids, including hot liquids
  • safely handle hot foods
  • perform repetitive tasks required in a commercial kitchen
  • move from work station to work station near other students and equipment
  • lift containers (bulk and prep) individually and in coordination with other students
  • lift supplies from floor, pallet, or table and place on storage racks
  • remove supplies from storage racks above head at standard height
  • hold containers such as pots and bowls while mixing and blending ingredients in those containers
  • operate machinery and equipment safely and efficiently
  • efficiently use whisking, dicing, and piping skills
  • access voice instructions in a noisy environment
  • access equipment alarms
  • access meters and gauges
  • access printed and written instructions and labels
  • feel product texture
  • distinguish smells and tastes
  • receive instructor's voice in a noisy kitchen/lab environment
  • perceive food preparation equipment alarms
  • read temperature and pressure gauges
  • read ingredients labels
  • taste and feel product to determine quality and doneness and adjust flavor appropriately
  • read MSDS documents
Interpersonal and Emotional
  • work cooperatively with other students and instructors
  • complete an equitable share of kitchen duties
  • follow directions of instructors and fellow students
  • remain calm in a stressful environment
  • display characteristics of emotional stability
  • self-manage medical and emotional conditions
  • participate in team projects with other students
  • provide assistance to fellow students and instructors when asked
  • maintain a cooperative spirit while working in a hot, crowded environment
  • complete duties as assigned
  • maintain a positive attitude
  • manage one's medical and emotional conditions in order to permit self, others, and the program to meet educational goals