Standard 8 - Equipment

Standard 8.1 - Safety

Equipment and tools used in the training program must have all shields, guards, and other safety devices in place, operable, and used. Safety glasses must be worn by all students, instructors, and visitors in the lab/shop area while lab is in session.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection.
    • All tools and equipment are maintained in safe operating conditions and checked on a regular basis during the tern in which they are utilized. Students receive both general and specific safety precaution instruction at the beginning and throughout the semester. During these discussions emphasis is placed that shields, guards and other safety devices must be used at all times. Operating manuals instructions for each piece of equipment are filed in the Automotive Resource Room and made available for review.
    • Signs are posted throughout the shop stating eye protection must be worn during the operation of any machinery/equipment.

    • Equipment found defective or unsafe are posted out of service until proper repairs are performed.
Standard 8.2 - Quantity and Quality

The tools and equipment used in the training program should reflect the program goals and performance objectives. Sufficient tools and equipment should be available for the training offered. The tools and equipment should meet industry quality standards.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection of the tools and equipment needed for instruction.
  2. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection of class size and inventory.
  3. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection tools and equipment used to meet industry quality standards.
    • The majority of the tools and equipment are located in the tool room and in the labs in which they are used by the students. Any additional tools necessary to meet the minimum NATEF tool requirement are presently on order or borrowed from different programs, dealerships and individuals. All specialty tools and equipment are provided by the college.

    • For evidence, see:
Standard 8.3 - Consumable Supplies

Sufficient consumable supplies should be readily available to assure continuous instruction.

  1. … The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection. Provide inventory sheets and describe replenishment procedure.
    • Consumable supplies are either stocked on hand. Majority of the consumable supplies are regulated and distributed by the instructor as needed.

    • For evidence, see:
Standard 8.4 - Maintenance

A preventive maintenance schedule should be used to minimize equipment down-time.

  1. … Provide a copy of the preventive maintenance schedule or spreadsheet.
    • The instructor has the responsibility to see that all tools and equipment are in satisfactory condition. The college Maintenance Department also has responsibility for maintaining the compressors and other pieces of equipment used to support the automotive labs and classrooms. This is all done on a regular basis.
Standard 8.5 - Replacement

An annual review process should be used to maintain up-to-date tools and equipment at industry and safety standards. Student follow-up and Advisory Committee input should be used in this process.

  1. … Describe the annual review process and provide an example from the annual survey data and Advisory Committee minutes with pertinent information highlighted.
    • At present, tools are replaced on an as-need basis. All purchases are determined by budgetary obligations.
    • Advisory Committee recommendations and student in-put heavily influences the replacement of tools and equipment in the equipment acquisition budget.
Standard 8.6 - Inventory and Distribution

An inventory system should be used to account for tools, equipment, parts, and supplies.

  1. … Provide the inventory list and describe how tools are disbursed and/or signed in/out to students.
    • An inventory system is used for tools and equipment. Parts are stocked onsite by the auto parts management program and are to be ordered as needed at the time of repair.

    • For evidence, see:
Standard 8.7 - Parts Purchasing

A systematic parts purchasing system should be in place..

  1. … If purchasing parts, provide a written procedure or parts request form.
  2. … ETL may discuss this issue with instructor.
    • Work orders are prepared on all vehicles in need of repair. The students evaluated the vehicle for necessary parts for the repair. An estimate with the lad fee and parts cost are prepared by the student using on line ordering service of four parts suppliers for arability and cost. The vehicle owner is then informed of estimate cost and for consent of the repair. Online ordering of all four parts suppliers is offered in the lab with the instructor's verification. Only parts that meet manufacturer’s specifications will be used.
    • Open-ended billing arrangements are made with the parts stores in the area. The parts stores that we have made arrangements with are very cooperative and deliver the necessary items as soon as possible.
Standard 8.8 - Hand Tools

Each student should have access to basic hand tools comparable to tools required for employment. Students should be encouraged to purchase a hand tool set during the period of instruction.

  1. … Provide an inventory. The evaluation team will conduct a visual inspection.
  2. Explain policy and provide information available for students detailing recommended tool list and vendor visits.
    • Students are required to purchase tools that will be required of them by their employer. They are encouraged to purchase tools through the Kaskaskia college book store and student discount programs offered them by the major automotive tool and equipment companies.

    • For evidence, see: