Last modified: September 10, 2020
Introduction to Automotive Technology
Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Introduction to Automotive technology: 0.5 credits CTE : Grades 9-12
Students may work on their own cars to learn hands-on automotive service skills including: safety & tools, tires & wheels, basic maintenance, and safety inspections. Career opportunities include: tire & lube technicians and vehicle safety inspectors, or excellent college prep for engineering majors. Instructor is an ASE Master Automotive Technician. Students will take a State Skills Standard Assessment at semester end with the opportunity to earn a Skills Standards Certificate.
Safety testing through S/P2 will be completed prior to students entering the shop.
Students will learn about hazardous materials that may be encountered in the automotive industry, and safe practices for dealing with these hazards.
Students will learn about fasteners and how they are used.
Students will learn about hand and power tools and their proper use.
Students will learn about shop equipment and its proper use.
Students will learn about proper wheel/tire service.
Students will learn about proper vehicle maintenance and inspection.
Assessment of Progress
Students will be assessed on their understanding of safe practices. They will also be assessed on fasteners, hand tools, power tools, and shop equipment.
Students will be assessed on their knowledge and abilities in the area of tire service.
Students will be assessed on their knowledge and abilities in vehicle maintenance and service.
Students will take a State Skills Standard Assessment at semester end with the opportunity to earn a Skills Standards Certificate.
A class fee of $25 is paid at the beginning of the semester. This fee helps cover the cost of safety equipment and shop supplies.
Students will need a three ring binder to keep handouts and assignments. This binder will also be used to keep a work journal. This journal will be graded at mid term, term and end of term.
Students must have coveralls, safety glasses, and closed toed shoes to work in the shop. Students will be supplied coveralls. Safety glasses will be available for student use.
Regular attendance is critical to student success and the Timpview attendance will be followed.
Each class meeting will potentially earn the student 10 points, identified as Daily Points (Week 1, Week 2, etc.) in Power School and compiled weekly. Daily points will be calculated according to the student’s daily participation. 10 points will be deducted from the weekly point totals for each absence and 5 points deducted for each tardy. This would exclude missing class for posted extra-curricular, doctor excused, pre-approved or appealed absences. A student found in the shop without coveralls, safety glasses, closed toed shoes, or daily needed materials will be considered unready for work and will be assessed a tardy.
Students are expected to be engaged in the process. Each student needs to complete each assignment, including shop clean up.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Term one will focus on safety, fasteners, tools and equipment, and tire service.
Term two will focus on vehicle maintenance and inspections.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
A letter grade as a final grade will be assigned according to the total points acquired during the term. The grade scale can be viewed on Power School. Grades will be updated weekly.
Connecting Home to School
Parents/Guardians are expected to review the disclosure/permission document with their students. Parent/Guardian signature as well as student signature with documents are required to be submitted to Mr. Hassell before shop work begins.
If parents have any questions, please contact Mr. Hassell via e-mail at: email@example.com. I will respond to emails during normal work hours, within 24 hours in most cases.
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Each student is required to complete each task once. For better understanding I recommend students complete tasks more than once. I give plenty of time for students to complete the work more than one time.
If you are struggling, come see me. We can fix it but I need you to tell me when you get confused so I can help you understand. I want you to be successful and will work as hard as you do to get you there.
Students in CTE courses are encouraged to join the Timpview Chapter of Skills-USA. Joining is strictly voluntary. Club dues are $20.00, which go directly to the THS Skills-USA budget for club activities.