Class Syllabus



Cass Career Center
Instructor: Donald Dickerson


There is industry need for quality trained young men and women in the Automotive Technology service field.  There are many unfilled positions for entry level technicians as well as upper level workers. 


This course is designed to prepare juniors and seniors for an entry-level position as an
Automotive Technician.  This is a two-year program and during both years students will
develop an understanding of the automotive field and employment options.  Students will gain basic knowledge and principles of automotive designs and operation of major components: steering and suspension, brakes, electrical and engine performance. Students will also learn important safety policies, OSHA/EPA.  As a benefit to this class the student will have the opportunity to participate in SkillsUSA. Students will develop basic skills using automotive tools and equipment. Students will learn how to prepare repair orders and order parts for actual vehicles.


Upon completion of this course each student will be able to:
1. Perform those skills necessary for an entry-level position in the field  of Automotive Technology.
2. Recall the technical and related information, which is essential in making judgments for problem solving abilities.
3. Operate hand tools and equipment with practice of safety habits.
4. Communicate effectively with employers, employees, peers and patrons in a constructive and purposeful manner.
5. Recognize the need to continually upgrade individual skills and keep current with the technology in the Transportation Industry.
6. Recognize his/her role and responsibility as an Automotive Technician in meeting the needs of business and industry.
7. Recognize the importance of continuing his/her education and self-development through participation of professional organizations and continuing education courses.
8. To achieve certification in specific ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) areas within five years.


Orientation & Registration
Introduction to Automotive Technology
Introduction to ASE
Safety Policies in the Shop-OSHA/EPA
Student Club SkillsUSA
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics  
Automotive Steering and Suspension
Automotive Engine Performance 


Students will need to provide their own:
1. Supply box (Plastic shoe box)
2. Safety glasses (1 pair, clear not tinted)
3. Gloves
4. Shop Clothing
5. Leather shoes or boots
6. Flashlight w/batteries (D-cell)
7. 12 volt test light
8. Pens & pencils
9. Notebook paper & copy paper
10. Hat w/bill


1. Written  assignments 6. Audio/visual  aids
2. Lecture &  discussion 7. Guest speakers
3. Group  assignments 8. Field trips
4. Instructor demonstrations   9. Projects
5. Computer controlled trainers 10. Quizzes & tests


The course grading systems is based upon cumulative points.  This means participation, tests and homework are all equal for grade points.
The following is the overall grade scale used for cumulative points:
A  90-100
B  80-89
C  70-79
D  60-69
F   0-59


The requirements for successful completion of the course require the student to be able to accomplish many items.  At the beginning of every chapter is listed what is known as cognitive skill (comprising facts, knowledge, and information) and effective skill (consisting of attaching emotions, attitudes, and values to information and learning) objectives. This describes to the student what they are expected to know from this chapter. These objectives can be utilized to assist the student in their studying for the test. Practical examinations occur throughout the course. These practical examinations are also known as psychomotor skills (the physical ability to perform skills or other type of movements).  These psychomotor skills involve imitation, manipulation, precision, articulation, and naturalization.  These skills are listed in each chapter that the student must also know.  Each student must pass these skills without assistance from the instructor.

Additional areas of evaluation-Each student should be neat, clean, well groomed and physically fit enough to perform the minimal entry-level job requirements.

Attendance-Students are required to attend class (see student handbook for specific policy).  At the discretion of the program director, a student missing a lesson may demonstrate the fulfillment of all skills and knowledge covered in the missed lesson.


We are fortunate to have a nice classroom and shop.  Please do not write on the walls or put your feet on the walls or furniture, and if you put something in the trash can, make sure it goes in the trash can.  If you make a mess, you will clean that mess up.  Listed below are some general classroom and shop rules.

1. No food or drink will be allowed in the shop or classroom (privileges may be earned).
2. We will respect the rights of fellow students at all times.
3. All students will read and understand the school policy handbook given at the beginning of the school year.
4. Safety rules will be posted and followed at all times.
5. Protective equipment will be worn when required. Certain protective equipment will be provided and students will maintain equipment in good condition.  Protective equipment is for the safety of the student, and others you are working with.  We will clean and maintain this equipment at school as needed throughout the year.
6. Personal hygiene is important.  Hair is to be off the collar and facial hair trimmed and neat as determined by the instructor, as a safety concern and in preparation for industry employment.
7. Lockers will be provided in the shop area. Students are responsible for providing their own locks.  Lockers are school property and can be opened and inspected at any time by school personnel. 
8. Due to the nature of our training, no sandals, sneakers or open-toe shoes will be allowed in the class or shop.  This rule will be strictly enforced.
9. Jewelry will be removed before engaging in any skill in the shop.  This can include any necklaces, rings and watches. Any earring must be removed if deemed a safety hazard.
10. Due to a large number of students in the class, all backpacks and coats will be kept in the safety area. This will prevent tripping hazards. 
11. All students are expected to be prepared and participate in daily class and shop activities.
12. All students are expected to be respectful and courteous in the classroom and shop.
13. All students are expected to be on time and attend class.
14. All students will work together as a team and have a positive attitude.


If a student breaks safety rules or school polices the Cass Career Center student handbook and/ or discipline chart will be utilized.


To be considered for Outstanding Junior or Senior, the following criteria are utilized:

1. Attendance-without excessive absences.
2. Test scores
3. Attitude in classroom & shop
4. Willingness to assist others without being asked
5. Discipline
6. Homework handed in on time

To be considered for the Outstanding Performance Award, the following criteria will be utilized:  The student may earn this award as well as the Outstanding Junior or Senior.

1. Attendance
2. Test scores
3. Attitude in classroom & shop
4. Willingness to assist others without being asked
5. Discipline
6. Homework handed in on time


All students are encouraged to become members of the SkillsUSA
Dues amount will be given out at a later date.  SkillsUSA prepares the student to be leaders by employing the necessary skills needed in leadership, speaking and communication.  Various contests are held at district level, with the opportunity to go on to the state and national levels.


Every measure is taken to ensure safety during training.  Students will be taught by demonstration (performed by the instructor) of all equipment; and a written and practical test will be completed by each student.

A "Safety Contract/Rules Agreement " for students and "Safety Information Sheet" will be sent home for parent or guardian to sign.  A "Student Safety Performance Record" will be filled out in class as equipment is demonstrated with a written and practical assessment accomplished date.


Students that complete the 2-year Automotive program will receive 1 credit of Math 4 and 1 credit of English 4.  The student must complete all requirements over two years to receive credit.


During the school year I will be available as needed to help students with problems or special accommodations. 
I will be available at the school from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.
My office phone number is 816-380-3253 ext. 7802
E-Mail Address:
Cass Career Center Address:  1600 East Elm Street
  Harrisonville, MO 64701