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        Chowchilla Union High School

        Mr. Bitter

 Chowchilla Union High School

Student Course Outline and Expectations

Course Description

Power Mechanics II is designed for the second year Power Mechanics student with a desire to learn about small engines and the shop environment associated with small engine repairs.  The first semester will concentrate on a review of basic mechanical skills in the areas small engine theory, operation, assembly, disassembly, and troubleshooting.  The second semester will allow students to bring in project engines from home to repair in class.  The engines will be entered in the Chowchilla-Madera Fair under small project repairs.  This class has a 2+2 Agreement with Merced College and we will be implementing the Mech 15 curriculum into this class.  Those who are able to take the challenge test at Merced College will receive college credit for this class.

Course Goals

At the end of this course, students should be able to:


Grades will be calculated on a straight percentage scale of the total point value possible:

                A’s        100% - 90%

                B’s         89% - 80%

                C’s         79% - 70%

                D’s         69% - 60%

                F         59% or below.

Each assignment will be assigned a point value.  The students' grades will be calculated from the total point value earned versus the total point value possible.  It may be possible to earn over 100% due to some extra credit assignments.

The assignments will be weighted according to the following percentages.  The weights are based on CUHS Grading Policy set by school.  The student’s grade will be made known to him weekly.  The percentages are as follows.

Daily Time Cards

When shop work begins, each student will have keep a daily record of accomplishment by utilizing the Daily Shop Cards used in the CUHS Ag. Shop.  Each shop day will be worth 15 points with the breakdown as follows:

Daily Work Score:                work all period                        5

                                        work half of period                3

                                        show up to class                        1

Daily Cleanup Score:                cleanup done completely                5

                                        cleanup done halfway                3

                                        cleanup not done                        0

        Daily Safety Score:                Wore eye protection all period        5

                                        Chose not to protect eyes today        0

The cards will be collected and tallied up every 2 weeks and the score will be entered into the grade book.  Absences must be written down on the card and will be given a score of "0".  This includes excused absences, we treat shop as a working environment, if you don’t show up, you won’t get paid, excused or unexcused.  Short-term absences will be dealt with according to the terms in the short-term contract.

Semester grades will be cumulative for each of the corresponding quarters.

FFA Activities

The Chowchilla Agriculture Department is responsible for providing the materials you will be using in this class.  This being an agriculture class means that you are an automatic member of the Chowchilla FFA.  Because the Ag. Department feels so strongly that the benefits of being an active member of the FFA are so important, we have determined that part of your grade (10%) will be determined by your attendance of 3 activities per semester.  These activities for example are the FFA monthly meetings, FFA related activities, Winter Formal, Barn Dance, Banquets, and the setup and cleanup of any FFA activity.  These are fun ways for you to become involved in FFA and to experience what the FFA has for you!


Guidelines for attendance will follow criteria established CUHS.  Absences are defined as follows:

Class work

You will have weekly assignments and or lab assignments throughout the year.  Each assignment will have a due date associated with it.  By CUHS Board Policy any assignment turned it after the due date will be graded at no more than 50% of the assignments value.  By CUHS board policy no assignments will be accepted after 7 calendar days of the due date.  If you have an excused absence, you will have as many days of the excused absence after the due date to turn in your assignment.  For example, if you were excused for 2 days, you will have an additional 2 days upon your return to get the assignment turned in with no reduction in grade.


The notebook will provide you with an organized method of keeping your assignments and handouts available for quick reference and studying from.  If done properly, it will be of value to you even after you graduate from high school.

Each student in this class will keep a class notebook using the following guidelines:

  1. Each student will need a 3-ring binder to make up the notebook.
  2. All class and shop assignment papers will be placed into the notebook in the order assigned.  An occasional inventory will be handed out to assist the student in doing this.
  3. The notebook is to be kept neat and orderly as this will count on the notebook grade.
  4. The notebook will be graded at the end of each quarter for content, order and neatness and will be worth a total of 100 points.

The notebook will follow the additional guidelines provided the first week of school.

Weekly quizzes

There will be quizzes every Friday through the first semester and into the start of the second.  The quizzes will cover the tools of the week, and the work covered during the week.

Clothing Requirements

Proper attire is extremely important in the world of work.  In order to protect their clothing from greases, burns, dirt, mud and other foreign materials, students will be required to wear coveralls or shop coats when working in the shop.  It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared to work in the shop.

Eye Protection

Every student enrolled in a shop class is required to wear eye protection.  Safety glasses, goggles, or shields that are ANSI Z87.1 approved are acceptable for shop classes.  Safety glasses may be brought from home or bought in the classroom for $2.50.

Project Records/FFA Record Books

Each student will be expected to keep a record book covering his/her project.  This will be graded at the end of the quarter; however, it may be checked on a spot check basis and this may be counted as a quiz. Record books do not leave the classroom or file without an instructor first checking them out.  We do not want to lose or misplace them. All entries are to be done in pencil.  There will be time allotted during class to work on your books on a regular basis.

Supervised Occupational Experience Program (SOEP)

Every student enrolled in an Agriculture class in the state of California is required to have an SOEP.  This SOEP is also required to be documented in your FFA record book.  The nature of your SOEP must be approved by your Ag. Instructor.

Lockers and Locks

Each student will be issued an engine locker during the 3nd or 4th week of school.  You will also be able to have a locker for coveralls and safety glasses. It is your responsibility to provide a lock for your locker and to have the combination or key with you daily.  It is also your responsibility to provide the instructor with a key or combination to your lock.  If you do not do this, your lock will be cut off.

Course Outline – Power Mechanics II

  1. FFA Review
  2. Safety
  3. Tools
  1. Identification
  2. Proper Tool Usage
  3. Measuring Devices
  4. Hoist Systems
  5. Cleaning Systems
  6. Pullers and Presses
  7. Grinders, Borers, and Lathes
  8. Air Driven Tools
  9. Specialty Tools
  10. Thread Maintenance

  1. Specialized Equipment
  1. Metalworking Equipment
  2. Welding Equipment
  3. Electrical Meters and Testing Equipment

  1. Tool Sharpening and Tool Fitting

  1. Specialized Tools

  1. Power Equipment Fasteners

  1. Power Equipment Plumbing
  1. Identification of Plumbing Systems
  2. Copper Tubing
  3. Brass Fittings
  4. Pressure Hoses

  1. Hydraulics
  1. Fittings and Lines

  1. Compact Diesel Power (Every other year)
  1. Comparison/Contrast of Diesel vs. Gasoline Engines
  2. Four Stroke Cycle Theory
  3. Fuel System Cleaning
  4. Naturally Aspirated vs. Turbocharged
  5. Fuel Pump
  6. Fuel Injection System
  7. Timing
  8. Nozzle/Injector Troubleshooting
  9. Lubrication System
  10. Cooling System
  11. Governor System
  1. Two Stroke Power (Every other year)

Positive Behavior Plan

The following is my Positive Classroom Behavior Plan.  Classroom policies are listed and the following behaviors will be encouraged in my classroom.  I have also attached a copy of the Code of Ethics adopted by the Chowchilla FFA that covers all agriculture classes at Chowchilla Union High School.

Student Expectations:

  1. Respect:  All students will demonstrate respect to each other and all personal, private, and school property.
  2. Good Manners:  All students will demonstrate common courtesy and be polite to others.
  3. Attitude:  All students will demonstrate a positive attitude in the classroom and all activities outside the classroom.
  4. Quality of Work:  All students are expected to maintain a high quality of work product and strive to improve throughout the year.
  5. CUHS Student Handbook:  All students are responsible to know and understand CUHS expectations and policies as defined in the CUHS Student Handbook.

Positive Behavior will be encouraged and acknowledged when appropriate and will help students maintain a higher grade in the class and a more fulfilling educational experience.

Classroom Policies:

Much effort has been made to provide you with a versatile, working shop where you can learn a variety of skills.  Your education is important and in order for you to get the most benefits from your time and effort, the shop and classroom requires your attention and care.  In addition to following the safety rules and procedures, each student is expected to adhere to the following classroom and shop rules.

  1. You will be expected to remove your hats in the classroom when entering.  Hats will be permitted in the shop while working.
  2. Cell phones are not to be visible during class, earphones are NOT ALLOWED IN THE SHOP!
  3. At no time are you allowed to use electronic devices to play games or watch videos or other forms of entertainment.  I WILL NOT TAKE AWAY YOUR PHONE, I WILL ASSIGN AN AUTOMATIC GUIDED STUDY IF YOU ARE USING YOUR PHONE FOR ENTERTAINMENT.
  4. Food, drinks, and gum are not permitted in the classroom or the shop.
  5. Tools may be only used for their intended purpose for safety reasons.
  6. Tools must be returned to their proper location after usage.
  7. Each student is expected to clean up after themselves and help clean the entire area.

Students who choose to not follow the above rules will have one warning.  The second occurrence will result in a one-hour teacher detention and a phone call home.  The third occurrence will result in 2 one-hour teacher detentions and a phone call home.  The fourth occurrence or any action that results in injury or is a safety concern will result in a referral to the office.

Student Materials:  Each student is required to have the following materials each day in class:

  1. A 3 ring binder at least 1 ½” wide.
  2. A pen or pencil
  3. Note Paper for daily notes and assignments.

Students who do not have the above materials each day are unprepared to learn and will lose their daily participation points.