• Vanguard High School

    Automotive Technology

    Maintenance and Light Repair

    Levels 1 – 4

    Course Syllabus


    Maintenance and Light Repair Program Description


    The Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) program falls under the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster at DOE MLR. It is intended as a post-secondary or career preparatory program. The MLR course consists of four levels, with each completed level worth one credit. Vanguard High School adheres to standards established by the State of Florida in cooperation with the ASE Education Foundation. State standards are designed to formulate a set of prioritized requirements to benefit students in their pursuit of a career in the transportation, distribution, and logistics industries. All courses in the MLR program are taught by an industry certified (ASE) instructor.




    Upon successful completion of each level of the MLR program, students will be prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level automotive technician at the level they have achieved, or to continue advanced training in automotive technology at a post-secondary institution. Students who perform well throughout the program will also be prepared to take the Entry Level Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification exam, a two-year student credential.


    Employment Outlook


    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. Job opportunities for qualified jobseekers should be very good, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for automotive service technicians and mechanics was $42,090 in May 2019, or $20.24 per hour.


    Maintenance and Light Repair Program Content Standards


    1. Proficiently explain and apply required shop and personal safety tasks relating to the automotive industry.
    2. Explain and apply required tasks associated with the proper use and handling of tools and equipment relating to the automotive industry.
    3. Demonstrate proficiency in preparing vehicle for routine pre/post maintenance and customer services.
    4. Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of engines, cylinder heads, valve train, lubrication and cooling systems.
    5. Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of electrical/electronic system components, battery, starting, charging, lighting, instrument cluster, driver information, and body electrical systems.
    6. Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of front and rear suspension systems, wheel alignment, and wheels and tires.
    7. Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of drum\disc brake, hydraulics, power assist units, electronic brakes, and related (wheel bearings, parking brake, electrical, etc.) systems.
    8. Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, heating, ventilation, and engine cooling, operating and related control systems.
    9. Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of engine computerized controls, fuel, air induction, exhaust, and emission control systems.
    10. Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service, repair and overhaul of in-vehicle and off-vehicle automatic transmissions/transaxles.
    11. Explain and apply proficiently the diagnosis, service and repair of manual drivetrain, clutches, transmissions/transaxles, drive and half-shafts, universal and constant velocity joints, differential case assemblies, drive axles, four-wheel and all-wheel drive systems.


    Maintenance and Light Repair Course Identification


    School Year: 2020/2021

    Program: Maintenance and Light Repair

    Main Course Number: MLR - 9504100

    Course Level Numbers: MLR-1: 9504110, MLR-2: 9504120, MLR-3: 9504130, MLR-4: 9504140

    Credits: 4 (1 each for MLR Levels 1 thru 4)

    Teacher/Contact: Mr. Vincent Annese; 352-671-4900, ext. 59486.

    Email: Vincent.annese@marion.k12.fl.us

    Location: Building 8, Room 012


    Course Description and Time Allocation


    The complete MLR high school course consists of 540 hours of instruction, broken down into four levels. Two semesters (one full school year) are required to complete each level. Therefore, to complete the entire course, students would need to enter the course in their freshman year of high school and continue through their 12th year of high school or, they would need to complete the MLR program in a post-secondary institution offering MLR instruction. There is a $15.00 fee for each level of the course.


    Course Objectives


    Each of the following levels of the MLR course has a unique set of skills, providing the student with foundational knowledge and skills regarding:


    1. Safety, tools, shop equipment, shop operations, basic engine fundamentals, and basic technician skills
    2. General electrical systems, charging & starting systems, batteries, instrumentation, and body electronics
    3. Suspension & steering systems, and brake systems
    4. Automotive heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) systems, engine performance systems, automatic & manual transmissions/transaxle systems, as well as employability skills & soft skills.


    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to perform basic diagnosis and basic repairs of the above mentioned automotive systems and be prepared for entry level employment or to move on to advanced courses in a post-secondary setting.


    Instructional Materials Used


    Textbook: Fundamentals of Automotive Technology: Principles and Practice, second edition - by Jones and Bartlett Learning. This textbook is an online edition. Each student is provided an access code allowing full access to the CDX online MLR course. It is recommended students have access to a computer at home. A computer is provided to students while in class.


    Research Software: ALLDATA is used as the student’s primary online repair resource. This is a professional resource currently in wide use by industry professionals worldwide. Students will be provided a username and password for access to this important resource.


    Training Software: CDX Learning is a complete curriculum system. This system pairs accessible online content with the textbook and supplements to enhance student learning. Online resources engage students and improve comprehension with interactive content, quizzes, videos, and more. Students can access these resources from nearly all devices and platforms, including Apple iOS and Android.




    Grading Scale                                                     Criteria


    A = 90-100                                                        30% Assessments (Tests & Projects)

    B = 80-89                                                          50% Task Sheets & Shop Work (Foundational Skills)

    C = 70-79                                                          20% Quizzes & Daily Classwork

    D = 60-69

    F = 0-59


    Procedures for Make-Up Work 


    A student will be able to make up most online, written, and in class work not completed, provided the student has an excused absence for the missing assignment(s). Excused absences must be approved by the attendance office. Students have three (3) days to complete most missed assignments. It is not always possible to make up shop assignments. Some shop assignments require conditions that are not easily reconfigured. In this case, the student may not make up that assignment. It is always the student’s responsibility to ask for make-up work.


    Accommodations For Individuals With Disabilities


    Vanguard High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or disability in admission to educational programs or activities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Vanguard High School shall provide, upon request by a qualified disabled individual, provide reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with a disability an equal opportunity to participate.


    General Rules


    • Students will report to class on time and be in his/her assigned seat
    • Students will act in a safe manner at all times
    • Students will respect others and their property at all times
    • Students will use computers in an appropriate manner
    • Students will use appropriate language at all times
    • Students will not enter shop without instructor’s permission
    • Students must have a valid driver’s license (not learners permit) to start or move vehicles
    • No food or drink in the shop
    • Do not leave class early
    • No talking while instructor is talking
    • No sitting in or on shop vehicles
    • Use all tools and equipment in an appropriate manner
    • If you break a tool due to improper use, you will purchase a replacement
    • No running or horseplay in classroom or shop. This includes the student stuntman, wrestler, skateboarder, mountain climber, sports star, comedian, etc. Those type of activities should be performed off campus and will result in disciplinary actions when performed in-house.


    Automotive Technology Shop Safety Rules/Procedures


    • Safety glasses must be worn AT ALL TIMES while working in the shop.
    • Report all accidents to instructor immediately regardless of how minor they are.
    • Drive in and out of stalls slowly and always honk horn before backing out of the stall.
    • Make sure the vehicle’s brakes are functioning before moving in or out of shop. If the brakes are not functioning, the vehicle must be pushed into the shop.
    • Use the shop exhaust system while vehicle is running inside the shop.
    • Do not work on any engines when “hanging” on an engine hoist. Engines must be on stands before any work may be performed.
    • Do not work on a car that is supported by floor jack. Always use safety jack stands.
    • Do no block doors, electrical panels, passageways, or fire extinguishers.
    • Students must be properly dressed at all times while in the shop. No loose clothing (this includes “sagging” pants) or open-toed shoes (slippers, sliders, sandals, flip-flops, crocs, etc.).
    • Rings, watches, and other jewelry must be removed before performing any hands-on work.
    • Clean up all spills immediately.
    • Put dirty rags in approved container.
    • Do not used compressed air to clean off your clothes.
    • Report broken tools or equipment to instructor at once.
    • Do not use chrome sockets on impact wrenches.
    • No eating or drinking in vehicles.
    • Make sure hands and clothing are clean before entering any vehicle.
    • Shop privileges are open only to students currently enrolled in the automotive program.
    • Only the instructor or students enrolled in the automotive program may drive a vehicle in or out of the shop.
    • All class periods begin in the classroom. Shop assignments, as well as any other special instructions, will be given in the classroom.
    • Get permission and proper instruction from the instructor before using any hoist, lift, or
    • Use proper lift points when lifting a vehicle. If unsure, ask the instructor.
    • Always engage the locks on vehicle lifts before working under a vehicle.
    • Only the person working under the vehicle can disengage the locks on the lift.
    • When working under the hood with engine running, be aware of rotating parts. Students with long hair must contain hair in a safe manner.
    • Any special tools and/or equipment must be signed out from the tool room and signed back in before cleanup begins.
    • Always use the right tool for the right job.
    • On days where shop work is performed, ALL students must go to the shop and remain in the shop until it is time to return to the class.
    • There will be no standing around outside of shop in the parking lot.


    If these rules are not followed, disciplinary actions will apply:


    1st offense:         Verbal warning

    2nd offense:        Written referral – contact with parent or guardian

    3rd offense:        Administrative escalation


    Supply List


    Pen, pencil, paper. Non-skid, non-marking shoes recommended. Coveralls or overalls also recommended (E.G. https://www.dickies.com/home).