Mechanical Science


(Available to 9th and 10th grade students, No prerequisites)

This 80-minute course is full year, but may be taken for one semester.

Fall Semester:  Students will obtain an industry certification in safe tractor and equipment operation. Students will be able to select correct tools and methods to tear down and reassemble a small, 4-stroke engine. Students will learn:  how small engines work; how to perform preventative maintenance on lawn mowers; to measure engine parts and read specification charts to determine engine wear; to use small power tools and tap n die work.  Tractor driving skills culminates in the FFA Tractor Safety Career Development Event.

Spring Semester:  Students will use tractors to learn different engine systems and how to perform preventative maintenance. Students will learn basic welding skills including plasma arc and oxy cutting, stick welding and wire feed welding.  Engine electrical systems including batteries and ignition systems will be learned along with basic electrical knowledge needed to progress in the mechanics industry.  Small engine trouble shooting culminates in the FFA Mechanics Career Development Event.

Credits:  1 credit per semester, (1 science, 1 elective upon completion of both semesters) or (.5 science, .5 elective per semester).


Leadership training through FFA is an integral part of these courses. Students will have the opportunity to be an FFA officer and learn how to run meetings and develop public speaking skills.