Auto Upkeep
& Applied Automotive

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read through this carefully before registering.
Auto Upkeep

Q.  Where are the AU classes held?

A.  Auto Upkeep is held whereever there is a request. To see if there is a class near you, visit this link:

https://forms.gle/FYkiqZ43JqEaYxce6

 

Currently, the AO Co-op in Summerfield is needing 2 additional students for class. Please fill out the form linked above to register. Cost is $244, which includes the text and workbook.

If you would like to host a class near you, email me!

Q.  What does the class cover?

A.  http://www.homeschool.autoupkeep.com/
 

Q.  What do I need to wear?

A. Close-toed shoes, long hair pulled back, modest clothing that can get greasy and does not have loose strings.  No need to impress!

Q.  Can my child(ren) take the class?

A.  If your child is 14 years old or older, and are okay to be around other children, and don't have any bionic parts (pacemaker, etc.), then they are welcome!  Parents can stay and learn for free or drop and run.  

Q. How long is the class?

A.  10-20 hours.  Check the google calendar or registration link for exact dates. These may change slightly depending on weather or scheduling conflicts, so please be somewhat flexible.

 

Q.  What will the students DO in this class?

A.  This is a lecture and hands-on class. I expect the students to read the chapter before attending class.  The textbook information will be discussed, with anecdotal tidbits thrown in as relevant.  The workbook will be assigned as homework. Students will go home each week with knowledge AND experience.

Q.  Do we need to bring anything?

A.  Be sure to bring a pencil or pen and your textbook and workbook to each class. 

Q.  Can girls take the class?

A.  Of course.  I'm a girl.  I teach the class.   I've had at least one girl in most of my classes, and honestly, it changes the dynamics for the better.  If they are shy, have them grab a girl friend and come together!

Q.  Can I buy this curriculum and teach it myself?

A.  Of course!  Auto Upkeep is a commercially available program. www.homeschool.autoupkeep.com 

Q.  Can you come to my county for another session?

A.  Sure!  Since I probably have no contacts in your county, I will be happy to help you draw the 10 required students in any way I can - facebook, emails, or carrier pigeon.  Word-of-mouth and personal requests are always best.  The farther from my home I go, the more I charge. 

Q.  What are some perks for taking this class?

A.  Besides the obvious, students with the understanding of basic components and functions of their vehicle are apt to take more care of their own vehicle and are more invested in the ownership journey. I believe this course should be taught instead of driver's education or at least in tandem.  There is no point in knowing how to operate a vehicle if you don't understand how it works or how much the true cost of ownership is.  It is a real life-skills class.
Parents can stay and learn for free.  This class is also a pre-requisite for Applied Automotive, and has a pre-requisite of Crankin Engines.  Applied Automotive takes apart a real (large) engine and repairs it, and usually takes two weeks of 4-8 hour days.  So, you have the potential for having an awesome mechanical line up of classes at your disposal!

Q.  How to do I register?

A.  Use this link.

https://forms.gle/FYkiqZ43JqEaYxce6

$200 class fee + 44 for the text and workbook.

You must pay on the due date, at least 2 weeks before class, to allow time for the book order to arrive. If you already own the book, pay the $200, but we have to have 10 paying book orders to receive the discounted pricing. Registrations are first-come, first-served, and once I reach the maximum number of students, I wait list.  If the payment deadline is not met, I open the spot to the next registrant in line.

 

Q.  How do I pay?

A.  I accept cash or check, and PayPal to mechanichics@gmail.com, Venmo (@MechaniChicsLLC), and Zelle (mechanichics@gmail.com).  The payment deadline is 2 weeks prior to class to be sure the books arrive on time.  The address for physical payment is on the registration link.
AO Co-op students will pay Pam.

 

Q.  What if I have more questions?

A.  Send them to me!  mechanichics [at] gmail.com

Applied Automotive Summer Intensive (Camp)

Q.  Where are the AA classes held?

A.  Applied Auto classes will be held where there is a vehicle to rebuild.

Q.  What does the class cover?

A.  In this intensive, we'll be pulling an engine, rebuilding it, and reinstalling it. We will have to pick the engine, disassemble and clean it, take the heads and block to be machined, put it back together, and hope it cranks. :)  The only book work will be referencing specs in an auto manual or online. You could certainly count this as an applied science credit on your transcript.​

Q.  What do I need to wear?

A. Close-toed shoes, long hair pulled back, modest clothing that can get greasy and does not have loose strings.  No need to impress!

Q.  Can my child(ren) take the class?

A.  If your child is 14 years old or older, and are okay to be around other children, and don't have any bionic parts (pacemaker, etc.), then they are welcome!  Parents can stay and learn for free or drop and run.  

Q. How long is the class?

A.  This 40 hours of class will be broken up into 2 one-week segments with a one week break in between for the machine shop to do their part. Classes are TBD.  Adequate breaks will be provided.  Fridays may be optional depending on how much we can get done M-Th. I will attempt to get a day to visit the machine shop for a demonstration on how the machining is done.

 

Q.  What will the students DO in this class?

A.  We will have to remove the engine, label everything, disassemble and clean it, take the heads and block to be machined, put it back together, and hope it cranks. :)  The only book work will be referencing specs in an auto manual or online.

Q.  Do we need to bring anything?

A.  Water and a snack if needed.  If you already have a basic socket set, feel free to bring it, but please be vigilant and responsible to not mix tools with others. Practice safe sockets. :)

Q.  Can girls take the class?

A.  Of course.  I'm a girl.  I teach the class.   I've had at least one girl in most of my classes, and honestly, it changes the dynamics for the better.  If they are shy, have them grab a girl friend and come together!

Q.  Can you come to my county for another session?

A.  Possibly, if you have the right space and equipment!  Since I probably have no contacts in your county, I will be happy to help you draw the 10 required students in any way I can - facebook, emails, or carrier pigeon.  Word-of-mouth and personal requests are always best.  The farther from my home I go, the more I charge.

Q.  What are some perks for taking this class?

A.  Besides the obvious, students will begin to take their overall knowledge of vehicles to a much more concrete level. Seeing how internal combution works from the inside out, the physics, electronics, and mechanics of how it runs, and how certain parts look can certainly increase testing scores, and for some may solidify the ideas of a career path. 

Q.  How to do I register?

A. 

Send an email to me at mechanichics@gmail.com and include:

1) your student(s) names and ages, (Who)

2) that you want the Applied Automotive class (Which)

3) your phone number. (Contact)

4) your payment method (How/When)

The camp is $250.

You may pay 2 weeks before camp. Registrations are first-come, first-served, and once I reach the maximum number of students, I wait list.  If the payment deadline is not met, I open the spot to the next registrant in line. All funds gathered from students will be used for parts and tools for the vehicle, so no refund is issued. Minimum number of students is 5.

 

Q.  How do I pay?

A.  I accept cash or check, and PayPal to mechanichics@gmail.com.  The payment deadline is two weeks before class to be sure the parts arrive on time.  I take payment deadlines seriously, because one person that doesn't pay on time will hold up the parts order and shift the timing of the entire class.  You can send physical payment to my business address on the registration form. 

Q.  What if I have more questions?

A.  Send them to me!  mechanichics [at] gmail.com