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educational camps for Automotive
essentials

MechaniChics, LLC is proud to offer classes designed to teach adults and children ages 14 and older the fundamental principles of car maintenance and repair.

These engaging classes equip students with real-life skills which help individuals save money by allowing them to perform minor maintenance and repair tasks on their own vehicles, and can even lay a foundation for a future career path.

Learn more about our Auto Upkeep and Applied Automotive Camps below.

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AUTO UPKEEP

learn the fundamental principles of car maintenance and repair

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LEARN HOW
CARS WORK

Learn about different systems in a car and how they work together, and how to identify and repair common problems, as well as basic preventive maintenance techniques.

MAINTAIN RELIABLE
VEHICLES

Maintaining a reliable vehicle involves regularly checking the car's systems and performing preventive maintenance. Students will learn how to inspect the engine, tires, brakes, and other systems, as well as changing the oil and other fluids.

HANDLE ROADSIDE
EMERGENCIES

Out of fuel? Flat tire? Overheated?  Stalled? Roadside emergencies can be stressful and dangerous, for new and seasoned drivers alike. Auto Upkeep will help you to be prepared in advance.

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applied automotive

take your automotive knowledge to the next level

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Level up your knowhow

Students will take their overall knowledge of vehicles to a much more concrete level. By learning internal combustion from the inside out, the physics, electronics, and mechanics of how it runs, it can catapult the knowledge level of any automotive student. 

disassemble. put it back together.

Students will remove the engine, label everything, disassemble and clean it, take the heads and block to be machined, put it back together, and get it back into working order. Applied Automotive is entirely hands-on. The only bookwork will be referencing specs in an auto manual or online.

building blocks for the future

MechaniChics is dedicated to helping our current and future generations learn a practical trade, all while equipping students with building blocks that will help them in their everyday life, or even a successful career in the auto tech industry. 

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how it

works

Auto Upkeep Class

FAQ

Question: Where are Auto Upkeep classes held, and how can I find one near me? Auto Upkeepis held when and where there is a request. It works well as a co-op class, 90 minutes for 16-20 weeks. If you would like to host a class near you, email me: mechanichics@gmail.com

Question: Can my child(ren) attend a class? 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.

Question: Do we need to bring anything? Be sure to bring a pencil or pen and your textbook and workbook to each class.

Question: Can you come to my county to teach this class? 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. I teach around my work schedule, so the sooner we book it the better.

Question: What does the class cover? This is the curriculum we use: http://www.homeschool.autoupkeep.com/

Question: How long is the class? As a co-op class or individual class, 90 minutes to 2 hours per class for 16-20 weeks will sufficiently cover the material.

Question: Can girls take attend a class? 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!

Question: What are some perks for taking this class? 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!

Question: What do I need to wear? Close-toed shoes, long hair pulled back, modest clothing that can get greasy and does not have loose strings. No need to impress!

Question: What will students DO at this class? 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.

Question: Can I buy this curriculum and teach it myself? Of course! Auto Upkeep is a commercially available program. www.homeschool.autoupkeep.com

Question: How do I pay for this class? Answer: A payment link will be here for any open classes.

Applied Automotive Intensive Camp

FAQ

Question: Where are the AA campsheld? Applied Auto camps will be held where there is a vehicle to rebuild.

Question: Can my child(ren) attend a camp? 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. They must have taken Crankin Engines and Auto Upkeep before taking this camp.

Question: Do we need to bring anything? 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. :)

Question: What are some perks for taking this camp? Besides the obvious, students will begin to take their overall knowledge of vehicles to a much more concrete level. Seeing how internal combustion 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.

Question: What does the camp 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.​

Question: How long is the camp? 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. I will attempt to get a day to visit the machine shop for a demonstration on how the machining is done.

Question: Can girls take attend a camp? 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!

Question: How do I register? A registration link will be posted here for open classes. There is a 10 student minimum.

Question: What do I need to wear? Close-toed shoes, long hair pulled back, modest clothing that can get greasy and does not have loose strings. No need to impress!

Question: What will students DO at this camp? 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.

Question: Can you come to my county for a camp? 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.

Question: How do I pay? There will be a link to a payment form here when there is an open class actively registering.

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"My two sons took the Crankin Engines class by Mandie. They both appreciated her no-nonsense approach. The class was clear and the engine work was well laid out and explained. I would consider it a great success. One of my sons has moved on to interning with an auto mechanic this year. Our family would highly recommend it!"

 

- Jeanette W

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