Construction

Wood is everywhere in our world from our homes to our businesses. Whether a student plans to enter into the field of construction, own a house, or partake in an enjoyable hobby, the skills and knowledge learned at James Fowler will be the springboard to that end.

Students explore the theories and practices in many aspects of construction from artisan to cabinetry to structure framing, and many of the specialized trades.

Safety is paramount, and comprehensive training on all equipment is a major component of the program. These are lifelong skills that are useful at any stage of life and in any economic situation.

Career paths include:

  • Carpentry 
  • Floor Installation 
  • Cabinet Making 
  • Framing 
  • Tile setting 
  • Electrical Branch Wiring 
  • Roofing 
  • Bricklaying and Masonry 
  • Interior Finishing 
  • Plumbing

Construction – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisites: none
Students are introduced to various practices for preparing and joining wood. Safety is emphasized in practical usage of hand and power tools. Theory and hands-on shop work have students participate in the construction of small projects designed to teach them about the properties of various woods and joinery techniques.

Construction-Intermediate 1-cabinet making (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Construction Introductory
Students develop the basic skills learned in Construction Introductory.

Construction-Intermediate 2-building construction (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Construction Introductory
Students who are serious about the construction industry focus on building systems and the basics of how wood structures are assembled.

Construction - Advanced 1-cabinet making (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Construction Intermediate 1
Students continue to develop their skills by focusing on intricate and complex projects.

Construction -Advanced 2-building construction (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Construction Intermediate 2
Students develop basic skills learned in Construction Introductory.

Knowledge and Employability Construction: Building

Construction courses are designed to teach skills for entry-level positions in construction, woodworking and cabinetry Development of employability competencies and safe work practices are emphasised.

Electro-Technologies

“We shape our tools and our tools shape us.” - Marshall McLuhan

In Robotics, students will design, create and program a series of robotic units with a focus on electrical fundamentals including soldering and electronics, programming theories including an introduction to coding, and CAD theories including an introduction to 3D printing. In this area students are introduced to the fundamentals of electricity and safe work practices. They will learn to solder electronics components and will review the fundamental concepts involved with working on electronic circuits such as resistance, capacitance, inductance and electromagnetism.

Using CAD software in both 2D and 3D spaces, students will learn the fundamentals of Computer Assisted Design and Drawing. They will apply these skills in a variety of design-oriented assignments that will lead them to producing portfolio-ready drawings. The skills they learn in this unit will then be applied to rapid prototyping with the lab’s 3D printer.

The course includes an introduction to Arduino a programmable microcontroller that is an up and coming technology that allows students to experiment with programming while seeing the results of their programming control their electronics from the Electrical Assembly unit. The system uses a variety of hardware including the Arduino Uno and Redbot Mainboard to teach the basics of coding.

Each robotics semester concludes with an overarching project that brings all of the technical and design elements that students have learned through the year together. This challenge could involve an autonomous robot challenge such as RobotSumo or a remote control challenge that includes a more significant design component such as balloon battling robots.

Mechatronics 1 (formerly Mobile Robotics – Introductory) (Exploratory Courses)

Students apply basic fabricating and servicing techniques to construct and test electronic and electromagnetic devices and cables. They will also apply the fundamentals of robotics systems and basic robotics functions.

Mobile Robotics – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Mechatronics 1
Students apply the fundamentals of robotics systems and basic robotics functions. Students demonstrate how basic sensors are used in a robotic system. This course requires extensive hands-on by the students and as a such, attendance is very important for success in this course.

Mobile Robotics – Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Mobile Robotics –Intermediate
Students develop and apply basic processes and skills to service and repair consumer- based electronic products. Student will build an autonomous robot. This course requires extensive hands-on by the students and as a such, attendance is very important for success in this course.

Mechatronics 2 (formerly Industrial Automation – Introductory) (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisite: none
Students work in a state-of-the-art technical lab moving through a variety of different modules including electrical systems, pneumatics and robotics.

Industrial Automation – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Mechatronics 2
At the intermediate level, students continue to build upon the knowledge gained in the Grade 10 courses. The state-of-art lab remains the focus as students move forward through electronic controls, control systems and robotics.

Industrial Automation – Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Industrial Automation Intermediate
At advanced level, students continue to build upon the knowledge gained at the Intermediate level. The focus at this level will be on personal & industrial robotics as well as control systems.

Fabrication

From oil and gas pipelines and refineries, to automobiles, railroads, bridges, and buildings, even furniture, ornamental iron work, art and design, welding plays a vital and integral part in our world. With demand for skilled welders rising and the technology of welding becoming more advanced, especially where automation is concerned, students have a unique opportunity to learn a career that can be shaped around their interests.

As an ever changing industry welding includes an endless amount of career pathways. At James Fowler High School students explore the theories and practices of welding and metal fabrication to fulfill the many needs of society. Both creative/artistic and technical aspects of the trade are covered in the course. Students will develop necessary skills in welding techniques and knowledge including the safe use of tools and equipment and acceptable procedures. Students also have an opportunity to explore other disciplines like metallurgy, drafting, blueprint reading, art, and design.

Possible Career Paths include:

  • Welder/Fabricator 
  • Welding Technologist
  • Welding Engineer 
  • Pipeline Construction 
  • Certified Welding Inspector 
  • Underwater Welder 
  • Sales Person 
  • Artist 
  • Designer

Welding - Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisites: none
Through practical and theoretical studies students gain an understanding of the role of the welder in society and at the same time learn the safe use of tools and acceptable procedures basic to the welding trade. Projects include a metal “house”, a box/dice, and an axe-in-log.
Fees: no fees; however, students are required to provide their own coveralls

Welding - Intermediate 1(Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Welding Introductory
Students reinforce and expand upon the welding techniques and knowledge garnered at the introductory level. A greater emphasis is placed upon working from drawings and basic blueprints. Gas Metal Arc Welding (Semi-automated MIG) is introduced.
Fees:   Material costs only on student personal projects outside regularly prescribed assignments.

Welding - Intermediate 2 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Welding Intermediate 1
This course is designed more for enrichment of knowledge and skills learned at the Intermediate 1 level. For students who wish to enhance their understanding and technique prior to enrolling in advanced level welding. It is not required for study at the advanced level.
Fees:   Material costs only on student personal projects outside regularly prescribed assignments

Welding - Advanced 1 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Welding Intermediate 1
For those students who are serious about this field as a career option, the advanced levels both expand on previous knowledge and techniques as well as introduce more specialized procedures such as pipe welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG). Fees:   Material costs only on student personal projects outside regularly prescribed assignments.

Welding - Advanced 2 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Welding Advanced 1
This course will again reinforce and enhance knowledge and skills derived at the Advanced 1 welding level. Upon successful completion of Advanced Welding 2, the student may qualify for partial credit toward the first year of a welding apprenticeship. Fees:   Material costs only on student personal projects outside regularly prescribed assignments.

Knowledge and Employability Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication courses are designed to teach entry-level positions in metal fabrication by developing employability competencies that relate to all career paths.

Knowledge and Employability Metal Fabrication 10-4

Students will:

  • explore a variety of occupations within a metal fabrication career environment 
  • be introduced to technology to produce high quality product or service 
  • identify proper procedures for welding using a variety of devices 
  • develop  basic  knowledge  and  skills  required  to  properly  use  the  tools equipment and materials used in fabrication

Knowledge and Employability Metal Fabrication 20-4/30-4

Prerequisite: Knowledge and Employability Metal Fabrication 10-4
Students will continue to develop the knowledge and skills that were covered in Metal Fabrication 10-4 with more depth and advanced learning.

Pre-Engineering

“To the optimist the glass is half full; to the pessimist it is half empty. To the engineer the glass is twice as large as it needs to be.” - unknown

Today’s world is moving towards a future that uses automated processes to monitor and control manufacturing.

This program focuses on the automation of electromechanical devices and the application of robotics.

In Pre-Engineering student will be introduced to some of the types of logical and mathematical problems that face engineers the world over.

In the Introductory level of Pre-Engineering at Fowler the basics of the Design Thinking Process and the fundamentals of safety procedures (focused around use of electricity) will be explored before students embark on a journey to become an expert in one of a series of areas. These may include:

  • Electrical/Electronics 
  • Computer Hardware 
  • Rapid Prototyping 
  • Technical Design and Drawing 
  • Industrial Automation 
  • PLC Control 
  • Autonomous Robotics

The focus of this class is on the interdisciplinary nature of building and creating a project. To this end, students will be challenged to tackle major projects as an integrated team incorporating their varied specialties to solve real-world problems.

This class will make extensive use of the AutoCAD suite of programs to design products and will use the lab’s 3D printer to prototype them.

Additionally, a heavy focus in this class will be placed on Industrial Automation using the FESTO Didactic learning systems including MecLabs and the MPS (Modular Production System) Stations.

A strong mathematical background is recommended for all students considering Pre-Engineering (minimum Math 10C)

Mechanics

Rust, corrosion, and damage repair is a fact of life in our vehicle dependant society. Students explore the theories and practices of body, frame and interior automotive repair and refinishing.

Career paths include:

  • Auto Body Technician 
  • Auto Body Refinisher 
  • Auto Body Prepper 
  • Custom vehicle modification (hot rods) 
  • Fiberglass and custom part manufacturing 
  • Damage Appraiser/Estimator

Autobody – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisites: none
Students are introduced to vehicle structures, how they are built, how damage is repaired and the tools used in Auto body repair.  Theory and hands-on lab work, have students forming sheet metal, repairing dents and applying 2 stage refinish system. Fees: personal safety equipment

Autobody - Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Auto Body Introductory
Students learn metal gas arc welding (MIG), refine surface preparation and are introduced to spray paint application techniques. Students will be working on actual vehicles.
Fees: Material costs on student owned projects and personal safety equipment only.

Autobody - Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Auto Body Intermediate 1
For those students who are serious about this field as a career option, the advanced levels look at analyzing the extent of collision and corrosion damage. Techniques for the repair of major damage and body reconstructing, as well as plastic repair are the focus.
Fees: personal safety equipment and material cost for student work

Auto Mechanics

For all future car owners, male and female, this course is a must have! Students can begin their journey in many directions. Whether it is basic knowledge of vehicle service, brakes, or engines, or a deeper understanding of clutches, transmissions, and differentials, it starts here!

In addition to experiencing the practical and academic aspects of Mechanics 10, 20 and 30; automotive students at James Fowler High School, work “hands on“ in a typical retail auto shop environment. Fowlers’ auto shop is a busy facility where course appropriate and manageable tasks are performed four days per week, usually booked 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Fridays of each week are set aside for attendance in a computer lab where students have access to the worlds’ leading automotive academic software, streamed in real time from Australia, “ CDX “.

Other aspects of automotive endeavour are explored at Fowlers’ auto facility when possible. At present an advanced ‘resto-mod ’ project is under way with a budget of $18,000 CDN., on a 1948 Ford F-1, pick-up truck. The well- known Shriner ‘ tin-lizzie’ brigade are at Fowler Auto for some long overdue drive- line and auto body restoration.

Through the 2016-2017 school year starting 06/2016, the Calgary Board of Education will invest substantial monies in upgrading the CBEs’ Career and Technical Studies, (CTS) high school departments. This move, eagerly anticipated by Fowlers’ Administrators and CTS instructors alike, will only enhance an already excellent facility.

Career paths include:

  • Automotive Technician 
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic 
  • Motorcycle technician 
  • Parts Technician 
  • Machinist 
  • R. V. Mechanic 
  • Automotive Sales 
  • Millwright 
  • Small Engine Technician 
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician

Auto Mechanics – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisite: none
Tire changes, wheel balancing and engine disassembly/reassembly are just some of the topics covered with hands on activity. This course is also an introduction to the automotive trade. It covers three basic modules:
Fees: personal safety equipment and material cost for student work

Auto Mechanics – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Automotive Introductory
This set of modules covers brakes, steering suspension and drive train. Both labs and theory will be included in the course of study. Students under careful supervision will be allowed to work on customer jobs.

Auto Mechanics - Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Intermediate 1 or 2
This set of modules covers electrical systems and components, tune-ups, exhaust and fuel systems and emission control systems. Both labs and theory will be included in the course of study. Students under careful supervision will be allowed to work  on customer jobs.

Knowledge and Employability Auto Mechanics 10-4

These courses are integrated into Auto Introductory with specific consideration regarding pace and capability.

Auto Mechanics 20-4/30-4

Prerequisite: Knowledge and Employability Auto Mechanics 10-4
These courses are integrated into Auto Intermediate and Auto Advanced with specific consideration regarding pace and capability.

ELL Introduction to Auto Mechanics

This course is intended for Level 1 and Level 2 English language learners. Through this course, students will focus on developing both language skills required for future studies in auto mechanics while studying basic auto mechanics skills. As each language learner will acquire such skills and content at different rates, students have the opportunity to work toward the completion of one or two auto mechanics modules. Upon completion of this course, students are recommended for placement in further Auto Mechanics Introductory modules.

Work Experience 15/25/35  (From 3-30 Credits)

Prerequisite:  HCS 3000
Work experience allows students to gain practical knowledge, enhance their skills, confirm career decisions, and form attitudes that will assist them in their transitions from school to the world of work. Students in grade 10, 11 and 12 can enrol. The prerequisite course HCS 3000 (Workplace Safety Systems) must be completed before any off-campus education credits will be awarded. Existing part-time jobs may be eligible as a work experience placement provided the student can demonstrate new learning is occurring.

Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT)

Construction

Wood is everywhere in our world from our homes to our businesses. Whether a student plans to enter into the field of construction, own a house, or partake in an enjoyable hobby, the skills and knowledge learned at James Fowler will be the springboard to that end.

Students explore the theories and practices in many aspects of construction from artisan to cabinetry to structure framing, and many of the specialized trades.

Safety is paramount, and comprehensive training on all equipment is a major component of the program. These are lifelong skills that are useful at any stage of life and in any economic situation.

Career paths include:

  • Carpentry 
  • Floor Installation 
  • Cabinet Making 
  • Framing 
  • Tile setting 
  • Electrical Branch Wiring 
  • Roofing 
  • Bricklaying and Masonry 
  • Interior Finishing 
  • Plumbing

Construction – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisites: none
Students are introduced to various practices for preparing and joining wood. Safety is emphasized in practical usage of hand and power tools. Theory and hands-on shop work have students participate in the construction of small projects designed to teach them about the properties of various woods and joinery techniques.

Construction-Intermediate 1-cabinet making (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Construction Introductory
Students develop the basic skills learned in Construction Introductory.

Construction-Intermediate 2-building construction (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Construction Introductory
Students who are serious about the construction industry focus on building systems and the basics of how wood structures are assembled.

Construction - Advanced 1-cabinet making (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Construction Intermediate 1
Students continue to develop their skills by focusing on intricate and complex projects.

Construction -Advanced 2-building construction (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Construction Intermediate 2
Students develop basic skills learned in Construction Introductory.

Knowledge and Employability Construction: Building

Construction courses are designed to teach skills for entry-level positions in construction, woodworking and cabinetry Development of employability competencies and safe work practices are emphasised.

Electro-Technologies

“We shape our tools and our tools shape us.” - Marshall McLuhan

In Robotics, students will design, create and program a series of robotic units with a focus on electrical fundamentals including soldering and electronics, programming theories including an introduction to coding, and CAD theories including an introduction to 3D printing. In this area students are introduced to the fundamentals of electricity and safe work practices. They will learn to solder electronics components and will review the fundamental concepts involved with working on electronic circuits such as resistance, capacitance, inductance and electromagnetism.

Using CAD software in both 2D and 3D spaces, students will learn the fundamentals of Computer Assisted Design and Drawing. They will apply these skills in a variety of design-oriented assignments that will lead them to producing portfolio-ready drawings. The skills they learn in this unit will then be applied to rapid prototyping with the lab’s 3D printer.

The course includes an introduction to Arduino a programmable microcontroller that is an up and coming technology that allows students to experiment with programming while seeing the results of their programming control their electronics from the Electrical Assembly unit. The system uses a variety of hardware including the Arduino Uno and Redbot Mainboard to teach the basics of coding.

Each robotics semester concludes with an overarching project that brings all of the technical and design elements that students have learned through the year together. This challenge could involve an autonomous robot challenge such as RobotSumo or a remote control challenge that includes a more significant design component such as balloon battling robots.

Mechatronics 1 (formerly Mobile Robotics – Introductory) (Exploratory Courses)

Students apply basic fabricating and servicing techniques to construct and test electronic and electromagnetic devices and cables. They will also apply the fundamentals of robotics systems and basic robotics functions.

Mobile Robotics – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Mechatronics 1
Students apply the fundamentals of robotics systems and basic robotics functions. Students demonstrate how basic sensors are used in a robotic system. This course requires extensive hands-on by the students and as a such, attendance is very important for success in this course.

Mobile Robotics – Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Mobile Robotics –Intermediate
Students develop and apply basic processes and skills to service and repair consumer- based electronic products. Student will build an autonomous robot. This course requires extensive hands-on by the students and as a such, attendance is very important for success in this course.

Mechatronics 2 (formerly Industrial Automation – Introductory) (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisite: none
Students work in a state-of-the-art technical lab moving through a variety of different modules including electrical systems, pneumatics and robotics.

Industrial Automation – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Mechatronics 2
At the intermediate level, students continue to build upon the knowledge gained in the Grade 10 courses. The state-of-art lab remains the focus as students move forward through electronic controls, control systems and robotics.

Industrial Automation – Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Industrial Automation Intermediate
At advanced level, students continue to build upon the knowledge gained at the Intermediate level. The focus at this level will be on personal & industrial robotics as well as control systems.

Fabrication

From oil and gas pipelines and refineries, to automobiles, railroads, bridges, and buildings, even furniture, ornamental iron work, art and design, welding plays a vital and integral part in our world. With demand for skilled welders rising and the technology of welding becoming more advanced, especially where automation is concerned, students have a unique opportunity to learn a career that can be shaped around their interests.

As an ever changing industry welding includes an endless amount of career pathways. At James Fowler High School students explore the theories and practices of welding and metal fabrication to fulfill the many needs of society. Both creative/artistic and technical aspects of the trade are covered in the course. Students will develop necessary skills in welding techniques and knowledge including the safe use of tools and equipment and acceptable procedures. Students also have an opportunity to explore other disciplines like metallurgy, drafting, blueprint reading, art, and design.

Possible Career Paths include:

  • Welder/Fabricator 
  • Welding Technologist
  • Welding Engineer 
  • Pipeline Construction 
  • Certified Welding Inspector 
  • Underwater Welder 
  • Sales Person 
  • Artist 
  • Designer

Welding - Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisites: none
Through practical and theoretical studies students gain an understanding of the role of the welder in society and at the same time learn the safe use of tools and acceptable procedures basic to the welding trade. Projects include a metal “house”, a box/dice, and an axe-in-log.
Fees: no fees; however, students are required to provide their own coveralls

Welding - Intermediate 1(Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Welding Introductory
Students reinforce and expand upon the welding techniques and knowledge garnered at the introductory level. A greater emphasis is placed upon working from drawings and basic blueprints. Gas Metal Arc Welding (Semi-automated MIG) is introduced.
Fees:   Material costs only on student personal projects outside regularly prescribed assignments.

Welding - Intermediate 2 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Welding Intermediate 1
This course is designed more for enrichment of knowledge and skills learned at the Intermediate 1 level. For students who wish to enhance their understanding and technique prior to enrolling in advanced level welding. It is not required for study at the advanced level.
Fees:   Material costs only on student personal projects outside regularly prescribed assignments

Welding - Advanced 1 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Welding Intermediate 1
For those students who are serious about this field as a career option, the advanced levels both expand on previous knowledge and techniques as well as introduce more specialized procedures such as pipe welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (TIG). Fees:   Material costs only on student personal projects outside regularly prescribed assignments.

Welding - Advanced 2 (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Welding Advanced 1
This course will again reinforce and enhance knowledge and skills derived at the Advanced 1 welding level. Upon successful completion of Advanced Welding 2, the student may qualify for partial credit toward the first year of a welding apprenticeship. Fees:   Material costs only on student personal projects outside regularly prescribed assignments.

Knowledge and Employability Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication courses are designed to teach entry-level positions in metal fabrication by developing employability competencies that relate to all career paths.

Knowledge and Employability Metal Fabrication 10-4

Students will:

  • explore a variety of occupations within a metal fabrication career environment 
  • be introduced to technology to produce high quality product or service 
  • identify proper procedures for welding using a variety of devices 
  • develop  basic  knowledge  and  skills  required  to  properly  use  the  tools equipment and materials used in fabrication

Knowledge and Employability Metal Fabrication 20-4/30-4

Prerequisite: Knowledge and Employability Metal Fabrication 10-4
Students will continue to develop the knowledge and skills that were covered in Metal Fabrication 10-4 with more depth and advanced learning.

Pre-Engineering

“To the optimist the glass is half full; to the pessimist it is half empty. To the engineer the glass is twice as large as it needs to be.” - unknown

Today’s world is moving towards a future that uses automated processes to monitor and control manufacturing.

This program focuses on the automation of electromechanical devices and the application of robotics.

In Pre-Engineering student will be introduced to some of the types of logical and mathematical problems that face engineers the world over.

In the Introductory level of Pre-Engineering at Fowler the basics of the Design Thinking Process and the fundamentals of safety procedures (focused around use of electricity) will be explored before students embark on a journey to become an expert in one of a series of areas. These may include:

  • Electrical/Electronics 
  • Computer Hardware 
  • Rapid Prototyping 
  • Technical Design and Drawing 
  • Industrial Automation 
  • PLC Control 
  • Autonomous Robotics

The focus of this class is on the interdisciplinary nature of building and creating a project. To this end, students will be challenged to tackle major projects as an integrated team incorporating their varied specialties to solve real-world problems.

This class will make extensive use of the AutoCAD suite of programs to design products and will use the lab’s 3D printer to prototype them.

Additionally, a heavy focus in this class will be placed on Industrial Automation using the FESTO Didactic learning systems including MecLabs and the MPS (Modular Production System) Stations.

A strong mathematical background is recommended for all students considering Pre-Engineering (minimum Math 10C)

Mechanics

Rust, corrosion, and damage repair is a fact of life in our vehicle dependant society. Students explore the theories and practices of body, frame and interior automotive repair and refinishing.

Career paths include:

  • Auto Body Technician 
  • Auto Body Refinisher 
  • Auto Body Prepper 
  • Custom vehicle modification (hot rods) 
  • Fiberglass and custom part manufacturing 
  • Damage Appraiser/Estimator

Autobody – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisites: none
Students are introduced to vehicle structures, how they are built, how damage is repaired and the tools used in Auto body repair.  Theory and hands-on lab work, have students forming sheet metal, repairing dents and applying 2 stage refinish system. Fees: personal safety equipment

Autobody - Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Auto Body Introductory
Students learn metal gas arc welding (MIG), refine surface preparation and are introduced to spray paint application techniques. Students will be working on actual vehicles.
Fees: Material costs on student owned projects and personal safety equipment only.

Autobody - Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisites: Auto Body Intermediate 1
For those students who are serious about this field as a career option, the advanced levels look at analyzing the extent of collision and corrosion damage. Techniques for the repair of major damage and body reconstructing, as well as plastic repair are the focus.
Fees: personal safety equipment and material cost for student work

Auto Mechanics

For all future car owners, male and female, this course is a must have! Students can begin their journey in many directions. Whether it is basic knowledge of vehicle service, brakes, or engines, or a deeper understanding of clutches, transmissions, and differentials, it starts here!

In addition to experiencing the practical and academic aspects of Mechanics 10, 20 and 30; automotive students at James Fowler High School, work “hands on“ in a typical retail auto shop environment. Fowlers’ auto shop is a busy facility where course appropriate and manageable tasks are performed four days per week, usually booked 2 to 3 weeks in advance. Fridays of each week are set aside for attendance in a computer lab where students have access to the worlds’ leading automotive academic software, streamed in real time from Australia, “ CDX “.

Other aspects of automotive endeavour are explored at Fowlers’ auto facility when possible. At present an advanced ‘resto-mod ’ project is under way with a budget of $18,000 CDN., on a 1948 Ford F-1, pick-up truck. The well- known Shriner ‘ tin-lizzie’ brigade are at Fowler Auto for some long overdue drive- line and auto body restoration.

Through the 2016-2017 school year starting 06/2016, the Calgary Board of Education will invest substantial monies in upgrading the CBEs’ Career and Technical Studies, (CTS) high school departments. This move, eagerly anticipated by Fowlers’ Administrators and CTS instructors alike, will only enhance an already excellent facility.

Career paths include:

  • Automotive Technician 
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic 
  • Motorcycle technician 
  • Parts Technician 
  • Machinist 
  • R. V. Mechanic 
  • Automotive Sales 
  • Millwright 
  • Small Engine Technician 
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician

Auto Mechanics – Introductory (Exploratory Courses)

Prerequisite: none
Tire changes, wheel balancing and engine disassembly/reassembly are just some of the topics covered with hands on activity. This course is also an introduction to the automotive trade. It covers three basic modules:
Fees: personal safety equipment and material cost for student work

Auto Mechanics – Intermediate (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Automotive Introductory
This set of modules covers brakes, steering suspension and drive train. Both labs and theory will be included in the course of study. Students under careful supervision will be allowed to work on customer jobs.

Auto Mechanics - Advanced (Specialized Courses)

Prerequisite: Intermediate 1 or 2
This set of modules covers electrical systems and components, tune-ups, exhaust and fuel systems and emission control systems. Both labs and theory will be included in the course of study. Students under careful supervision will be allowed to work  on customer jobs.

Knowledge and Employability Auto Mechanics 10-4

These courses are integrated into Auto Introductory with specific consideration regarding pace and capability.

Auto Mechanics 20-4/30-4

Prerequisite: Knowledge and Employability Auto Mechanics 10-4
These courses are integrated into Auto Intermediate and Auto Advanced with specific consideration regarding pace and capability.

ELL Introduction to Auto Mechanics

This course is intended for Level 1 and Level 2 English language learners. Through this course, students will focus on developing both language skills required for future studies in auto mechanics while studying basic auto mechanics skills. As each language learner will acquire such skills and content at different rates, students have the opportunity to work toward the completion of one or two auto mechanics modules. Upon completion of this course, students are recommended for placement in further Auto Mechanics Introductory modules.

Work Experience 15/25/35  (From 3-30 Credits)

Prerequisite:  HCS 3000
Work experience allows students to gain practical knowledge, enhance their skills, confirm career decisions, and form attitudes that will assist them in their transitions from school to the world of work. Students in grade 10, 11 and 12 can enrol. The prerequisite course HCS 3000 (Workplace Safety Systems) must be completed before any off-campus education credits will be awarded. Existing part-time jobs may be eligible as a work experience placement provided the student can demonstrate new learning is occurring.

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