The Practical Mechanics program prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of settings, including automotive shops, dealerships, parts suppliers, quick service tire and oil change facilities, as a small engine mechanic in a variety of industries, as a general mechanical maintenance professional, in machining/manufacturing equipment maintenance, and in entry-level manufacturing, machining, or welding positions.

  • Learn skills needed in multiple work environments, including tool usage, measuring and layout, mechanical skills, motor/engine operation, basic welding, electrical system operation, and general maintenance/repair skills
  • Carry out basic repairs to small engines, basic mechanical systems, and more, under the supervision of a highly trained instructor
  • Learn basic vehicle/equipment maintenance skills
  • Explore careers and develop entry-level skills in the industries of manufacturing, automotive/equipment technology, welding, and machining
  • Develop and understanding of shop operations, communication and teamwork in a shop setting, and shop safety
  • Apply all of these skills to team projects in the spring semester
  • Meet experts and professionals in the classroom and during field trips
  • Explore individual passions and interests through job shadows, and/or internships
  • Acquire professional workplace and employment skills throughout the year.
This program could be right for you if you have:
  • A history of good attendance
  • A history of turning in assignments
  • Willingness to seek help
  • Good communication with instructor and classmates
  • Willingness to participate in all assignments and activities

High School Credit

All students earn elective high school credit (see your counselor for more information).

College Credit

Six optional college credits are available:
  • ASE 101 - Auto Shop Orientation
  • MTE 105 - Safety in Manufacturing Environments
  • MTE 110 - Teamwork/Communication in Industry
Optional college credits earned through this program apply towards FRCC degrees and certificates!

Apply Credits Toward a Degree

Students who wish to continue at FRCC can apply credits earned to several different programs, including an FRCC Automotive Technology A.A.S., an FRCC Welding Technology A.A.S., and an FRCC Manufacturing and Energy Technology A.A.S. Many credits apply to a variety of shorter FRCC certificate programs, as well.


James (Rusty) Pooler
Reno (Todd) Toffoli

Class Location

FRCC Larimer Campus
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Class Times

Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Eligible Students

Juniors and Seniors


Tuition paid by school district. Students pay program fees.


Provided by school district (except field trips and internships)

Get Started Today

Talk to your high school counselor today for more information about the application and enrollment process.

Contact Instructors
Practical Mechanics

James (Rusty) Pooler
Reno (Todd) Toffoli

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