Cooperative Work Experience I


  2. A. Course Title: Cooperative Work Experience I
    B. Course Number: FM 114A - 30549
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: -
    E. Credit Hours: 4
    F. Instructor: Williams, Kelley
    G. Office: Don Whitaker Automotive Technology Center (ATC) 237
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2865
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 11:30:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location:

    This course is a continuation of FM 114 and FM 124 and includes work experience in a cooperating Ford-Lincoln-Mercury dealership. Student will work as a trainee under the supervision of an experienced Ford automotive technician. Open to Ford ASSET students only. A minimum of twenty hours of work per week are required. This is a four credit hour course.


    This course incorporates fundamentals important to obtaining employment upon graduation. It may not be suitable if used as a transfer to institutions of higher learning. Please consult with the receiving institution if you intend to transfer this course credit to another institution.



    Tools and Equipment

    ASSET students are required to provide their own basic tool set as outlined in the NMJC/ASSET Student Information Packet. This tool set must be on campus and complete during all on-campus training sessions. The set must also be complete and in good working condition at the sponsoring dealership during each cooperative work experience session. It is the student’s responsibility to replace all lost or broken tools. Each ASSET student has a considerable investment in tools and they are very important to the accomplishment of course objectives. Students are encouraged to have their tools marked and keep them secure and clean.

    Dress Requirements

    The main objectives of the Ford ASSET program are to develop a professional and productive automotive technician. Proper image and appearance are an important part of becoming a professional. One of the goals of the Ford ASSET program at NMJC is to help students develop a positive self image and to help develop their full potential as an automotive service professional. In the achievement of this goal, a positive image conscious approach is stressed throughout the program.

    A neat, clean appearance is essential in developing the desired professional attitude. Employers like their employees to wear appropriate uniforms because of this factor and its influence on customer relations and safety. To help promote this ideal, sponsoring dealers provide work uniforms for their students. Students are expected to wear these uniforms and keep them clean and in good repair. Shirts should be properly tucked into trousers. Also, leather work shoes, provided by the student (tennis shoes are not allowed), should be worn at all times. If the employer does not provide uniform pants, students will provide pants that meet industry and NMJC standards.

    Neat and clean grooming of hair and beards is also highly encouraged in the program. Long hair can be a safety hazard when working on vehicles. Therefore, students are encouraged to wear hair and beards at appropriate lengths.

    Personal Protective Equipment (e.g. eye and hearing protection)

    Cooperative Work Experience Documents (e.g. Training Journal and Educational Objectives List)

    Students are required to keep their cooperative work experience documents at the dealership at all times. These must be made available to ASSET program personnel during on-site visits. Students are also required to update their documentation on a daily basis. Please see the “Grading Policy Specific to Cooperative Work Experience" (provided by the instructor) for additional information.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    The final course grade will be earned and distributed based on the items listed below. The percentages provided are approximate values.

    Employer Evaluation: 40 points
    Self Evaluation: 5 points
    Objective List: 5 points
    Training Journal: 10 points
    Weekly Job Reports: 40 points

    Total 100 points

    See "Ford ASSET Grading and Attendance Policies" document provided by the instructor for specific grading and attendance policies.

    See also "Grading Policy Specific to Cooperative Work Experience" provided by the instructor.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    After completion of this course, the student should be able to apply the skills, attitudes, habits, and technical knowledge gained through the cooperative experience to a full-time position as an automotive technician.


    Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    Recognize the importance of regular attendance, both in school and on the job.

    Recognize that the process and the content of the curriculum are relevant to career requirements and responsibilities.

    Recognize the importance of honesty, punctuality, courtesy and a cooperative attitude as they relate to a real work situation.

    Recognize the importance of good health, grooming, and dress habits as they relate to a real work situation.

    Relate in a positive manner to employers, co-workers, and the public served.

    Analyze career opportunities and their requirements and compare them to personal potential and expectations.

    Demonstrate an understanding of the service department organizational structure.

    Demonstrate a marked improvement in hands-on related skills.

    Demonstrate the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills in a “real-world” environment.

    Demonstrate safe work habits when working with tools and shop equipment.

    Demonstrate work quality by consulting service manuals, electronic service information using the proper tools, treating the customer's vehicle with care and respect, and showing a genuine concern for the quality of his/her work.

    Demonstrate positive personal habits through appropriate attendance, punctuality, appearance, cleanliness of work area, and the care of tools and equipment.

    Exercise good judgment by demonstrating knowledge of personal limits, requesting help when needed, making appropriate decisions, and handling problems constructively.

    Demonstrate initiative by willingly performing assigned work, proceeding well on his/her own, demonstrating self-management skills, and seeking additional work when assignments are completed.

    Demonstrate productivity through efficient work habits, planning work in advance, and identifying productive opportunities.

    Demonstrate the development of new skills during the session.

    Demonstrate the improvement of previously acquired skills during the session.

    The work experiences provided for the student at the dealership are correlated with the content of all Ford ASSET courses.

    A successful Cooperative Work Experience ensures:

    Students work with experienced technicians.

    Students are assigned to areas most recently covered in the classroom sessions.

    Students work on specific tasks that were covered in the most recent on-campus

    Course objectives will be accomplished by completing the following learning activities:

    Hands-on application of instruction covered in the preceding on-campus session under the direction of an experienced technician.

    The opportunity to perform the tasks stated in the objectives for the preceding courses.

    Interface with dealership personnel and involvement in the day-to-day activities of the dealership.

    Work experience on actual customer vehicles with "real" conditions, requiring customer satisfaction with the completed repair.

    Maintain an up-to-date, informative, accurate, Training Log during the term.

    Complete all required WEB based training for the upcoming semester:



    Engine Repair



    The same standards of safety compliance are required from the ASSET student as are required of a successful full-time employee. Students must use all the safety precautions they have been taught and shown, discuss anything they are unsure of with their supervisor, and report any unsafe condition to their supervisor immediately. Every student should know the location of fire extinguishers and other safety equipment as well as procedures for first aid and for other emergencies, such as the need for emergency eye wash.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Because Cooperative Work Experience instruction takes place in a true business environment, where opportunities for learning are determined by the customer and shop loading, it is difficult to schedule and allocate specific amounts of time to specific activities. Therefore, allocation of time can only be based on time spent in the service department. Typically, students work 40 or more hours per week.

    October 26 - COOP Report 1 due

    November 02 - COOP Report 2 due

    November 09 - COOP Report 3 due

    November 16 - COOP Report 4 due

    November 23 - COOP Report 5 due

    November 30 - COOP Report 6 due

    December 07 - COOP report 7 due

    December 14 - COOP Report 8 due

    December 14 - All WEB Training must be completed by 4 pm to receive the 50 points