Gibson Technical Center

386 W. State Hwy. 76, Reeds Spring, MO. 65737      417-272-3271 / FAX 417-272-1529

      Nick Thiema                                                         Cindy Thompson                                                      Cindy Propst

       Director                                                                      Counselor                                                               Placement Coordinator






Mr. Chris Jenkins

Instructor Contact Information

Gibson Technical Center, 386 W. Hwy. 76, Reeds Spring, MO 65737

Phone: 417-272-3271 ext. 1114 = classroom   ext. 1130 = shop     FAX: 417-272-1529

Email: Website:



Instructor approval, both 1st and 2nd year instructor


Materials and Textbook(s)

Small Gas Engines 10th Edition,  Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, Copyright 2012

Yamaha,  "Introduction to Outboard Systems" Curriculum.

OEM and aftermarket services manuals


Program Description

Marine Technology is a two-year program intended to prepare the High School Student for an entry-level position in the work force. Actual work experience will be accomplished by working with training modules, student & staff engines.

Program Objectives

  • #1 All students will develop the necessary skills to become a productive and dependable employee.                                                                              
  • #2 All students will learn and practice safety in the shop and proper use and care of hand tools, special marine tools, and testing equipment.
  • #3 All students will learn the basic knowledge and skills necessary for the minor repair and tune up of Outdoor Power Equipment including; Outboard Motors, Inboard/Outdrives.
  • #4  All students will develop a career/education portfolio and personal resume along with practicing job interviewing techniques.


Curriculum Schedule

First Quarter/Semester

  • Classroom rules and work related safety practices
  • Shop procedures, hand tools and parts room usage
  • Special tools and test equipment
  • Make, model and year identification procedures
  • Careers in Marine and Small Engine Fields

Second Quarter/Semester

  • Servicing fuel systems
  • Ignition and electrical systems
  • Fundamentals of EFI and DFI Outboards and Stern drives
  • Lubrication, cooling and exhaust systems

Third Quarter/Semester

  • Drive systems, steering, and tilt & trim
  • Boat propeller types and purposes
  • PWC and jet pump operation & repair
  • Remote control systems

Fourth Quarter/Semester

  • Engine fundamentals and operations
  • Troubleshooting compression problems
  • Overhauling four stroke engines
  • Winterizing/storage procedures and recommendations
  • Skills USA Leadership Competencies and MTF final exam



Class Times

Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Session: 12:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Break Schedule: 10:00 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. (Breaks are ten minutes in length when available)

Report to class first – do not go to restroom, etc. without checking in first.

Students should come to class prepared to work.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Ask for makeup work or tests.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand assignments.
  • Do your own work and take notes.

Learn to be self-disciplined by being organized and using your time wisely.

Respect will be shown to all instructors and individuals in the building at all times!

Food and drinks are allowed with the instructor’s permission. Any messes will be properly cleaned by the student(s) involved.



Hours of combined laboratory/shop and classroom instruction

  • First Quarter/Semester = 330 hrs.
  • Second Quarter/Semester = 270 hrs.
  • Third Quarter/Semester = 222 hrs.
  • Fourth Quarter/Semester = 222 hrs.
The Attendance Policy for Gibson Technical Center is based on business and industry standards. One of the goals is to promote and model work ethics that can lead to career success. Because attendance is a vital component of career success, the following attendance policy has been implemented: Any student who misses eleven (11) days in a semester may lose the opportunity to return to the Technical Center the following semester (pending the decision of the attendance review committee, if appealed). Students may appeal to the attendance review committee for possible reinstatement. Students that are in attendance at their sending school due to a school function will not be marked absent. Students with perfect attendance will be recognized on a quarterly and yearly basis with incentives. The following absences will not count toward the 11 day limit: • Hospitalization with verification from the doctor • School related activities in which the student is present • Mandatory court dates • Death in the immediate family, which includes parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters. Those absences counted in the 11 days include but are not limited to: illness, oversleeping, out of town, missing the bus, not picked up for a ride to school, family vacations, bad weather, personal, and out-of school suspensions. If a prolonged absence occurs, the school will require verification of illness. If a student is not in attendance 50% of the scheduled class time, he/she will be considered absent for the entire period.


Grading Policy

In trying to provide an accurate comprehensive assessment plan that will benefit all students and still maintain consistency between classes, the students final grade will be derived from the following four components:

  • Attendance 10%
  • Daily Productivity 40%
  • Test Grades 40%
  • Professional Conduct 10%


Grading Scale


         93-100 %         A                 73-76 %    C

         90-92 %           A-               70-72 %     C-

         87-89 %           B+               67-69 %     D+

         83-86 %           B                 63-66%       D

         80-82 %           B-                60-62 %     D-

         77-79 %           C+               59 % or below F




Integrated Math and English- Course Description

  • Students enrolled in all two year programs will also be enrolled in Integrated Math and English class. 
  • All course work is part of the career education class curriculum and will count as a grade in both classes. (Each grade will count in Technical English and the career education class.)
  • Embedded curriculum helps prepare students for life after high school by providing real-world application of Math and English skills in the student’s area of career choice. 



Grading Policy

Students may earn credit by completion of their work via a portfolio which includes assignments and assessments.


  • Students can earn 1 senior Math and English credit over a two-year period, receiving ½ credit per year, but first must earn one full credit each for English 9, 10, and 11 in their regular high school.  Students must maintain an average of 80% or higher in order to earn credit for each year.  A maximum of one credit may be earned.
  • If a student does not earn 80%, it will show a grade of “I” for incomplete on progress reports.
  • Students MUST PASS their career education class in order to earn credit for Technical Math and English.
  • Each grade for Technical Math and English is counted in both classes: Career education class and Technical Math and English.  All course work is part of the career education class curriculum. The student’s home high school will determine the unit(s) of credit earned and if credit is awarded.


Make-up work and Intervention Procedures


  • Students must maintain 80% in their Technical English class. 
  • Students who are absent will be responsible to make up assignments.  If assignments are not made up independently, make-up work may be completed through an arranged make-up time.

 Conduct and Dress Code


  • All GTC Student Handbook rules are in force at all times.
  • Class members will be respectful of others, property, ideas, opinions, and time.
  • Class members will be responsible for attendance, time management, classroom participation & homework, resume, shop work & safety.
  • Dress code in effect to reflect professional shop attire. No tank tops allowed.


Job Shadowing

As part of the career unit, all senior students are required to job shadow a person in the career that pertains to the Marine Technology Program. During this time the student will have an opportunity to interview the person and observe first-hand their job responsibilities.



A full-time senior student may qualify for internship if he/she meets the following criteria:


  • Approval of the career tech instructor, counselor, sending school administration and parents.
  • Be in the last semester of their career tech program.
  • Must secure employment their related field.
  • Have a minimum of a C grade average (80%).
  • Have a good attendance record.
  • Have good transportation.
  • Possess a positive attitude the instructor believes will lead to success on the job.
  • Must have completed 90% of course competencies for their program.
  • Instructor has knowledge of the position and has developed a working contract with the employer.



In order to receive a certificate at the end of the program or at the time the student exits the program, the student must fulfill the following criteria:


  • Attend a minimum of 900 class hours..
  • Earn a C average or better for the course.
  • Participate in a Job Shadowing experience.


Non-discrimination Policy

Gibson Technical Center is an affirmative action employer. No person shall on the basis of race, sex, creed, color, or handicap, be subject to discrimination in employment or in admission to any educational program or activity of the school.