This high school elective course is designed to introduce teenagers to basic tools and skills associated with construction and repair of auto, home and community facilities. Students learn about skills involving careers as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and mechanics. Each of the 75 lessons begins with a narrative involving teenage characters who learn about skills and careers while participating in home or community projects. The course is especially advantageous for students who have not had the benefit of good, resident, male role models. Tools suggested, but not required. The story line also teaches students about the benefits of cooperation with other ethnic groups and neighbors. The authors have crafted the course not only to teach students how to use basic tools, but also to embrace courtesy, honesty, integrity and commitment. The narrative style, graphics and illustrations engage readers, drawing them into the lessons. The companion activity books help students work through the course in regular classrooms, shop class or individualized learning programs.