High School Technology & Engineering

Course Offerings

In the Technology & Engineering Department, we provide our students with the skills & guide students into programs of study that we lead to a lifetime career. Students can do this through our Technology program or our Engineering program. Our Technology program is modeled after the substrates to technology: Communications & Information Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Construction Systems, Transportation Systems, and Power & Energy Systems. Our Engineering program is developed through Project Lead the Way. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national curriculum that models after college engineering programs.

Students that have an idea of what field of study or career they want to pursue should look at the suggested Courses of Study.  A course of study act as a suggestion of what classes to take and when.  You can look at the newest suggested course of study.

2020-21 Taxonomy

Current Course Offerings

*Weighted courses

7000         *Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)                

In Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real world problems. They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using PLTW Engineering Notebooks and 3D modeling software.

7010        *Principles of Engineering (PLTW)                

        Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering & Design or rising Junior & Seniors will have IED waived

In Principles of Engineering (POE), students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation through problems that engage and challenge. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

7020        *Civil Engineering & Architecture (PLTW)        

        Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering

In Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architectural design software.

7021        *Digital Electronics (PLTW)                

        Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering

From smartphones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. Digital Electronics (DE) course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

7022        *Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW)        

        Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system.

7030        *Engineering Design & Development (PLTW)                

Prerequisite: Civil Engineering and Architecture, Digital Electronics OR Computer Integrated Manufacturing; AND Application

In Engineering Design and Development (EDD), students identify a real-world challenge and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their unique solutions to a panel of engineers. Students need to complete an application to enroll in this class.

7005        Foundations of Technology                

Foundations of Technology prepares students to understand and apply technological concepts and processes that are the cornerstone for the high school technology program. Group and individual activities engage students in creating ideas, developing innovations, and engineering practical solutions. Technology content, resources, and laboratory/classroom activities apply student applications of science, mathematics, and other school subjects in authentic situations.

7015        Technical Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CAD)                

Prerequisite: Foundations of Technology, Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW), or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

This course is intended to promote the competencies, skills and sensibilities needed for the successful development and realization of contemporary products. A design/problem-solving model will include elements of design and appearance, ergonomics, idea modeling, anthropometrics, form, function and visualization. These elements will be coupled with basic engineering drawing skills, including freehand drawing, orthographic projection and basic descriptive geometry, axonometric drawings and developments. Emphasis will be placed on documentation of design work using manual drafting, CAD and freehand sketching.

7025        Architectural Drafting & Design                

Prerequisite: Technical Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CAD), Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW), or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

Experience is provided in basic residential and commercial design. The fundamental sequences in designing and drawing are stressed as the student completes all architectural drawings necessary for the construction of a residence. Elements of the course include architectural styles, area planning, structural detailing, pictorial rendering, building specifications, and cost analysis.

7016        Circuit Analysis                

Prerequisite: Foundations of Technology, Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW), or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

An introduction to DC and AC circuit theory and analysis. The theory includes electrical measurement systems, Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff’s Laws, circuit theorems and component characteristics. Laboratory work provides experiences with electrical components, schematics, electrical tools, and basic electrical and electronic instrumentation.

7026        Electricity & Control                

Prerequisite: Circuit Analysis, Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW), or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

Students will be presented with an overview of energy systems as they relate to technology and how signals are controlled for various technological processes. States, forms and sources of energy will be examined as well as the control, transmission, conversion and storage of energy forms. Students will be involved with a variety of laboratory activities to design, build, test, and evaluate energy and control systems.

7017        Materials & Production                

Prerequisite: Foundations of Technology, Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW), or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

This laboratory-based course is an introduction to materials properties and product design. Students develop a knowledge of selection, properties, use and impacts of materials choices, and processing methods. The process of research, design, creation, use and assessment of products will be used. This class will be done in a materials production laboratory using current equipment and processes. Students are financially responsible for cost of materials.

7027        Manufacturing Enterprise                

Prerequisite: Materials & Production or Introduction or Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW), Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW), or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

The class begins with an introduction to manufacturing technology, technical systems, and the historical evolution of manufacturing. Students will examine the organization and management of manufacturing endeavors. The class culminates in the design and production of a product in a manufacturing enterprise situation which closely parallels the functions of a manufacturing corporation. This will be done in a production laboratory using current equipment and processes. Students are financially responsible for start-up costs of product.

7018        Energy, Power & Transportation                

Prerequisite: Foundations of Technology, Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW), or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

This course focuses on developing a basic understanding of the behavior of land, water, air and space transportation systems. Students engage in problem-solving activities to design, produce, test, and analyze transportation systems while studying the technical subsystems of propulsion, structure, suspension, guidance, control and support.

7028        Transportation Research & Development        

Prerequisite: Energy, Power & Transportation or Introduction to Engineering & Design (PLTW)

This course provides individual and/or small groups of students within a laboratory class the opportunity to conduct a focused investigation of a transportation system or subsystem. The scope of the research and development problem could relate to local, national or international topics. The time frame of the research could be historical, contemporary or futuristic. Each student and/or group is required to design, build, operate and analyze some type of technological model, prototype or simulation that demonstrates with precision the essence of the research problem. Portfolio documentation of the progress of the research and development problem is required.

7050        Foundations of Graphic Communications                

This course is an introduction to concepts of Graphic Communications from creation of ideas to the development of graphics products such as screen printed t-shirts and video game case covers. Students will apply fundamental skills in the areas of technical illustration, computer illustration, desktop publishing, & screen-printing.

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