Intro to Engineering
This is a foundation course in the field of engineering and mechanical drafting/design. Students will be introduced to basic concepts including; engineering careers, the design process, peer review, team management, testing and analysis, blueprint reading and more. With the assistance of CAD (Computer Aided Design), students will be given hands-on instruction in essential communication techniques used by all engineers including; sketching, geometric constructions, dimensioning and annotation, missing view problems, orthographic projection, sectioning, auxiliary projections, pictorial drawings, and more. Using the latest industry software, students will learn the techniques to become proficient and skillful CAD operators. Upon the completion of the first semester, students will begin to explore the exciting world of 3D modeling and visualization that builds upon their newly acquired engineering skills. All of these concepts will culminate in end of year projects to be presented at multiple venues.
Principles of Engineering
Principles of Engineering (POE) is a high school-level survey course of engineering. The course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a post secondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high tech careers. POE gives students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity, project, and problem-based learning. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education. To be successful in POE, students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. Principles of Engineering is the second of two foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.
Students will be introduced to the Architectural Design Process including sketching, critical analysis and problem solving, the latest industry CAD and BIM software, and the methods and techniques used in the field of Architecture. Students will complete the necessary drawings for a working set of construction documents. These are similar to the submittal sets used in industry: Site, Foundation, Floor, and Framing Plans; Sections, Exterior Elevations and Construction Details. Upon completion, students will understand the use of CAD in developing architectural designs and how to systematically complete an architectural project. Donation to cover Labs and consumables is requested. This course meets the subject area - f requirement for the UC/CSU approved course list. This course meets the Visual Performing Arts requirement for graduation. The course also meets the California Career Technical Standards for the Engineering and Design Industry Sector - Architectural and Structural Engineering Pathway.
Engineering Concepts and Project Design
This course is designed for independent projects where the student and teacher will develop a curriculum to meet the needs of students' career goals. Students may want to do a special design problem in architecture, engineering, AutoCAD, 3D Studio or spend time at an architectural and/or engineering firm as an intern. The goal will be to develop a Senior Portfolio for entry into college and a desired career path. Donation is requested to cover Labs. This course meets the Math/Science related requirement for graduation.