Engineering/Technology

New York State Standards

  • Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
  • Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
  • Students will apply knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.
  • Students who desire to pursue a sequence in Engineering Technology must complete the following requirements:

3-Credit Sequences

  • 1 Credit for Foundation Courses
  • Design and Drawing for Production (1 Credit)
  • Materials Processing (1/2 Credit)

 

1/2 Credit Systems Courses

  • Construction Manufacturing Transportation

1/2 Credit Electives

  • Land Transportation Residential Structures
  • CAD (Computer Aided Drafting)

5-Credit Sequences

Students who wish to pursue a 5-credit sequence in Engineering Technology must complete the following requirements 3-credit sequence plus 2 credits comprised of any four ½ credit Engineering Technology courses.

Course Offerings

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY PRE-ENGINEERING PROGRAM

The pre-engineering program is a five-course sequence designed to help students explore technology related careers and to prepare them for two- and four-year college programs. Each class uses state-of-the-art technology equipment and software and is taught in a laboratory setting that involves projects rather than lectures to learn the material. Classes focus on problem solving and encouraging students to work in teams. Students are eligible to earn college credits through Rochester Institute of Technology. It is not required that students complete all five courses but the courses should be taken in the following sequence:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design/Design and Drawing for Production
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Digital Electronics/PLTW
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture/PLTW
  • Engineering Design and Development/PLTW

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN (IED)*

1 Credit – Full Year Course

IED provides students with the opportunity to apply creative thinking and problem-solving skills using a design development process. It utilizes powerful computer hardware and software (Autodesk Inventor) to develop 3-D models or solid renderings of objects. Students will learn the product design process and how a model of that product is created, analyzed, rendered and produced. Various applications of the product design process will process will be discussed along with possible career opportunities In NYS,  the course is called Design and Drawing for Production and follows the standards developed by the State Education Department. Students are required to develop a professional portfolio of all work. This course may be used to meet the Fine Art graduation requirement with a 3-credit technical sequence.

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING (POE)

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Teacher Approval, Must have completed or be enrolled in Geometry.

A course that helps students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology. Exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes help students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem solving process to benefit people.  The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.  Students are required to develop a professional portfolio of all work.

DIGITAL ELECTRONICS (DE)

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE)

Juniors & Seniors Only

A course of study in applied digital logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Students will be introduced to video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and hundreds of other devices. The use of digital circuitry is in virtually all aspects of our lives and increasing rapidly. This course is similar to a first semester college course and is an important course of study for a student exploring a career in engineering or engineering technology. Students are required to develop a professional portfolio of all work.

CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE (CEA)

1 Credit – Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Principles of Engineering (POE)

This course is for juniors and seniors only and provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities. This course covers topics such as:

  • The Roles of Civil Engineers and Architects
  • Project Planning Site Planning Building Design

ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT (EDD)

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), Digital Electronics (DE), or Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)

An engineering research course for seniors only in which students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the four preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year. Students are required to develop a professional portfolio of all work.

 

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY & PROJECT LEAD THE WAY SEQUENCES

Three credit sequence

1 credit PLTW — Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)/DDP
1 credit PLTW — Principles of Engineering (POE)
1 credit PLTW — Digital Electronic (DE)

**IED or POE must be passed with at least 85%

Alternate three credit sequence:

1 credit PLTW — Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)/DDP 1 credit PLTW — Principles of Engineering (POE)

** Not necessary to pass either with 85%

Additional 1 credit earned by the following pair of courses Materials Processing and Manufacturing Systems

TRADITIONAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY SEQUENCE

1 Credit – Career and Financial Management
1 Credit – Foundation course – Design and Drawing for Production
1/2 Credit – Systems course – Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation 1/2 Credit – Elective course – Land Transportation, Residential Structures

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

1 Credit – Full Year Course

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Transportation Systems and Land Transportation courses, entering the junior year, and have instructor’s approval.

Automotive Technology is a course designed for students who wish to continue their studies in the area of transportation technology. Those who elect to take this course will acquire and practice many of the skills required of entry level automotive technicians. Skills such as tire and brake service, starting and charging system service, battery testing and service, suspension repairs, and computerized system diagnosis are a few of the areas covered in the course.

Learning experiences will involve the use of textbook materials, professional manuals and service guides, lecture/demonstrations, field trips, and in-class presentations by professional service technicians.

Students who achieve a grade of B or better in this class, maintain a high level of attendance and are approved by the instructor, may be eligible to participate in a work experience project during their senior year. Students selected for this project will work with local automotive technicians, gaining on-the-job experience and exposure to future employment opportunities.

COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING 1 (CAD 1)

1/2 Credit – Half Year Course
Prerequisite: IED/DDP

Computer-Aided Drafting is the modern tool used to create mechanical and technical drawings. Students will learn to use the latest CAD software and develop drafting skills.  Students will learn to draw isometric and geometric drawings, pattern developments in those drawings.  Students will learn proper drawing layout, spacing and dimension practices.  Student drawings will be plotted to be included in a professional portfolio.

COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING 2 (CAD 2)

1/2 Credit – Half Year Course
Prerequisite: Completion of CAD 1 with a passing grade

This course is an extension of CAD 1 with an emphasis on more complex principles and drawings. Areas that will be highlighted will include: Mechanical CAD and Dimension, Electrical CAD, Architectural CAD, Civil Planning, Pipe Layout, and Threads & Fasteners. Student drawings will be plotted to be included in a professional portfolio.

DESIGN AND DRAWING FOR PRODUCTION*

1 Credit – Full Year Course

In Design and Drawing for Production students will study the design process as it applies to mass produced items. Students will design and then create working drawings of objects for production. In the production stage, students will create assembly lines and prototype solutions. Students will follow design activity briefs to solve practical, real life problems. This course is the prerequisite for all technology courses.

* This course may be used to meet the Fine Art graduation requirement with a 3-credit technical sequence.

TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

1/2 Credit – Half Year Course

Students will study a variety of transportation vehicles such as the automobile, aircraft, watercraft, and spacecraft – how they work and how they are used. Each vehicle operates within a system that includes travel routes as well as support and maintenance services. Many career opportunities exist as a result of our transportation technologies, and those will be studied as well.

LAND TRANSPORTATION

1/2 Credit – Half Year Course
Prerequisite:  Transportation Systems

Land Transportation offers the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in this area with emphasis on the automobile as a land transportation vehicle. Most people will own some form of vehicle for transportation or recreation. It will probably be a car, and it will be one of the biggest consumer purchases they make. This class gives students the knowledge necessary to make wise choices when making this purchase, then, to care for and maintain the vehicle to protect their investment.

Activities are designed to teach students how to perform many simple maintenance and repair procedures themselves, select the best products for the money, and know when to call on a professional when the job is to complicated.

CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS

1/2 Unit – Half Year Course
Prerequisite: Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) or Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

This course provides instruction in the construction aspects of production. Topics have been specifically tailored to construction of a structure on  site. They include  planning,  sources  of capital, and building foundations, superstructures, floors, walls, ceilings, and roofs. The impact of construction on the environment is addressed as well. It will also integrate the use of AutoCAD in the development of building plans and blueprints.

RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES

1/2 Unit – Half Year Course
Prerequisite: Design and Drawing for Production (DDP) or Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Construction Systems

You will learn many of the skills involved in everyday home maintenance and repair. These skills will include areas pertaining to: electricity, plumbing, insulation, roofing, windows, doors, HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), sheet rock, exterior covering, flooring and painting.  Along with the hands-on activities, students will also be utilizing Auto CAD and Architectural Desktop to obtain a better understanding of the design process that goes into the construction of a residential structure.

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