Technology Course Offerings and Descriptions

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY COURSES

The PLTW Pathway to Engineering Program is designed to encompass all four years of high school.  Foundation courses are supplemented by a number of electives to create five rigorous, relevant, reality-based courses.  Activities are hands-on and project-based. Students learn how to use the same industry-leading 3D design software that is used by companies such as Intel, Lockheed Martin, and Pixar. Students explore aerodynamics, astronautics, and space life sciences and apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics and robotics.  Students design, test, and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone independent study project.

Students interested in a pre-engineering college preparatory experience can take a full sequence of PLTW courses. Students can also opt to take selected courses as stand-alone experiences. For more information about the Project Lead the Way Program, see pltw.org.

751 PLTW - Principles of Engineering

Open to sophomores, juniors, and  seniors
2 semesters; 2 credits
This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts of a post-secondary engineering course of study.  Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts.  Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems.  They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges.  Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

754 PLTW - Introduction to Engineering Design

2 semesters; 2 credits
In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help design solutions to solve proposed problems.  Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. The major focus of the Introduction to Engineering course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Triton College dual credit may be available.

758 PLTW - Civil Engineering and Architecture - Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Open to juniors and seniors
2 semesters; 2 credits
CIM is the study of manufacturing planning, integration, and implementation of automation. The course explores manufacturing history, individual processes, systems, and careers. In addition to technical concepts, the course incorporates finance, ethics, and engineering design which reflects an integrated approach that leading manufacturers have adopted to improve safety, quality, and efficiency. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design, and build manufacturing systems. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the design process. Students apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final open-ended problem to build a factory system. Dual credit through Triton College may be available.

794 PLTW Digital Electronics

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
2 semesters; 2 credits
This course is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital sounds. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, and high definition televisions. The major focus of the Digital Electronics course is to expose students to the process of combinational and sequential logic, design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation.

759 PLTW engineering design and development

Open to seniors
2 semesters; 2 credits
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of at least one PLTW course
In this capstone course, students apply what they’ve learned about the engineering design process in previous PLTW courses to develop a solution to a real-world technical problem. Students will perform research to select, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams will work under the mentorship of an industry professional and their teacher to design, build, and test a solution to their problem. The course will culminate with students presenting and defending their original solution to an outside panel of professionals.

760 PLTW computer integrated manufacturing (ciM)

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
2 semesters; 2 credits
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of at least one PLTW course
In this capstone course, students apply what they’ve learned about the engineering design process in previous PLTW courses to develop a solution to a real-world technical problem. Students will perform research to select, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams will work under the mentorship of an industry professional and their teacher to design, build, and test a solution to their problem. The course will culminate with students presenting and defending their original solution to an outside panel of professionals

ADDITIONAL TECHNOLOGY COURSES

In addition to PLTW courses, the Technology/Engineering Department will continue to offer single-semester courses in Auto Technology, Woodworking, and Home Remodeling.

774/2 introduction to automotive Technology

Recommended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors
1 semester; 1 credit
This course is a study of mechanical, electrical, and fuel systems. Course emphasis is on system operation, maintenance, and repair techniques known to be useful in developing job-related skills.

7762 Advanced Auto Technology

Recommended for juniors and seniors
Semester 2 only; 1 credit
This is a course in the use of diagnostic skills and techniques common to the automotive service technician. Auto body repair and detailing are studied and practiced as a part of lab experiences. Topics include trouble-shooting and diagnosis of steering, suspension, and brakes. Because of the comprehensive nature of this course, it can be repeated once for an additional credit by using course code 7772.

788/2 Introduction to Woodworking

1 semester; 1 credit
Projects provide students with the opportunity to learn skills of construction used in furniture, cabinets, and home remodeling.  Proper and safe use of hand tools and power woodworking machines is emphasized. Computer  Aided  Design (CAD) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) are utilized.

789/2 Advanced Woodworking

1 or 2 semesters; 1 or 2 credits
Prerequisite:  Introduction to Woodworking
Students in this course will develop the skills necessary to design and build fine furniture and cabinetry. Units of study include  elements of design, advanced woodworking skills with power and hand tools, production planning, production strategies, and financial fundamentals of running a small business. Students would also be exposed to manufacturing processes used in industry. Students can take this course for credit in the Applied Arts area. Students taking both semesters (not required) may choose to build two projects or can opt to use both semesters for a single large project.