Industrial Arts, Technology & Engineering


Principles of Engineering I
This is a full year course designed to help students learn about the Engineering and Design Process.  By challenging students with several exciting hands-on engineering and design challenge activities, students will use and learn about the eight-step problem solving process used by engineers to create the human-made world. The course is intended to help today’s high school students understand the ways in which engineers solve technical problems to develop new products and processes for the world of the future – whether or not they pursue technical careers.  Students will identify and define engineering and design problems, research these problems, develop solutions, construct prototypes and evaluate the effectiveness of their designs.

Principles of Engineering II
This is a second level course in technological systems and students will receive more advanced problem solving challenges in these areas: 

Green Construction: Students will explore the process of environmentally responsible and sustainable construction techniques. Some of the topics that will be covered are electrical efficiency, solar panel installation, thermal efficiency, solar water heating, green plumbing, green materials, energy auditing and waste management.
Structural Engineering: Students will study transportation systems and the development and engineering principles of bridge building. They will build virtual and real model bridges of their own design, and will test them to gather data for calculating structural efficiency. The effectiveness of different construction materials and methods will be evaluated through the design and testing of the models.

Construction Technology

This is a one semester intense course for interested students. Learning activities will be centered around the design and construction of small buildings and structures. These may be full-size or 1/8th scale models.  Work will include:  working with scale measurements and accurate interpretation of construction drawings; study of the main components of residential construction systems; estimating material and materials inventory; using tools and machines safely to fabricate structure parts to specifications; on-site or scale model construction experience.

Advanced Construction Technology
This is a one semester advanced course for interested and qualified students.  Learning activities will be centered on the design and construction of special projects, aligned with the student’s level of past skill and experience in this subject area.  Students may work individually or in groups.  Some projects may be assigned and some projects may involve student choice. Special projects may involve shop improvements in the construction technology lab; community service projects for a school or community group or organization; individual student research projects; marketing and manufacturing projects; or other construction projects of an advanced nature.
Automotive Laboratory

This is a one semester course designed to introduce students to the main operating systems of the automobile.  Individual and group laboratory work will be a combination of academic study and hands-on applied work with principles of safety, inspection, diagnosis and repair.  Activities will include the use of tools and equipment for troubleshooting, engine tune-up and automotive system inspection and service.  Students are responsible to arrange for some vehicles to be brought in for routine inspection and repair.

Advanced Automotive Laboratory

This is a one semester advanced course for interested and qualified students.  Students will have advanced activities in working with the theory and principles of the main operating systems of the automobile.  Laboratory work will be both academic and applied, including authentic experiences in troubleshooting, engine tune-up and automotive system inspection and repair.  Advanced students will be assigned to advise, assist, lead and guide first level students in repair teams of approximately three to five students when working on vehicles.  Advanced students are expected to set a positive work ethic example for the first year students.  At times, they will also be assigned to work together as an Advanced Repair Work Group on special advanced diagnostic and repair projects.   They will be expected to research and obtain vehicle specific repair data to use in their service activities.  The advanced students will also be expected to undertake and complete special projects involved with Auto Lab organization and upkeep.

Elective Drafting
This course is an introduction to mechanical drawing. Using the manual techniques of drawing with traditional drafting tools and equipment, the student will be introduced to a variety of drawing techniques and standards. The areas of orthographic and isometric projection will be explored as well as dimensioning, developments, sectional views, revolutions and the techniques used in the practice of descriptive geometry. This course is a prerequisite to computer aided drafting.

Computer Aided Drafting & 3D Printing
This course is offered as an introduction to computer aided drafting and does not require previous computer experience. The principles of architectural design and 3D printing will be taught within this course and the student will learn to generate a full set of architectural plans for a small residential structure using a CAD system.  

Advanced Computer Aided Drafting
This is a one semester advanced course for interested and qualified students. The student will have advanced design challenges with either an engineering, 3D Printing, or architectural focus tailored to student interest. Activities and responsibilities will include working on special advanced self-study projects and assisting certain regular CAD work groups when necessary.

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