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Engineering Pathways

The purpose of this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of the applications of engineering and its effect upon our lives and the choosing of an occupation. The content and activities will also include the study of entrepreneurship, safety, and leadership skills. This program focuses on transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes and systems in business and industry.

Students completing the Engineering Pathways program are able to complete the Certified LabVIEW Associate Development (CLAD) industry certification examination, which is sanctioned by National Instruments Corporation. The Associate Developer- is the first step in the certification process for professionals; entry level certification for students; and represents a broad and complete understanding of the core features of the NI products. This certification is designed for professionals and students who wish to demonstrate: a foundational proficiency in the use of NI products and technologies for test and measurement applications; and technical growth in the use of NI products and technologies for their job functions or projects. For more information, visit http://www.ni.com/training.

Once students complete the Certified LabVIEW Associate Development (CLAD) industry certification, they can complete the Autodesk Certified User - AutoCAD industry certification examination, which is sanctioned by Autodesk. Autodesk Certified User Program is for Entry Level Job Skills. This certification measures one's knowledge of this product. AutoCAD software allows an individual to design, visualize, and document their ideas clearly and efficiently. Autodesk has one goal: increasing productivity. For more information, visit http://www.autodesk.com.

Middle-school students completing the middle-school program of study below are able to complete the ICT - Gaming Essentials and ICT - Programming & Logic Essentials CAPE Digital Tool Certificates, both of which are sanctioned by Certification Partners. The ICT - Gaming Essentials digital certificate focuses on the fundamentals of interactive computer game creation, including design process, criteria and constraint identification, content research, storyboard creation, program flow modeling, program code creation, and result evaluation and modification practices. The ICT - Programming & Logic Essentials digital certificate focuses on the basics of programming languages, including Boolean concepts, truth tables, logic, program structure, pseudo-code, iterative statements and syntax rules.For more information, visit http://www.ciwcertified.com.

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction. Although there are variations in course sequence depending on implementation, students typically (but are not required to) complete the three foundation courses (860550, 8600520, and 8600530), at least one of the elective courses, and the capstone course. Listed below are the courses that comprise this program. Note that the sequence of courses shown is not binding.

Recommended Grade Course Number Course Title Length Level Graduation Requirement
9 8600550 Introduction to Engineering Design 1 credit 3 PA
10 8600520 Principles of Engineering 1 credit 3 PA
11

8600530
8600560

Digital Electronics
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
1 credit
1 credit
3
3
PA
PA
12 8600650 Engineering Design and Development 1 credit 3 PA

(Graduation Requirement Abbreviations- EQ= Equally Rigorous Science, PA= Practical Arts, EC= Economics, VO= Career and Technical Education)

Common Career Technical Core - Career Ready Practices

Career Ready Practices describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students. These practices are not exclusive to a Career Pathway, program of study, discipline or level of education. Career Ready Practices should be taught and reinforced in all career exploration and preparation programs with increasingly higher levels of complexity and expectation as a student advances through a program of study.

1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.

3. Attend to personal health and financial well-being.

4. Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.

5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.

6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.

7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies.

8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

10. Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.

11. Use technology to enhance productivity.

12. Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.

Program of Study (High School)

Course Title: Introduction to Engineering Design
Course Number: 8600550
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course exposes students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. In addition, they will learn to use 3D solid modeling design software to design solutions to problems. Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions, document the process, and communicate the results.


Course Title: Principles of Engineering
Course Number: 8600520
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology and prepares them for postsecondary engineering programs by developing a more in-depth mastery of the required knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. Through problem-based learning strategies, students study key engineering topics, including mechanisms, energy sources, energy applications, machine control, fluid power, statics, material properties, material testing, statistics, and kinematics. 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.


Course Title: Digital Electronics
Course Number: 8600530
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This is a course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Students are exposed to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.


Course Title: Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Course Number: 8600560
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course applies principles of robotics and automation. The course builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing, and design analysis are included.


Course Title: Engineering Design and Development
Course Number: 8600650
Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to serve as a capstone course to provide students with the opportunity to develop a solution to a design problem from start to finish. Students work in teams to design, engineer, create a prototype, perform product testing, and then produce a finished product. This would involve using ALL of the knowledge previously learned, not only in technology education, but across the curriculum. Students will be expected to create and deliver a formal report on the project.

Program of Study (Middle School)

Course Title: Exploring Technology
Course Number: 8600020
Course Length: Semester

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to explore the areas of technology and associated careers available in technical fields. Students will be given the opportunity to solve technological problems while gaining an understanding of the effects of technology on our everyday lives.


Course Title: Exploration of Communications Technology
Course Number:
8600030
Course Length: Semester

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to explore the area of communications technology and its associated careers. Students will be given the opportunity to solve technological problems using a variety of tools, materials, processes and systems while gaining an understanding of the effects of communications technology on our everyday lives. A list of minimum tools and equipment to implement this course is located at the end of this framework.


Course Title: Exploration of Production Technology
Course Number: 8600040
Course Length: Semester

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to explore the area of production technology and its associated careers. Students will be given the opportunity to solve technological problems using a variety of tools, materials, processes and systems while gaining an understanding of the effects of production technology on our everyday lives.


Course Title: Exploration of Power and Energy Technology
Course Number: 8600250
Course Length: Semester

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to give students an opportunity to explore the area of power and energy technology and its associated careers. Students will be given the opportunity to solve technological problems using a variety of tools, materials, processes and systems while gaining an understanding of the effects of power and energy technology on our everyday lives.