The Engineering and Architecture program provides students with the technical skills and knowledge for a wide variety of engineering and architecture careers. Students utilize and apply their core education skills in math and science to problem solve, design, and create models and prototypes using CAD (computer aided drawing), shop tools, and a 3D printer. Students who complete the Engineering and Architecture I course then take either Engineering II or Architecture II will receive a Career and Technical Education program completer certificate and have the opportunity to take the NOCTI Technical Drafting or Architectural Drafting Assessment.

Engineering and Architecture I

In this foundation course, students learn the basic language of technical design, while they design, sketch, and make technical drawings illustrations, models, and prototypes of real design problems using industry-standard CAD (computer aided drawing) software’s. Experiences include creating engineering and architectural working drawings, inventing, 3-D computer modeling, and career planning. Students also use modeling tools such as a 3D printer to develop prototypes and models from drawings for presentation, testing, and competition.

Architecture II

Students learn the principles of architecture and increase their understanding of working drawings and construction techniques learned in the prerequisite course. Experiences include residential building designs, renderings, model making, structural details, building codes, and community planning. Students use CAD (computer aided drawing) software’s and established standards and codes to prepare models for presentation and maintain a portfolio starting with their Engineering and Architecture I portfolio. The course provides information helpful for the homeowner and is especially beneficial to the future architect, interior designer, or home builder.

Engineering II

Students learn the principles of design and engineering and increase their understanding of the design process as it relates to production and engineering fields. Students will be required to use problem solving skills with a focus on individual initiative and team problem solving. Students develop a fully dimensioned production set of drawings using CAD (computer aided drawing), materials cost estimates, and purchase orders. Students will learn material types and characteristics as well as manufacturing process to better understand what is needed to produce a prototype. Students will continue to develop their Engineering and Architecture I design portfolio.

Engineering and Architecture III

Students use a graphic language for product design and technical illustration, increase their understanding of drawing techniques learned in the prerequisite courses, research design-related fields, and identify the role of advanced drawing and design in manufacturing and construction industry processes. Students apply the design process, analyze design solutions, reverse engineer products, create 3-D solid models using CAD, construct physical models, and create multimedia presentations of finished designs. In this capstone course, students will complete a thesis project working with mentor in chosen real-world job.