Engineering Technology


Engineering Technology

Standards – Driven: National Mathematics Science and Technology Education

The project- based curriculum challenges students of all ability levels to use mathematics, scientific and technological principles in solving real-world problems. Students who complete the program will

  • Understand technology as a tool for problem-solving
  • Understand the scientific process, problem solving in engineering and the application of technology in engineering
  • Be prepared for the rigor of college-level programs in engineering or engineering technology
  • Understand technological systems and how they interact with other systems
  • Apply appropriate technological systems in analyzing and solving problems
  • Use mathematical principles to solve problems
  • Communicate effectively through reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Work well with others in teams

The engineering program meets or exceeds the Massachusetts Engineering Technology Frameworks.

Courses

Introduction to Engineering (IED)
This course introduces students to the engineering design process. They develop their engineering portfolio that will follow them through all the courses. Working in teams they learn how to use sketching as a means to communicate their ideas as well as the geometry that is used in parametric modeling, assembly, and motion constraints. They explore the production and marketing of products.

Principles of Engineering (POE)
This course covers the different types of engineering, the communication and documentation that are used by engineers. Mechanisms, thermodynamics, fluid systems, electrical systems and control systems are also covered. Using the appropriate formulas students make static and strength calculations for various materials before testing them. They explore the fields of reliability engineering and kinematics.

Digital Electronics (DE)
This course covers the fundamentals of analog and digital electronics. Students learn about the different number systems used in the design of digital circuitry. They design circuits to solve open ended problems, assemble their solutions, and troubleshoot them as necessary. Simplification of Boolean expressions, application of truth tables, and kmapping techniques are also covered. Students then use combinational logic, integrated circuits, and microprocessors to solve open ended problems.

Aerospace Engineering (AE)
This course exposes students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering. Students working in teams are engaged in engineering design problems related to aerospace information systems, astronautics, rocketry, propulsion, the physics of space science, space life sciences, the biology of space science, principles of aeronautics, structures and materials, and systems engineering.

Biotechnical Engineering (BE) [future offering]
TThis course involves the exploration of biomedical engineering, bio-molecular genetics, bioprocess engineering, agricultural and environmental engineering. Through engineering design projects students learn about biomechanics, genetic engineering, cardiovascular engineering, agricultural biotech, tissue engineering, biomedical devices, forensics, and bio-ethics. They apply biological and engineering concepts to design materials and processes that directly measure, repair, improve, and extend living systems.

Civil Engineering and Arch (CEA)
This course involves a long-term project that develops a local property site. As students learn the various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, they apply what they learn to the design and development of this property. It is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that provide an overview of both fields. Students work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of civil engineering and architecture.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
This course involves the application of 3D computer modeling in the manufacturing and industrial engineering fields. Students learn the programming codes for computer numerical control by writing a program, inputting it into the computer milling software and simulating the creation of the part. Students design a product using the 3D computer modeling software, translate it into the CNC code, and mill it. Robotics is learned by programming various standalone routines and handshaking them with the CNC mill. Computer integrated manufacturing assembly lines are designed, built, and programmed using scaled industrial parts.

Engineering Design & Development (EDD)
This course is the capstone research and development course. Students working as individuals or on teams draw from all their previous experiences in the other engineering courses. They select a problem, design a solution, conduct patent research, build a prototype, conduct testing of the prototype, evaluate the test results, and present their conclusions to an engineering panel. The project is a yearlong course that involves guided independent research by the teacher and engineering/industry mentors. Many students go on to register their solutions with the United States Patent Office.

Course Sequence

9th Grade
Exploratory
Student Selection Process
Analog electronics/robotics
Introduction to engineering Design

10th Grade
Civil Engineering and Architecture
Aerospace Engineering
Robotics and Programming

11th Grade
Principles of Engineering
Digital Electronics
Robotics and Programming

12th Grade
Engineering Design & Development
Computer programming/Robotics
Computer Integrated Manufacturing


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