PTE301: Principles of Engineering (2011-2012)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Career and Technical Education
COURSE TITLE: Principles of Engineering
CALENDAR YEAR: 2011-2012
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
COURSE LENGTH: 18 weeks
SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Engineering Drawing/CAD
About the Program:
Principles of Engineering prepares students for careers in Engineering and Engineering Technology. The course sequence focuses on duties and tasks performed by professionals in Engineering as well as pre-employment and employment skills.
Major Concepts/Content: The Principles of Engineering course is designed to provide students with an exposure to the various engineering and related career choices. Students will explore careers in engineering, ranging from engineer technicians to professional engineering specialties. The content includes, but is not limited to, studying the process of engineering and engineering systems. Student design teams will be involved in problem solving projects that will require formulating plans for product development; developing preliminary designs; preparing detail, assembly, and layout drawings; developing prototype models; using two- and three- dimensional CAD workstations. Students will use the Internet as one of many tools in researching their project designs. A variety of computer software programs will be used in developing a presentation of final project solutions. This course is strongly recommended for students aspiring to become engineers, architects, and engineer technicians.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities are provided in the engineering technology laboratory setting, using hands-on experience with equipment and materials related to course content. Student teams will be required to plan, design, and produce projects; develop solutions through problem solving activities, present ideas and information orally and in writing. Students will investigate content-related occupations, assume leadership roles and work cooperatively.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be evaluated through laboratory content and practical tests. Projects will be analyzed and evaluated for meeting the essential objectives, creativity, and presentation quality. In addition, the students will be evaluated on their ability to cooperatively work together and solve problems.