PTE501: Engineering Design & Tech I (2012-2013)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Career and Technical Education
COURSE TITLE: Engineering Design & Technology I
CALENDAR YEAR: 2012-2013
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
COURSE LENGTH: 36 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The course Engineering Design & Technology I introduces students to the technology systems, tools, materials, and processes of industry through computer and teacher instruction and hands-on real-world activities. This course will provide students with a solid foundation in the following six fields.
Electricity and Electronics: Students will study how modern industry depends on the power of electricity and electronic systems to drive the machines that control manufacturing processes. They will study and apply electrical theory and design as they progress through a series of hands-on activities.
Quality Control: Students will study the systems, tools and techniques developed to determine and measure the quality of the manufacturing processes. They will gain an understanding of the necessity of quality management and control through hands-on training and real-world simulations.
Manufacturing Processes: Students will study the technological tools and processes of today's high-tech manufacturing industries. They will use hand-operated and computer-numerical-control (CNC) machinery as they learn the skills required to engineer products for industry and consumers.
Automation and Material Handling: Students are introduced to the use of robotics in the manufacturing process and its impact on careers and production. This field examines the role that computers and robots play in manufacturing tasks. Students will gain an understanding of plant layout and the requirements that must be met to make automation feasible. They examine the many methods of conveyance between automation devices and learn how a flexible robotics system is organized to increase production efficiency.
Mechanical Systems: As students view powerful simulation software and practice with state-of-the-art equipment, they learn about the principles of fluid power, and mechanical devices, such as levers, gears, and pulleys. Students are introduced to fluid power systems that are essential to industries involved in manufacturing, construction, farming, mining, and transportation. This field provides practical hands-on experience with the industrial-grade hydraulics trainer so students can apply the knowledge they gain as they create hydraulic circuits and employ a variety of gauges, valves, actuators, and controls.
Design: Students will learn to read and create technical drawings using mechanical drafting tools and industry-standard Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. Students will gain real-world experiences with the actual tools and methods used in today’s industry.
Interdisciplinary Project: Students can participate in a culminating interdisciplinary project incorporating knowledge gained from the six field listed above.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities are provided in the laboratory setting, using hands-on experiences with tools, equipment, and materials related to course content. Students will be required to plan, design, and produce projects; develop solutions to problem solving activities, present ideas and information orally and in writing; investigate content-related occupations; assume leadership roles and work cooperatively.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be evaluated through laboratory content, safety, and procedural equipment tests. Projects will be analyzed and evaluated for neatness, originality, creativity, accuracy, and understanding of concepts. Written and oral reports will be graded for content and form. In addition, the students will be evaluated on their ability to work cooperatively and solve problems.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students will achieve foundational proficiency of the following topics.
- Electricity and Electronic Theory
- Direct Current
- Alternating Current
- Magnetism and Electromagnetism
- Electrical Wiring
- Quality Control Careers
- Measurements and Drawings
- Making precision measurements with technical instruments.
- Working with and understanding electronic circuits.
- Sampling plans and variation and comparing various quality standards.
- Introduction to manufacturing processes and their application.
- Operation and application of manual machines used in manufacturing.
- Operation and application of computer-numerical-control (CNC) equipment.
- Forming, combining and assembling materials
- Mechanical Systems Design
- Fundamental Concepts of Fluid Power
- Parts of a Hydraulic Circuit
- Test a Circuit
- Simple machines
- Automation and Material Handling
- Computers in Manufacturing
- Programming and Automation
- Controlling the Manufacturing Plant
- Introduction to Design Applications
- Final Design Project
- Design for Mobility