The following courses are offered by the the Engineering & Architecture Department (descriptions follow):



( * ) indicates required course for Engineering/Architecture Career Pathway Recognition; 
2 additional area courses, for a total of 3.0 credits earn students this honor.


Engineering 1: Intro to Drafting & Design

Prerequisite: None $ This class has a fee.

Level: 9-12 Grad Requirement: CT, SL

Engineering 1 is an introductory course in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) with an emphasis on engineering design and problem solving. Students will use state of the art computer equipment along with the latest version of a very powerful drawing program called Rhino3D. There is also a basic hand drafting component.

PCC Dual Credit: Rhino CAD Level 1 (2 CR)


Engineering 2: 
Rapid Prototyping

Prerequisite: Engineering 1

Level: 9-12 Grad Requirement: CT, SL

Engineering 2 is an engineering design and fabrication course where students will apply the design, hand drafting and software skills learned in Engineering 1 to design and produce products using the SHS Fab Lab rapid prototyping equipment: CNC vinyl cutter, laser cutter, and 3D printers. Students will be involved in many problem solving, fabrication, and design activities such as: Dimension 3D Printing’s Re-Design Challenge, 2D to 3D laser projects, CNC vinyl, and 3D printing of personal jump drive cases, as well as completing PCC's ENGR100: Introduction to Engineering coursework.

PCC Dual Credit: Laser Cutting and Engraving Fundamentals (1 CR), FDM Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals (1.5 CR), & Exploring Engineering (1 CR)


Engineering 3: Advanced Drafting and Design

Prerequisites: Engineering 1, Engineering 2

Level: 9-12 Grad Requirement: CT, SL

Engineering 3 is an intermediate Computer-Aided Design (CAD) course. In their second CAD trimester, students will learn SolidWorks, which is an industry standard software package. There is also an advanced hand drafting component. Students will produce some of their models on our SHS Fab Lab prototyping equipment.

PCC Dual Credit: SolidWorks Fundamentals (2 CR), Drafting Fundamentals (4 CR)


Engineering 4: Advanced Digital Manufacturing

Prerequisite: Engineering 3 & 4, respectively

Level: 10-12 Grad Requirement: CT, SL

Engineering 4 will allow students to build onto and add to the rapid prototyping experience they started in Engineering 2. Students will learn advanced laser techniques, such as using the rotary attachment, explore the operation of several brands of desktop 3D Printers, receive instruction on the T-shirt heat press, earn PCC credit for Digital 3D scanning, as well as have other opportunities to make full use of the SHS digital fabrication lab.

PCC Dual Credits are both embedded and available for independent pursuit.

MCH 290- MasterCam Orientation (1 CR)

MCH 294- 3D Digital Laser Scanning (1.5 CR)


Engineering 5: Independent Engineering Projects

Prerequisite: Engineering 3 & 4, respectively

Level: 10-12 Grad Requirement: CT, SL

Students will be immersed in hands-on problem solving activities with access to the full range of our SHS Fab Lab technologies. These classes are for the advanced student who wants individualized instruction and in-depth, project-based learning. Courses are offered as a cohort.

PCC Dual Credits available, NOT embedded. Students must pursue independently.

MCH 297A- Rhino CAD Level II (2 CR)



CTE/Engineering Apprentice

Prerequisite: Engineering 1,2 & 3, + instructor approval

Level: 11-12 Grad Requirement: CT, SL (can be repeated for credit)

Students taking this course will engage in independent projects of their own direction and choosing. In addition to having completed all advanced Engineering courses, ideally, students will additionally have completed some courses in woods, metals and/or computer programming allowing for projects that span multiple CTE disciplines. To grant upperclassmen flexibility, CTE/Engineering Apprentice periods are not offered as a cohort, but scheduled throughout the day, with prior instructor approval.

PCC Dual Credits available, NOT embedded. Students must pursue independently.

MCH 297A- Rhino CAD Level II (2 CR)

MCH 290- MasterCam Orientation (1 CR)

MCH 294- 3D Digital Laser Scanning (1.5 CR)



Architecture 1

Prerequisite: None

Level: 9-12 Grad Requirement: CT/SL

This class is an intermediate course with an emphasis on architecture/building construction drawing. Students will learn home design basics and become familiar with a very powerful drawing program called Chief Architect, as well as receive an introduction to architectural history & styles.


Architecture 2

Prerequisite: Architecture 1

Level: 10-12 Grad Requirement: CT/SL

This class is an intermediate course with an emphasis on architecture/building construction drawing. Students will be exposed to AutoDesk's Revit, an industry standard drawing program.


Architecture 3 & 4

Prerequisite: Architecture 2 & 3

Level: 11-12 Grad Requirement: CT/SL

These courses are a continuation of Architecture 1 & 2. They expand student knowledge beyond the basics of using Chief Architect & Revit. Students will be exposed to model making, site design, material selection, budgeting, and may also have the opportunity to collaborate on the design of a Bowmen House Project if one is in progress.


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