Overview of Engineering Futures Pathway
Students in the Hughes STEM Engineering Pathway acquire knowledge and skills in problem solving,teamwork and innovation. Students explore STEM careers as they participate in a project-based learning process, designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of high school students. Teams design and test their ideas using modeling, automation, robotics, mechanical and computer control systems, while exploring energy and the environment. Engineering Pathway courses will introduce students to fundamental engineering concepts and scientific principles associated with engineering design applications. Topics may include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. Additionally students will learn material properties and electrical, control and fluid power systems. Students will learn to apply problem solving, research and design skills to create solutions to engineering challenges.
Core Course Descriptions
The focus of Engineering Design is the application of the engineering design process. Topics include work-processes, optimization methods, design optimization, and risk management tools. Students will use 2D and3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work, and communicate solutions. Additionally, students will interpret industry prints, and create working drawings from functional models. Emphasis is given to experimental problem solving in real systems.
This course will introduce students to fundamental engineering concepts and scientific principles associated with engineering design applications. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. Additionally students will learn material properties and electrical, control and fluid power systems. Students will learn to apply problem solving, research and design skills to create solutions to engineering challenges.
Students will apply the knowledge and skills necessary to program and operate Robots, using the teach pendant as the main interface point. The Students will learn robotic operations and system configurations. Students will code, compile, and debug programs using the robotic programming language.
Engineering Safety and Project Management (NCCER Credential)
Certification in NCCER Core demonstrates the student has Basic Safety, Introduction to Construction Math, Introduction to the following: Hand Tools, Power Tools, Construction Drawings, Basic Riggings, Basic Communication Skills, Basic Employability Skills, and Introduction to Material Handling. By obtaining this credential, students have an alternative pathway to graduation.
The capstone course provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge, attitudes and skills that were learned in Engineering program in a more comprehensive and authentic project that is design to show evidence of student understanding and knowledge gained throughout the program.
- OSHA 10-Hour General Industry, Safety and Health Certification
- NCCER Core and Level 1
College Credits: Duel Enrollment, cTag and AP Courses Offered
- Computer Aided-Drafting
- Principles of Engineering
- Engineering Safety and Project Management
- AP Psychology
- AP Human Geography
- English Composition 101
- English Composition 103
Career Tech Student Organization
- Laboratory techniques
- Experimental design process
- Engineering design process
- Data collection and analysis
- Statistical analysis
- Computer skills
- Knowledge of Scientific Method