Hart Career Center
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Pathway to Engineering

The PLTW - Pathway to Engineering program at Hart Career Center includes:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Digital Electronics
  • Principles of Engineering (coming 2013-2014 School Year)

PLTW - Pathway to Engineering students participate in SkillsUSA.

This program prepares students for future careers as Engineers or Technicians in engineering related fields. Completion of the program with a B or better offers students scholarships to many university engineering programs as well as earned college credit hours applied to their college degree. Students may also choose to become certified users of a 3D drafting program, Autodesk Inventor, at the completion of Introduction to Engineering Design.

Courses
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) (C6065)
Credit(s): 1.0 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Note: IED can be taken as a one hour class or concurrently with Principles of Engineering

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work. Students with a score of 6 or better on the end of course exam will be eligible for college credit hours and/or scholarships.

Principles of Engineering (PoE) (C6067)
Credit(s): 1.0 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I with a C or higher, completion of IED or concurrently enrolled
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Students with a score of 6 or better on the end of course exam will be eligible for college credit hours and/or scholarships.
Digital Electronics (DE) (C6066)
Credit(s): 1.0 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: 1) Completion with a C or better of Algebra I 2) completion of IED or taking concurrently with DE

From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices. Students with a score of 6 or better on the end of course exam will be eligible for college credit hours and/or scholarships.

Engineering Design and Development (EDD) (C6063)
Credit(s): 1.0 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering and one specialization course
(Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Ag Diesel, Ag Science, Automotive, Computer Networking/Maintenance, Computer Science, etc.)

In this capstone course, students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate, and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel.

Manufacturing Engineering (PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing) (C6074)
Credit(s): 1.0 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Completion or current enrollment in Introduction to Engineering Design

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system. Students with a score of 6 or better on the end of course exam will be eligible for college credit hours and/or scholarships.

Faculty

Hester Russell has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She worked 8 years for Hubbell Power Systems in Centralia, Missouri. In that time she worked with a team of engineers spread across the US to develop and patent a new product. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology Education.