Engineering & Design

Students prepare to study Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Digital Electronics, Industrial Robotics and Automation, Manufacturing, and Aviation.

The courses survey important engineering concepts and provide hands-on application through individual and team activities that encourage students to share their knowledge with others.

  • Creativity Lab: Students design projects through use of cutting-edge industrial strength software (AutoCAD Inventor, Revit, LabVIEW and SolidWorks).
  • Innovation Lab: Prepares students for interaction with rapid prototyping 3-D Printers, laser engravers and vinyl sign makers.
  • Tech Production Lab: Manufacturing activities using CNC routers, turret lathes, milling machines and welding equipment.

Includes a wide variety of material applications - woods, metals, acrylics, paper boards, foams,and plastics. They may use learned skill sets to earn articulated college credit, participate in SkillsUSA competitions,and work with the high school robotics teams (Denfeld DNA, Duluth East Daredevils).


FabLAB Pathway:  For student interested in learning about building and design but haven't identified an exact pathway yet. They gain basic skills in any of the engineering, manufacturing, and architecture fields - it's a great way for students to explore in a safe setting. Students explore the prototyping process through CAD, welding, 3D printing, basic woods, laser engraving.

  • Introduction to Engineering and Design: The FAB Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) provides student inventors the knowledge base to develop an idea into a prototype product through hands-on use of computer software and machinery.
  • Engineering Research and Design: Builds off skills learned in the Introduction courses. Students research and apply skills in a variety of fields such as: electrical, mechanical, civil, and machine technician. They independently use STEM standard skills to design, prototype, and build a variety of projects using 2-D and 3-D software and fabricate almost anything using the equipment available to them in the FAB Lab.
  • Advanced Engineering Independent Research and Design: The capstone of the Engineering and Design program.  Students work under the premise of “engineer almost anything" to develop, research, and create projects in a variety of fields: electrical, mechanical, civil, and machine technician.

Engineering Focused Pathway: Designed for student who have self-identified a passion and desire to learn about the broad field of Engineering. Students often have aspirations of becoming electrical or mechanical engineers. CAD for Engineering is the starting point for most but not required. Course is more hands-on and building of designs. Principles of Engineering is more of the theoretical study of engineering and applying CAD skills to utilize math and problem solving needed in the engineering field.

  • CAD for Engineering: Students are introduced to drafting equipment and techniques, proper use of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software, parametric modeling, and the preparation of various types of drawings found in manufacturing and engineering industries. Students generate scale drawings from models created using powerful 3-D modeling software. This course is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, design, technical illustration, machining, or other technical fields
  • Principles of Engineering: Helps students understand the fields of engineering and engineering technology by providing hands-on, project-based instruction. Students explore technology systems and engineering processes to find out how math, science, and technology are used in engineering problem-solving situations. In addition, documentation, presentation, communication, and team-building skills are stressed.
  • Advanced Engineering Independent Research and Design: This course is the capstone program of the Engineering and Design program.  Students work under the premise of “engineer almost anything" to develop, research, and create projects in a variety of fields: electrical, mechanical, civil, and machine technician.

Architecture & Civil Engineering Pathway: Designed for student who have self-identified a passion and desire to learn about architecture, civil engineering and civil technician pathways. Students often have aspirations of working in building design, landscape designers, transportation and logistics, or civil technicians/surveying. CAD for Architecture is the starting point for most but not required. Course is more hands-on and building of designs and simulations. Civil Engineering and Architecture is more of the theoretical study of architecture and applying CAD skills to utilize math and problem solving needed in the civil engineering and architecture field. Student often come to this program after Fablab course and realizing they enjoy building. It is recommended that at some point students also enroll in Construction Technology to experience building a house first-hand.

  • CAD for Architecture: Students acquire additional knowledge and experience in the preparation and reading of various types of technical and engineering drawings including sectional views, auxiliary views, and orthographic drawings.  Students study the critical relationship of drafting to the manufacturing industry, refine skills in using CAD software, and use prototype models to present design ideas.
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture: Experiences that provide an overview of both fields of civil engineering. Students work on long-term, hands-on projects to learn about the development of a typical piece of property.
  • Advanced Engineering Independent Research and Design: This course is the capstone program of the Engineering and Design program.  Students work under the premise of “engineer almost anything" to develop, research, and create projects in a variety of fields: electrical, mechanical, civil, and machine technician

Manufacturing Pathway: For student who have self-identified a passion and desire to learn about manufacturing and building careers. Students who experience the most success in this program are ones with a "builders" mind. Students will gain basic knowledge of CNC and manufacturing processes in a variety of materials. Often student enter here first or start in Fablab and proceed to building. Or students who enjoyed the Engineering courses but now want to actually build the items they designed in the earlier coursework.

  • Manufacturing Technologies: Students are introduced to the tools, materials, techniques, and skills found in the machine tool and manufacturing industry.  Students learn about the processes and procedures for producing parts and products.  They work with a variety of tools, machines, materials, and explore topics such as computer aided drafting, computer aided machining, and robotics
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies: Students continue to develop their skill and abilities with the tools, materials, techniques, and skills found in the machine tool and manufacturing industry.  Students also begin utilizing software and coding of CNC processes used in manufacturing fields and learn about the processes and procedures for producing parts and products.  They work with a variety of tools, machines, materials, and explore topics such as computer aided drafting, computer aided machining, and robotics.

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