Pre-Engineering Academy

  • The goal of the four-year program of study is to provide an overview of engineering and engineering technology. Students use problem-solving skills to tackle real-world engineering problems. Hands-on opportunities with computers and project simulations help students to understand technical concepts.

    Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is an engaging and thought provoking curriculum through which students develop critical thinking skills through hands-on project-based learning, preparing them to take on real-world challenges.

    College Advantage

    Whether a student plans to attend a four-year university or two-year associate program CATA offers all the required subjects necessary for post-secondary education. Many required courses in the Pre-Engineering Academy carry honors credit. Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities also exist within the core curriculum. Successful completion of Honors and/or AP courses can boost a student’s GPA.  

    Foundation Courses

    PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design (Advanced)- Students are exposed to the design process, research and analysis, global and human impacts, communication methods, engineering standards and technical documentations. They use 3D solid modeling design software to design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will make presentations explaining their solutions.

    PLTW Principles of Engineering (Advanced)- Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Student document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

    PLTW Digital Electronics (Advanced)-Digital Electronics touches our lives on a daily basis. It is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high definition televisions. It is essential for anyone in a technical field to have a basic understanding of how digital systems, sensors and controls work. Students focus on the process of combinational and sequential logic design, methods, engineering standards and technical documentation.

    Primary Engineering Courses



    1st semester

    2nd semester


    PLTW Intro to Engineering (IED)


    Drafting 1 Honors

    Drafting I-This course introduces students to the use of simple and complex graphic tools used to communicate and understand ideas and concepts found in the areas of architecture, manufacturing,
    engineering, science, and mathematics. Topics include problem-solving strategies, classical representation methods such as sketching and geometric construction techniques as well as computer assisted design (CAD), orthographic projection, and 3-D modeling. 


    Electronics DC Honors

    Electronics AC Honors


    PLTW Computers Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

    How are things made? What processes go into creating products? Is the process for making a water bottle the same as it is for a musical instrument? How has automation changed manufacturing? While students discover the answers to these questions they are learning the history of manufacturing, ro-botics, computer modeling, auto-mation, manufacturing processes, and flexible manufacturing systems.  

    PLTW Principles of Engineering (POE)

    (See above for descriptions) 



    PLTW Engineering Design & Development (EDD)

    Students work in teams to research, design, test and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. The product development life cycle and a design process are used to guide and help the team to reach a solution. Teams present and defend their solution to a panel of outside reviewers at the conclusion of the course. 

    Elective Options – PLTW Aerospace Engineering (AE), PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA), Drafting II Honors, & Metals I Honors, 


    *All courses are required to achieve academy recognition (not elective options). The prerequisite for each course is successful completion of the previous course. In addition, the following math prerequisites strongly encouraged to be successful in the CATA classes. 

    Computers Integrated Manufacturing – Math III

    Drafting I – Math I

    Principles of Engineering – Pre-Calculus, Physics (optional)

    Pre-Engineering Course Information 

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