Design and build rockets, robots and architectural models while exploring the diverse fields of engineering
Harness the power of technology to find creative solutions for everyday problems
Invent and manufacture products using 3D printers, CNC machines and other high-tech equipment
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Engineers are the world’s problem solvers. Students learn how they combine scientific knowledge with technical skill to find solutions in our Pre-Engineering & Engineering Technology program. As students prepare to pursue careers and college degrees in engineering, they’re introduced to the following skills:
- Using Solidworks, SmartDraw, NI Multisim, Mastercam and Autodesk Inventor software
- Measuring voltage, amperage and resistance; building series and parallel circuits
- Connecting and operating mechanical power transmission and fluid power systems
- Programming and operating computer numerical control or CNC machines
Instruction begins with schematics, iterative design, modeling and other fundamentals before advancing to computer-assisted manufacturing, energy conversion and total quality control, for example. Students grow their knowledge and skill in a high-tech program lab outfitted with 3D printers, Amatrol trainers and a laser cutter.
Collaboration and project-based learning are important elements of the program, too. Working in teams, students design a public water system, build an autonomous VEX® robot and assemble a hovercraft. Along the way, they gain a better understanding of everything from engineering notation to kinematics. Upperclassmen routinely participate in LCTI’s rotational internship program and companies like H.T. Lyons often recruit them for co-op positions that lead to employment after high school or college.