Engineering Careers

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Pre-Engineering focuses on project-based learning.  Students apply what they learn by working on projects in areas they find interesting.  To be prepared, focus on math and science classes, and do well in all academic classes.  Admission into college engineering programs is competitive.  To increase your chances, work toward academic and technical honors diplomas.

Course Instructor: Kelly Neal

A Typical Student in Engineering Careers:

The typical student is a solid academic student who does well in math and science courses and is interested in a career related to technology, design and engineering. Most students go on to college with college majors ranging from 2-year technology degrees to 4-year engineering degrees. Successful students have the patience and attention to detail to solve problems using the skills they have learned. They can work on projects independently or with other students. They can read prints, check their work as needed, and stay on task without constant supervision.

In the Past 5 Years

  • Students competed in 3 robotics and 2 motorsports competitions each year
  • 2 students won the Indiana Awards for Excellence
  • Students were accepted into engineering programs at Rose-Hulman, Purdue, IUPUI, and Trine
  • The program has received 2 major corporate grants to support student projects

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  • Pre-Engineering I

    Pre-Engineering students learn engineering principles through project-based learning. A significant amount of time is spent identifying and solving industrial design and function issues. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities which include building design, robotics, CNC machining, and automated manufacturing. Students choose to specialize in aerospace, robotics, motor sports, architecture, or a variety of other areas, and student teams compete in contests designed as culminating activities where they perform specific tasks and complete problem-solving exercises. Students learn to use the AutoDesk engineering software, which is used in post-secondary engineering programs and industry. Students work in groups and individually on projects and are required to have completed Algebra 1 prior to enrolling in this program.

    Students completing this program continue their education in 2 and 4-year engineering and technology degree programs at the postsecondary level. 

    Dual College Credits:

    DESN 102 Technical Graphics - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Testing is not required. Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    Industry Certifications:

    Autodesk Inventor Certified User - Testing is required and fees apply. Qualifies for THD.


    How to prepare

    The following courses will help prepare students for the Pre-Engineering program, college, and a career in the engineering field. These courses are not required but are recommended if available.

    • Geometry
    • Algebra II
    • Trigonometry 
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Calculus
    • AP or Advanced Chemistry and Physics

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn design principles
    • Solve problems and identify solutions
    • Design and build projects in robotics, motor sports, architecture, and more
    • Learn Auto-Desk engineering software
    • Participate in student competitions
    • Earn dual credit and industry certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $75.00 Covers: Autodesk Certification.
  • Pre-Engineering II

    Pre-Engineering II includes Civil Engineering & Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design and Development. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities which include building design, robotics, CNC machining, and automated manufacturing. Students choose to specialize in aerospace, robotics, motor sports, architecture, or a variety of other areas and compete in contests to perform specific tasks and complete problem-solving exercises. Students completing this program continue their education in 2 and 4-year degree programs at the postsecondary level.

    Dual College Credits:

    DESN 103 CAD Fundamentals - Ivy Tech 3 credits - Qualifies for THD Priority Dual Credits.

    Industry Certifications:

    Autodesk Inventor Certified User - Testing is required and fees apply. Qualifies for THD Certification. Offered in PLTW I and/or II..

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    Pre-Engineering II satisfies the "Mathematics or quantitative reasoning course" in each year of high school requirement for the CORE 40, AHD, and THD diplomas.

    What You Will Learn

    • Learn design principles
    • Solve problems and identify solutions
    • Design and build projects in robotics, motor sports, architecture, and more
    • Learn Auto-Desk engineering software
    • Participate in student competitions
    • Earn dual credit and industry certification

    Course Information

    • Number of High School Credits: 6
    • Prerequisites: PLTW - Pre-Engineering I (IED and POE)
    • Eligible Grade Levels: 11, 12
    • New Castle High School
    • Required Cost: Approximately $75.00 Covers: AutoDesk Certification.