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Pathway Overview

The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering program of study is a four (4) course, instructional program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where students learn and apply the engineering design process and use modern, industry-leading technology and software. The program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology.
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Pathway Courses

Course 21006

1 Credit

Engineering Essentials is a full-year course designed to be a high school student’s first exposure to the PLTW Engineering program and is appropriate for students in grades 9-12. In Engineering Essentials, students explore the work of engineers and their role in the design and development of solutions to real-world problems. The course introduces students to engineering concepts that are applicable across multiple engineering disciplines and empowers them to build technical skills through the use of a variety of engineering tools, such as geographic information systems (GIS), 3-D solid modeling software, and prototyping equipment. Students learn and apply the engineering design process to develop mechanical, electronic, process, and logistical solutions to relevant problems across a variety of industry sectors, including health care, public service, and product development and manufacturing.


1 Credit

This course emphasizes design and product development. Students use computer software to produce, analyze, and evaluate mathematical models and project solutions. Students study design concepts, such as form and function, then use state-of-the-art technology to translate conceptual design into reproducible products.

*Prerequisite: Algebra I, Engineering Essentials


1 Credit

This course provides an overview of engineering and engineering technology. Students develop problem-solving skills by tackling real-world engineering problems through theory and practical hands-on experiences. Students address the emerging social and political consequences of technological change.

*Prerequisite: Intro to Engineering


1 Credit + 3 College Credits

This course enables students to apply what they have learned in academic and Engineering courses to complete a challenging and self-directed project. Students work in teams to design and build solutions to authentic engineering problems. An engineer or professional from the school’s partnership team will mentor each student team. Students document all work in an engineering journal and make progress reports to their peers, industry mentors, and instructors. At the end of the course, teams present their research paper and defend their projects to a panel of engineers, business leaders, and faculty from engineering colleges for professional review and feedback. This course equips students with the independent study skills that they will need in post-secondary education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. This is the capstone senior year course for students in the Engineering Pathway.

*Prerequisite: Principles of Engineering