Engineering Academy

Intro to Engineering Design (IED)

Ever wondered how to design something new or draw an idea to share with your friends? Discover how to do it in Intro to Engineering Design (IED)! Discover the role of an engineer in taking an idea from the design process to a 3D model (Autodesk Inventor), to creating a working prototype using 3D printers or CNC machines. Students work individually and in collaborative teams to work on projects, activities, and problems that have global and human impacts. Work in teams to design and improve products, document your solutions, communicate them to others.


Principles of Engineering (POE)

Principles of Engineering (POE) exposes students to some of the major concepts in a college level engineering course of study. Go beyond “myth-busting” to solution building! As you master the basic concepts needed to continue your education in engineering or engineering technology, you will apply them, tackling real world challenges; energy sources and applications, machine systems, fluid power, testing the strength and durability of materials, control systems, and understanding how things move and applying that knowledge to projects.

IED and POE are foundation courses all students interested in engineering should take. Students that successfully complete IED and POE will be well prepared, and can easily transition to one of the specialization courses Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA) or Digital Electronics & Robotics (DE). Students can top off their experience by taking Senior Capstone: Engineering Design & Development (EDD) their senior year

Civil Engineering and Architecture

Civil Engineering and Architecture emphasizes improving our world through thoughtful building design and development! Students learn the fundamentals of building design, site design, and development. They will apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects; and document their work using 3D architectural BIM design (Revit) software. Students interested in architecture, civil engineering & technology, construction engineering & technology, construction management, structural engineering, and environment engineering should consider this course.

Computer Aided Design Technology


The Computer Aided Design Technology program provides occupational and technical skills for entry in careers or college entrance in the fields of architecture, construction, design, engineering, and manufacturing. Students are introduced to principles, practices, and standards for architectural  / construction / engineering / manufacturing, and the use of references and technical information. Students design, document, and build their activities using industry leading software and equipment. Industry based 2D and 3D computer aided design skills are taught, as well as introduction to computer aided machining (CAM) and computer aided coordinate measuring (CMM). Rapid prototyping is integrated with the use of multiple types of 3D printers and computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment. Participation in a student organization is encouraged and industry software certifications are available.

 Senior Capstone: Engineering Development and Design

Engineering Development and Design is a culminating design and problem solving course where students apply all of the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout their education. EDD is an open-ended project course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a well-defined, justifiable open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process. Professionals and expert will help guide the students as they continuously develop their organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and understanding of the design process. Students’ design solution will be developed, prototyped, tested, and presented to a panel of professionals and stakeholders. This is the only course in high school where students will experience solving a design problem start to finish as an engineer would.

Engineering, Robotics, and Electronics


The one-year Engineering, Robotics and Electronics program focuses on the application of electronics and physics. Students work with the operation of electronic devices and integrated circuits. Students apply this knowledge to project-driven course work, including the operation and programming of robotic systems. This course is designed for students with an interest in science, engineering, or electronics. This program includes Digital Electronics course work.

Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. The major focus of the course is the process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards and technical documentation.

Engineering programs are a continuation of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) in area high schools. Experience hands-on projects in a challenging high-tech environment where students prepare for careers in engineering and technology. Discover advance PLTW programs at Central Campus.

“I actually like engineering and medicine because Central Campus provided me with a fun and exciting learning environment. My plans for the future involve technology, engineering, and medicine because of the field trips and the professional people I got to meet.”
Dalecio Henderson – Engineering, Robotics, and Digital Electronics – Hoover High School