Engineering Academy

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Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is the first course students should take if they are interested in an engineering-related career. Students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. Topics include computer aided design (CAD) 3D models and drawings, product improvement, CAD virtual assembly, reverse engineering and analysis, material science, product design, and making things move through simple machines and automation. Students work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Principles of Engineering (POE)

Principles of Engineering (POE) is an engineering survey course that exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Through hands-on activities, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, energy sources & applications, the strength of materials and structures, control systems & automation, and kinematics. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

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.

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 Integrated Manufacturing

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) is a course where students learn about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students develop their knowledge and skills of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing to produce products using a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mill. Students apply the knowledge and skills gained in this course as they collaborate to design, build, and program factory system models.

Throughout the course students learn about manufacturing processes and systems. This course culminates with a capstone project where students design, build, program, and present a manufacturing system model capable of creating a product.

Intro to Electronics and Robotics

Intro to Robotics is a one semester, one block course that introduces eager students to the world of robotics.

Students will work with multiple robotic platforms and learn the C++ programming language.  In addition to programming, students will assemble multiple circuits to enable their robot to navigate their world through the use of touch sensors, infrared light sensors, and Ultrasound sensors.

Although not a prerequisite, this class will greatly prepare the student for the Electronics, Robotics, and Engineering class.

Engineering Capstone

Engineering Design and Development 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, prototypes, 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.

Recommended courses for success in EDD: Any combination/as many as possible of PLTW pre-engineering courses, elective courses in career & technical areas, fine arts, and success in core academic areas

Grades: Seniors, 12

All students interested in enrolling in one of the Advance Career Programs at Central Campus can learn more about enrollment here.

Electronics & Digital Electronics Engineering


The one-year Electronics & Robotics Engineering 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 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.

“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

Engineering Instructor

Clinton Gadbury

Engineering Instructor

Tim Jobes

Math and Engineering Instructor

Steve VanGundy