Engineering & Architecture Program Overview

The one or two-year Engineering or Architectural Design course builds basic conceptual and design skills by taking students from basic drafting concepts to practical and advanced design projects using the latest CAD software and techniques.

Students who are curious about how things work and are interested in mechanical or architectural design may be a perfect fit for this program. Upon completion of the course, students will have in excess of 425 clock hours of project-based drafting and design experience.

  • First-year students will be offered a combination of basic skills in both Engineering and Architecture, then choose one of the specific paths to study after the first 6 to 7 weeks.
  • Second-year students are taught in a more advanced, independent style, where they will often have real client-based projects when available.

Program Content

  • Discover the basic and advanced skills for engineering careers while learning about engineering disciplines
  • Design and prototype products, then examine the design results through our 3D printer
  • Learn to read blueprints and even create a complete set of detail drawings or architectural plans
  • Learn the professional skills and dress required for successful career interviews, including resumé and cover letter writing and editing
  • Learn the how to choose and apply for colleges and the scholarships to help pay for schooling
  • When available, choose between college after high school or a training apprenticeship where you can work full-time with all the benefits without having to attend college

Program Highlights

In the engineering path:

  • Understand the basic and advanced skills common to all engineering careers, while you learn about different engineering disciplines
  • Explore the process of design and prototyping and examine the results of your designs through our 3D printer

In the architectural design path:

  • Learn to read blueprints and even create a complete set of architectural design plans
  • Learn about basic civil engineering and design your own residential or commercial project

Certifications

  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA)
  • Certified Autocad User
  • OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training

Introduction to Drafting (15 hours)
 

  • Engineering/Design concepts
  • Measurement/Scales
  • Drafting standards
  • orthographic projection concepts
  • Lettering/Sketching
  • Geometric constructions

Computer-Aided Drafting (180 hours)
 

  • File management
  • Introduction to AutoCad software

Students will be well-prepared for entry level employment or post-secondary college enrollment in an engineering-related field.

Program Description

The one or two-year Engineering course builds mechanical design, engineering, and manufacturing skills by taking students from basic drafting concepts to practical and advanced design projects using the latest CAD software and techniques. Upon completion of the course, students will have in excess of 425 clock hours of projectbased drafting and design engineering experience.

Course

Engineering
State of Ml CIP code:  15.1306
National Career Cluster:  U.S. Dept. of Education, STEM
Michigan Career Pathway:  Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology

Instructor

Mr. Larry Ridley
Credentials:  BS Secondary Ed; MS Career Technical Ed; NCATE Certified; Highly Qualified Status
Contact Information:  (616) 447-5693, lawrenceridley@kentisd.org

Credit Info

Academic Credit:  Math; Science; English; VPAA (Visual Performing and Applied Arts)
College Articulation:  Grand Rapids Community College, Baker College, Davenport University
Student Organizations:  Skills USA & MITES (MIIndustrial & Technology Education Society)

Prerequisites

Good basic math skills and a willingness to work. Students are required to complete an in-class visitation, or set up a personal interview with the instructor before enrolling

Primary Text

Giesecke, et al. Technical Drawing. 141h ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2015 (online digital text)

Software & Resources

AutoCad 2017; Inventor 2017; Solidworks 2016; 3D Printing; Moodie; Career Cruising