Engineering & Architecture Program Overview

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.


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


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

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)


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

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.

The Tech Center supports grading practices that are consistent, accurate, meaningful and supportive of learning.

The Tech Center grades are reported in two ways - Semester grades (A, B, C, D, E) and a year-end Certificate identifying a proficiency level on each course standard.

The Tech Center issues grades on a quarterly (9 week) basis. This quarterly grade is composed of 65% Techincal skills, 5% daily activities and 30% career and employability skills.

The semester grade.....

Students should attend and be on time each day of class to ensure success. For details, see the KCTC Student Handbook and the specific classroom guidelines.

In accordance with industry standards and expectations approved by the program Advisory Committee, classroom assignments and projects should be completed and turned in by the posted deadlines. Failure to do so will result in a percentage deduction of the student grade, 5% per class period after the deadline. If the work is not submitted according to classroom guidelines after three days past the deadline, the assignment or project will no longer be accepted and a 0% grade will be posted. All students have electronic access to assignments at all times; therefore, deadlines must be met regardless of absences or tardiness.

Computer and Classroom Equipment

  • Respect & keep all equipment and areas clean
  • Follow safety requirements
  • No us of power equipment without teacher present

Classroom Learning Requirements


  • Respect all students and teacher
  • Work hard