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Prepare for a career in Engineering Technology.

“We want to train our students … for skills that they can use after high school. Especially with the solar industry being such a tremendous growth industry in terms of jobs here in our valley.”

John Berg
Edison Green Energy Academy Teacher

Overview

Pathways in the Engineering and Architecture sector prepare graduates to work in engineering as electronics engineers, architects, civil engineers, and more.

Students may have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry recognized certifications as well as participate in paid and unpaid internships.

Engineering and Architecture

Sample Engineering and Architecture Courses

Advanced Electronics is a capstone class for the Green Energy Academy. Students will learn the underlying scientific principles that drive electrical systems. This course has a specific in depth focus on applications of the scientific. Students planning for collegiate majors in STEM fields will finish well-prepared for their college coursework.

Through hands-on, interactive projects, students in Electronics Engineering explore a vast assortment of electronic communication systems including: computers and computer networks, video security surveillance, burglar alarm, fire alarm, professional sound systems, and public address systems. Students will also receive training in the foundation elements of electronics, fiber optics, cabling, and the physical setup of electronic systems. Additionally, students will explore entrepreneurship, contracting, career development, employability skills, and work to complete a Federal certification in OSHA safety.

Engineering Research and Development (ERD) is the capstone course in the engineering program. It is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process.

This course provides students with the history and development of power production and transmission, basic electrical circuit theory, and energy industry applications. Students have an opportunity to apply concepts to various forms of energy production and build various energy production models.

Designed for 9th grade students, the major focus of IED is the design process and its application. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards and document their work. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

Designed for 10th grade students, this survey course exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work, and communicate solutions. Option to earn college credit in high school; see instructor for information.

This introduction course provides students with the foundational concepts required for pursuing career pathways within this industry sector. The skills and content knowledge helps prepare students to continue their education in multiple pathway concentrator courses within this industry sector.

This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. An internship is a work-based learning experience that provides students the opportunity to apply their technical and academic skills in a professional setting. Students will develop and practice an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of high-skilled career areas, including terminology, climate, protocol, and other information that will enable them to analyze and revise their meaningful future plans. This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. The internship is supported with activities and assignments to deepen and enhance the experience. The structure of the internship aligns with local policy and program expectations for internships.

Note: Course availability varies by school and program.

CART Lab

CART is a college and career prep, half-day program for juniors and seniors in Clovis and Fresno Unified School Districts. Labs offer hands-on and industry standard methods for students to investigate and acquire a variety of skills. CART offers one lab in the Engineering and Architecture sector.

Engineering, Manufacturing, and Robotics Lab

Creativity, knowledge, and skill are used to develop solutions to real world mechanical engineering problems. Working as individuals and in small teams, students design, test and evaluate working prototypes of their solutions. Students will learn how to bring engineering designs into the physical world using a variety of engineering tools, skills, and practices including cutting edge CAD and CAM solutions. CNC Machines, 3D Printers, and Laser Cutters are just a few of the technologies that will be used to manufacture student-engineered design solutions. Students will be introduced to basic electronics, microcontrollers and computer programming while learning to design, build, and program robotic and automation devices.

Examples of Engineering and Architecture Careers

OccupationEducation LevelMedian Annual Earnings in CA
Aerospace EngineerBachelor's degree$124,100
ArchitectBachelor's degree$90,200
Architectural and Engineering ManagerBachelor's degree$178,300
Civil EngineerBachelor's degree$111,900
Electronics EngineerBachelor's degree$125,800
Environmental EngineerBachelor's degree$108,600

Source: US Dept of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics for California

Engineering Pathways and Programs

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