Career Technical Center

Foundations of Engineering

Foundations of Engineering is a one-credit course designed to offer students an overview of the

engineering profession and fundamental skills utilized in general engineering. Students investigate

various engineering disciplines and related career paths. They develop communication and

teamwork skills as well as increase their understanding of basic scientific and mathematics principles

used in problem solving through the engineering design process.

Career and technical student organizations are integral, cocurricular components of each career and

technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction

while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace-readiness skills, and broaden

opportunities for personal and professional growth.


Students will:


1. Demonstrate skills for employment in the engineering field, including preparing job résumés

and applications.

Researching engineering pathways, including main disciplines, education

requirements, job responsibilities, and potential earnings

Researching current and future engineering job opportunities

Demonstrating interpersonal skills, work habits, and ethical behavior for successful

interviewing, employment, and job changes

2. Explain positive and negative impacts of engineering on society, including ethical,

professional, and legal considerations.

Differentiating between engineering, technology, and science

Critiquing significant contributions of leaders in engineering


3. Apply the systems model of input, process, output, feedback, and impact.

Analyzing an engineering design brief to determine a course of action

Demonstrating team problem-solving skills as they apply to individual and collective

responsibilities of each member of an engineering team

Developing projects, reports, and oral presentations related to engineering designs

Utilizing mathematics concepts in engineering designs


4. Demonstrate the use of analog and digital precision measuring instruments utilized in


Examples: micrometers, calipers, indicators, rulers, protractors, multimeters

Explaining the purpose and history of measurement systems

Defining customary and metric measurement systems

Utilizing conversion factors of customary and metric measurements

Practicing the use of significant digits


5. Classify basic engineering drawings and their components, including sketches and

mechanical and computer-aided (CAD) drafting techniques.

Practicing thumbnail sketches, two-dimensional and three-dimensional sketches, and

CAD drawings

Classifying multi-view sketches and drawings

Identifying orthographic and isometric sketches and drawings


6. Practice computer modeling and prototyping for an engineering design.


7. Utilize information technology as it relates to engineering, including spreadsheets, databases,

word processing, audiovisual presentations, and Internet research.


8. Describe engineering systems and processes, including mechanical systems, fluid systems,

thermal systems, electrical systems, manufacturing processes and materials, and quality



9. Apply appropriate safety and health procedures for engineering classroom and laboratory


Utilizing tools and equipment safely

Identifying environmental safety requirements for specific applications

Recognizing functional safety concerns in engineering designs


10. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills gained through student organization activities.


11. Identify patterns, relations, and functions of an engineering organization or workplace.


12. Identify terminology associated with Engineering pathways.


13. Identify characteristics of sound financial management for engineers and engineering


Example: preparing a budget

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