Career Technical Center

Engineering Research and Design

Engineering Research and Design is a one-credit, capstone course in the engineering field

recommended for students in Grades 11–12. The course enables students to make an informed

career choice through the study and application of mechanical, electrical, and other engineering

systems. Students conduct research and design engineering projects to enhance abilities and expand

interest in the field of engineering. Projects reinforce the application of communication,

mathematics, and science. Computer technology applications are utilized extensively in this course

to enable students to visualize, model, prototype, solve, and report comprehensive design problems.

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.


Engineering Pathway


Students will:


1. Explain professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities in the field of engineering, including

the need for a diverse work force.


2. Demonstrate effective skills for seeking employment in a specific engineering pathway,

including attributes that contribute to a successful engineering career.

Preparing a résumé using personal, educational, and professional information

Conducting a job search in a specific engineering field using Internet resources,

including education requirements, potential earnings, and need


Project Proposal


3. Create a formal, narrative proposal for an engineering design brief.




4. Conduct independent research related to a chosen engineering design brief.


Design and Evaluation


5. Demonstrate the engineering design process, including defining the problem, developing and

selecting solutions, constructing prototype testing, evaluating and documenting results, and

redesigning as needed.


6. Apply a standard experimental method to the evaluation process of a given engineering




Product and Process


7. Create a written technical report and a multimedia presentation for an engineering design

problem, concept, or issue using industry recognized guidelines.


8. Demonstrate correct use and selection of tools, materials, procedures, and equipment in the

construction of models, prototypes, and finished products.


9. Apply correct drafting techniques using computer-aided design (CAD) programs to produce

plans, diagrams, and working drawings for the construction of models, prototypes, and final



10. Design a project portfolio that includes all project-related documentation.

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