- Part of the Trades, Manufacturing & Transportation (TMT) cluster
Pre-engineering is a dynamic and innovative specialized program that provides students with a practical hands-on experience in an interactive state-of-the-art lab environment. This class involves exploring design and engineering principles through various technologies such as robotics, CAD, rapid prototyping (3D printing, CNC), fluid dynamics, electrical, solar, wind, heat transfer, automation, and/or other technologies. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to solve authentic problems in various fields of engineering such as electrical, chemical, structural and environmental. At the end of the term, students will complete a masters engineering project from initial design phase to prototype in small collaborative groups. The program is delivered by dual credentialed teachers/engineers.
All Pre-Engineering courses require students to make personal selections from a large menu of available areas of study. At the introductory level, students can explore various aspects of engineering by completing 5 or more credits of study. At the intermediate and advanced levels, students can continue to explore or specialize by completing 5 or more credits in a single block or 10 credits in a double block. The culminating masters project will be in groups of 4-6 students. These projects are designed to be like a real engineering project in industry. Each student will be in charge of at least one design component. Students collaborate to develop the prototype following the design process and present it to the class.
Pre-Engineering Introduction (5 Credits)
At the introductory level, students will develop a self-paced plan of study from a menu of up to 19 single credit courses. Examples include but are not limited to: automation (digital, ladder logic, intro to mechatronics), pneumatic circuit design, solar/wind energy, introductory 3D modelling using Inventor and 3D printer, CNC programming (lines), introductory robotics, structured programming, electric circuit analysis, and structural engineering (with bridges).
Students will be required to complete the following compulsory courses:
- ELT1010: Electro-assembly 1
- Project Credit: - based on their CTS credits but often DES1020 The Design Process
Pre-Engineering Intermediate/Advanced (5 or 10 Credits)
At the intermediate/advanced level, students will develop a self-paced plan of study from a menu of up to 60 single credit courses based on their areas of interest and prerequisites. Examples include but are not limited to: automation (digital, ladder logic, PLC programming, mechatronics), pneumatic/electro-pneumatic circuit design, solar/wind energy, energy audit project, 3D modelling using Inventor and 3D printer, CNC programming (curves), robotics, sensors, programming, electric circuit analysis, structural engineering (with bridges), motors, pumps, and heat transfer.
Students will be required to complete the following compulsory course:
- Project Credit - based on their CTS credits but often 3D Design (level depends on prerequisites)
- are self-motivated
- like science, mathematics and team environments
- enjoy solving problems and designing solutions
- are interested in learning about a career in engineering technology or engineering
It is expected that each student will:
- behave in a safe manner and promote safety in all aspects of the course
- be on time for class
- have their parent call or email the teacher if absent
- maintain a portfolio, preferably digital format
- be responsible for the equipment they are using
- clean up and organize their work station at the end of every class
Please note there is a fee for consumables and safety equipment for this class. See our Fees page for more detail.