Engineering Technologies

This is not just another high school engineering program! In this class, you will apply engineering, science, math and technology to solve open-ended, real-world problems.

Are you type of student that enjoys creating new inventions? Would you like to assemble a robot and learn what the parts inside the robots actually do? How about learning how a new vehicle would be designed and then getting the opportunity to build that vehicle along with a team of fellow students? If any of these statements interest you, then you are the type of student that should consider taking the Engineering Technologies course.

Some of the skills covered in this course include; SolidWorks 3D computer aided design software, how to use a 3D printer, how to design and troubleshoot electrical systems, using math and physics for product design as well as metal working including machining and welding. 

It is important to understand that right now in the U.S., there are many career opportunities for people with the knowledge and skills taught in this class. Engineers are broadly educated and trained in multi-disciplinary engineering fields will be prepared to take advantage of exciting career opportunities. Also, if you are considering post-secondary studies in engineering, this class will certainly give you an advantage!

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Our mission is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and work habits to excel in their careers and future learning.

Course Title

Engineering Technologies

National Career Cluster: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Michigan Career Pathway  Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology


Paul Guetschow

Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, University of North Carolina
Bachelor of Business Administration, Western Michigan University
Courses in Engineering Management, Eastern Michigan University
Work experience includes time at Stryker Medical,
Ford Motor Company, Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR team
Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)

Types of Credit

Fourth year math credit

Elective Credit:  Recommended by WTC; awarded by sending school

Special Requirements/Program Prerequisites

Good attendance
Good basic math skills
First year algebra (suggested)

Course Description

Engineering Technologies is a high school level course that gives students hands on experience with skills that are used by engineers and in many other technical job fields.  This class is also designed to help students understand how the technology in our lives actually works.  This class is appropriate for students that have no prior experience with these topics and for students that do have experience with some of this material.  Listed below are examples of some of the skills and concepts covered in this class.

  • All students will get hands-on experience using SolidWorks computer aided engineering software
  • Modeling of 3 dimensional parts
  • Using simulation to analyze part strength, mechanical motion, thermal studies
  • Creating 2 dimensional mechanical drawings
  • Soldering of circuits and electronic components
  • Precision measurement using dial calipers, micrometers
  • Use a digital multi-meter and for testing and repairing electrical components
  • Using hand tools to disassemble and reassemble a Honda v-twin engine
  • Metalworking equipment including mill, lathe, MIG welder, sheet metal fabrication tools
  • Using a Romer Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) with laser scanner
  • Programming an industrial type robot
  • Use of a 3D printer and software
  • Introduction to engineering materials – Options and selections of metals, plastics, composites
  • AC and DC electric motors, pulleys, sprockets, chains, belts, bearings, speed controllers
  • AC and DC electrical wiring, connectors, switches, and components
  • Engineering mathematics that allow students to solve real world technical problems
  • Field trips to technical companies and to several engineering colleges

Goals for the Engineering Technology Course

  • Student will understand what someone with a technical job, such as an engineer, actually does
  • Students will learn technical skills that will be helpful to them no matter what career path they choose
  • Improve the student’s ability to problem solve
  • Boost the student’s self-confidence related to technical subjects
  • Enhance the student’s interpersonal and teamwork skills because they will be working side-by-side with students with similar interests
  • Show the students that working with technology and solving problems can be fun and rewarding

Grading Policy

Item Percentage
Assignments, Stations, Projects    40%
Work Habits (includes attendance) 35%
Tests (5 tests) 25%
Total 100%


Grading Scale

Grade Percent
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 87-89%
B 83-86%
B- 80-82%
C+ 77-79%
C 73-76%
C- 70-72%
D+ 67-69%
D 63-66%
D- 60-62%
E 59% or below

Student Code of Conduct

Good student conduct is important for maintaining a healthy course environment. Students enrolled in the Engineering Technologies program are expected to:

  • Attend all classes regularly and on time
  • Treat others with courtesy and respect
  • Follow all safety policies
  • Use electronics, such as cell phones, at the appropriate time for an appropriate task
  • Behave in a manner that does not disrupt others
  • Help to create and maintain a clean and organized classroom and lab space
  • Use language appropriate and a professional work environment

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