Industrial Technology Department
The Department of Industrial Technology is designed to offer students an exploratory and developmental experience.
Students are exposed to a variety of courses that give some insight into the materials, methods, processes and careers related to technology. This is reinforced by making the community an extension of the school and classroom. Characteristics which are stressed are safety, accuracy, dependability, promptness, care of equipment, interest in technical fields, cooperation, and the importance of planning and following instructions.
Industrial Technology prepares students to function as knowledgeable citizens in our increasingly technological world.
- Small Engines
- Machine Woodworking
- Advanced Woods – Furniture and Cabinetmaking
- Building Construction
- Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
- Architectural Drafting
- Advanced Mechanical Design
Stories from Industrial Technology classes
Students in Don McKee’s Architectural Drafting class were working on their architectural drawings using Computer Aided Design software.
Senior Lucy Salgado-Dickes likes a challenge, so she built a plan that would challenge herself in multiple ways.
These are student-built nightstands with a long-lasting impact, thanks to the work of Machine Woodwork teacher Don McKee, who is pictured with students Dominic Nguyen
The Building Construction class makes progress on an equipment shed for the softball team.
SMALL ENGINES – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)This course is designed to guide students in the procedures of assembly and disassembly and direct their work in an orderly fashion while they investigate the workings of the small four-stroke cycle and two-stroke cycle gasoline engines. This course will meet the Life Skills requirement.
MACHINE WOODWORKING – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)Machine woodworking provides exploratory experiences in woodworking techniques, the use of different materials, individual craftsmanship, and exposes students to various woodworking occupations. Students learn the safe use of power tools along with the different processes that may be performed with these machines. This course will meet the Life Skills requirement.
ADVANCED WOODS – FURNITURE AND CABINETMAKING – 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)
[PREREQUISITE – MACHINE WOODWORKING]
This course expands on the skills developed in Machine Woodworking. Students will learn about careers in the cabinetmaking industry; apply design elements and principles to create functional and attractive cabinets; produce and install base and wall cabinets; and learn advanced operation and maintenance of hand tools, power tools and stationary equipment.
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)Students have an opportunity to explore the building trade. Work experience is provided in several areas of construction. Special emphasis is placed on proper techniques and terminology so that the student may understand and become acquainted with generally accepted carpentry practices and the use of modern building materials.
INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN (IED) – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation
ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTING – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)Architectural drafting provides basic information necessary for planning various types of dwellings. It presents basic instruction in preparing architectural working drawings in a Computer Aided Design environment. Students learn to design, plan and draw their own set of house plans.
ADVANCED MECHANICAL DESIGN – 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)
[Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design]Advanced Mechanical Design expands upon the Computer Aided Design skills learned in Introduction to Engineering Design. Students will construct highly detailed drawings, research careers dependent upon mechanical drawing, design complex assemblies and learn 3D graphic communication.
ROBOTICS – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)
Robotics provides an introduction to working with computer-controlled devices and software development. Students use the engineering design process to create prototypes and to test, analyze and improve designs. The focus ison basic robot construction and programming for robotic control. This is a project-based course that requires students to build prototypes and use simulation software to test designs. Students develop critical thinking and communication skills by analyzing and presenting results.