The Engineering Technology Program at Tri-County is designed to provide qualified students, who are interested in pursuing an engineering or technical path in college, with the foundation of a broad but highly specialized education in engineering technologies. This would make these students better qualified for the admission to and better prepared in the study of these highly technical fields than a typical high school path.
Introduction at this level will allow students, while still in high school, to determine if engineering is the career they desire. Students participating in this program are better prepared for college engineering programs and more likely to be successful, thus reducing the attrition rate in college which currently exceeds 50% nationally.
With a hands-on exploratory approach and using state of the art technologies and tools, students are introduced to various engineering concepts such as Engineering Design, Three Dimensional Solid Modeling, Digital Circuitry, and Automation. They will learn how to acquire engineering fundamental knowledge and practices, and how to develop their analytical skills and their logical thought process. During the program, the students will be introduced to various fields of engineering such as Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, etc. This program will climax in a Senior Year project that will test their ability to solve real world problems in engineering using their learned problem solving skills and techniques.
The Program is a four year sequence of courses which, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college. However, those not intending to pursue further formal education will benefit greatly from the knowledge and logical thought processes that result from taking some or all of the courses provided in the curriculum.
Engineering core curriculum will consists of a combination of the following courses:
- Principles of Engineering - helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology
- Digital Electronics - encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry
- Introduction to Engineering Design - teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software
- Civil Engineering and Architecture - provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture using state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities
- Aerospace Engineering - will introduce students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering
- Computer Integrated Machining - utilizes state of the art milling machine technology to design and produce specially designed parts.
The Tri County Engineering program is a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) certified program. PLTW is a national non-profit organization chartered for the increase of the quality and quantity of Engineering and Engineering Technology in the USA. PLTW certification provides students with the opportunity to earn college credits for work completed in this program at a number of leading engineering colleges such as Duke University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Purdue University, New Hampshire Technical Institute, and many other national and regional schools.
The Engineering Program at Tri County stresses and promotes gender equality in studying and mastering engineering technologies. The program also emphasizes the study of more comprehensive levels of Math, Science and English that are required for a successful college career in engineering disciplines.