APPLIED TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

These classes will be of interest to students wanting to learn and apply concepts within the technology systems of communication, construction, manufacturing, energy, power and transportation. Students will explore these concepts using hands-on, activity-oriented applications. When many of these classes are put together in a sequence and/or program of studies they will help young women and young men achieve many requirements needed for specific occupations, colleges and technical schools.  

Construction

EXPLORATORY WOODWORKING: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

This is an exploratory program where the students will experience some of the basic skills used in construction of basic wood projects. Students will build individual projects. Related Careers: Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, and Hobbyist. #9302 

FURNITURE MAKING: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Exploratory Woodworking

Students must have completed Exploratory Construction and Woodworking to be eligible to register for this course. Projects are moderate to complex in nature and may be developed specifically for state competition. Related Careers: Carpentry, Cabinetmaking, Furniture Making, and Hobbyist.#9303

INTRODUCTION TO THE TRADES & HOME REPAIR: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Designed for students interested in working in the trades, this class will give students insight and skills into what work opportunities exist in the building and work trades. These trades will consist of exposure to plumbing, tile, masonry, electrical wiring, and residential repair-maintenance. Home repair emphasis will include how to repair drywall, lay tile, flooring, and reconditioning of basic board, trim, and furnishing. This class will provide solid foundation for anyone interested in entering the trades, becoming an apprentice, or just gaining confidence in maintaining and repairing their own home. It will provide good foundational skills for any homeowner.  Related Careers: Construction, Plumbing, Electrician, and Other Skilled Trades. # #9304

SPARKTANK BULLDOG CONSTRUCTION: 
Grade 11-12, Year 3 Periods=6 CR, No Prerequisite IHCC Concurrent Credit, Yr 1=CON276, 277, 278, 450, 452, 454 & Yr 2=CON451, 453, 455

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Manufacturing

INTRO TO METALS TECH 1: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Introduction to Metals Technology 1 is an entry level course in metal characteristics, construction, and fabrication designed for students with little to no metals experience or knowledge. Students will become familiar with the tools and machines common to metal manufacturing. Small metals projects will be completed by students that involve cutting, grinding, drilling, threading, measuring, layout, surface preparation and forming of metal. College credit may be available #WEL228 WEL233. Related Careers: Welder, Sheet Metal Worker, and Plumbing #9400 

INTRO TO METALS TECH 2: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Intro to Metals 1

Introduction to Metals 2 places emphasis on safety, proper use of tools, and awareness of the manufacturing process: sheet metal, forge, machining, and welding techniques. Small projects will be completed in class using skills learned in Metals 1 & 2.  College credit may be available #WEL274 #WEL254. Related Careers: Welding, Metal Fabrication, and Machining. #9401  

Transportation / Power & Energy

AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY: 
Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Students learn the basic systems of the automobile and the process required to identify the maintenance components and perform the required maintenance services. This course also reviews the various types of resource materials used in the automotive repair industry. Related Careers: Mechanic, Service
Technician, and Auto Owner. #9205

POWER MECHANICS:  
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

In Power Mechanics, students learn the basics of mechanical power systems.  Those systems may include 2 and 4-cycle engines, automotive engines, diesel theory, as well as alternative energy sources such as solar and wind energy. Students have the opportunity to disassemble and reassembly a John Deere 6-cylinder diesel engine, high performance automotive engines and small engines.  Related Careers: Small Engine Repair, Auto Technician, and Mechanical Engineer.#9213

AUTO BODY TECHNOLOGY 1: 
Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Auto Body Technology 1 allows students to learn the theory and basic procedures used in maintaining and repairing auto body components. Units covered may include body shop operations, career opportunities, body shop safety and auto body construction. Body shop hand tolls, power tools, metal straightening and metal repairs are also studied and practiced. Projects introduce students to the proper sequence of metal cleaning, preparing for repair, straightening and metal repairing. Students prepare material for repair while working with sheet steel. Students also fabricate sheet steel into simple shapes in preparation for finishing. This course is designed for a student with little to no auto body experience. Related Careers: Service Technician, Classic Car Restorer, and Sheet Metal Fabricator. #9207

AUTO BODY TECHNOLOGY 2: 
Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Auto Body 1

Auto Body Technology 2 is an intermediate course allowing students to learn and apply the theory and procedures used in repairing auto body components. The units covered include MIG welding principles, safety and techniques, refinishing materials, equipment, surface preparation for refinishing, and finish application. In addition, students are introduced to custom painting. Projects are challenging and build on the skills acquired in Auto Body Technology 1. Projects involve auto body components that will be prepared, straightened, patched, welded, filled and refinished. Student refinish a standard sized mailbox with a custom designed finish. Computer generated design for masking of the custom finish may be utilized at the student’s discretion. Related Careers: Classic Car Restorer and Custom Body Worker. #9209

INTRO TO ELECTRICITY-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

This is a beginning "hands-on" course in electricity-electronics for a student wanting to pursue a career in a technical area or someone wanting to gain a better understanding of electricity-electronics. Students learn how to use basic electronic test equipment while studying electrical safety, soldering, motors, basic AC-DC electricity, house wiring fundamentals, and how to purchase and build electronic projects, and introduction to programming microcontrollers (Arduino) using C++ programming language. All students purchase and construct individual projects. Computers are utilized in this class. This course covers basic electronics necessary for any career in the technologies. Related Careers:  Lineman, Electrician, Electronics Technician, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering. #9103

PRACTICAL TROUBLESHOOTING FOR ELECTRICITY-ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY:  Grade=10-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Intro to E & E Tech

This course is designed to expand on the principles and practices studied in Introduction to Electricity-Electronics Technology. Units of study are directed toward practical troubleshooting of electric systems while studying electronic test equipment, solid-state electronic components, switches, analysis of circuits, project fabrication, small appliance repair, and basic computer maintenance. Computers are used and digital electronics is introduced along with advanced microcontroller programming (Arduino and C++). This is a "hands-on" course, all students purchase and construct individual projects. Related Careers:
Lineman, Electrician, Electronics Technician, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering. #9104

Visual Communications

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS TECH 1: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Graphic Communications Technology 1 is an introductory class exposing the student to a number of experiences relating to the printing industries. The student will be allowed to explore graphic design, black and white photography including related darkroom activities, screen-printing of posters, T-shirts, mirrors, and wooden plaques. Other areas explored will include offset duplication, career opportunities in graphic communications, and basic finishing and binding techniques. Students will operate 35mm SLR cameras, a photographic enlarger, hand screen-printing materials, an offset duplicator, padding press. This class will prepare the student as an entry-level photographer or darkroom employee.  Related Careers: Commercial Artist, Webpage Designer, and Photographer. #9405

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS TECH 2: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Graphic Comm 1

Graphic Communications Technology 2 will allow students to explore advanced processes related to photographic image carriers used with screen printing, offset presses, and advanced 35mm photography. The student will convert black and white pictures, using darkroom techniques, which allow production of many copies of a single picture on both screen-printed and lithographic prints of either single or multi-color. The student will learn about and apply detailed copy prepara¬tion, color principles, process camera and darkroom procedures, as well as advanced finishing and binding techniques. Students will operate photographic screen printing equipment, a horizontal process camera, the desktop publishing advanced functions, in addition to operating photographic machines for production of high quality lithographic prints, produced on an offset press. This class will prepare the student to become an entry-level screen printer, darkroom technician, computer operator or offset press operator.  Related Careers: Commercial Artist, Webpage Designer, and Photographer. #9406

ADVANCED GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS: 
Grade 10-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=Graphic Comm 2

This class will allow students to further explore and practice the techniques learned in Graphic Communications Technology 2. Emphasis will be placed on the advanced functions of desktop publishing, digital imaging, and production of multi-color offset and screen-printed materials. Completion of this class will allow the student to exhibit advanced skills in the employment areas of flat stripping, desktop publishing, screen-printing and basic multi-color operation of an offset press. Related Careers: Commercial Artist, Webpage Designer, and Photographer. #9407


COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING TECH 1: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Students apply knowledge of basic drafting principles. They use state-of-the-art Draftsight/Autocad and Solid Works software to develop 2D and 3D wire frame and solid objects.  Students will transfer computer assignments to hard copies printed on plotters. Some sketching and board work is required to assist in CAD drawings. CAD Drafting is an excellent elective for students considering pre-engineering, drafting/design, architecture/construction, machinery occupations, animations, and machine trades or for students to enhance their consumer knowledge such as making more intelligent use of product user manuals. Other software programs may be utilized such as solid modeling, animations, and Master CAM for machine applications to CAD. ChiefArchitect is used to develop a basic understanding of construction design. These programs reflect industry standards to develop and strengthen career skills. Related Careers: Mechanical/CAD Drafter, Mechanical/Electrical/Optical/Aerospace Engineering, and Architecture. #9200

COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING TECH 2: 
Grade 9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=CAD 1

In this second semester CAD course, many assignments are based on ‘solid modeling’ where objects are produced from geometric shapes such as prisms and cylinders. Various textures and colors are applied to the faces of the object during the rendering process. These objects are used to develop various types of multi-view drawings. More in-depth work with solid modeling is pursued using SOLIDWORKS molded plastic objects as a problem source. Build threads, fasteners, and gears in addition to welding and finishing symbols is explored. Additional software programs are utilized such as AutoCAD, Draft Sight, and Master CAM for machine applications to CAD and various paint programs to enhance Photo 3D modeling. These programs reflect industry standards to develop and strengthen career skills. Related Careers:  Mechanical/CAD Drafter, Mechanical/Electrical/Optical/Aerospace Engineering, and Architecture. #9201

ADV DRAFTING MECHANICAL: 
Grade 10-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=CAD 2

Students who have completed CAD 1 and 2 may continue with Advanced CAD drafting. The objective for this course is to continue developing skills learned in CAD 1 & 2. Emphasis is placed on troubleshooting engineering problems related to mechanical systems and multiple part assemblies. Students focus more on aspects of tolerances, finishing, and precision assemblies. In addition, students learn how to create and test mold designs in more detail and perform stress testing on design parts. This course is a good supplement for students who have taken one or both PLTW IED and POE classes.  Related Careers:
Mechanical/CAD Drafter, Mechanical/Electrical/Optical/Aerospace Engineering, and Architecture. #9202

ARCHITECTURE DRAFTING TECH 1: 
Grade=9-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

This course will aid students interested in designing houses, construction, interior design, and landscaping. Chief Architect allows students to design floor plans, arrange furniture, make elevations, create electrical and plumbing layouts in addition to rendering, showing color and landscaping of the finished home. Students learn how to design homes, using construction methods and materials needed. Various floor plans are created along with a small framed structure to assist students in learning framing and layout. One objective for the class is to create a complete set of floor plans for a home including renderings and landscaping. Students may create a set of plans for their own home. Related Careers: Mechanical/CAD Drafter, Mechanical/Electrical/Optical/Aerospace Engineering, and Architecture. #9210

ARCHITECTURE DRAFTING TECH 2: 
Grade=9-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite=Arch Drafting 1

Students interested in pursuing architecture as a career are provided the opportunity to develop deeper skills and experience. Emphasis moves beyond floor plans to heating and air conditioning layouts, foundation details, stair details, landscaping, and building codes. Students also develop plans for a comical structure (high rise) and residential development. . Related Careers: Mechanical/CAD Drafter, Mechanical/Electrical/Optical/Aerospace Engineering, and Architecture. #9211