This engaging program provides students the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of three dimensional design using cutting edge design software, hands-on building of prototypes of their designs in our state of the art MAKES lab, and the concepts of design thinking. Throughout the program students will meet entrepreneurs, network with industry professionals and collaborate with their peers to solve real world problems.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English); on track to graduate
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – 10 hour Certification
- S/P2 Safety Certification
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 26%-50% 26%-50% CTE Year Two 26%-50% 26%-50%
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Hand tools
- Drawing tools
- Razors and box cutters
- Laser cutter
- CNC plasma cutter
- CNC router
- Drill press
- MIG welder
- 3D printer
- Software tutorials, video demonstrations and a variety of postsecondary level print publications, including: The Harvard Business Journal, The New York Times and Entrepreneur Magazine.
- Closed-toe, leather, slip-resistant work boots/shoes
- Oxford style, collared, button down shirt
- Denim or cotton long pants
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Demonstrate inductive reasoning or the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions. This includes being able to find a relationship among seemingly unrelated events
Demonstrate deductive reasoning or the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense
Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem
Have knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and their applications
Communicate information effectively with peers and instructor; public speaking
Critical thinking: reading and analyzing text, articles, etc. at the postsecondary level
Grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects and quickly move hands together with arm, or move two hands together
Tolerant of fumes, dust, and loud noises
Able to stand for extended periods of time
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.