Engineering & Engineering Technology

The Engineering program is designed to prepare students for post-secondary engineering and engineering technology programs.

Introduction to Engineering Design: IED-PLTW: (ETYE03)

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software. Are you ready to design the future?

Length: 2 semesters
Credit: 2 credits
Open to Grades: 9-12
Grade Weight: Advanced Placement
Prerequisite: None

Additional Information:
Introduction to Engineering - Course Resume
Introduction to Engineering - Course Outline
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Introduction to Engineering Design / Women in Engineering IED-PLTW: (ETYE03-W)

District 219 is proud to offer the Introduction to Engineering Design / Women in Engineering course. This course was implemented 3 years ago and has been very successful allowing female students an additional way to try STEM and Engineering. As you will see in the short video below, female students may feel intimidated to take STEM classes because of the heavy male enrollment, therefore we are excited to present this female only option. Students use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones. They learn how to apply this model to solve problems in and out of the classroom. Using sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software, students communicate the details of the products. Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas to others. Students may receive college credit and/or advanced standing for successful completion of this course and a cumulative exam.

Length: 2 semesters
Credit: 2 credits
Open to Grades: 9-12
Grade Weight: Advanced Placement
Prerequisite: None

Additional Information:
Course Resume
Course Outline
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Principles of Engineering POE-PLTW: (ETYE01)

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Length: 2 semesters
Credit: 2 credits
Open to Grades: 10-12
Grade Weight: Advanced Placement
Prerequisite: None

Additional Information:
Course Resume
Course Outline
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Civil Engineering & Architecture CEA-PLTW: (ETYE09)

Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software. Some students have seen these designs come to life through partnerships with local housing organizations.

Length: 2 semesters
Credit: 2 credits
Open to Grades: 10-12
Grade Weight: Advanced Placement
Prerequisite: None

Additional Information:
Course Resume
Course Outline
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Digital Electronics DE-PLTW: (ETYE05)

From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

Length: 2 semesters
Credit: 2 credits
Open to Grades: 10-12
Grade Weight: Advanced Placement
Prerequisite: None

Additional Information:
Course Resume
Course Outline
Who Knew 750 Degrees Could Be So Cool?
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Digital Electronics

Computer Integrated Manufacturing CIM-PLTW: (ETYE07)

Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system.

Length: 2 semesters
Credit: 2 credits
Open to Grades: 10-12
Grade Weight: Advanced Placement
Prerequisite: IED

Additional Information:
Course Resume
Course Outline
Niles North Star Wars Project
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Computer Integrated Manufacturing

CNC Programming & Machining Technology

Students will work towards industry standard certifications in the area of precision machining and manufacturing technology.  Students will learn to design, prepare, and generate programs to mass produce three dimensional parts on industry standard Computerized Numerical Control machines. Students will gain advanced machining skills while working with cnc lathes, cnc milling machines, and a cnc router. In addition, students learn the blueprint reading, precision measuring, layout, and machining process planning.  
Students will be prepared to take NIMS: 1) CNC Turning: Programming and Setup Operations Level 1 and 2) CNC Milling: Programming and Setup Operations Level 1.

Welding & Metal Fabrication

This course introduces students to the basic skills / procedures needed for Industry Certificates. The instructional units include: shop safety,  basic skills and information on layout, fabrication, assemble, surface preparation, refinishing techniques and systems, the applications of different metals materials, and the various processes used to join and cut metals.

Length: 1 semesters
Credit: 1 credits
Open to Grades: 11-12
Grade Weight: General
Prerequisite: none

Length: 1 semesters
Credit: 1 credits
Open to Grades: 11-12
Grade Weight: General
Prerequisite: none

Engineering Design & Development (Capstone Research Course) EDD-PLTW: (ETYE11)

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

Length: 2 semesters
Credit: 2 credits
Open to Grades: 11-12
Grade Weight: Advanced Placement
Prerequisite: Completion of 2 PLTW Course