Pre Engineering I
Pre-Engineering I has been designed and developed is an introduction into what you can expect at both the next level (college) and in the workplace. In PE we attempt to mimic the Engineering work environment. The goal is allow the team member to experience the field of Engineering and found out now if this something they really what they want to do or not.
During the course the team members begin with CAD using the 3D Parametric softwarePro Engineer/Wildfire V5. This is the same software used in industry by such companies as NASA and Caterpillar. Once a team member has completed the first activity he/she is eligible for a free copy of this software to take home and put on their computer and keep.
Next the team members move into our Engineering lab where they will work/study in one of seven different areas of Engineering for the semester. Those area are:
Electricity & Electronics
Manufacturing (utilizing the CNC Mill and CNC Lathe)
RAMP - Automated Manufacturing involving Pneumatics, Electricity, Automation and PLC (programmable logic control)
During the course of the semester the team members will have additional assignments. They will work in teams on a Rube Goldberg Machine*, they will have weekly terminology test and locating information assignments. There will be an emphasis placed on teamwork, creativity, problem solving and thinking.
Some assignments are short term and some are long term.
Team members interested will also have the opportunity to participate in a job shadowing at some point during the term. Several local companies participate in this job shadowing activity by allowing team members to come there and spend the day following around a real Engineer.
*90% of the work done on/related to this project is done outside of the school.
Team members will have meet outside of the school to plan, build and test.