From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’ s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. 

Introduction to Engineering Design

Introduction to Engineering Design introduces students to the design process, sketching technical drawings, engineering careers, and 3 D computer aided design programs. Many projects will be hands on, using calipers, drafting equipment, and hand tools, giving the students experience in understanding roles they may encounter in the career field. This course will emphasize the development of product design, and how a 3 D model would be used to visualize the final result, which will be evaluated and critiqued. Dual Credit with Cleveland State Community College. Dual Enrollment with Rochester Institute of Technology. Can get Autodesk Inventor User Certification.

Principles of Engineering

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. The main purpose of this course is to experience through theory and hands-on problem-solving activities what engineering is all about and to answer the question; Is a career in engineering or engineering technology for me. May count as a 4th Science Credit. Dual Enrollment with Rochester Institute of Technology.

Civil Engineering and Architecture

This course introduces students to the fields of Civil Engineering & Architecture. This includes building and site design using 3D CAD software. Students will have opportunities to apply the content covered with and by using construction and surveying equipment in a lab environment. The Civil Engineering & Architecture program is designed to develop skills such as client relations, teamwork, floor plan design, and complex problem-solving skills. Dual Credit with Cleveland State Community College. Dual Enrollment is with Rochester Institute of Technology.

Engineering Design and Development

In this course, students will work in teams of 2-4 to design and construct the solution to an engineering problem, applying the principles developed in the preceding four courses. The problem may be selected from a database of engineering problems, be a recognized national challenge or be an original engineering problem identified by the team and approved by the teacher. The problem will involve a wide range of engineering applications (e.g. a school robot-mascot, automated solar water heater, remote control hover craft). Students will maintain a journal as part of their portfolio of their work. Each team will be responsible for delivering progress reports and making final presentations to an outside review pane. This can be used as a 4th Science credit. Dual Enrollment with Rochester Institute of Technology.


This course is designed for the student to gain actual experience in the engineering industry in order to equip them for the workplace.



Dual Enrollment is available for Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Engineering Design and Development with Rochester Institute of Technology. In a dual-enrolled class, students get credit for both high school and the college they are dual-enrolled with. This allows high school students to get college credit and a college transcript before they step foot on a college campus!



Dual Credit is available for Introduction to Engineering Design and Civil Engineering & Architecture DC with Cleveland State Community College. Students that successfully complete Dual Credit courses will be awarded both college credit and high school graduation credit towards graduation requirements at both institutions. 


Autodesk Inventor User Certification

An Autodesk Inventor Certified User certification demonstrates entry-level knowledge that includes creating, modifying, formatting, and sharing 2D sketches, creating parts, viewing, and animating assemblies, creating presentations and drawings, etc.



Engineers have a role in creating a variety of structures and products, from airports to zippers. If that sounds intriguing, consider a career in engineering. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment growth for these workers, with nearly 140,000 new jobs expected for engineers over the 2016–26 decade. And in 2016, engineers had a median annual wage of $91,010—more than twice the median wage for all workers.

STEM Related Occupations with the most Annual Average Openings in Tennessee (2014-2024)

Occupation 2014 Estimated Employment 2024 Projected Employment Total Percent Change
Software Developer Applications 4,840 6,160 27.00%
Mechanical Engineer 4,660 5,030 8.00%
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists 2,130 2,160 2.00%


The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committees are made up of volunteers who agree to serve as advisors to one or more career and technical programs. Members include representatives from business, labor, community agencies, faculty, students and other members. The primary purpose of advisory committees is to provide direction and guidance for the specific career and technical area within the school to strengthen and enhance the success of CTE programs. By working closely with the business and labor communities, we continue to provide high quality workforce training and education to our students so they will succeed in today's job market.

The committees support and strengthen the partnership between business, labor, the community, and education. The committees make recommendations that will strengthen and help to expand the curriculum to improve the quality of program(s). Members provide valuable input in areas such as curriculum development, student recruitment and placement, staff development, equipment and software recommendations.