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Introduction to Engineering Design

Students learn problem-solving skills using a design development process.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW): Engineering

Students learn problem-solving skills using a design development process.  Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software.  IED meets the UC elective (“g”) credit requirement for admission.

In Introduction to Engineering Design, students use a problem-solving model to improve existing products or invent new ones.  They learn how to apply this model to solve real-life 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.


  • Industry Sector: Engineering and Architecture
  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra
  • Class Hours: 180
  • Work-Based Learning Hours (WBL): Eligible
  • Level: Introductory
  • Articulation Agreement Details: Westcliff University
  • Meets UC/CSU A-G Requirement: G - General Elective (1 year required)
  • Certifications: None
  • Class Location(s): Anaheim HS, Oxford Academy, Sunny Hills HS
  • Notes:

    Refer to O*NET Online (www.onetonline.org) for a summary report of the detailed job description for this career.

    This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction reinforces core skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills.

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