Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

This national pre-engineering curriculum is aimed at preparing a growing and diverse group of students to be successful in engineering and engineering-related careers.

PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture 

Students are introduced to the fundamental design and development aspects of civil engineering and architectural planning activities. Application and design principles are used in conjunction with mathematical and scientific knowledge. Using computer software programs, students have opportunities to design, simulate and evaluate the construction of buildings and communities.

During the planning and design phases instructional emphasis is on related transportation, water resource and environmental issues. Activities include the preparation of cost estimates and a review of regulatory procedures what would affect project design.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)*/Architectural Drafting and Design (CAD)

Drafters are needed in all industries to draw plans that are used to build anything from houses and high-rises to cars and furniture. This class is recommended for students wanting to study architecture, construction, engineering and interior design. Students can choose between architectural and mechanical CAD.

Locations: Fairfield, Wawasee

CoNexus – Introduction to Manufacturing and Logistics

This course will introduce students to advanced manufacturing, safety principles, quality principles, environmental concerns, manufacturing process basics, manufacturing and logistics processes, logistics, distribution, warehousing and warehouse management, material handling, managing inventory and shipping and transportation topics. This course will prepare students for college and career readiness out of high school. The year 1 course will allow students to obtain six dual credits and three industry recognized certifications. Certifications will be in the areas of APICS Logistics, APICS Operations and MSSC Certified Logistics Associate.

Location: Fairfield, Wawasee High School

Conexus – Advanced Manufacturing I

This course will introduce students to advanced safety principles, print reading, mechatronics electrical systems, metal principles, programmable logic controls, robotics operation, robotics programming, turning and machining principles, machining processes, mechanical linkages, CNC troubleshooting & maintenance, hydraulic power systems, plastics/composites principles, lean production operations, 5S and production scheduling topics. This course will prepare students for a college and career readiness out of high school. The year 2 course will allow students to obtain three to six dual credits and two industry recognized certifications depending on if they pursue the traditional or extended course route. Certifications will be in the areas of MSSC Safety and MSSC Production.

Location: Fairfield, Wawasee High School

PLTW Digital Electronics

Digital Electronics Technology is a course of study in applied digital logic which encompasses the design and application of electronic circuits and devices found in video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and thousands of other devices.  Instruction includes the application of engineering and scientific principles as well as the use of Boolean algebra to solve design problems.  Using computer software that reflects current standards, activities should provide opportunities for students to design, construct, test, and analyze simple and complex digital circuitry.

PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design

State-of-the-art 3-D software is used to create working models that can be simulated and put into motion on the computer. This Project Lead the Way course develops students’ problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software.

Location: Wawasee High School

PLTW Engineering Design and Development 

This class builds a vehicle that competes in the IMSTEA super-mileage competition.  Students will be involved in real-world engineering by designing, building, and testing a vehicle created to obtain the best fuel efficiency.  Engineering is the process of applying scientific and mathematical principles in the design, production, and operation of products, structures, and systems.  An engineer is a highly-educated and trained problem solver who engages in the functions of research, development, planning, design, production, and project management.  Engineers often work as part of a team to plan, design, and supervise a product from conception to completion.  This is a hands-on course designed to provide students interested in careers in engineering with opportunities to explore various specialized fields such as design, mechanical, and materials engineering.


Precision Machine Technology 1 & 2

The demand for employees with lathe and milling skills is high, particularly in the burgeoning local orthopedics industry. First-year students learn machine operation, blueprint reading and related topics. Second-year students move on to CNC (computer numerical control) programming of mills and lathes, machine repair, tool design, robotics and industrial processes.

Students completing each course with a “B” or better may earn a total of 12 college credits form Ivy Tech Community College.

Typical careers include machinist, tool grinder, tool and die maker, quality control, CNC operator and programmer, machine setup, CAD/CAM operation and machine repair. Related career fields benefiting from machine tool training are engineering, design and manufacturing.

Location: Lakeview Middle School – Warsaw (Precision Machine Technology I)

Location: Ivy Tech – Warsaw (Precision Machine Technology II)

PLTW Principles of Engineering

Principles of Engineering helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology by exploring various technology systems and manufacturing processes. Students are challenged to design solutions to stated engineering problems using advanced 3-D software and will build working models of their solutions. Students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem-solving process. This course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.

Location: Wawasee High School

Robotics Design & Innovation

This is a course where students will be introduced to the field of robotics through hands-on projects designed to build student understanding of Robotics Engineering.  Concepts will focus on terminology, programming, and physics concepts specific to robotics, electronics, mechanics, and industrial robotics.  By immersing students in real world tests of robot capabilities, they will develop skills in design, building, engineering, programming, and problem solving.

Welding Technology 1 & 2

Welding Technology One prepares students with fundamental welding, cutting, and fabrication skills.  Students in Welding One will use the SMAW and Oxy-Acetylene welding processes, as well as the Oxy-Acetylene and plasma cutting processes.

Welding Technology Two builds upon the skills learned in Welding One by introducing the study of GMAW, GTAW welding processes, CNC plasma cutting, and more advanced fabrication skills.  Emphasis is on fabrication. Techniques will include layout, sequence of operations, setup, positioning, aligning, fitting, and welding parts. Students who become proficient in all phases may have the opportunity to apply their skills in short-term placement with area employers.

Students successfully completing Welding Tech I earn six hours of college credit from Ivy Tech Community College.  Students completing the two-year program earn six additional credits and may earn certifications offered through the American Welding Society.

Location: Wawasee High School