Course Syllabus


Intro to Engineering


Welcome to Intro to Engineering!

This introductory survey course provides students with opportunity to learn the engineering and design process.  Students apply science, mathematics, communication and problem-solving skills to evaluate a problem and then propose, design and execute solutions.  Students will engage in skills that allow them to apply the engineering process while also developing important engineering and design skills.  Projects may involve work in technology areas such as woodworking, technical drawing, robotics, mechanics, and electronics and computers. This course is a prerequisite for the more advanced Engineering and Technology, Drafting and Architecture, Woodworking and Robotics courses.In this course you will have the opportunity hear from experts in various engineering fields to give you an idea of what an engineer does and what it takes to become one!


Class Expectations

Here is what you need to do each class to be successful:

  1. Be on time.
  2. Be ready to learn - have an engaged mind.
  3. Bring all necessary materials with you to class. See below for details.
  4. Be respectful of both your teacher and your peers.
  5. Be patient and kind.  
  6. Be respectful of any class equipment.  Use it only as it was designated to use.


Grading Policy and Curriculum

Class Participation:  40%

Assignments:  60%

Assignments will be graded on a point basis by completion, effort, accuracy, and participation.  Rubrics will be used (and shared in advance) when appropriate.

Here is a list of topics / skills we hope to cover this quarter (although we may not get to all of them!)

  • Engineering / Design Process & the Engineering Notebook
  • Drawing - AutoCAD and Sketchup - 3D Printing, Laser Engraver, CNC Machine
  • Gears and Soldering 
  • Types of Engineering
  • Circuit Building & Interpretation
  • Reading Maps & Building Plans
  • Wood


Types of Assignments

Each of the following types of assignments that will contribute to your grade:

  • One major project and presentation at the end of the course
  • Engineering Notebook Checks 
  • Design Projects
  • Class participation
  • Readings, workbook, and skill building exercise(s)


Class Materials

  • Mask 
  • Laptop and charger (or a fully charged laptop)
  • Writing utensil
  • Headphones


Class Policies:

  • When in doubt, stay out!  If you need to be out sick, even on your designated presentation day, please stay home. 


  • If you miss class and have an excused absence, please email me so we can discuss what you missed and the best way to catch you up.  If you know you will be out for an extended period, please let me know so we can work out a way to catch you up!


  • No late work is accepted beyond the last day of the unit, unless extenuating circumstances exist.  If you have an extenuating circumstance please discuss it with me so we can work out the best way for you to stay up to date and successful in class!  


  • No extra credit - be proactive, and not reactive about your grade!


  • Masks must be worn at all times.  If you have an extenuating circumstance with wearing a mask please see me.


  • Bottled beverages only in the classroom (must have a lid).  No food (unless medically necessary).


  • Wash your hands!  There are hand sanitizer stations around the room.  If you walk by one, hand sanitize!

Course Summary:

Date Details Due