Program of Studies 2023-2024 » Pre-Engineering


PRE-ENGINEERING is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford  High School & Applied Technology Center. Students take Engineering Design and Advanced Engineering Design to be considered a program completer and program concentrator. Students are eligible to earn Industry Recognized Certifications or Credentials by passing third -party exams in addition to Running Start Credits (dual Credit) offered through Manchester Community College.
Introductory Course for this Pathway
Introduction to S.T.E.M.                      1020
1 Credit               Grade 9
This class examines some of the basic ideas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.), including: history of computing, computer  applications, computational thinking, computer assisted design, and programming. Students participate in  numerous hands-on projects and related assignments. They practice writing and presentation skills needed in the industry. If you are interested in STEM this is the place to begin.
Prerequisite: none
Engineering Design (Std.)                    1715    
2 Credit  Full-Year                     Grades 10-12 
Students in this class develop their design skills as the first step of engineering. These concepts begin with focus on using engineering graphics as the primary means of communication using a variety of CAD software (Solidworks & AutoDesk) packages. The software packages are the  same products used by professionals in engineering disciplines such as; mechanical, architecture, civil, and manufacturing. Students will complete a series of individual and project based activities that involve career pathways discovery such as; Mechanical Engineer, Architect, Civil Engineer, CNC Machinist, Design Engineer, and Welder to name a few.  These projects revolve around the engineering design process with emphasis on problem solving, brainstorming, criteria generation, decision-making, economics and project management. Projects will be fabricated using the latest rapid prototyping methods such as; 3D printing, Laser Cutting, and CNC Machining. 
Contracts for Honors Level credit are available and will require students to pursue an independent research project.  
Prerequisite: Algebra I
College Credits: 7 Running Start College  Credits are available through Manchester Community College for Sophomores, Juniors &  Seniors
Industry Recognized Credentials: Solidworks Additive Manufacturing  
This course aligns with; ADMT 112 Solid Modeling, and ADMT 115 Blueprinting- It also aligns with the PLTW IED and CEA
Advanced Engineering Design  (Std.)                   1722
1 Credit               Grades 10-12
Students in this class have the opportunity to refine and expand upon the concepts learned in Engineering Design.  Advanced topics include the integration of reverse engineering, basic machining (CAD/CAM) concepts,  and 3D rapid prototyping to name a few. Each project expands knowledge from concepts learned in previous engineering classes.  Adv. Engineering Design qualifies as the third credit in Science as required for MHS graduation. 
Prerequisite:  Completion of Engineering Design with a grade of “C” or better. 
College Credits: 4 Running Start College Credits are available through Manchester Community College for grades 10 - 12.Contracts for Honors Level credit are available and will require students to pursue an independent research project.
Manufacturing Exploration & Externship               1717             
1 Credit               Grades 11 - 12
In this class students will explore the manufacturing process as it relates to engineering, both in and out of school each week. In class we will address current managerial philosophies and effects at every phase of the manufacturing process, including quality control/quality assurance, CNC, lean manufacturing, and robotics/automation. We will also help students identify future college and career pathways and help them make sound career decisions based on their class work as well as their real-world experiences. During this semester long course, students will rotate between three manufacturing companies as they learn about and apply manufacturing acumen in a real-world environment, where students will be hired as employees earning $12.00 hourly. The knowledge gained will be synthesized and applied to a manufacturing model, which will give students an opportunity to test their theories on managing a manufacturing facility with limited resources. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on effective workplace skills, including teamwork, integrity, and dependability. At the end of the course, students could be offered full or part time employment at one of the partnering facilities based on performance. 
Expectation: Students must have reliable transportation and be on track to graduate.  Students should have an excellent discipline and attendance record.  Complex Thinker


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Robotics (Std.)                                             1842    
1 Credit               Grades 10-12
Students will work in two-person teams to design a VEX robot to specifications.  The course will cover the entire design process.  Students will identify a problem, research possible  solutions, design and prototype a working robot and finally assess both the effectiveness and the efficiency of their robot. They will learn techniques of basic construction, fastening, motors & drive systems, power supplies and sensors.        
Contracts for Honors Level credit are available and will require students to pursue an independent research project.
Expectation:  Complex Thinker 
College Credits: 3 Running Start College Credits are available through Manchester Community College for Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors. 
**23-24 Will be the last year this course will be offered.  The Pre-Engineering pathway will be modified in 24-25.
CTE Work Based Learning
1/2 Credit*              Grades: 11 - 12 
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is to give students enrolled in a CTE program the opportunity to explore careers & develop skills via workplace learning experiences outside the classroom setting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the world of work, develop skills & attitudes and practice workplace competencies & technical skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path (related to their CTE program). Work Based Learning is a work-based situation which allows a student an opportunity for a real work experience in conjunction with a classroom teacher, a work-site mentor, and a Work Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator. This team will coordinate academic and occupational skills that a student will learn and apply on the job. Classwork is meant to supplement and complement the experience, therefore it is expected that students will attend class when scheduled and complete all work as assigned. Credits will be awarded based on satisfactory evaluations from their site supervisor, participation in seminars, completion of related assignments & the number of verified WBL hours. The student is expected to meet with the Career Development Specialist regularly during TASC.
Requirements: Students are required to meet all pre-employment & employment expectations (including all policies, rules, & regulations). This may include, but is not limited to, aptitude screenings, physicals, background checks, drug screenings, dress code, cell phone policy etc. WBL activities may take place during the school day or outside of school hours, paid and non paid. 
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1 year (2 credits) in a CTE program, 2.3 GPA or higher and passed all classes in the semester prior to the WBL experience; excellent attendance and discipline record; the ability to work independently; reliable transportation; and parent/guardian support and approval.

*Credit: based on hours completed (up to 1 credit per semester or summer)

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