Program of Studies » Pre-Engineering


PRE-ENGINEERING is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. To earn completer status in this program, students must pass Engineering Design and Advanced Engineering Design with a grade of “C” or better. Students are eligible to earn Industry-Validated Certificates or Credentials by passing Third-Party exams administered to program completers.
Design (Std.) 
1 Credit  Grades: 9-11
Students in this class develop their design skills as the central core of engineering. These concepts begin with focus on using engineering graphics as the primary means of communication using a variety of CADD software titles. These software packages are the same products used by professionals in mechanical engineering, architecture, civil engineering, and computer graphics. A series of projects are used to teach design process with emphasis on problem solving, brain-storming, criteria generation, decision-making, economics and project management.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Design (Std.)
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.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
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.

Adv. Engineering Design meets the requirements for the New Hampshire Scholars STEM credit and it qualifies as the third credit in Science as required for MHS graduation.


& Externship 
1 Credit  Grades: 11 - 12
This class is both in and out of school each week; students will rotate between two manufacturing companies as they learn about and apply manufacturing acumen in a real-world environment. Students will be hired as employees earning $12.00 hourly. Students will explore the manufacturing process as it relates to engineering. The work each week will help students identify career pathway requirements; schooling requirements and help students make sound career decisions. These decisions will be based on work in class as well as their real-world experiences. In class we will address current managerial philosophies and effects at every phase of manufacturing. This information 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 can be offered full or part time employment at one of the partnering facilities based on performance. Seven (7) college credits will be available through the Running Start program.
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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Intro. To Mechatronics
& Robotics (Std.) 
2 Credits
(full-year course) 
Grades: 9-12
The term “Mechatronics” is used to describe flexible manufacturing systems that use innovative technologies to improve the design and manufacture of products and processes. This class focuses on 3D modeling, part fabrication, utilizing 3D printers and laser cutting, as well as robotics and automation processes. This is a project-based class with open-ended design problems that help students utilize acquired skills. Students will start out fundamentally with design skills and for the second-semester focus on the integration of robot applications.
Expectations: Complex Thinker
College Credits: Running Start Credit is available through Manchester Community College for Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors.
Robotics  1842 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
Students will work in two-person teams to design a 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 bot. Students will build their robots on the VEX platform. They will learn techniques of basic construction, fastening, motors & drive systems, power sup-plies and sensors.
Expectation: Complex Thinker
Prerequisite: Engineering Design or Programming Fundamentals with a grade of C or better
College Credits: 3 Running Start College Credits are available through Manchester Community College.