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Engineering/Project Lead the Way
 Design It - Produce It!

Students with critical thinking and creative skills are in high demand by manufacturing, architecture, and other industries, so students who become proficient in basic engineering skills along with a solid professional image will have many career and educational opportunities. Some 1 million jobs in engineering technology went unfilled last year, and half of the countrys civil engineers are expected to retire in the next 10 years. Students following a career path in engineering will benefit from the skills taught here.

The Career Center's Engineering/PLTW program offers the following classes to students who enroll:
1. Digital Electronics (DE) 
2. Engineering Development & Design (EDD)


These classes must be taken in sequence and will teach students the basics of product development and mechanical design using traditional methods and new computer techniques to study engineering and manufacturing technology.
Using 3-D computer modeling software, students learn the design process and problem solving by developing, analyzing and creating product models.


The program prepares college-bound students by immersing them in rigorous engineering problems. Successful students are academically strong, possess strong math skills, have problem solving skills, are self-motivated, and typically are career or goal oriented.


Several local high schools provide IED & POE classes, however the DE class is only offered at the Career Center. Upon completion of the foundation courses at the local high school, students can enroll the DE class that builds upon the systems and engineering processes.


Students from any high school can also join our FIRST Robotics team! The team meets in January and jumps into the challenges and team activities that go along with building a robot for competition! 

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john riedemanJohn Riedeman
Mr. Riedeman brings 15 years of experience as a manufacturing engineer and project manager working for both Ford Motor Company and ADCO. He holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His hobbies include mentoring FIRST Team 2611, cycling, sailing, skiing, helping on his father's farm in Indiana, and of course raising two beautiful daughters. 
(517) 768-5177 

3-D Computer Modeling Software
Product Design
Engineering Concepts

High School Credit

English 12 - 1/2 credit

Math (4th/5th year)
Science (3rd/4th year) 

Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts

Online Experience 

Free College Credit

Baker College
Jackson College
Davenport University
Many colleges throughout the U.S. offer college credit to high school students who complete PLTW courses.  Each school is different. 
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