Career & Tech Education




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Providing every CTE student the opportunity to learn, practice, and develop skills essential to our global community.

Patriot Career & Technology Education Classes

Basic Technical Drawing:
In this foundation course, students learn the basic language of technical drawing and design, and they design, sketch, and make technical drawings, models, or prototypes of real design problems.  The course is especially recommended for future engineering and architecture students.

Architectural Drawing:
Architectural Design/CAD is an advance course that provides students the opportunity to learn about the principles of Architecture and Construction techniques.  Major topics presented include: Residential design, Structural details and Community planning.  Students use computer aided design (AutoCAD)   equipment and established standard codes.  The course is especially to future architecture, interior designer, or home builder.

Engineering Drawing:
Engineering Drawing/Design/CAD is an advanced drawing and design course that enables students to use a graphic language for product design, technical illustration, assembly, patent, and aeronautical drawings. It increases their understanding of drawing techniques learned in the prerequisite course. Students use computers, calculators, and descriptive geometry and adhere to established standards to solve design problems. 

Students build structures and engage in problem-based learning that exposes them to commercial, industrial, residential, public works and institutional technologies to help them understand the jobs of construction careers.  They learn proper safety procedures for tools and machinery, vocabulary and terms associated with construction, blueprint reading, and symbols associated with architecture, math concepts and principles used in constructions.

Building Trades I:
Introduces students to the four core areas of residential construction: Masonry, Carpentry, Electricity, and Plumbing.  Students emphasize safety by earning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 card as they build and repair residential structures, using a variety of materials and tools.  Students will also learn current residential building codes associated with the trades.

Building Trades II:
Teaches students advance skills in Masonry, Carpentry, Electricity, and Plumbing.  The class prepares students to synthesize these valuable skills to build or repair residential structures, using variety of material and tools.  Students will also learn current residential building codes associated with the trades.

Introduction to Engineering:
Students use 3-D computer modeling software as they learn the engineering-design process and solve design problems for which they develop, analyze, and create product models.

Digital Electronics:
Students use computer simulations to learn about the logic of electronics as they design, test, and actually construct circuits and devices.  They apply control system programming and explore sequential logic and digital circuitry fundamentals.  Topics in computer circuitry are also presented.

Principle of Engineering:
Students explore the engineering profession and the fundamental aspects of engineering problem solving.  Students study the historical and current impacts of engineering om society, including ethical implications.  Mathematical and scientific concepts will be applied to fundamental engineering topics, including mechanics and electrical-circuit theory.

Civil Engineering & Architecture:
Civil Engineering and Architecture is the study of the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects. The course includes an introduction to many of the varied factors involved in building design and construction including building components and systems, structural design, storm water management, site design, utilities and services, cost estimation, energy efficiency, and careers in the design and construction industry. 

Software Engineering:
Develop students' computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration.  Students develop programming expertise and explore the working of the Internet.  Projects and problems include app development, visualization of data, cyber security, and simulation.

Engineering Design & Development:
Capstone course in Project Lead the Way (PLTW), teams of student, guided by community mentors, work together to research, design, and construct solutions to engineering problems.  Students synthesize knowledge, skills, and abilities through an authentic engineering experience.  Students are expected to develop and formally present an independent-study project and team-oriented project that are critiqued by an evaluation committee  

* The preceding objectives are from the Virginia State Education Department – Technology Education Curriculum Guide.