Standards: Engineering and Architecture

The Palm Desert High School Engineering and Power Technology Pathway has three key components: a three course sequence of engineering classes, opportunities for engineering-related college and career exploration, and numerous projects and competitions through Skills USA.

Engineering Courses include:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design ("d") [9th]

    • Introduction to Engineering Design is the freshman level course in the Engineering pathway for students interested in design and engineering or another technical career.

  • Sustainable Design, Engineering and Architecture ("d") [10th]

    • Learn the principles of Engineering and applied science as applied to the water, energy and architecture.

  • Power Connections to the Environment ("d") [11th]

    • This is a lab science course combining science and career technology to better prepare students for careers in environmental science to help improve our Earth and natural resources.

  • Engineering Design and Development ("g") [12th]

    • An open-ended engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process.

Pathway courses satisfy the University of California subject requirements in Laboratory science ("d") and College-preparatory elective ("g"). The intent of the "a-g" subject requirements is to ensure that students have attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study. The curriculum includes units designed by Project Lead The Way.

The Engineering Technology pathway provides learning opportunities for students interested in preparing for careers in the design, production, or maintenance of mechanical and electromechanical systems and products.

Sample occupations associated with this pathway:

  • Civil Engineer

  • Urban Planning Engineer

  • Research and Development Analyst

  • Engineering Technologist

  • Biological Engineer

  • Field Engineer

  • Architect

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