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Aerospace Engineering (PLTW)

The Aerospace Engineering CTE program prepares students for a career in the engineering profession. The course sequence uses the Project Lead the Way curriculum to expose, prepare, and engage students on fundamental engineering principles and specific aerospace engineering topics.

Course Sequence:

Level I: Introduction to Engineering Design

Students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software.

Level II: Honors Principles of Engineering

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and motion. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Level III: Honors Aerospace Engineering

The course deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of atmospheric and space flight. Students explore the fundamentals of flight in air and space as they bring the concepts to life by designing and testing components related to flight such as an airfoil, propulsion system, and a rocket. They learn orbital mechanics concepts and apply these by creating models using industry-standard software.

Level IV: Honors Engineering Design and Development

Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is 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.

Schools offering Aerospace Engineering (PLTW)

Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus

Associated Industry Jobs/Careers:

  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Aircraft Pilots
  • Aircraft and Avionics Technicians
  • Meteorologists
  • Physicists and Astronomers

Associated College Majors:

  • Astronomy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Physics

Associated Industry-Recognized Certifications:

  • Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP) in AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Certified User (ACU) in AutoCAD