Project Lead the Way


College Credit: This course is articulated with a number of higher learning institutions. Credit awarded will be determined by the college or university.

What to expect:
Students should be prepared to apply logic and mathematical skills in a real-life environment. Labs are designed to apply concepts and to stimulate thinking. Students will be required to complete an engineering notebook, computer simulations, as well as many hands-on projects.

Employable Skills:
 Teamwork
 Research
 Problem Solving
 Communication
 Documentation

Career Opportunities and Job Titles:
Entry-level after high school graduation and Collinsville Area Vocational Center training:
 Drafter
Entry-level after Junior College Program leading to an
Associated Degree or Certificate Program:
 Drafter
 Designer
Entry-level after Baccalaureate Degree:
 All related engineering positions
 Civil
 Architectural
 Aerospace
 Electrical
 Mechanical
 Computer

Vocational PLTW
The vocational PLTW program will combine the two foundation courses into a one year course for the first year student (Juniors or Seniors) and two additional courses into a one year course for second year students (Seniors who have completed the first year).

Year 1 IED (Introduction to Engineering)
In this course, students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human im-pacts, engineering standards and technical documentation.

Year 1 POE (Principles of Engineering)
This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community.

Year 2 AE (Aerospace Engineering)
AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel and orbital mechanics. In addition, this course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts. Students analyze, design and build aerospace systems. They apply knowledge gained throughout the course in a final presentation about the future of the industry and their professional goals. 

Year 2 EDD (Engineering Design and Development)
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.