Elective Courses @ PHS
TEC 600 / 602 Woods Technology 1 & 2
Grades 9 - 12
Woods Technology 1 provides an exploratory experience utilizing project planning, design development, construction and finishing of individual wood projects. Practical solutions in the form of woodworking projects will also be developed by the students in response to problems given in class relevant to fine woodworking skills. Students will also complete an activity exploring woodworking careers, as well as learn about mass-production.
Grades 10 - 12
Woods Technology 2 is a hands-on course designed for students who wish to learn advanced woodworking techniques. We emphasize the development of jigs and fixtures to aid tool usage as well as intricate wood techniques, assembly and finishing methods are emphasized. Further the students will utilize these techniques to produce fine furniture as solutions to the problems given to them. These projects relate primarily to the generation of historical woodworking styles (e.g. Colonial American). Projects are designed and constructed with quality, attention to detail and pride in craftsmanship.
TEC 630 Engineering CAD 1
Grades 9 –12
This one semester course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering, architecture, design, manufacturing and construction trades. As a beginning level course, students are taught to visualize in two and three dimensions and to produce drawings to communicate their ideas. Drawings produced in this class are developed on the computer using CAD software. Students learn to draw to industry standards by producing drawings of mechanical parts. This course will continue a students development towards becoming a technological thinker and innovator through practical applications of math, science and technology (STEM). Students will also explore careers related to this area.
TEC 631 Engineering CAD 2 / TEC 633 Engineering CAD 2 Honors
Prerequisites: Engineering CAD 1
This course emphasizes the role of drawing and design for engineering and industry. Students continue to produce mechanical drawings that include threads, fasteners, cams, gears, and developments. Analysis of design, creativity, presentation, and solid modeling drawings are included. Students will use CAD software to produce drawings that solve mechanical design problems. The course will be offered to all students who have successfully completed Engineering CAD 1, however, students can voluntarily "contract" to an Honors level, which would involve a higher emphasis on research, development, presentation and mathematical applications and more rigorous assessment with greater expectations.
TEC 634 Architectural CAD 1 (Offered every other year -Will be offered in 21-22)
Essential for all students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, interior design, engineering, landscaping and residential construction. Students will explore architecture through residential planning and design, and will learn the intricacies of the industry standard Computer-aided Design (CAD) program used for the creation, modification, analysis and optimization of a design. In this course students will produce a set of house plans and associated details on the computer using CAD software.
TEC 635 Architectural CAD 2 (Offered every other year -Will be offered in 21-22)
TEC 637 Architectural CAD 2 Honors (Offered every other year -Will be offered in 21-22)
Prerequisites: Architectural CAD 1
In this second year of Architectural CAD, students will design a residential structure, starting with sketches and rendered drawings. From these, students will design and produce a full set of house plans using CAD software. Students will follow their plans, to construct a scale model of their design. The course will be offered to all students who have successfully completed Engineering CAD I.
HONORS CREDIT AVAILABLE students can voluntarily “contract” to an Honors level (for a weighted grade) which would involve higher emphasis on research, development, presentation and mathematical applications, more rigorous assessment and greater expectations. Students are encouraged to enter architectural design competitions such as TSA Home Renovation.
TEC 640 Theatrical Stagecraft Semester 1
TEC 642 Theatrical Stagecraft Semester 2
Grades 9 - 12
This one semester course will acquaint students with the skills required to present a major production. Students who have an active interest in theater design will experience a variety of design construction techniques. They will stage musicals, format variety shows, and set up for concerts and social events that occur in the building. Students can take this course either in Semester 1, Semester 2 or can sign up for both semesters. Two teachers, one from the Fine Arts department and one from the Industrial Arts department will co-teach this course when available.
TEC 660 Intro to Design Tech
Grades 9 – 12
This one semester course students will actively participate in this lab-based course to solve problems in Civil, Mechanical, and Aeronautical Engineering while using the design loop. This course will prepare the students to become a technological thinker and innovator through practical applications of math, science and technology (STEM). Students will be involved in both the designing and the hands-on building of solutions of technological problems using the engineering design process.
TEC 644 Home Technology Systems, Maintenance, and Repair (new)
This one semester course is designed for students to understand the operation, repair and maintenance of home systems. Students will be introduced to basic plumbing, electrical wiring, carpentry, masonry, spackling and painting, and overall home maintenance. They will be shown tips and tricks to make appliances last longer and conserve energy, energy efficient home heating options and lower their carbon footprint. All of these techniques will be explored through hands-on activities and projects.
TEC 610 Automobile Fundamentals
This course teaches basic automotive theory and repair. Students will learn to protect themselves when buying that first used car. Skill levels developed in auto service will help save money, and will help to maintain one’s investment in a car by keeping it safe and in dependable condition. This course guides students into being better consumers and can also build toward a career. Students will explore careers in many automotive fields.