Introduction to Engineering Design

This foundational course in the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program encourages students to think like engineers through a "design thinking" approach that encourages them to develop unique solutions to design problems. Students "engineer" using a hands-on approach, 3D modeling software, 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters, and various other tools to bring their ideas to prototype and then to life. Students also learn how to properly document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Students who earn qualifying grades may be eligible to receive engineering college credit. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and/or practical arts.

Topics Include:
Design Thinking

A design cycle that focuses on problem solving real-world design challenges through a human-centered design approach. Design ideology has been adopted from one of the world's leading innovative firms IDEO and focuses on lateral thinking and the ability to think differently.


Students design using various professional tools and technologies to bring their designs to life! Amazing prototyping equipment is at their fingertips such as: 3D printers, laser cutters, CAD software, CNC machines, hand/power tools, and other fabrication technology.

•Student Portfolio Development

Students learn how to develop and document engineering design portfolios

Sketching and Visualization

Students learn sketching and visualization techniques such as pictorials and annotated Sketches

Geometric Relationships

Students learn design relationships related to forms and shapes, geometric constraints, the Cartesian coordinate system and the origin plane


Students learn apply conceptual, graphical, physical, mathematical, and computer modeling techniques (CAD, Inventor)

•Assembly Modeling

Students learn about adding components, assembly constraints, part libraries, sub-assemblies, driving constraints, and adaptive design techniques

•Model Analysis and Verification

Students learn about mass properties and tolerance

•Model Documentation

Students learn design and develop working drawings, with dimensions and annotation


Students apply communication techniques and develop presentation aids of engineering designs