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Academies @ Englewood | 274 Knickerbocker Road | Englewood, NJ 07631 | Tel : 201.862.6133 | Fax : 201- 833-6168
All teachers in the Pre-Engineering Academy have been specially trained and certified for the courses they teach through the Project Lead the Way program.

All course curriculums have been designed and written by the PLTW alliance in an attempt to address the national shortage of engineers by stimulating interest in engineering in high school youngsters.

Introduction to Engineering Design

The computer based curriculum for this course has been developed to change the way in which technical drawing courses are delivered. Conventional drawing courses using the computer simply took the traditional hand drawn, three view, drawing used for most of this century and showed how to enter and modify those three views on the computer, using drafting programs as AutoCAD. This concept then requires the users to imagine how the finished product would look in real life. This new curriculum starts from the concept of developing a computer-generated model of an object that is already in 3-D. Once the model is created, the object, whether large or small, can be observed from many different viewpoints, animated, textured, highlighted and dimensioned. The student will learn how to create, control and use this new and powerful environment. This type of computer generated 3-D model representation has become the modern industrial standard. The authors of this course believe that the visualization capability provided by modern computer hardware and software is an extremely powerful problem-solving tool that develops student skills that are useful in many of today's technical careers. This course will emphasize the development process of a product, however, the techniques and procedures learned here are not just limited to use in engineering fields but are equally applicable to many other design careers such as in architecture, computer graphics, software development, advertising or film animation.

Department Staff

Mr. Randy Sherry, Program Manager

Mr. Anthony Dinallo
Ms. Leslie Eaton


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Welcome to the Pre-Engineering Academy
Computer Integrated Manufacturing(CIM)

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) introduces students to the rapidly developing fields of automated manufacturing, industrial robotics, numerical control programming and materials handling. In Units 1 and 2, students learn how different types of computer programs are used in industry to control machines and perform quality control inspections. Student activities will include systems planning, writing robot control programs, develop open-ended robotics programs and creating solutions to typical automated industrial tasks via hands-on projects and computer simulations.

Students will be expected to work independently and cooperatively when devising innovative and creative solutions to a vast array of technical problems through which they will develop an appreciation for the complexities and accomplishments of our industrial manufacturing process. Students will understand that a true computer integrated manufacturing system encompasses all operations from order entry to product shipment.

In Unit 3, the CIM course gives students the opportunity to actually coordinate the use of our stationary robot with real Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment such as our milling machine, which is capable of working to tolerances of +/- .001 inch.

This course also builds upon the computer solid modeling skills that students developed in the Introduction to Engineering Design course (IED). The CIM course takes those skills and applies them to actually manufacturing parts. Students develop and individual designs and make the appropriate modifications before producing their prototypes on the CNC milling machine. Students will also be introduced to using of off-line robotics simulation programs and understand how this concept is used in industry to make the manufacturing process more efficient.
Principles of Engineering (POE)

Principles of Engineering is the third course in a four-course sequence program developed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW). It is designed to give students a more detailed understand of the physics and mathematical concepts used in the field of engineering.

Students will explore how the mechanical advantages gained by using simple machines such as wheels, gears, cams and linkages are used to produce powerful and sophisticated industrial machines and equipment.

Students will learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology to solve engineering problems that benefit people. The math applications phase of the course will focus on using basic trigonometry and algebra to explore physics concepts such as force vectors, free body diagrams, moments of inertia, reaction forces, truss designs as well as actual dynamic forces such as compression, tension, stress, strain, velocity, deflection and deformation.

Students will also learn to perform basic electrical circuit analysis and will also be required to actually wire switches to control lights, motors and assorted devices.

In addition, students will also be exposed to test procedures used in materials science labs by conducting destructive testing experiments on a mechanical stress analyzer that is capable of exerting 1000 pounds of pressure on sample pieces.

Engineering Design & Development (EDD)

Engineering Design and Development - An engineering research course in which students work in teams to research, design and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. Students apply principles developed in the three preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of reviewers at the end of the school year.

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