Advanced Product Innovation and Design (Capstone course)

This course integrates concepts from both Architectural Design and Principles of Manufacturing Engineering. A competency-based course which provides students with project-based learning opportunities to design and produce functioning products. Students enhance their abilities to think as product designers through project based learning, presentations, discussions and critiques. Students apply the craft skills required to design and produce manufactured capstone products that meet current industry standards. This course also covers legal and regulatory issues, ethical and professional protocols, and the development of college and career success knowledge.


 Advanced Robotics, Engineering, and Energy

Students in this after school course will compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition and travel as a varsity team. Students develop a deep understanding of engineering design concepts and skills including advanced  3-D modeling, advanced CNC manufacturing and documentation to industry standards. Students master concepts from physics, math, and engineering sciences. The second semester is a lab-intensive field study course in which they will engage the real-world challenge of creating robots to compete against others from around the world. Students in this class average 20 hours of training per week. 


Introduction to Robotics, Engineering, and Energy

 Introduction to Robotics, Engineering, and Energy is a rigorous engineering course with an overarching focus on robotics, transportation, and green energy. Students use all prior knowledge to design and develop  machines for competitive STEM competitions. Students compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge in the first semester and the SMUD solar boat race in the second semester.


 Automotive Technology

This course presents theoretical and practical training for entry-level automotive technicians. It presents basic automotive diagnosis and service procedures used in automotive industry. Projects performed in an automotive shop environment provide hands-on experience with specialized shop tools. Shop service operations which meet Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards including safety, electrical, and other general automotive procedures are covered. This is a great course for an aspiring Automotive Technician or savvy car owner.


Principles of Manufacturing Engineering

In this course students are introduced to both the manufacturing process and the engineering behind product development. Students gain technical proficiency in the setup, programming, and operation of computer numerically controlled (CNC) manufacturing equipment, with an emphasis on the Haas control system. Students learn foundational skills necessary for manufacturing majors and careers such as machine shop safety, applied mathematics, precision measurements, calculation of feeds and speeds, and print reading.  Students then setup and operate the machine to produce the finished part from raw material, using the program code they developed.   During second-semester, students use advanced Computer-Aided Manufacturing software to program high-speed machining strategies using solid model geometry.  Students run 3D simulations of the machining process to check for proper machining technique and to verify proper part outcomes.  Students  then optimize the cutting strategies for efficiency in production, and produce tangible products from raw materials. The final project includes machining parts from "Titan's of CNC Academy".


Architectural Design and Graphics

This course provides an introduction to the fields of architecture and product development. Students use Solidworks 3D modeling software to learn the principles and elements of design. Additionally, students learn not only the scientific theory of the engineering, manufacturing and architectural fields, but also the aesthetic and artistic aspects of design. Students use additional software to translate their designs with CNC routers, 3-D printers, laser cutting/engraving machines, and various hand tools to produce tangible representations of their virtual models.