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Please read the descriptions below and feel free to contact me with any additional questions (karl.schwartz@bccengineering.org).


Currently we offer two engineering courses at the Career Center in Billings MT.  The classes are PLTW certified and students are eligible to receive 3 college credits for successful completion of each class.


Introduction to Engineering Design

Applies for grad. 1/2 or 1 credit Practical Arts
Prerequisite Highly Recommended: Students should be on a 4-year math track.
Description This exciting class is intended for students who are interested in an engineering or architectural field. The engineering industry currently has over 1 million jobs available without trained individuals to fill them. Furthermore, the dropout rate for engineering programs is nearly 50%. This program is designed to help students succeed in college and graduate as engineers.

This course teaches problem-solving skills used in the design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using the solid-modeling computer design software AUTODESK Inventor. This course, combined with traditional mathematics courses and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering prior to entering college. Students will understand technology as a tool for problem solving, the scientific process, engineering problem solving and the application of technology. Additionally, students will be prepared for the rigor of college level engineering programs.

Students are encouraged to have taken or plan to take higher level math and science for 4 years of high school. Students should be in the top 20% of their class. Students should be interested in pursuing a degree in technology or engineering. Other important traits are: interested in computers, self-motivated, creative with art and design and enjoys solving problems.

For additional information: www.pltw.org
Requirements
  • Understand technology as a tool for problem solving
  • Understand the scientific process, engineering problem solving and application of technology.
  • Understand technological systems as they interface with other systems.
  • Attendance is required and documented 

Principles of Engineering

Applies for grad. 1/2 or 1 credit Practical Arts
Prerequisite Highly Recommended: Students should be on a 4-year math track.
Requires a grade of "C" or higher in Intro to Engineering Design
Description This course helps students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology. Students will explore various technology systems and manufacturing processes to learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in the engineering problem solving process to benefit people. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.

Students are encouraged to have taken or plan to take higher level math and science for 4 years of high school. Students should be in the top 20% of their class. Students should be interested in pursuing a degree in technology or engineering. Other important traits are: interested in computers, self-motivated, creative with art and design and enjoys solving problems.

For additional information: www.pltw.org

Requirements
  • Apply math and science to the engineering field.
  • Understand the problem solving process, manufacturing process and application of technology.
  • Understand technology and its affects on society.
  • Attendance is required and documented


We also offer 2 Web Design courses, designed to help students enter a career in web design or be better prepared for furthering their education in a related field.  

 
Web Design 1

Applies for grad. 1/2 Practical Arts
Prerequisite None
Description This course explores and develops skills in graphic design as it applies to the web. Students will get a foundation in HTML code, to focus on web development. Once the foundation is laid students will move into design aspects and functionality of professional web design, including navigation, graphic design, and layout. Students will combine the skills they have in HTML and design to develop professional web sites with Macromedia Dreamweaver and Fireworks. This will give students skills in both web design and development. Other key elements that will be taught: Use and function of the internet Web site Evaluation, based on design and function Web site structure, effective navigation All aspects of design and function are compared to industry standard All students will use basic text editors to create HTML pages. Moving to web design in Macromedia Fireworks, and web development in Macromedia Dreamweaver.

Requirements
  • Use and function of the internet
  • Web site evaluation based on design and function
  • Web site structure and effective navigation
  • All aspects of design and function are compared to industry standards
  • Attendance is required and documented



Web Design 2

Applies for grad. 1/2 Practical Arts
Prerequisite Requires a grade of "C" or higher in Web Page 1
Description This course further explores and develops skills gained in web design and development. This course will focus on web site optimization for search engine placement, fast loading speeds, and function for a range of users. An emphasis will be placed on the "full package" design and build from domain name to the final upload. Students will work together for art direction and evaluation to create a quality of design that mirrors the industry. Other key elements that will be taught: Skills, such as interview and responding to feed back Web design geared towards the client Re-design and modification based on client specifications Design solutions, including web site, domain names, hosting and email. The second semester of this course will expand student's skills with Macromedia Dreamweaver and Fireworks. They will have the knowledge to create and implement professional web design solutions.

Requirements
  • Skills, such as interivew and responding to feed back
  • Web design geared towards the client
  • Re-design and modification based on client specifications
  • Design solutions including web site, domain names, hosting and email
  • Attendance is required and documented