Industrial Technology/Engineering Academy
Industrial Technology/Engineering Academy
Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)
Principles of Engineering (PLTW)
Introduction to Industrial Technology
Power Tools
Woodworking
Building Trades
Principles of Metalworking I
Principles of Metalworking II
Advanced Welding
Mechanical Power
Introduction to Mechatronics
Digital Electronics (PLTW)
Engineering Design & Development (PLTW)

Beginning in 2012-13, Le Sueur-Henderson and St. Peter Schools will begin to share this program. Students will be able to choose courses between the schools in their particular interest area. Foundational courses will be offered in each school with Metals and Manufacturing Technologies being offered at LSH while Woods and Pre-Engineering will be offered at SPHS. You will notice some courses are labeled PLTW, which means they are Project Lead The Way certified courses.

Engineering is defined as the “science by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to man.” Engineers that design and Technicians that implement design have overlapping skills. The course offerings in this academy will help students choosing either career path be prepared for post-secondary training. Hands-on learning is an integral part of this program and students will be expected to do projects in most classes. Choice of a “Capstone” project will be a required part of this program. First Robotics, High Mileage Vehicle, House Construction, or an approved special project are opportunities available.

There is no established course sequence except for the pre-requisite courses of Intro to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering. Students choose courses that interest them or fit into a career path they are interested in pursuing. Some courses will meet articulation agreements with MN Technical Colleges and a sequence of PLTW courses will meet credit requirements for the University of Minnesota. Please speak with the school counselor about these opportunities.


1820 Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)
Grades 9-12
Elective 1 credit

The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communications methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems. Students will learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community.


1821 Principles of Engineering (PLTW)
Grades 10-12
Elective 1 credit

This survey course of engineering exposes students to some of the major concepts they’ll encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Students have an opportunity to investigate engineering and high-tech careers and to develop skills and understanding of course concepts. Students employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges. Students also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to peers and members of the professional community.


99 Introduction to Industrial Technology
Grades 9-12
Elective 1/2 credit

The major focus of the IIT course is to expose students to a variety of manufacturing technology tools. Students will choose to work on modules for CNC Mill, CNC Router, CNC Lathe, Robotics, Pneumatics, Electronics, Laser Engraving, Graphic Design, Engineering Design & Structure, Small Engines, Home Plumbing/Electrical, and Mechanical Systems. Students will work independently or in groups to complete module requirements.


86 Power Tools
Grades 9-12
Elective 1/2 credit

This course teaches the proper operations of all power equipment used in the wood shop. Students will have second half of quarter to make a wood project. This class is a prerequisite to Design and Woodworking class. Students will practice the safety rules associated with power tools and be able to use the tools, materials, processes and procedures of the woodworking industry.
Each student will be required to complete a project. Materials for this project will be at student’s own expense.


87 Woodworking
Grades 10-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Power Tools
This course is intended to give students a better understanding of woodworking. Students will develop proficiency in using power machines and hand tools in the production of required projects as well as design and construct a project of their choice. Machine techniques will include the table saw, jointer, planer, router, drill, and biscuit joiner. Content of the course includes, but is not limited to: wood technology, stock and material selection, rough milling, squaring, production techniques, mortise and tenon, tongue and groove, and many other joinery techniques are covered in addition to finishing techniques. Students will design and construct a project of their own.


1829 Building Trades
Grades 11-12 (Seniors will be given preference. This course is offered at St. Peter High School. Students will follow St. Peter schedule)
Elective 2 credits

Prerequisite: Power Tools
This is an exploratory course that will give students entry-level background in the construction field. There is an attempt at covering all facets of residential construction including framing, roofing, siding, insulating, wiring, plumbing, sheetrocking, taping, painting, and finish carpentry. The last several years, the class has been involved in building a house for Habitat for Humanity. Besides the hands on building, students will be involved in construction estimating and creating their own design of a home. Students should possess a desire to explore the construction industry and have a background and understanding of basic mathematical skills. There is a limited number of spaces. Admittance will require application and interview with the instructor.


95 Principles of Metalworking I
Grades 10-12
Elective 1/2 credit

The major focus of PM I is to introduce students to working with metals. Students will develop a respect for safety for basic welding and machining techniques. The course will emphasize welding a variety of different metals testing for strength and penetration. Emphasis in machining will be the use of common tools, machines, and principles in the metal working industry.


96 Principles of Metalworking II
Grades 10-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Principles of Metalworking I
The major focus of PM II is to learn more advanced techniques in metalworking. MIG and TIG welding processes that are used in industry today will be learned. Emphasis in machining will be measurement and mathematical calculations using exact tolerances. The class will also teach students the process used to form metals using the school’s foundry. Students will be required to build a project utilizing the skills they have learned.


91 Advanced Welding
Grades 10-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Principles of Metalworking I or Welding II
This course will get much deeper into the M.I.G. and T.I.G. welding processes that are used in industry today. The students will do practice welds using different types of metals to improve their skills. The students will be required to build a project that they design and draw, using the advanced welding processes that they have learned. The student will develop a respect for working safely in a welding shop.
Each student will be required to complete a project and all the materials for the project is the responsibility of the student.


97 Mechanical Power
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

The course will begin with the study of small Gasoline engines progressing to larger and more complex engines as the progress of the class permits. (Examples: chain saw, snowmobiles, motorcycles, etc.) Emphasis will be placed on the theory of the internal combustion engines as well as practical application work on such engines. Second half of quarter will include some basic automotive service and maintenance. (e.g. tune-ups, service, replacement of parts, etc. This course has included some engine swaps and engine rebuilding in the past.) Students will be able to understand basic theories of operation of a small gas engine, appreciate and use good mechanical procedures, perform maintenance on small gas engines, and basic automotive service and maintenance.
Each student will be required to complete a project. Materials for this project will be at the student’s own expense.


1822 Introduction to Mechatronics
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

The major focus of mechatronics is the relationship between mechanical and electrical systems. Students will be exposed to modules in hydraulics, pneumatics, and electronics. This course is offered through the support of South Central College.


1823 Digital Electronics (PLTW)
Grades 10-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design or Principles of Engineering
This course is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, and high definition televisions. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards and technical documentation. **Offered 2014-15 School year


1824 Engineering Design & Development (PLTW)
Grade 12
Elective 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to Engineering Design or Principles of Engineering
This capstone course allows students to design a solution to a technical problem of their choosing. They have the chance to eliminate one of the “Don’t you hate it when…” statements of the world. This is an engineering research course in which students ill work in teams to research, design, test and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem. The product development life cycle and a design process are used to guide and help the team to reach a solution to the problem. The team presents and defends their solution to a panel of outside reviewers at the conclusion of the course. This course also engages students in time management and teamwork skills, a valuable set for students in the future.
**Offered 2014-15 School year