Engineering Design I - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

Engineering Design provides learning opportunities for students interested in preparing for careers in the design and production of visual communications. Students plan, prepare, and interpret drawings and models through traditional drafting or computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) techniques.

From CALPADS: Introduction to Engineering and Architecture

This introduction course provides students with the foundational concepts required for pursuing career pathways within this industry sector. The skills and content knowledge helps prepare students to continue their education in multiple pathway concentrator courses within this industry sector.

Program Information
Course Certification Elements
California's 2008 CTE Standards (69)
California Academic Content Standards (53)
Competencies / Outcomes
  • historical and current events related to engineering and design and their effects on society
  • use of engineering design equipment
  • measurement systems applied to engineering design
  • proper projection techniques to develop orthographic drawings
  • object-editing techniques and CADD programs
  • applying proper dimensioning to drawings
  • sectional view applications and functions
  • tolerance relationships between mating parts
  • inserting text into a drawing
  • sketching processes used in concept development
  • creating written and digital portfolios


During the length of this course the students will accumulate sketches, working drawings, and written documents representative of the quality of their work. The portifolio cover will be original work designed by the student.

4 Hours
Lesson Plans


Career options in engineering and engineering related fields will be investigated with lessons. Comparsions of the duties and educational requirements of various engineering related occupations will be studied. Uniquely the past, present, and future trends in engineering will be researched. Students will understand how to make effective decisions, use career information, and manage personal career plans

2 Days

History and Current Events

This unit will cover historical engineering feats and structrual projects and their effect on society. The lessons will include information about the development of engineering as an occupation from 1325 AD to the various fields of engineering as we know today.

4 Hours
Lesson Plans

Sketching and Design

This unit will cover the techniques, procedures, and steps for using freehand sketching as a means of visual communications. Ideas will be developed through the utilization of the design process using freehand sketching as the input vehicle.

The Design Process will be introduced as a procedure to ensure that students develop creative in engineering design.

12 Hours

Techniques and Applications

This unit will cover basic tools and equipment used in the engineering design field. Tools and equipmentt for board drafting will be covered. Applications of computer-aided-drafting procedures are included along with the procedure to set up a basic title block.

5 Hours


The use of the standard (decimal inches) and metric scales will be included in one lesson. The student will also have the opportunity to practice to make correct measurements using fractions and decimal inches. Also the use of the dial caliper will be made available to teach the students its correct use with applications.

10 Hours


This unit includes lessons on the standard practices of proper dimensioning, techniques, and applications for engineering design drawings and projects will be covered. The application of the alphabet of lines (board drafting emphasis) and linetypes (CAD) will be covered. Dimensioning systems in addition to chain dimensioning will be presented. A lesson on the addition of general notes to working drawings is included.

20 Hours


The lessons in this unit will guide the students through a series of geometric construction activities as they apply to working drawings. Both board instructment drawing and CAD systems will be utilized.

5 Hours


This unit will help the students understand the X,Y and Z coordinates.

Using Co-ordinates
5 Days

Multi-View Drawings

This unit will provide learning activities to apply two or more views to describe an object as a working engineering drawing. Both traditional board drafting and CADD techniques are presented.

35 Hours

Sectional Views

The lessons in this unit cover the application of half sections to describe internal shapes and features that would otherwise require hidden lines. The rules of dimensioning according to ASME Y14.5 - 1994 require that dimensions can not be applied to hidden lines so sectional views serve a second function of providing object (continuous) lines for dimensioning purposes..

18 Hours

Auxiliary Drawing

The lessons in this unit cover the use of an auxiliary view to project a plane parallel to an incline surface. Student development of auxiliary views will be utilized in working drawings. A unique method of assigning auxiliary drawing problems is included as well as a team drafting (small group project) and a design brief problem.

12 Hours

Working Drawings

The lesson in creating working drawings covers the use of detailed and assemblies for manufactured part(s). The major kinds of working drawings that will be covered include: include detailed drawings, assembly drawings, and subassembly drawings.

These lessons utilize previous knowledge from multi-view drawings, sectional views, auxiliary views, notes/notations annotations, and standard dimensioning techniques.

15 Hours

Engineering Presentations

This unit covers the preparation of pictorial drawings using isometrics, oblique, and perspectives as the common methods for presentation drawings. Students will apply both sketching and mechanical means to show the appearance of objects for purposes.

Lessons on 3D parametric, solid based modeling involving parts created in isometric formats, pictorial assemblies, and exploded assemblies with constrained abilities will be. available.

15 Hours

Solid Modeling

Solid Modeling is a technique for representing solid objects (three dimensional) in a virtual environment. Solid Modeling is primarily used for engineering analysis, computer graphics, animation, rapid prototyping, and product visualization.

12 Hours