The Engineering Technology Program is a four-year course that prepares students for employment or post-secondary education in the fields of engineering, technology, and manufacturing. Introduction to many of topics and principles of engineering take place over four years, with theory and hands-on learning.
Using a well-developed program of study entitled Project Lead the Way (PLTW), students have a rigorous and detailed program of study backed up by project development. Upper class students choose a topic of study, and develop a project centered on his or her specific area of interest.
Each year launches skills and knowledge in several basic engineering subjects. The design process, modeling, prototyping, machines, material science, process development, manufacturing techniques and rapid prototyping are all part of the Engineering Technology curriculum. With real-world tools such as 3-D printing and CNC machining in our lab, students are exposed to a variety of design and build projects.
Students participate in robotics technologies, both in-class and with regional competitions. Along with the Electronics/Robotics and Machine Tool Technology, Engineering Technology is part of the FIRST Robotics event in Boston. Computer labs focus on the development of design and drafting skills, using Autodesk Inventor for solid modeling and Autodesk Revit for Civil Engineering and Architecture.
Graduates pursuing two or four year college degrees are well prepared for the rigors and subject matter they will encounter. Graduates are able to find employment in professional office and manufacturing environments, and can become mechanical designer/drafters, technicians and other important roles in industry.
Articulation Agreements between Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Engineering Technology Program and post secondary institutions:
Middlesex Community College
- Mechanical Drafting I/Lab 3 credits
- Introduction to CAD 3 credits
The New England Institute of Art
- CAD Fundamentals 3 credits
- Understanding Computer Technology 3 credits
Licenses, Certifications, and Affiliations
- American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Safety 10 Hour Certification
- Autodesk Inventor Certification