Engineering (Project Lead the Way)

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Engineering (Project Lead the Way)

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Using Project Lead The Way's (PLTW) project-based curriculum, students learn to problem solve real-world engineering challenges through a nationally recognized, pre-engineering program. Prepares for the rigor of two- and four-year engineering and engineering-related programs.

PLTW alumni are studying engineering and technology in greater numbers than the national average, with a higher retention rate in college engineering, science, and related programs than non-PLTW students.

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Offered on-site at local high schools. Contact your high school counselor for more information.

Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

EGT-400 | PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design | 3 credits

Examines the engineering design process through application of math, science and engineering standards to hands-on projects. Students design solutions to problems using 3D modeling software and create an engineering notebook.


EGT-410 | PLTW Principles of Engineering | 3 credits

Explores engineering topics including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Develops problem solving, research and design skills and strategies for design process documentation, collaboration and presentation.


CAD-110 | Introduction to Parametric Solid Modeling | 3 credits

Provides parametric 3-D solid modeling experience using industry-standard software. Covers modeling operations including creating extrusions, cuts, holes, sweeps, blends and revolutions. Basic operations for creating drawings and assemblies are also covered. The software platform utilized shall be Solidworks. The curriculum allows for some self-paced work, but students are required to complete instructor led demonstrations and additional exercises outside the text. 


CAD-168 | Introduction to 3D Printing | 3 credits



The Kirkwood PLTW Academy provides students with a jump-start to earning an associate's, bachelor's, and/or graduate degree in college majors including, but not limited to: Electronics, Engineering Technology, and engineering in a wide variety of disciplines.

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If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at All About Transferring.