Pre-Engineering/Project Lead the Way

Program Description

Pre-Engineering/Project Lead The Way is an innovative, nationally recognized program that introduces students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering prior to college. Through the design development process, students will create solid models and will design and test digital circuitry using the latest computer design and simulation software. The engineering sequence continues as students develop advanced engineering problem-solving skills using a computer-based systems approach. Students may opt for a major focus on integrated manufacturing principles/mechanical engineering or architecture and civil engineering.

Program Content

    Personal Management and Employability Skills
    Principles of Engineering
    Digital Electronics
    Introduction to Engineering Design
    Computer Integrated Manufacturing
    Civil Engineering and Architecture
    Engineering Design and Development
    Technical Communications

Special Features

Students may participate in FIRST Robotics, an exciting, international competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way.

Michigan Design and Build Bridge Challenge – teams
use TRAC Skills learned in class to compete for a trip
to Lansing to be judged by Civil Engineers from MDOT.
Paid internship positions are available.

MITES- Various projects involving engineering and
design can be entered at the regional and state
competitions with many awards and scholarships

A.H. Nickless Innovation Award – A local design
challenge where students can win up to $5,000 in
scholarships.12th graders complete and present senior projects

SkillsUSA – allows students to compete at a
regional, state and national level involving a variety
of skills related to engineering.

Team America Rocketry Challenge – A national
competition involving a unique rocket design
challenge. Finalists are invited to Virginia to
compete for a $20,000.00 first prize.

Solar/Electric Vehicle – Allows students to
participate in several local & national races. Past
teams have raced in Missouri, Kansas & Japan.

Unpaid work experience

Co-op and paid work experience may be available.


3.5 cr. Pre-Engineering/PLTW
0.5 cr. Communication & Composition


2.5 cr. Pre-Engineering/PTLW
1 cr. Calculus or Pre-calculus
0.5 cr. Communication & Composition
Credit On-line Learning Experience

College Credit

Engineering/Project Lead the Way

Institution Program Articulated Course(s)
Davenport University Technical Engineering Systems Pathway BUSN210 (Professional Ethics)

COMM120(Presentation Techniques)

GNSS (General Social Science Credit)

SOSC201 (Diversity in Society)

GNBS (General Business Credit)

                      Delta College Pre-Engineering – Mechanical Engineering EGR100 (Careers in Engineering)

EGR101 (Engineering Design/Analysis)

DRF107 (Intermediate Mechanical Design)

DRF121 or SKDR (Blueprint Reading)

CAD or SKCA (Intro to CAD)

Ferris State University** Manufacturing Engineering Technology ETEC140 (Engr. Graphics Comprehensive)
Ferris State University** Manufacturing Technology MFGT113 (Overview of Prod. Machined Comp.)

MFGT114 (Prod. Machined Comp.)

Student Certifications

CareerSafe Safety Education Training
Personal Management & Employability Skills

Program Certifications

Project Lead The Way

Program Requirements

“C” or better grades in Algebra and Geometry
Successfully completed (“C” or better) or concurrent enrollment in advanced math (Algebra/Trig and or Pre-calculus during the 11th grade).
Safety glasses provided for nonprescription
Prerequisite for Advanced Engineering is successful completion (“B” or better) of the 1st year of Engineering
Text reading level: 11th grade
Excellent keyboarding and computer skills

Career Possibilities

Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Engineering Technologist, Engineering Technician, Electronics Technician, Architect, CAD Operator