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Industrial Technology and Engineering Department

Coronado High School is proud to offer courses that are a pathway to engineering and technology careers titled
Project Lead The Way (PLTW).  PLTW is a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum project.  PLTW has a four year sequence of year long courses which, when combined with traditional college bound high school mathematics and science courses, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and technology prior to entering college. Students are introduced to the world of engineering and technology through hands-on activity-based, project-based, and problem-based learning activities.
Pre-Engineering Course Descriptions
Foundation Courses
  • Introduction to Engineering Design - 1st year -(freshmen year)- This course teaches problem-solving skills using an engineering design development process. Solutions to problems are created, analyzed and communicated using the 3-D solid modeling computer design software, Autodesk Inventor.


  • Principles of Engineering - 2nd year -This course is a hands-on course where students explore a variety of technology systems and engineering processes. Students create solutions to problems by utilizing their math, science and technology skills while incorporating engineering problem solving processes.
Specialization Courses  (Can be taken after the core courses are completed)
  • Digital Electronics - A course in applied logic that encompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices.


  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing - A course that applies principles of robotics and automation. The course builds on computer solid modeling skills developed in Introduction to Engineering Design, and Design and Drawing for Production. Students use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing, and design analysis are included.


  • Civil Engineering and Architecture - This course provides an overview of the fields of Civil Engineering and Architecture, while emphasizing the interrelationship and dependence of both fields on each other. Students use state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities.


  • Aerospace Engineering - Students in this course will employ engineering and scientific concepts to the solution of aerospace problems. The entire curriculum sequence will include experiences from the diverse fields of Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, and related areas of study​.

Our Applied Technology’s curriculum prepares students with the foundations of technology and engineering technology at the appropriate levels of rigor and relevance consistent with the current standards and accountability for the following courses as described.
Applied Technology Course Descriptions
  • Architectural Drawing 1 - This course introduces representations in architectural drawing. Instruction is given on plot plans both city and rural areas, floor plans, wall sections, elevations, floor joist layout, rafter and truss layout, electrical plans, plumbing plans, presentation drawings, scale model, and an introduction to period and modern architecture
  • Architectural Drawing 2 - Basic principles learned in Architectural Drawing 1 will be strengthened. Additional instruction will be done in basic residential planning, wood-frame construction, basic elements of working drawings, freehand sketching, code requirements, and presentation drawing techniques.   The latest Computer Aided Design systems will be used.
  • Architectural Drawing 3 - This course continues with presentation or working drawings and wood-frame construction. It includes instruction on detailing, structural framing, use of  refined materials, special sectioning, presentation drawings, estimating building cost, climate control plan, and cabinet layout. In addition, students will be introduced to the computer systems and applications
  • Architectural Drawing 4 - This course is designed to permit the students to complete a set of architecture plans on the computer. In addition, instruction will be given on commercial building designs, such items as fire codes, handicapped structures and fixtures, zoning, and building materials. It is recommended that students who are planning a career in architecture.
  • Technical Drawing 1 - This course is designed to introduce students to the systems and tools that high-tech industries use to communicate. Emphasis is placed on sketching, orthographic views, sections, isometric and oblique drawings, working drawings, dimensioning, and line quality and AutoCAD (Computer Aided Design).
    Technical Drawing 2 - This course continues strengthening the basic principles learned and introduces more skills used in industry. In addition, the students will be introduced to basic descriptive geometry, auxiliary views, working drawings, pictorials, drawing-technical illustration, surface development and intersections.   This course provides advanced drafting techniques with high emphasis on computer-aided design and drafting
  • Small Engines Technology 1 - Students will gain a working knowledge of two- and four-stroke cycle engine theory and maintenance.   Instruction in safe use of basic hand, measuring, and power tools commonly used in engine servicing are covered.   The small engines course is for students who have little or no mechanical experience.
  • Woods 1& 2 -Learn basic woodworking techniques using both hand and power tools. General Safety, Sawing, Drilling, Wood joints, Routing and Shaping, Fasteners and Clamping, and Wood Finishing are some of the techniques covered. Create lay out and plans for a number of Wood Projects and Wood Turning.  
  • Manufacturing Fabrication 1 & 2 - This course introduces students to the career pathway of a manufacturing technician. Through hands-on project based learning, students will learn the proper safe work habits used in industry, precision measurement, 3D modeling, laser cutting, welding and sheet metal fabrication. Emphasis is placed on teaching students the skills needed to seek employment in the manufacturing facilities throughout our community.  

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