DNHS Engineering & Architecture


Pathways in Engineering and Architecture

Architecture Design

The Architectural Design pathway provides learning opportunities for students interested in preparing for careers in such areas as architecture, industrial design, and civil engineering.

Course Sequence

Computer Aided Drafting ROP (CAD) is an introduction to the use, care and concepts of a typical CAD system. The students will use a “hands on” approach to develop skills in operating a CAD system. Knowledge of computers or programming is not required. This course will consist of computer-aided drafting practice involving basic drawing techniques and printing, the course will include: vocabulary development, hardware, terminology, software and system operation, input/output devices, line insertion, geometric shapes, text insertion, dimensioning, screen control, grids, coordinate systems, editing, hatching, layering, symbols libraries, and management of drawing files. The student will use Sketchup to draw architectural drawings using appropriate nomenclature and ANSI standards. Engineering students will use Solid Works to develop mechanical parts and systems. Students will also learn the configuration of 3D printing to use as prototyping and preparation for manufacturing on the CNC mill. The skills learned in this class will prepare students for entry level CAD positions or for advanced training at the postsecondary level. A certificate will be awarded to all students upon successful completion of this course. 

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Engineering Design

The Engineering Design pathway provides learning opportunities for students interested in preparing for careers in the design and production of mechanical, electrical, and computer systems.

Course Sequence

Intro to Programming and Microcontrollers is a full-year course where students learn how to manipulate the world around them by writing code and building basic electronics. The introduction begins with learning common programming structures and methods using Linkbot robots. After gaining familiarity with coding using Linkbot, students will apply their new skills to writing programs for microcontrollers. Interspersed throughout the course students will be introduced to basic electronic circuits and components along with evaluation and assembly techniques. Components will include:  resistors, capacitors, LEDs, switches, relays, and various sensors as needed. Combining knowledge in both programming and hardware components, students will have the tools necessary to build microcontroller projects and applications from the ground up.

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components.  This course gives students an introduction to cyber-physical systems using CPSkit.  CPSkit is a versatile robot kit specially designed by UC Davis’ C-STEM Center to teach the principles and design of cyber-physical systems.  The kit is comprised of off-the-shelf components including an Arduino microcontroller and various peripheral electronics which students will use to build a two-wheel robot with multiple sensing capabilities and robotic functionality.