545 Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

2 semesters, 1 credit

Open to sophomores enrolled in Geometry or higher-level math class. Sophomores must also have scored 5 or above on the Introduction to Engineering End-of-Course Exam.

Juniors and Seniors must be enrolled in Algebra II or higher when taking this course.

Through problems that engage and challenge, students in Principles of Engineering explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.


By the completion of this course, students will be able to…

  1. Understand the concepts regarding mechanisms and calculate the efficiency of machines.
  2. Summarize energy sources and calculate different electrical and power problems.
  3. Test and apply the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance relating to a photovoltaic cell and a hydrogen fuel cell.
  4. Understand statics and the properties of forces.
  5. Differentiate the substances found in materials.
  6. Complete materials testing to determine design flaws.
  7. Create control systems for machines.
  8. Understand the design and function of fluid power systems.
  9. Use statistics to understand data.
  10. Differentiate and calculate distance, displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration for bodies in motion.
  11. Use a design process to create solutions to existing problems.


By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. Mechanisms
  2. Energy sources
  3. Energy applications
  4. Statics
  5. Material properties
  6. Materials testing
  7. Machine control
  8. Fluid power
  9. Statistics
  10. Kinematics

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This curriculum last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Science Department.