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PLTW Engineering

Program Highlights
Introduction to Engineering Design | Civil Engineering and Architecture | Principles of Engineering | Digital Electronics | Computer Integrated Manufacturing | Engineering Design and Development | OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Certification

Program Description
PLTW Engineering is a national high school college tech-prep curriculum designed to help students succeed in engineering, science, and technology careers. The program curriculum is developed on a national level by Project Lead the Way and their network of national Master Teachers and Industry Partners. The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program through Lorain County JVS has achieved several National Awards for both program design, program outcomes and excellence in instruction. The PLTW Engineering offers students the opportunity to survey the major fields of engineering and prepares them to choose their path to success in college engineering coursework. 

PLTW Engineering students take their junior and senior courses at a satellite location on the campus of Lorain County Community College. Academic courses are usually taken at a student's home school or at Lorain County Community College through College Credit Plus.

Mr. Brian Iselin is a National PLTW Master teacher for the Engineering Design and Development Course and the 2019-2020 Robert and Patricia Kern PLTW National Teacher of the Year.

Program Fees
There are no tool kit or student fees associated with this program. 

Teacher Information

Brian Iselin
Brian Iselin
High School
PLTW Engineering Instructor - LCCC
Phone: (440) 366-7027

Program of Study

Sophomore Year Courses
Introduction to Engineering Design (Articulated with LCCC courses CADD 214 & TECN 115): 
CADD: 3 Credits
TECN: 2 Credits

Junior Year Courses
Principles of Engineering: 1.5 Credits
Digital Electronics: 1.5 Credits

Senior Year Courses
Computer Integrated Manufacturing: 1.5 Credits
Engineering Design and Development: 1.5 Credits

Academic requirements are usually taken at the student's home school or at Lorain County Community College.  Electives are subject to availability and will be scheduled through your counselor.  
Career Pathways
  • Architectural Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Robotics Technician

With Additional Training:

  • Architectural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • MEMS Technician
  • Mechatronic Engineer

Competency Profile
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Industry Certifications
OSHA logo

College Credits
Agreements with many colleges/universities help students, who meet established criteria, earn college credit for courses taken at the JVS. These credits can be transferred to the respective institution.  Potential college credits for PLTW Engineering students are listed below. Credits listed are semester hours.

Lorain County Community College
Intro to Engineering (ENG120): 1 Credit 
Intro to Personal Fabrication (DFAB 111): 1 Credit
OHSA General safety 10 hour (SAFE 150): 1 Credit
Industrial Blueprint Reading* (TECN 115): 2 Credits
Intro to Inventor (CADD 214)*: 3 Credits
Introduction to Industrial Robots (AETC 111): 3 Credits
Technical Problem Solving  (TECN 111): 3 Credits
Digital Electronics (ELCT 121): 4 Credits

*Taken as part of the 10th grade 'Intro to Engineering Course' at participating high schools.

PLTW Engineering is a nationally certified and accredited program. This means that National PLTW has agreements in place with several colleges/universities around the country where credit is awarded if the student fulfills all of the requirements of the particular educational institution. Each school is different and has different requirements. The complete listing of these schools and their current requirements can be found on the National PLTW website. The schools with an icon that says "college-level recognition" offer possible college credits to PLTW students.

Upon meeting specific criteria, students have the opportunity to earn various types of college credit for career technical courses taken at Lorain County JVS. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Ohio’s College Credit Plus program. College credit opportunities vary by program and are subject to change.

Student Organizations
Students are encouraged to become involved with the career-technical student organizations related to their programs, such as SkillsUSA. These organizations help develop leadership skills, cooperation, social interactions, and good citizenship. All members have opportunities to participate in regional, state, and national competitions to showcase their skills and earn college scholarships. Students who excel academically and have a commitment to community service may become a member of the National-Technical Honor Society.

Employment Resources
Strong partnerships between the JVS and business and industry help students gain work experience through work-based learning experiences, the JVS Summer Internship Program, and senior early job placement. The JVS is committed to helping successful graduates find employment in their career field. A detailed explanation of the student eligibility requirements for these experiences is included in the student handbook.

The JVS maintains an online job board to help connect students and alumni to local employment opportunities. The JVS website also hosts links to online resources for labor market data, as well as statewide and national career information. SkillsUSA logo and NTHS logo 

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