Pre-Engineering and Design Technologies

Pre-Engineering and Design Technologies


Program Fundamentals

Pre-Engineering and Design Technologies is a two-year program which prepares students with the required technical and professional skills for both entry-level jobs and post-secondary education.
Students learn design software used in industry, such as:
  • Solidworks
  • Inventor
  • Fusion
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • Revit Architecture
  • Fusion360
  • Sketchbook Designer

Students design and build rapid prototypes using many model making techniques: 3d printing, additive manufacturing, laser cutting, and then assembly for hands-on learning experiences.

All students are encouraged to be actively participating in leadership and competition opportunities through SkillsUSA at the local, regional, state and national levels.

Field Trips & Outings

  • SkillsUSA events and competitions
  • College Visits for Engineer and Architect Days
  • Local manufacturing facilities
  • Local 3d manufacturing facilities

Career Development

Students who qualify, have the opportunity to participate in one of three options for career development during their senior year.
  • School-to-Apprentice Program
  • Advanced Placement
  • Early Placement

All of these programs allow students to be in the workforce while attending school on a modified schedule, so you can earn while you learn.


Mr. Tony TrappApprenticeship Coordinator 

Mrs. Naomi BakerCareer Placement Specialist   


Entry-Level Career Opportunities

  • Architectural and civil drafters  $25.70/hr
  • Electrical and Electronics Drafter  $26.95/hr
  • Mechanical Drafters  $25.41/hr
  • Civil Engineering Technicians  $26.35/hr
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician  $28.28/hr
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians  $27.20/hr
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician  $26.49/hr
  • Surveying and Mapping Technicians  $21.13/hr

Advanced Career Opportunities

  • Architects (not including Landscape and Naval)  $37.71/hr
  • Surveyors  $31.36/hr
  • Civil Engineer  $39.35/hr
  • Electrical Engineer  $40.52/hr
  • Industrial Engineer  $39.98/hr
  • Mechanical Engineer  $38.40/hr
  • 40 other areas of Engineering!

The Median annual salary for architectural and mechanical engineering occupations was $79,180 in May 2017. The Median annual wages for all occupations in this group was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy which was $37,690.  - US Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Agreements

Edison State Community College - up to 13 semester hours
Sinclair Community College - up to 11 semester hours
College Transfer (CTAG) - 6 semester hours

Additional credits may be earned through proficiency/challenge examinations

Certifications Offered

  • AutoCAD Certified User
  • Autodesk Inventor Certified User
  • OSHA 10 hour
  • Forklift

Our Instructors

Mr. Jeremy Kettering, Level I Instructor
[email protected]
937.778.1980 x792 
Deb Luellen, Level ll Instructor  
937.778.1980 x285

Career Technical Student Organization

All students in this program are also members of the Upper Valley Career Center Skills USA Chapter.

Skills USA Mission:
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
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