Technology Education

Technology Education

Technology Education courses are designed to meet the needs of all students and offer a unique opportunity to develop skills that will be of value now and in the future. Our department offers several courses in the areas of
Manufacturing and Materials Processing, Engineering and other Emerging Technologies.  Students can take a variety of courses to prepare them for collegiate study and/or career development while providing life skills beneficial to all in the future.

An articulation agreement is in effect with the Advanced Manufacturing Program at Hudson Valley Community College for any student that successfully completes 1 unit of technology with a grade of C or better.

Grades 9, 10, 11,12       1 year       1 credit
This is an excellent course for students planning to pursue a technical or STEM-related career. Students will be introduced to SolidWorks and Chief Architect software. Students will also have the opportunity to use the technology labs to construct solutions to design problems. Units include sketching, isometric and orthographic drawing, CAD, architectural development and the design process. Problem solving, tools and careers will also be explored. NOTE: This course can be used to fulfill the one-year art/music graduation requirement for all students.

Grades 9, 10         ½ year        ½ credit
Are you interested in being an innovator, designer or engineer? Do you like inventing things that solve real-world problems in order to make life easier for you and those around you? Students will have the opportunity to use their ideas to solve real-world problems through hands-on projects using the software, equipment, tools and modern manufacturing technologies in the high school technology labs. Using the engineering design process, students will transform their ideas into products by designing and creating prototypes using CAD software, and various manufacturing techniques such as 3-D printing, thermoforming, and automated machining.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12        ½ year       ½ credit
This course is a comprehensive study of today’s transportation. Three different modes of transportation will be studied—aerospace, marine and land. Activities include service and repair work on a variety of internal combustion engines, ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles. Students will also participate in field trips.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12        ½ year      ½ credit
This course is ideal for students who want to familiarize themselves with the fundamental concepts that govern everyday electrical devices. Using a project-based approach, students will be exposed to topics such as electrical units and measurement, green power generation, conversion from AC to DC, residential infrastructure and music amplification.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12       ½ year       ½ credit
Students will attain an introduction to the field of metals fabrication and manufacturing, which has a very high demand for employment. Metal technology is a hands-on course with an emphasis on welding, machining, precision measurements, and finish. Students will be introduced to concepts in Sheet Metal working, Lathe and Mill operations, Gas, Stick and MIG welding, all with an emphasis on safety and precision.

Grades 9,10, 11, 12         ½ year      ½ credit
As a continuation of the knowledge built in Metal Technology, This course will build upon student knowledge within the field of metals manufacturing and fabrication, and dive deeper into concepts involving precision metal work, Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machining, milling machine operation and advanced welding processes, such as TIG welding and plasma cutting. Students will learn advanced skills that will be of great value to them later in life, as well as in manufacturing and engineering college programs. Prerequisite: Metal Technology.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12       ½ year         ½ credit
This course introduces students to the essentials of woodworking. Skills will be developed in hand tools, power tools, wood identification and finishes while constructing various approved projects. Engineering-bound students will become familiar with the characteristics of wood products. All students will be introduced to careers and job opportunities in the wood industry.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12       ½ year         ½ credit
After successful completion of Wood Technology, students may wish to further develop their talents and interests in woodworking. Students are encouraged to construct reasonable projects as determined by the instructor. Emphasis is placed on design, product development and construction techniques. Skills learned in this course could lead to a career in cabinet or furniture making or simply a relaxing, satisfying hobby. Prerequisite: Wood Technology.

Grades 10, 11, 12        ½ year        ½ credit
Learn to use SolidWorks, the next generation of 3-D CAD software. SolidWorks is solid modeling CAD software used in industry to produce 3-D drawings and models. In this course students will be introduced to the fundamentals of engineering, drafting and design. Students will first learn 3-D concepts by completing practical 3-D projects, such as small engines, electronics and tire and rim designs. In the end, students will experience reverse engineering through 3-D solid modeling. Students will also be introduced to Chief Architect, which is software used in industry for architectural design. Prerequisite: Design and Drawing for Production. 

Grades 10, 11, 12         ½ year       ½ credit
Topics in this course are a continuation of those in Computer-Aided Drawing 1 – 3-D Solid Modeling. Advanced and more challenging projects will include, but are not limited to, the application of animation and rendering. Students will be required to present their designs as if they were in the business world. Prerequisite: Computer-Aided Drawing 1 – 3-D Solid Modeling.

Grades 10, 11, 12       ½ year        ½ credit
This course is an excellent choice for future homeowners, builders or architects. This class explores all the steps involved in building a home. Through hands-on activities, students will participate in planning, budgeting and building a small structure. The use of alternative energies will be explored as well as “green” building materials and construction methods. Home design, permitting and construction and repair will be covered, exposing students to many of the areas of expertise required to create and maintain living spaces. Students completing this course will have the advantage to not only understand what goes into home construction, but gain the ability to take on home repairs and be “knowledgeable homeowners.”

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12      ½ year      ½ credit
This course includes a brief history of residential designs, as well as the study of energy-efficient homes. Students will use CAD or Chief Architect software to develop detailed plans that will lead to a set of working drawings for their own individually designed home. Prerequisite: Design and Drawing for Production or Housing Design & Interior Environment.

Grades 10, 11, 12        ½ year        ½ credit
This course is a continuation of Architectural Drawing I. The exciting difference in this course lies in students’ designs of a house with computer-assisted design software (CAD). The course ends with the construction of a scale-model house using students’ plans. A number of former students in this course are now practicing, licensed architects. Prerequisite: Architectural Drawing I.

Grades 11, 12         ½ year       ½ credit
Students who are planning to own an automobile in the future should consider this course. Do you know how the automobile operates? Can you maintain and repair your own car? This course can help students find the answer to these and many more questions about the automobile. Tune-ups, maintenance, undercar/underhood safety inspections, road emergencies, insurance and purchasing are covered. A field trip to the New York City Auto Show is part of this course.

Grades 11, 12       ½ year         ½ credit
What are the skills that are sought after in the modern manufacturing, construction, and industrial markets? This course will have students explore the answer to that question while learning the technological processes that are used to turn various materials into consumer products. Students will build upon the knowledge gained in previous technology department classes, and translate those skills into advanced manufacturing processes that utilize Computer Numeric Control and Computer Aided Manufacturing software (CAD/CAM), while also building other sought after skills of designing, collaborating, and communicating their ideas. The machines/programs used in this course include HAAS Machining Center, HAAS Lathe, CNC Plasma Cutter, CNC Router (Shop Bot), Tabletop CNC Machines, Manual Metals/Woods Machines, SolidWorks, SolidWorks CAM, 3D Printers and Laser Engravers Prerequisites: DDP and at least one advanced course in Metals or Woods.

Grades 11, 12        1 year        1 credit
Propel yourself into the world of engineering! Get a head start on all the rest! Principles of Engineering is a hands-on, laboratory based course that introduces engineering concepts through a variety of problem-solving projects and competitions. The engineer’s approach to problem solving is applied to real-world challenges. Principles of Engineering provides a solid foundation in technology related to engineering. Prerequisites: Two units of math, two units of science, and completion of the Design and Drawing for Production course.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12      1 year       1 credit
This STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Math) course is an introduction to robotics. In this course students will have the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, apply engineering concepts, and develop technical skills needed to design, build and program robots in order to solve real-world problems. A major part of this course is participation in the FIRST Technology Challenge®. FIRST is an internationally recognized organization whose mission is to combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science, technology, engineering and math. Each year, teams of students build and program robots to perform specific tasks and then take part in robotic competitions. Participation outside of class is expected and impacts a student’s grade. Although some flexibility is given, attendance at events is a class requirement.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12        ½ year         ½ credit
This course is designed to acquaint students with the operation of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and use of Adobe Photoshop CC to alter and enhance photographs for personal, artistic or commercial purposes. Topics include camera operation, composition, and lighting. This class also includes instruction in image capture using 3-D scanning and the conversion of 2-D electronic content into 3-D media through the use of laser engraving and 3-D printing. DSLR cameras will be supplied by the district.