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From launching space explorations to delivering safe, clean water to communities, engineers find solutions to pressing problems and turn their ideas into reality. PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program’s courses engage students in compelling, real-world challenges that help them become better collaborators and thinkers. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. 


Location: JATC-North
9301 South Wights Fort Road
West Jordan, UT 84088

Program Description:


There are two routes in the engineering program at the JATC. The pre-engineering program is intended to become a prerequisite for the advanced engineering program. Both engineering programs are one year programs.


The pre-engineering course is available for 10-12th grade and covers the same courses offered at most of the Jordan High Schools. However, because not every high school in the district offers the courses, students can opt into taking them here at the JATC.


The advanced program consists of four PLTW courses that give a hands-on introduction into the engineering field. Interested Junior and Senior students may sign up for the course through arena scheduling.


Program Expectations:

The engineering courses are designed to be content and project heavy. Each course is divided into several units that will teach engineering principles throughout several lessons and cumulate in a project that provides a hands-on approach applying the principles taught in the previous lessons.

  • Most projects are team oriented; students are expected to be willing to work with other students in the class to achieve the project goal.
  • The students will be doing engineering calculations and should come to the program with a good understanding of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
  • Documenting work and recording the design process is a very important part of engineering and will be an important part of the classes. Students will be expected to write as well as give several presentations to the class.

Program Courses:


Advanced Engineering Route:


Engineering 1000 - 1.0 high school credit - 2.0 concurrent enrollment credit

  • Through problems that engage and challenge, students 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. This class may also be taken concurrently through USU (ENGR 1000 - Introduction to Engineering Design)
Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) - 1.0 high school credit - No concurrent credits available
  • Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software.
Aerospace Engineering (AE) - 1.0 high school credit - No concurrent credits available
  • This course propels students' learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles.
Engineering Design and Development (EDD) - 1.0 high school credit - No concurrent credits available
  • The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in Engineering Design and Development as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standard, completing Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.
Pre-engineering Route:
Engineering Principles 1 & 2 - 1.0 high school credit - Split by Semester
  • Hands on course that ties observations and concepts common to a variety of of different engineering disciplines in order to develop a better understanding of basic math and science principles used in engineering. By utilizing problem-solving skills in a laboratory environment, students will develop skills and attitudes that impact and expand occupational opportunities. Foundation course in the Engineering Pathway.
Robotics 1 & 2 - 1.0 high school credit - Split by Semester
  • Lab based and hands on course combining electrical, mechanical, and engineering principles. Students will learn to design, build, program, and control robotic devices. A rigorous study and application of electrical concepts will include: sources of energy, electrical safety, use and identification of basic electrical components, sensors, and actuators. Engineering concepts will include: mechanical design, prototype development, design testing, programming, and proper engineering documentation.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Does class have concurrent enrollment?


Principles of Engineering is currently the only course that offers concurrent enrollment, which is 2.0 credits for ENGR 1000 - Introduction to Engineering Design through Utah State University.


What is the schedule commitment for the Engineering Program?


The advanced program is one year long consisting of four courses that are each 1.0 high school credits. The pre-engineering program is one year long covering Engineering Principles 1 and Robotics 1 first semester and Engineering 2 and Robotics 2 second semester. This means that the student is at the JATC for two class periods on A Days and B Days. The students can be bused to and from their home high schools or they can drive in personal cars.


How is it different than a normal math or science class?


Engineering is about applying math and science to solve real world problems. In the Engineering program we will be learning how to apply the math and science the students are already familiar with on real world problems and with hands-on projects.

Noelle Anderson Schick
Phone: 801-256-5981 (office)
Amber Saffen
TSA Student Awards:
1st Place - Animatronics
1st Place - Dragster Design
2nd Place - Dragster Design
3rd Place - Dragster Design
2nd Place - Flight Endurance
3rd Place - Flight Endurance
2nd Place - Structural Design and Engineering
1st Place - Transportation Modeling
2nd Place - Transportation Modeling
3rd Place - Transportation Modeling