Engineering: Principles

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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. 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:

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



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 culminate 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:


Engineering Principles 1 & 2 - 1.0 high school credit combined

  • 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.

CAD Mechanical Design 1 & 2 - 1.0 high school credit combined

  • Lab based and course where students will learn how to model and prepare 2D and 3D representations in support of mechanical and industrial engineering projects as well as for other related professions. Students will learn how to visually represent their ideas and document up to engineering standards

Frequently Asked Questions:


Does class have concurrent enrollment?

This first year course has OPTIONAL concurrent credit through SUU. These credit replaces the CAD Mechanical 1 & 2 courses. The concurrent courses are CCET 1010 and ENGR1030. This credit is available to any student (even sophomores) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

What is the schedule commitment for the first year of the Engineering Program?

The program is one year long consisting of four courses that are each 0.5 high school credits. This means that the student is at the JATC for two class periods on A Days OR 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 from 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.