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Engineering: Aerospace

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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: 

The aerospace engineering program is available at the JATC for students who desire to continue their engineering pathway. This program consists of four courses: Aerospace Engineering (AE) and Drone Design and Development (DDD). The AE course will have the students explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life through hands-on projects like designing a glider and creating a program for an autonomous space rover. The DDD course will cover the basics of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) design and have the students design and develop UAVs for specific scenarios. 


Program Expectations:

TSAStudents will be involved in hands-on projects. Activities will be team oriented and attention to detail will be emphasized. Documentation and calculations will be an important part of the advanced engineering classes.



  • 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:
Aerospace Engineering (AE) - 1.0 high school credit - No concurrent 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.
Drone Design and Development (DDD) - 1.0 high school credit - No concurrent available
  • This course introduces students to the basics of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) structure. Using the engineering design process, student will design and develop UAVs for specific scenarios.
PresentationEngineering Capstone - 1.0 high school credit - 3.0 concurrent enrollment credit
  • 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. This class is also taken concurrently through SUU (CCET 2620 - 3D Design)
Materials - 1.0 high school credit - No concurrent available

Frequently Asked Questions:


Does class have concurrent enrollment?


Yes, one of the four class is also concurrent enrollment for a total of 3.0 college credits.  Engineering Capstone is 3.0 credits CCET 2620 - 3D Design is 3.0 credits.


What is the schedule commitment for the Advanced Engineering Program?


The program is one year long consisting of four courses that are each 1.0 high school credits. 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.

Phone: 801-256-5981 (office)
TSA State Student Awards:
2nd Place - Computer Integrated Manufacturing
3rd Place - Dragster Design
1st Place - Engineering Design
3rd Place - Essays on Technology
1st Place - Flight Endurance
2nd Place - Flight Endurance
3rd Place - Flight Endurance
1st Place - Transportation Modeling