Technology/Engineering/Design (T/E/D) Program

The Technology/Engineering/Design (T/E/D) curriculum is a custom-designed, signature program developed by Notre Dame High School teachers with engineers and program managers that have 50+ years of collective experience at Fortune 500 engineering corporations. T/E/D courses are grouped into four categories Engineering Basics, Elective Skills, Specialized Engineering, and Capstone Project. Engineering Basics includes two courses introducing students to engineering careers and the design process. Both Engineering courses are mandatory to continue in the program. Elective Skills courses introduce students to non-technical professional skills required at engineering organizations. Electives are available junior year. At least one elective course is required for the senior year Capstone Project. Junior year offers two Specialized Engineering courses, each with its own unique design projects, to familiarize students with the major engineering disciplines of electrical, mechanical, software, and manufacturing. Students are required to take both Specialized Engineering courses plus one Elective Skills course during their junior year. The signature Notre Dame T/E/D progression culminates in a senior year Capstone Project, where students apply all knowledge and hands-on skills acquired during the previous two years. During the capstone, student teams develop a new product through the life-cycle of a complete engineering design project. In the process, students manage not only technical customer requirements, but also a material budget and project schedule, emulating real-world engineering development programs.

  • Basics
#D12A Introduction to Engineering as a Profession

0.5 Credit Level 2

Engineering disciplines and career options are broken down and cross-mapped to career tracks by foundational concepts, examples, comparison, and by their positioning across the design process:  Research and Development, Prototyping, Preliminary and Advanced Design, Process Engineering, Manufacturing, Production, Engineering Change Process During this interactive and scenario-based journey across engineering career fields, students are equipped with key professional skills such as public speaking, formal presentation, communication, collaboration & conflict resolution, task management, and critical thinking.

Requirements for placement: 75 or above in Algebra I and Conceptual Physics 

  • Basics
#D12B Engineering Design Process and Problem Solving

0.5 Credit Level 2

The engineering process is explored step-by-step through hands-on group design projects. The course introduces, but is not limited to, the Systems Engineering “V” and its global application across the engineering disciplines and career tracks explored in Introduction to Engineering. Project complexity is low, emphasizing proper utilization of the engineering design cycle and offering hands-on context for the material. Learning objectives are packaged into hands-on projects developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through repetitive decision-making exercises in a collaborative environment.

Requirements for placement: 75 or above in Algebra I and Conceptual Physics 

 

  • Specialized Engineering
#D22A Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

0.5 Credit Level 2 

Electrical engineering is introduced as a global engineering discipline with direct applications ranging from aerospace and automotive industries to telecommunications and nuclear power plants. Students are equipped with basic design and system integration skills. A simulation of life as an electrical engineer is facilitated through a hands-on design project, where students take a modular approach to designing and building solar panels that meet customer requirements under a variety of industrial scenarios to include working for real estate development projects, the NASA space program, an aerospace corporation, and an electric car manufacturer. Mechanical engineering is introduced as an engineering discipline with employment potential at virtually any engineering corporation from spacecraft designers to office furniture designers. Students are equipped with basic design skills, as well as tools and techniques for interfacing with other engineering teams within large corporations. A simulation of life as a mechanical engineer is facilitated through a hands-on design project, where students take a modular approach to building robots to accomplish a series of tasks based on customer requirements under a variety of industrial scenarios ranging from working on a marine biology expedition to building interplanetary robotic rovers.

Requirements for placement: 80 or above in Introduction to Engineering as a Profession and Engineering Design Process and Problem Solving

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Specialized Engineering
#D22B Software and Manufacturing Engineering

0.5 Credit Level 2

Software engineering is introduced at the dominant engineering discipline of the 21st century with applications in even the most hardware oriented industries. Software development and integration skills are developed with emphasis on input/output interfaces, regression testing, and fault identification in complex systems. A simulation of life as a software engineer is facilitated through a hands-on design project, where students analyze, integrate, and test code segments. The central conceit of the design project is to accomplish a series of tasks identified by customer requirements in a variety of scenarios where students are employed by simulated aerospace, automotive, video gaming, and telecommunication corporations. Manufacturing engineering is introduced as a high-demand career focusing on the design and operation of integrated systems to produce high-quality, economically competitive products. These systems may include computer networks, robots, machine tools, and materials-handling equipment. A simulation of life as a manufacturing engineer is facilitated through a hands-on design projects emphasizing CAD and 3D printing skills, where students are hired by simulated organizations to: automate a chemical manufacturing facility through computer integrated technology; design circuit board manufacturing processes to reduce costs and improve quality; develop best assignment of machines and equipment to various manufacturing cells in discrete parts manufacturing; develop and implement fabrication processes for nano-/micro devices; or identify the most cost-effective material handling and facility layout alternative for an aerospace company. 

Requirements for placement: 80 or above in Introduction to Engineering as a Profession and Engineering Design Process and Problem Solving

  • Elective Skills
#D32A Engineering Management

0.5 Credit Level 2

Students with management aspirations are presented with tools and techniques to combine technical know-how and problem-solving abilities with business planning skills. Interactive, scenario-based exercises emphasize effective planning, evaluation, oversight, and reporting on the performance of complex engineering programs. In addition to a broad technical understanding of ongoing projects, students learn to manage project schedules and budgets using real-world tools employed by large corporations. (Engineering Skills)

Requirements for placement: 80 or above in Introduction to Engineering as a Profession and Engineering Design Process and Problem Solving

Co-requisites: Specialized Engineering Courses

  • Elective Skills
#D32B Systems Engineering

0.5 Credit Level 2

This course focuses on the skills, knowledge, and cross-functional experience required to serve as a lead systems engineer. Systems is an interdisciplinary field of engineering that specializes on management of complex systems over their design life cycles. Systems engineers provide engineering teams oversight and facilitate joint progress across the design process, while keeping verification & validation on the forefront as the primary decision-making parameter. (Engineering Skills)

Requirements for placement: 80 or above in Introduction to Engineering as a Profession and Engineering Design Process and Problem Solving

Co-requisites: Specialized Engineering Courses

  • capstone - Seniors Only
#D42A Capstone I: Requirements Analysis

0.25 Credit Level 2

Students are presented with top-level customer requirement, which they analyze and break down into derived requirements. From derived requirements, a system requirements specification is created with a verification method and criteria assigned to each requirement. Problem areas within the requirements specification are negotiated with the simulated customer in a business setting. CP-1 culminates in a System Requirements Review (SRR), where the student system requirements specification is approved and baselined. Student teams now have the design a product that meets this specification.

Requirements for placement: 80 or above in the following courses: Engineering Skills Courses and Specialized Engineering Courses 

  • capstone - Seniors Only
#D42B Capstone II:  Engineering Design

0.25 Credit Level 2

Students execute preliminary design followed by a formal Preliminary Design Review (PDR) based on basic design decisions to develop a product in compliance with the system requirements specification baselined during CP-1. Upon approval of the preliminary design, critical design is initiated with multiple trade studies driving advanced design decisions. This process requires customer interaction and business-driven decision-making exercises to parallel real-world engineering development. CP-2 culminates is a Critical Design Review (CDR), where the student design is approved and baselined. The next capstone challenge is for student teams to manufacture their approved design.

Requirements for placement: Completed Capstone I

  • capstone - Seniors Only
D42C Capstone III: Manufacturing

0.25 Credit Level 2

Students apply manufacturing engineering skills to produce high-quality, cost-effective prototypes of their selected design. Following the prototype demonstration and subsequent approval, student teams next challenge is the manufacturing, component testing, and assembly of the overall engineering system.  

Requirements for placement: Completed Capstone II

  • capstone - Seniors Only
Capstone IV: Test and Verification

0.25 Credit Level 2

Students are required to prove their manufactured system capabilities and whether it meets their baselined requirement specification. During this stage, they must generate a test plan, execute it, reattempt failed tests, and ultimately declare in detail what their system does and does not do. At the end of the project, the students produce a presentation reviewing the entire project and, most importantly, valuable lessons learned.

Requirements for placement: Completed Capstone III