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The engineering pathway at DuPont Manual exposes students to the field of engineering and technology as it relates to STEM careers. By completing the program students will be prepared to enter college level engineering courses by engaging in hands-on project-based activities focused on building the skills necessary to be successful in engineering or other STEM majors and future careers.

Engineering at DuPont Manual High School

Skills Acquired

Skills Acquired

Technical & Mechanical Skills

  • 3-D Modeling using computer software (CAD)

  • Arduino programming and automation (C/C++)

  • Prototype construction using power tools and 3-D printer

  • Excel Spreadsheet and Database manipulation

  • Presenting design ideas using Powerpoint or other media

  • Technical writing and documentation

21st Century Skills

  • Critical thinking and problem solving

  • Contribute to a team to accomplish a common goal and resolve conflict

  • Utilize math and science to solve complex problems

  • Communicate ideas effectively

  • Use Creativity in design solutions

Course Sequence & Pathway

Course Sequence & Pathway

Engineering I

A foundation course that applies the skills, concepts, and principles of engineering. Students are introduced to the design process and documentation procedures in an engineering notebook. Topics include investigating mechanisms, design optimization, computer-aided design, and electrical circuits. Students create physical and virtual models of design solutions and test, collect, and report data.

Engineering II

A project and research based course that continues deeper into the foundation skills developed in Engineering I. Students focus on mechanical, civil, electrical, and aerospace systems. Includes in-depth exploration into selected disciplines of engineering areas such as material science, power/energy/transportation, robotics, electronics, bio-mechanics and engineering ethics.

Engineering Capstone

This is a laboratory-based course designed to study an engineering challenge, and/or recent technological advancements of interest to the student. This study should include how this advancement affects society and/or environment. A culminating project integrating one or more of the contexts of the field of engineering is encouraged. It should include research, design, construction, analysis, writing, and presenting.




Unit 1: Engineering Design Process

Unit 2: Measurement & Scaling

Unit 3: Modeling Techniques

Unit 4: Mechanisms

Unit 5: Advanced CAD Modeling

Unit 6: Energy Sources

Unit 7: Basic Programming & Automation

Unit 1: Engineering Ethics & Lab Safety

Unit 2: Statics & Structures

Unit 3: Mechanics of Materials

Unit 4: Thermodynamics

Unit 5: Power Systems

Unit 6: Bio-mechanics

Unit 7: Aerospace Principles

** Potential Articulated Credit course for University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering

Unit 1: Project Management

Unit 2: Intellectual Property

Unit 3: Research

Unit 4: Design & Prototyping

Unit 5: Evaluation of Project

Unit 6: Presentation & Portfolio

Other Suggested Elective Courses

 AP Computer Science Principles 

AP Computer Science

AP Physics 1

AP Calculus BC

See the suggested course sequence pathway aligned with math and science content courses. This example would be for HSU students.

Select 1 of these to add  to course pathway


Frequently Asked Questions

During registration in the spring/summer, students have the opportunity to sign up for all their courses for the following year. For your freshmen year make sure to select Engineering I as one of your courses and you are all set! For sophomore year, as long as you have taken Engineering I you can sign up for Engineering II. Any troubles with scheduling will be worked out with your school guidance counselor.

Do I have to be in the MST magnet in order to take the engineering courses?

No! Any student at Manual can take engineering courses and be in the engineering pathway. Students that have an interest in math and science and like to use creativity to solve real-world problems are highly encouraged to take the courses.

Is engineering a required course?

Engineering is an elective course so no, it is not required for any students (including MST). Students can take Engineering I as a freshmen or sophomore and decide they do not want to take Engineering II. There is no long-term commitment to the pathway.

What is the benefit of taking engineering all 4 years?

By remaining in the engineering pathway for all 4 years, students will be beyond prepared to enter college level engineering courses. The content covered is equivalent to that of introductory engineering courses and seminars at most universities. Students will be recognized as a completer of the program and will receive special recognition at graduation. Students will also have acquired important skill sets to be successful in college and the work force (see the list of acquired skills above). 

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What if I am a junior and I decide I want to take an engineering elective course?

The engineering courses and pathway are comprehensive so Engineering I is a prerequisite for Engineering II and so on. A junior cannot take Engineering II without having taken Engineering I. In addition, Engineering I is reserved for freshmen and sophomores so as a junior you cannot take Engineering I. 


What do you mean by a project-based course? What kinds of projects?

A project-based learning course is one designed to be student-driven, hands-on and focused on real world application and problem solving. Students are still learning content through more traditional methods throughout a unit of study but demonstrate an understanding of the content by creating a solution to a given problem at the end of each unit. Some examples include mousetrap cars that utilize mechanisms, automata cam toys that require 3-D modeling and rapid prototyping, self-driving robots that will assist astronauts in an emergency, truss design that maximizes efficiency for roof or bridge construction, a mechanical arm design with soft-grippers for fragile items, and balsa wood gliders that utilize understanding of aerodynamics and control surfaces. Some projects are completed individually and some are completed in teams of students.

I have done robotics in middle school. What options do I have if I want to continue with robotics?

Awesome! You already have some knowledge of programming and robotic components so you would be able to expand on that in engineering by applying those concepts to the units where we use electronics, breadboards, and Arduino controllers with programming logic. If you are interested in competing in VEX or FIRST robotics, you will need to attend their interest and team meetings after school. Please see their club websites for more information.

What if I'm more interested in aerospace engineering and not mechanical engineering?

Engineering is composed of four main disciplines, mechanical, electrical, civil, and chemical. Engineering I and II will expose students to the main disciplines through various concepts and projects. Mechanical engineering is a foundation for aerospace engineering and overlaps with concepts from electrical, chemical and civil engineering. By taking the mechanical engineering specialization course you will build a solid foundation of knowledge on topics that span all major disciplines and prepare you for any engineering pathway you may be more interested in for the future.

Are there opportunities for work experience?

We have a partnership with UPS and other local engineering industries. At this time students can meet with current engineers at the school to learn from them what it is like to work as an engineer. Future opportunities may include field trips to facilities, job shadow with engineers during the school day, and co-op/internship for a semester as a senior. The job shadow and co-op work experience will be valuable to students as they decide if engineering is the right career choice for them. Because the program is new, this will be an opportunity for growth in the future.

This sounds awesome! How do I enroll in these courses?

Contact Us

Contact Us

duPont Manual High School

120 W. Lee St.

Louisville, KY 40208

(502) 485-8241


Ms. Heather McCall is the lead engineering coordinator at Manual and currently teaches Engineering I and Engineering II. Ms. McCall obtained her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and decided to pursue a career in education. She began teaching as an engineering instructor trained through Project Lead the Way (PLTW). While working, Ms. McCall continued her education at Xavier University where she received her Master's Degree in Secondary Education with a focus in mathematics. With her background experience and knowledge, she plans to continue growth of the engineering program at duPont Manual High School.

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