Technology and Engineering Education is committed to preparing students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities by teaching them to understand, design, produce, use, and manage the human-made world in order to contribute and function in a technological society.
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Technology and Engineering Pathways
The two Utah Technology and Engineering Pathways are designed to give students a foundational understanding of the worlds of engineering and engineering technology.
The Utah Pre-Engineering Pathway is a set of four rigorous courses that introduce students to the world of engineering and engineering technology.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering pathways is a nationally developed curriculum that puts students through four or five rigorous courses. The courses are designed to give students relevant engineering experiences where they use language arts, math, and science concepts in real-world applications and settings.
Nationally, engineering is the second largest of all professions. In Utah, biomedical engineers (10.5 percent), petroleum engineers (3.8 percent), and civil engineers (3.5 percent) have the highest projected growth rate through the year 2020. Due to the expansion of jobs in the technical fields and the increasing numbers of engineers who are retiring, the number of job openings in technology and engineering is increasing. There is a critical shortage of engineers and engineering technologists entering the field at a time when technology is reinventing itself every few years.
Below are the two Pathways in Technology and Engineering Education:
(Utah Pre-Engineering Program)
Project Lead the Way
(National Pre-Engineering Program)
Student Leadership Organization
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the student leadership organization for Technology and Engineering Education. TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in Technology and Engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition to supplement the curriculum in Technology and Engineering. Leadership opportunities are available at the local, state, and national levels.
- Nationally there are more than 190,000 middle and high school TSA members, with chapters in every state.
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- National TSA, tsaweb.org.
- Utah has over 1,834 TSA members in 40 chapters.
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- Utah TSA, utahtsa.org.
In 2014, 31 Utah TSA student members placed in the top ten in the nation for their exceptional achievement in 11 of the 36 technology-based competitive events. Each event was based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.
Utah high schools recognized as top three finalists were:
- First Place: Hillcrest High School, Mountain View High School, Pleasant Grove High School
- Second Place: American Fork High School, InTech Collegiate High School
- Third Place: Jordan Applied Technology Center
Project Lead the Way - Teaching Tomorrow’s Technology Today
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national program that creates dynamic partnerships with high schools to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists. PLTW prepares an increasing and more diverse group of students to be successful in engineering and engineering technology careers.
Career Preparation/Economic Development
Through PLTW, a four-year sequence of engineering courses is combined with traditional mathematics and science courses, which introduce students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering. The high school certification program recognizes schools that have successfully implemented the PLTW curriculum, and provides an opportunity for students to receive college credit as well as increase their earning potential while still in high school.
In 2014, 2,346 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Technology and Engineering, indicating a high level of performance.
State and Local Partnerships
- Associated General Contractors of Utah
- National Energy Foundation
- Utah Division of Risk Management
- Utah Technology and Engineering Educators (UTEE)
Our vision is to see that every student receives the academic knowledge and technical skills needed to be successful in the technology and engineering career of his or her choice, by combining engineering principles, mathematics, and science courses that result in a logical thought process. Technology and Engineering Education students will develop essential career preparation skills through technical and academic courses, as well as personal leadership opportunities.