Fort Dodge Community School District

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INTRODUCTION TO CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - This is an introductory course to Career and Technical Education.  Students will be provided an opportunity to experience the CTE programs offered at FDSH and how the course sequence aligns with the various career clusters. CTE programs at FDSH include Business and Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Occupations and Industrial Technology.  Students will be exposed to career opportunities that are available within the career clusters and the education and training needed.


INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - This is an introductory class to computer aided drafting and design. Students will communicate through a series of technical drawings that include projections and views of an object.  Areas that will be covered in this course include:  sketching, multi-view drawings, dimensioning and annotation, section and auxiliary views, 3d modeling and architectural drawings.  There may also be some activities that involve CNC machining and 3D Printing.  The majority of this class consists of computer applications of Auto CAD and Solid Works-computer aided drafting software.  This course is a prerequisite for Introduction to Woods, Advanced Mechanical CAD and Advanced Architectural CAD.

INTRODUCTION TO WOODS (LEVEL I) - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Introduction to CAD or 1st semester of Intro to Engineering Design  - This course has two goals: The first goal is to teach the student how to safely use tools and machines in lab area to build a small required project.  The second goal of the class is to have students design (using CAD software), estimate cost/materials, and build an introductory project that will be built in the second part of the class.  Students will learn basic joining techniques along with CNC router applications.  Note:  Students are responsible for cost of second project materials in class.

APPLIED WOODS TECHNOLOGY (LEVEL II) - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Introduction to Woods  - This advanced class requires the student to design (using CAD software) and build a working piece of furniture that will include either a door and/or a drawer.  Students will further research complex construction techniques using a series of tools, jigs, and machines along with finishing techniques.  They will also be required to implement the CNC router in the construction of their project.  In the future, students that have interest in this area may be able to participate in a capstone course that would build cabinets for a potential building trade’s project. Note: Students will be responsible for material fees in this course.

ADVANCED 3D MODELING/MANUFACTURING - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisite: Introduction to CAD or 1stSemester of Introduction to Engineering Design   - Students in this course will learn to develop 3D parametric models using both Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks. They will then learn to import these models into MasterCAM and develop toolpaths that will allow the student to machine prototypes using a CNC Mill. Today’s high technical manufacturing uses many of these basic principles that the student will acquire in this course.

ICCC ARCHITECTUAL MODELING (CAD-194) - 1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 2 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Suggested Preliminary Course: Introduction to CAD    - Students will use computer software to develop digital representations of architectural and construction details/features.  Students will learn about working in computer aided design environments, including concepts and techniques of geometry construction placement, dimensioning and media preparation and prevention.  The student will design working architectural models using both Chief Architect and Revit Architecture software that are related to the construction industry.

ICCC PRINCIPLES OF CAD I – ADVANCED MECHANICAL CAD (CAD-101) - 1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 3 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Suggested Preliminary Courses:  Introduction to CAD or Introduction to Engineering Design  - This advanced drafting course provides the student with the skills needed to use Computer Aided Drafting software to make drawings of various objects. Students will create and modify drawings, print hard copies, and change the drawing environment to meet task requirements. AutoCAD, and Solidworks software are used to complete assignments that include details and assemblies of mechanical parts in relation to industry.

INDEPENDENT STUDY ADVANCED TECHNICAL RESEARCH - 1 CREDIT - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Teacher Discretion  - This course will allow students to further study areas of interest in Career and Technical Education.  To qualify for this, students must first have instructor’s permission to take course that fits his/her teaching schedule.  They must then come up with a plan for the course that will include some type of final project along with a grading rubric for the course.  This class works extremely well with a student wanting to excel in the Skills USA competitions that are held each spring.

ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - This course will give students the skills needed to design, build and program a robot to do a number of tasks.  Students will use a design process to engineer and build a working robot.  The course will start with construction of basic robots/programming and then advance into more complex systems.  Students in this class will be able to design build and compete in the national “First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition”.                                                                                                                     

WELDING (LEVEL I) - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  - Metals is highly recommended prior to this course for those with no metalworking experience -  Welding I is designed to teach the student how to weld; it is not a class where projects are built. There are a number of lab exercises students will need to successfully weld. Welds will come from both Oxy-Acetylene (gas) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (electric Arc) and flame cutting will be introduced. Welds will be performed in the AWS 1F and 2F positions. Students will have daily classroom instruction as well as daily lab welding time. Students will need to tie the classroom instruction with the lab work, practice is essential in order to learn to weld.

WELDING FABRICATION - 2 CREDITS (BLOCKED FOR 2 PERIODS) - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Welding I; Welding II and Intro to CAD  - Students will learn and demonstrate how to design, price and produce a quality metal product from start to finish. There will be instruction in both hand and computer aided drafting to help with the design of the projects. Skills in cutting, fitting of parts, welding fabrication and finishing of the product will be developed. Students will start with a smaller introduction project and will work on completing larger class project.

ICCC BEGINNING WELDING (Welding II) (WLD-122) - 1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 2 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Welding I; Suggested – Metals  - Welding Level II is a Dual Credit class with ICCC. All welding done in level II will be in electric arc. In-depth instruction will come in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). Students will also learn to cut with a Plasma Arc Torch. There will be daily classroom instruction as well as daily lab/ welding time. Students will need to complete a number of required weld exercises. Welding will be done on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. There may be some time to build a small weld project that I will assign to the students.

Building and Trades

HOME MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - Home Repair and Maintenance provides the opportunities to study and experience the variety of maintenance, repair, and construction activities commonly performed in and around the home.  There will be hands on experience in areas covered, including electrical wiring, framing, pluming, insulation, and drywall.  Architectural design will be stressed in this class.  It will provide the opportunity to use computer aided software to replicate and design various buildings including houses.  This class will deal much with measurement, bill of materials, and blueprint/reading.  Students will draw their own blueprints to scale and be able to read them using a scale rule.  This class will research and design what is built in the carpentry class.  Safety is our first priority, and will be emphasized at all times.

RESIDENTIAL WIRING - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  Prerequisites: Home Maintenance and Repair or Instructor Approval  - Residential wiring provides the opportunity to understand electricity.  It also allows students to dabble in or master various wiring terms, codes, and techniques.  This will be accomplished by using meters, dealing with conduit, wiring various devices, and reading wiring diagrams.  Students will have the opportunity to step into electrician’s shoes and figure the cost of a job by reading electrical blueprints, and drawing their own blueprints.  Basic drafting knowledge may be useful in this class.  Safety is our first priority, and will be emphasized at all times.

MASONRY CONCRETE - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  - The Concrete and Masonry course will go into great detail about concrete.  Students will be testing concrete strength and laying out forms.   New techniques and materials will be sought out.  Students will have the opportunity to lay block and brick.  Basic drafting knowledge may be useful in this class.  Safety is our first priority, and will be emphasized at all times.

CARPENTRY - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  Prerequisites: Home Maintenance and Repair or Instructor Approval  - Carpentry provides the opportunities to study and experience the variety of new and interactive techniques and materials used on a construction field.  There will be hands on experience in areas covered, including reading blueprints, site evaluation, foundations, framing, project management, roofing and interior/ exterior finishing.  Basic drafting knowledge may be useful in this class.  Safety is our first priority, and will be emphasized at all times.

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE: BUILDING TRADES - 3 CREDITS (BLOCKED FOR PERIODS ZERO HOUR THROUGH 2ND) - 11, 12  Prerequisite: Home Maintenance and Repair, and any of the specialty areas.   - Build or Remodel a House: Students will be interviewed and hand picked depending on their talents, punctuality, and hard work.  Building trades provides instruction and work experience in three phases of general construction:  1) basic carpentry, 2) brick and block masonry and 3) placing and finishing concrete.  The correct and safe use of all construction tools and materials is stressed.  Job opportunities and related occupational information will be explored.  Major projects are selected by the school administration and worked on by the class, with typical construction principles and techniques emphasized.  Drafting course(s) knowledge is useful in completing projects in this course.


POWER TECHNOLOGY - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - Power Technology looks at the operation and maintenance of small internal combustion gasoline engine.  There are also projects involving alternative fuels and power sources along with the design, fabrication and test of a small vehicle (CO2 car). Students will also explore the basic principles of hydraulics and pneumatics.  This class replaces the course titled Small Engine Technology.

CONSUMER AUTOMOTIVE - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  STUDENTS MUST HAVE A VALID IOWA DRIVERS LICENSE  - Automotive Maintenance I is designed introduce students to the basics of car care.  Students will explore automotive shop safety, sources of information, vehicle maintenance, steering and suspension systems, cooling systems, basic automotive electrical circuits, and base brakes.  The class is divided approximately 50 percent classroom and 50 percent lab.  Most lab activities are performed on student vehicles; however some modules may be used.

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE: ULTIMATE MPG - 1 CREDIT (Winter Semester) 2 CREDITS (Spring Semester) - BLOCKED FOR 2 PERIODS -11, 12  Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Must have one of the following: PLTW- IE, PLTW- POE, Intro to CAD, Metals, Welding I or II, Physics, Chemistry, Digital Electronics.  - This class provides the student the opportunity to collaborate with their peers in a cross-curricular atmosphere in order to achieve a common goal.  Critical thinking, problem solving, group work skills and time management will be important for student success.  Students will investigate many facets including engineering, design, physics, and industrial technology.  This is a student driven class with the culmination being the design and construction of a high mileage vehicle that will compete against other schools at the Iowa Industrial Technology Exposition at SE Polk High School. 

ICCC INTRODUCTION TO TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY (AUT-108) - 1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 2 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  STUDENTS MUST HAVE A VALID IOWA DRIVERS LICENSE  Suggested Preliminary Course: Consumer Automotive  - Automotive Maintenance II is a continuation of Automotive Maintenance I.  Emphasis will be placed on skill development as the students continue to study additional systems in the scope of automotive technology.  Students will be introduced to careers in the automotive industry, environmental concerns, and automotive tools: both general and specialty, precision measurement, power tools, shop equipment, information retrieval, and shop safety.  Time will be divided between classroom and shop.

 ICCC INTRO TO ENGINE REPAIR /AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEMS\AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS (AUT-163/AUT-503/AUT-610)  (BLOCKED FOR 2 PERIODS) - 6 HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS AND 11 SEMESTER COLLEGE CREDITS - 12  Suggested Preliminary Course: Consumer Automotive  - Vocational Auto Mechanics is a laboratory and classroom course, which meets two periods per day all school year.  This course is designed to simulate actual on-the-job experience.  Students will have the opportunity to develop entry level skills in the automotive service trade.  Laboratory work will make up approximately eighty percent of the class time. This course for college credit through ICCC is entitled INTRODUCTION TO ENGINE REPAIR (4 SEMESTER HOURS), INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMOTIVE BRAKE SYSTEM (3 SEMESTER HOURS), and AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS (4 SEMESTER HOURS). Introduction to Engine Repair will consist of classroom and lab instruction covering the theory of operation, disassembly, measurement and reassembly of internal combustion gasoline and diesel power plants.  When possible, power plants will be operationally tested prior to disassembly and reassembly.  Introduction to Automotive Brake Systems covers brake systems utilized in the modern vehicle including anti-lock brakes. Classroom and lab instruction will be utilized, to teach students the latest procedure for inspecting, measuring, diagnosing and repairing the modern brake systems in use today.  This introductory course covers basic electronic theory and utilization of electrical measuring instruments. Emphasis will be placed on the application of Ohm’s Law and the proper utilization of electronic test equipment including instrument selection, interpretation of results, and maintenance of equipment. Students will receive classroom and lab instruction on the diagnosis and repair of batteries, starting and charging systems.

ICCC INTRODUCTION TO AUTOBODY REPAIR (CRR-303) - 1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT AND 3 SEMESTER HOURS COLLEGE CREDIT - 11, 12   - Auto Body develops skill to do minor automobile body repair and refinishing.  Emphasis will be placed on straightening or replacing of panels and on welding, filing, sanding, priming, and refinishing.

METALS - 1 CREDIT - 9, 10, 11, 12  - This course is highly recommended for those students who have an interest in welding and have no experience in the metalworking area. Metals provides an opportunity to gain experience in basic metal working skills relating to the manufacturing area. Students will learn about print reading; layout; cutting, bending and folding sheet metal. There will be experience in bench metal work along with metal sand casting (foundry work). The safe use of hand tools and power machines will be taught. MEASURING AND BLUE PRINT READING ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS CLASS. KNOWING HOW TO READ A RULER AND A BLUEPRINT IS VITAL FOR SUCCESS.

METALS II - 1 CREDIT - 10, 11, 12  - This course is recommended for students who have taken the basic metals course and are looking to expand their knowledge of the field of metalworking.  Students will build on their knowledge of sheet metal fabrication and learn various new skills such as precision measurements, foundry work, forging, as well as manual and Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining.  The safe use of hand tools and power machines will be taught.  

WORLD OF WORK - 1 CREDIT - 11  - This course is designed to provide students with the kind of information everyone needs regarding how to get a job, how to keep a job, and how to be successful on the job.  Students will also be provided with the opportunity to explore occupations at various businesses in the community in which they have an interest.  Students will need to arrange for transportation to their exploratory sites.

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