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    IED Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)                         
    PLTW Pathway to Engineering Foundation Course
    TCD is a PLTW Certified School




    Judy Johnson


    Ever wondered how to design something new or draw out an idea to show your friends? Stop wondering and do it, using AutoDesk Inventor, state-of-the-art 3D design software! Discover the role of an engineer in taking an idea from the design process to product testing to manufacturing or production. Produce an incredible, working prototype of your project with a 3D printer. You will work on projects, activities, and problems not only of interest to you, but that have global and human impacts. Work in teams to design and improve products, document your solutions, and communicate them to others.


    Curriculum Topics

    The topics below are among the essential skills for this program. This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. If you find you are not familiar with the meaning of the course topics, don't worry -- that's the language of engineering! You will master it one step at a time. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information. 

    Introduction to Engineering Design is intended to serve as a foundation course within TCD's Project Lead The Way Pathway to Engineering course sequence. Topics covered in this course will be used in future courses.


    The course of study includes:

    • The Role of the Engineer
    • The Design Process
    • Technical Sketching and Drawing
    • Measurement and Statistics
    • Geometric Shapes and Solids
    • Dimensions and Tolerances
    • 3D Modeling Skills
    • Reverse Engineering
    • Structural Analysis
    • Product Improvement
    • Design Teams
    IED is one of the foundation courses in TCD's PLTW Pathway to Engineering course sequence. Students who have successfully completed the foundation courses Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE) at TCD or their high school can easily transition to the specialized courses.

    For maximum recognition or credit from PLTW-affiliated colleges and universities, it is recommended that a student successfully complete the two foundation courses, one specialized course, and the capstone course. Some affiliates give credit or recognition on a course by course basis. For more information click here. 

    For additional TCD-PLTW course information:
    Pathway to Engineering -- Overview
    Principles of Engineering (POE)
    Digital Electronics (DE)

    Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA) -- specialized course
    Computer Science Principles (CSP) -- specialized course
    Engineering Design & Development (EDD) -- capstone course