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    Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA)

    Specialized Course, PLTW Pathway to Engineering-
    TCD is a PLTW Certified School


    20th Century architecture was "form follows function" -- but today's buildings are multi-functional. What is your vision for the 21st Century?

    New building plans look impressive onscreen, but how would that cool structural design you developed stand up to a flood, earthquake, city inspector, or historical commission? Some of today's designs integrate housing, workspace, recreation, and the great outdoors into the same building or complex.

    What will my classes be like?
    Use 3D modeling software to create and test your own residential and commercial designs, factoring in:
    Materials and systems
    Structural design
    Cost/efficiency analysis
    Storm water management
    Site design / considerations
    Utilities and services
    Building codes
    Architectural style and guidelines

    Research the professional and technical careers in the design and construction industry, including those addressing new developments in energy efficiency, green technologies, and changing populations. Be inspired to shape the spaces of the 21st Century!


    This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. It is recommended that students are concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science courses.


    CEA is one of the specialized courses in TCD's Project Lead The Way Pathway to Engineering course sequence. Students who have successfully completed the IED and POE foundation courses at TCD or their high school can easily transition to this course. To receive maximum recognition or credit from PLTW-affiliated colleges and universities, students should successfully complete the two foundation courses, one specialized course, and the capstone course. Some affiliates offer recognition or credit on a course by course basis. For more information click here.


    The course of study includes:


    • History of CEA
    • Careers in CEA
    • Residential Design and Construction
    • Cost and Efficiency Analysis
    • Commercial Building Systems and Structures
    • Services and Utilities
    • Site Considerations
    For additional PLTW course information:
    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) -- foundation course
    Principles of Engineering (POE) -- foundation course
    Computer Science Principles (CSP) -- specialized course
    Digital Electronics (DE) -- specialized course
    Engineering Design & Development (EDD) -- capstone course