The School of Applied Engineering introduces students to Architectural Drafting and Design/CAD or Prototype Machining and Design. Students learn how to problem solve, perform technical writing, and generate solutions. They build a strong foundation in computer aided drafting (CAD), computer programming, as well as analyzing systems and projects. This discipline presents a wide-range of opportunities, especially when interacting with skilled professionals in this field of study.
Architectural Drafting and Design/CAD introduces the fundamental concepts related to sketching, drawing, and technical drafting as they apply to the field of Architecture. Students will take the knowledge of these fundamental concepts and apply them through 2D and 3D digital drawings using software found in Architecture firms throughout the industry. Throughout the course, students will gain an understanding of the Architecture profession including the path to licensure, the expectations of a graduate Architect, and portfolio building. This course includes lectures, demonstrations, and labs in various applications (e.g. hand drawing, computer drawing, scaled model making, and 3D printing).
Prototype Machining and Design prepares students for employment in the manufacturing industry and/or college. Students are exposed to a real-world work setting and practical machining applications to hone 21st century skills. A fully functional manufacturing lab exposes students to both manual machining and CNC machining (computer numerical control). Students learn how to read blueprints to create various parts using industry standard milling machines, lathes, CNC milling machines, and CNC lathes. Students use Mastercam CAD/CAM software to create 2D & 3D parts. Those models are then used to create programs for the CNC machines. Students use 3D printers for various aspects of design and manufacturing. Students also learn how to use various measuring tools and instruments.
Students in the School of Applied Engineering participate in the NASA HUNCH program, which gives students the opportunity to help build and design solutions to problems faced by astronauts. Applied engineering students build actual flight hardware and are considered third-party contractors for NASA.
Prototype Machining and Design students are official third-party contractors for NASA. They produce various parts for experimental lockers that are flown and installed on the International Space Station every year. Assembled lockers are delivered to PCTI for students to sign their names prior to launch! PCTI is the largest NASA HUNCH participating school and is an opportunity few high schools can match.
Prototype Machining and Design students earn certifications from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Haas CNC Certifications, and are eligible for 14 college credits towards an Associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from County College of Morris (CCM).
School of Applied Engineering Curriculum
Prototype Machining and Design
Students select one of the above as a career path major
Architectural Drafting I or
Prototype Machining and Design I
Algebra I or Algebra II
World Language I
World History I
Architectural Drafting II or
Prototype Machining and Design II
Geometry and Algebra II or Pre-Calculus
World Language II
Architectural Drafting III or
Prototype Machining and Design III
Pre-Calculus or Calculus I
US History I
Architectural Drafting IV or
Prototype Machining and Design IV
US History II
Honors Physics or AP Physics C
Calculus I or Calculus II
NOTE: The academic component is taught by highly qualified and dedicated professionals.
Most instructors have years of career experience within the selected field of study and maintain professional relationships with regional industry leaders.
Unique Facilities and Opportunities
- Powerful state-of-the-art computers with professional level, cutting-edge software dedicated to the School of Applied Engineering Project activities
- Opportunities interact and work closely with professionals and industry leaders directly related to various genres within applied engineering
- Project based learning programs that provides real world valued products for NASA.
- Various accolades from industry leaders: NASA Hunch, Haas HTEC center, etc.
- PCTI offers numerous support opportunities from tutoring to advanced research facilities
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