School of Applied Engineering

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The School of Applied Engineering allows students to choose from two career paths: Applied Engineering or Prototype Machining and Design. Students learn how to problem solve, perform technical writing, and generate solutions. They build a strong foundation in CAD, computer programming, as well as analyzing systems/projects. The program offers students comprehensive instruction in a highly professional, state-of-the-art setting while working with the most advanced technological systems within exciting learning environments. Opportunities abound, especially when interacting with professionals in this field of study.

Applied Engineering students blend technical expertise with real world applications by exploring industrial settings involving robotics, aviation, computer drafting, electronics, logistics, and fabrication. Students acquire a variety of skills that can be utilized when performing tasks and duties in-line with industry demands. Applied Engineering students participate in Project Lead the Way, a nationwide effort to prepare today’s students for numerous engineering and aligned careers. This four-year sequence of courses combines college preparatory mathematics and science courses and introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of applied engineering (and engineering related fields) prior to entering college.

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 with 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. Follow PCTI Prototype Machining and Design on Twitter and Instagram to learn more.

Both programs of the School of Applied Engineering participate in the NASA HUNCH program, which allows students to help build and design solutions to problems faced by astronauts in space. Manufacturing students build actual flight hardware and are considered third-party contractors for NASA. In addition, those who select the School of Applied Engineering have the opportunity to enroll in courses affiliated with Rowan University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Seton Hall University, and more.

Career Pathways

  • Architectural Designer
  • Automated Manufacturing
  • Technician
  • CNC Programmer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Field Engineer
  • Industrial/Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Precision Metal Fabricator
  • Product Designer
  • Production Engineer
  • Project Analyst/Manager
  • Prototype Manufacturing Technician
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Technical Writer



Applied Engineering students are active participants in the NASA HUNCH (High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware) program. Engineering students are tasked to design, develop and build protypes to solve common problems astronauts may experience in space. Winning students are invited to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to demonstrate their protype ideas, which may be further developed by NASA for future space missions! Recent winners include an exercise harness, collapsible sleeping quarters, and washing machine!

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.


PCTI’s School of Applied Engineering is fully accredited by PLTW, allowing Applied Engineering students to receive college credits from Rowan, Rochester Institute of Technology, Seton Hall University, and more.

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

Applied Engineering
Manufacturing Technology

Students select one of the above as a career path major

9th Grade
Applied Engineering I or
Prototype Machining and Design I
English I
Algebra I or Algebra II
World Language I
World History I
Physical Education/Health

10th Grade
Applied Engineering II or
Prototype Machining and Design II
English II
Geometry and Algebra II or Pre-Calculus
World Language II
Physical Education

11th Grade
Applied Engineering III or
Prototype Machining and Design III
English III
Pre-Calculus or Calculus I
US History I
Physical Education/Health

12th Grade
Applied Engineering IV or
Prototype Machining and Design IV
English IV
US History II
Honors Physics or AP Physics C
Calculus I or Calculus II
Physical Education/Health

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
    • A direct connection to outstanding educational institutions, including a Project Lead the Way partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology and a special association with the NJ Talent Networks
    • 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

Career Opportunities

Applied Engineering
  • Architectural Drafting & Design
  • Computer Programmer
  • Electronics/Electromechanical
  • Engineering
  • Field Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Production Engineering
  • Project Analyst/Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Tool/Construction Designer
Prototype Machining and Design:
  • Machinist/CNC Machinist
  • CNC Programmer/CAD/CAM Specialist
  • Automated Manufacturing Technician
  • Prototype Manufacturing Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technician
  • Industrial or Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Control Technician/Inspector

Classes of 2019-2022

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