Are you great at problem-solving? Do you enjoy figuring out how things work? Explore a career in engineering.

“I can do more than what others might think.”

"I have never been more challenged, learning directly from teachers in the field of engineering."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College


EngineeringConnect uses the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum to provide hands-on, project-based classes designed to inspire future problem-solvers. Students in this program will have numerous opportunities for college credit and internships while still in high school.

Sample Classes with EngineeringConnect

Engineering/Design Honors 1 is the first of a two-semester introductory course to develops student problem-solving skills, with emphasis placed upon the concept of developing three-dimensional solid models.

Students will work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package. They will learn a problem-solving design process and how it is used in industry to manufacture a product.

The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will also be used to analyze and evaluate the product design. The techniques learned and the equipment used will simulate what engineers are currently doing. Various design applications will be explored with discussion of possible career opportunities.

Principles of Engineering Honors is a broad-based survey course designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its career possibilities.

Students will develop engineering problem-solving skills; and they will explore various engineering systems and manufacturing processes. The main emphasis is to experience theory by hands-on problem solving.

Energy Industry Fundamentals provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry and the energy generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world,” which forms the backbone for the industry.

The course includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, how generated power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use, emerging technologies, and the connection to careers in the energy industry.

Digital Electronics Honors 1 is a course of study in applied digital logic. Students will be introduced to digital circuits found in video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and other devices.

Students will study the application of digital logic and how digital devices are used to control automated equipment. The use of digital circuitry is present in virtually all aspects of our lives and its use is increasing rapidly.

This course is recommended for a student exploring a career in engineering or engineering technology.

The major focus of Civil Engineering and Architecture Honors 1 is a long-term project that involves the development of a local property site. As students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture, they apply what they learn to the design and development of this property.

The course of study includes: roles of civil engineers and architects, project planning, site planning, building design, project documentation, and presentation. The course provides freedom to develop the property as a simulation or to model the real-world experiences that civil engineers and architects experience when developing property.

This is the first of two specialization courses within the Project Lead the Way sequence and is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences by working in teams exploring hands-on projects.

Note: CareerConnect classes may vary by school.

Examples of Engineering Careers

Occupation Education Level Median Annual Earnings
Industrial Machinery Mechanic High School Diploma, Certificate $53,000
Architectural Drafter Associate’s Degree $55,000
Geological and Petroleum Technician Associate’s Degree $63,000
Civil Engineer Bachelor’s Degree $85,500
Mechanical Engineer Bachelor’s Degree $89,000
Aerospace Engineer Bachelor’s Degree $123,000

Source: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

EngineeringConnect is offered at these high schools in 2019-20