Career & Technology Department
Department Head: Mr. Benjamin Brubaker
The Industrial Technology Department of RHS offers a broad range of interdisciplinary crafts, including, though not limited to, Riley's very own Project Lead the Way® Engineering Magnet program. Students enrolled in whichever industrial class will be given access to a vast range of state-of-the-art tools and technology not offered in other high schools throughout Northern Indiana.
Classes offered in the Career and Technology Department:
Classes offered in the Engineering Magnet program:
- Introduction to Engineering Design
- Principles of Engineering
- Civil Engineering and Architecture
- Digital Electronics
- Biotechnical Engineering
- Engineering Design and Development
The class focuses on using the AutoCAD programs to represent drawings as 2-Dimensional or 3-Dimensional objects. We're currently working with AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor; our latest project involves creating a working 3-D train model.
Building trades is a program for students who have a strong interest in the construction trades. Emphasis is placed on both the skills and the theories in building construction. Students, under leadership of a qualified instructor, construct a common house. This course gives students basic skills needed to enter some field of the building trades, continuing study of construction in an apprentice program in a two year or four year post-secondary or technical school.
Construction Processes 1 & 2
This course provides students with an introduction to the use of tools and materials used in the construction field. Students use problem-solving skills to explore the many solutions to construction problems. Hands-on experiences allow students to produce products, use hand tools, and operate power equipment.
Construction Processes 3 & 4
This course is a continuation of construction experience gained in Construction Processes 1 & 2. Students use problemsolving skills to explore many solutions to construction problems. Hands-on experiences allow students to build projects, use hand tools, operate power equipment and design functional structures. PREREQUISITE: Construction Processes 1 & 2
Transportation Processes 1 & 2
This course studies the processes used to move people and cargo in vehicles and by other means on land and in water, air and space. Students work with automotive service equipment to do minor maintenance and to perform electrical troubleshooting on automobiles.
Transportation Processes 3 & 4
This course is for the student who has demonstrated good mechanical skills and desires to learn more about the automotive service field. A variety of repair and maintenance tasks are required. A lab fee will be charged. PREREQUISITE: Transportation Processes 1 & 2
Introduction to Engineering Design
Introduction to Engineering Design is the first course in the Pre-Engineering and Architecture component of the Informational Technology Megnet Program. This course was developed as part of the national Project Lead the Way program. It is a course that develops student problem-solving skillz with emphasis placed on the development of 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 the industry to manufacture a product. The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will also be used to analyze and evaluate the product design.
Principles of Engineering
Principles of Engineering is the second course in the Pre-Engineering and Architecture component of the Informational Technology Magnet Program. This course was developed as part of the national Project Lead the Way program. It 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 that are involved in post-secondary education programs and engineering careers. They will also leanr how engineers and architects address concerns about the social and political consequences of technological change. PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Engineering Design
Civil Engineering and Architecture
This course should introduce students to the fundamental design and development aspects of civil engineering and architectural planning activities. Application and design principles will be used in conjunction with mathematical and scientific knowledge. Computer software programs should allow students opportunities to design, simulate, and evaluate the construction of buildings and communities. During the planning and design phases, instructional emphasis should be placed on related transportation, water resource, and environmental issues. Activities should include the preperation of cost estimates as well as a review of regulatory procedures that would affect the project design. Only those schools having a signed agreement with the antional Project Lead the Way organization can use this course title. PREREQUISITE: Principles of Engineering
Digital Electronics is a course in applied logic that emcompasses the application of electronic circuits and devices. Computer simulation software is used to design and test digital circuitry prior to the actual construction of circuits and devices. Students will be introduced to digital circuits found in video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and thousands of other devices. This course is similar to a first semester college course and is an important course of study for a student exploring a career in engineering or engineering technology. PREREQUISITE: Principles of Engineering
Engineering Design and Development
This is an engineering research course in which students work in teams to research, design, and construct a solution to an open-ended problem. Students apply principles developed in the preceding courses and are guided by a community mentor. They must present progress reports, submit a final written report and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year. The completed portfolio will be invaluable as students apply to college. PREREQUISITE: Civil Engineering and Architecture and/or Digital Electronics