Project Lead The Way

Institute of Innovation

Project Lead The Way’s goal is to “Empower students to thrive in an evolving world”. PLTW Engineering consists of project-based courses which prepare students in the fields of Engineering and Architecture.

Program Courses

Introduction to Engineering Design
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on-projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles of Engineering
Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration.

Civil Engineering and Architecture
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architecture design software.

Digital Electronics
From smart phones to appliances, digital circuits are all around us. This course provides a foundation for students who are interested in electrical engineering, electronics, or circuit design. Students study topics such as combinational and sequential logic and are exposed to circuit design tools used in industry, including logic gates, integrated circuits, and programmable logic devices.

Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering ignites students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. Aerospace Engineering is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering program. The course deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of atmospheric and space flight. Students explore the fundamentals of flight in air and space as they bring the concepts to life by designing and testing components related to flight such as an airfoil, propulsion system,and a rocket. They learn orbital mechanics concepts to alternative applications such as wind turbine and parachute. Students simulate a progression of operations to explore a planet, including creating a map of the terrain with a model satellite and using the map to execute a mission using an autonomous robot.


Job Opportunities

Aerospace Technician
$32.97/hr -- $68,570/yr
Run & maintain equipment used to sustain aircraft & spacecraft.

Aerospace Engineer
$57.02/hr -- $118,610/yr
Primarily design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, & missiles.

$39.58/hr -- $82,320/yr
Plan & design houses, factories, office buildings, & other structures.

Civil Engineer
$42.58/hr -- $88,570/yr
Design, build, & supervise infrastructure projects & systems.

Get in touch

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Institute of Innovation
175 Campus Drive
Gaffney, SC  29341
Phone 864-206-2576 | Fax 864-487-1287

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