Engineering & Robotics

Engineering and Robotics introduces students to mechanical concepts like structural design, weight distribution, drivetrains, fastening, speed and torque.  It introduces students to be able to use 3d printers and hand tools to cut, drill, and file down material to create a robot chassis and motor mount. It focuses on the foundational concepts around basic electricity and how circuits work. It introduces programming concepts which are important to understand to be successful as a Robotics Technician.


Robotics is broken down into 5 major sections

Advanced Engineering Principles

This is the culminating course within our CTE Engineering & Robotics Pathway. Advanced Engineering Principles is a laboratory-based class wherein students propose a culminating project that utilizes the skills and principles learned in Engineering & Robotics Pathway courses including designing, fabrication, electric engineering and programing language. Similar to a dissertation, students will propose a project, including an inquiry they wish to find the answer to. The instructor will serve as an advisor/facilitator helping students to observe, question and to experiment with designs. Students will be encouraged to think critically, logically and to defend conclusion as is expected in the engineering industry. Students will be required to present and defend their culminating project at the end of the course including proficiency of key industry skills. 

Certifications & College Credits 


Learners who complete the pathway may be eligible to earn the SMART Certification. The SMART Certification (Smart Manufacturing and Advanced Robotics Training) is endorsed by the ARM Institute, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, and the National Robotics Engineering Center. 



Pending an articulation agreement, learners who complete the pathway may be eligible to earn college credit from Palomar College for the class of ENGR 126 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering.