Pathways to Engineering (PTE)

PTE courses provide rigorous learning experiences that flow directly from the course content while complementing traditional math and science courses. Within each PTE class, students have the opportunity to learn and apply the design process, acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency, and develop organizational, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. They delve into the specifics of how things are made and how the product creation process unfolds. The various Specialization courses explore specific engineering disciplines in greater detail. Upon completion of the course sequence, students will have a solid knowledge base to build upon as they pursue the next step in their respective careers.

Foundation Courses

Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
IED has been developed as a survey course of the design process and its application. Students conduct hands-on projects, applying engineering standards and learning how to document their work. They use industry standard 3D modeling software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems, document their work using an engineer’s notebook, and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community

Principles of Engineering (POE)
Also designed as a survey course, POE exposes students to major concepts they’ll encounter in a post-secondary engineering course of study. Topics include mechanisms, energy, statics, materials, and kinematics. They develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges, document their work and communicate solutions.

Capstone Course

Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
EDD is intended to give students the opportunity to bring together the concepts and specific knowledge gained in their other PTE courses. Students take a team approach to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. Students perform research to choose, validate and justify a technical problem. After carefully defining the problem, teams design, build, and test their solutions while working closely with industry professionals who provide mentoring opportunities. Finally, student teams present and defend their original solution to an outside panel.

Specialization Courses

Aerospace Engineering (AE)
AE explores the evolution of flight, navigation and control, flight fundamentals, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, and orbital mechanics.

Biotechnical Engineering (BE)
Students explore the diverse fields of biotechnology by engaging in engineering design problems related to biomechanics, cardiovascular engineering, genetic engineering, tissue engineering, biomedical devices, forensics and bioethics.

Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
Students learn about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and apply their knowledge to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
CIM covers a wide range of manufacturing-related topic areas that provide a context for today’s computer-based systems. Subjects include the history of manufacturing, robotics and automation, manufacturing processes, computer modeling, manufacturing equipment, and flexible manufacturing systems.

Digital Electronics (IED)
Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation.

MATHS School PTE Course Options

MATHS initiated the PTE curriculum track in 2011. Since the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year, MATHS has offered the two Foundation courses, and following that, the Capstone course will be introduced along with at least one of the Specialization courses.The school will provide additional information regarding the implementation timetable as it becomes available.