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Engineering Design and Development

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A design engineer creates the initial blueprints for various structures, systems, machines, or equipment. They are part of a design team that includes drafters and civil or mechanical engineers. Most design engineers use advanced computer technology and applications, such as computer-aided design software, to help them create and test virtual models.

Depending on the type of structure or machine that is being built, a design engineer may be asked to construct a physical model or prototype to test in realistic situations. Designers are employed in many different government organizations and industries, including research and development companies, construction firms, and product manufacturing plants.

This Center of Excellence is for seniors who are interested in pursuing a college degree in engineering. 

Credit hours

Students can earn up to three college hours at University of Missouri - Kansas City.

What you’ll learn.                  
This is a full year engineering research course where you will work on two major engineering projects and research a topic. During the fall semester you’ll work on an open-ended EDD problem and research, design, and devise a solution.

During the second semester, you will work in a team to research, design, and construct a solution to an open-ended engineering problem through the Lee’s Summit Public Works Department. You will apply principles developed in your previous courses, learn advanced physics applications, and be guided by an engineering mentor. At the end of the year, you must present progress reports, submit a final written report, and defend their solutions to a panel of outside reviewers.

One-year program                                              

You’ll take classes at
Summit Technology Academy
777 NW Blue Parkway, Suite 3090
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Minimum 2.5 GPA
90% attendance
Reading and writing at 10th grade level
Algebra II, B or better
Digital Electronics with C or better
Principles of Engineering PLTW or high school Physics with a B or better
(Geometry recommended)

Demand and Pay
Below are wages and expected employment growth according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration’s O*NET career exploration and job analysis tool. 

Electrical Engineering Technicians (associate’s or higher)
Median wages: $26.36 hourly, $54,820 annual
Number of people already in the industry:  164,000
Projected job openings (2008-2018): 31,000

Engineering Managers (bachelor’s or higher)
Median wages: $56.25 hourly, $117,000 annual
Number of people already in the industry:  184,000
Projected job openings (2008-2018): 48,700

Skills, character and physical traits of successful people in this career:

To apply                 
Contact your high school counseling office to complete an application, student contract and student essay of interest. Your school will determine if you meet the program criteria. If you do not, but your counselor or principal feel you can be successful in the program, they can recommend you.

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