Pre-Engineering Design Technology

Pre-Engineering LogoProgram Description:

This is a two-year program available to juniors or seniors. Students should have an interest in engineering, architecture, drafting, design, robotics and computer controlled equipment.

Students will learn Mechanical and Architectural drafting, design, solid modeling, and CNC programming. In addition, students explore various engineering disciplines and career choices. The course covers safety, employment and educational opportunities. It also includes current industry trends and developments. A strong emphasis is put on developing professional skills and responsibilities. A major portion of time will be spent in hands-on labs learning to operate the software, machine tools and controls.

The classrooms consist of a networked computer lab, a robotics lab, a laser and 3D printer lab, and manufacturing machining lab. In the computer lab students learn computer aided drafting, design (CAD) and solid modeling. Students also learn how to create programs to run computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines. The manufacturing machining lab consists of a vinyl graphics cutter, laser engraver, 3D printer, drill press, band saw, metal band saw, four CNC mills, CNC lathe, robotic work cell, fluid system (hydraulic and pneumatic) trainer and a programmable logic controller (PLC).

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits
  • May qualify for math, history, health/PE, science, or language arts credits.  Because these credits differ by home district, click on credit equivalencies to learn what is specifically offered for this program by your sending high school.
  • Competency Certificate
  • Leadership opportunities through SkillsUSA
  • Preparation for next level of education
  • Opportunity for scholarships
  • Opportunities for earning college credit with a grade of “B” or better

Industry Certification:

  • SOLIDWORKS certification
  • 21st Century Skills certification


Pre-Engineering Design Technology I

  • Reading proficiency at 10th grade level
  • Must have successfully completed Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1
  • Excellent high school attendance record

Pre-Engineering Design Technology II

  • Must pass 1st year program with a B grade or better to qualify for 2nd year; limited space available
  • Must have own transportation to internship site
  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships


  • Basic drafting, Art studio, manufacturing technology or metals classes are recommended
  • Strong knowledge of keyboarding and computer skills recommended

Note:  Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in the orientation at Cascadia Technical Academy.



  • Student leadership
  • Regional, State, National Competitions

Lab Time/Theory Time:

Approximately 70 percent of the time is spent in an engineering lab environment and 30 percent is spent on lecture and theory.

Textbook Reading Level:

10th grade

Career Opportunities:

  • Mechanical Drafter/Designer
  • Architectural Drafter/Designer
  • CAD Operator
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Operator
  • Automation Robotics Engineer/Technician
  • Mechanical Engineer/Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineer/Technician
  • Civil Engineer/Technician

Program Supply List / Student Costs: 

Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items (such as immunizations, food service card, etc.) be purchased, started or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list for this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing in our Student Service Center. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2150 or at