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Engineering Academy

Teachers: Jason Dooley & Tom Moulton


"PLTW Engineering is more than just another high school engineering program. It is about applying engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.

PLTW students have said that PLTW Engineering influenced their post-secondary decisions and helped shape their future. Even for students who do not plan to pursue engineering after high school, the PLTW Engineering program provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career" (Project Lead the Way).

The Hewitt-Trussville Engineering Academy prepares our students for the increasing technological demands of the global environment. The students enrolled in this program utilize math, science, technical writing, and computer skills as they explore different areas of engineering. This program serves as a platform for students who wish to pursue an engineering or technical degree after high school.

Students work as a team, utilizing the latest engineering software to design products and solve problems. Students develop their problem solving skills as they progress through the curriculum. The program is structured to meet the needs of regional, state and local industries.


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 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work" (Project Lead the Way).

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, and presentation" (Project Lead the Way).

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" (Project Lead the Way).

Computer Integrated Manufacturing
"Manufactured items are part of everyday life, yet most students have not been introduced to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. This course illuminates the opportunities related to understanding manufacturing. At the same time, it teaches students about manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation. Students can earn a virtual manufacturing badge recognized by the National Manufacturing Badge system" (Project Lead the Way).

Engineering Design and Development
"The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in EDD as they identify an issue and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of engineers. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing EDD ready to take on any post-secondary program or career" (Project Lead the Way).

Career Paths

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Drafting Design/CAD
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Building Sciences

Technology Student Association

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities and much more.  


Project Lead the Way. PLTW: Engineering. Indiana: Project Lead the Way, n.d. Print 


Notice: All Career and Technical Education (CTE\Academy) opportunities at Hewitt Trussville High School and Hewitt Trussville Middle School are offered to all students without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission and participation in Career and Technical Education (CTE\Academy) Programs. There are no specified admissions criteria for program participation. The following CTE\Academy Programs are available: Engineering Academy, Biomedical Sciences Academy, Business & Finance Academy, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Academy, Multimedia Academy, Electrical Academy, Fire Science Program and Cooperative Education Program. CTE/Academy accessibility concerns should be directed to the Trussville City Schools Title IX/Section 504/Age Compliance Officer, Trussville Board of Education, 113 North Chalkville Road, Trussville, AL 35173.