Course Descriptions and Numbers

The information on this page has been updated for the 2018-19 school year. Please see the 2017-18 course description catalog for this school year.

Design/Pre-Construction Pathway

Architectural Design I
TEC101 or TEC102

(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

A one-semester course introducing the student to the methods of representation, conventional symbols, and practices used when drawing architectural plans. With the use of CAD systems (Computer Aided Drafting) and drawing instruments, the student will learn how to draw a floor plan, section view, materials and terminology used in house construction, and elevations (the exterior of the house).

Mechanical/CAD Design I
TEC201

(Elective 10-11-12) First Semester

A universal language useful to all students interested in the engineering profession, designs, trades, and general life situations. With the use of drawing instruments and CAD systems (Computer Aided Drafting), the student will learn how manufactured products are designed and drawn orthographically and pictorially. The units covered include lettering, sketching, three-view drawings, pictorial drawings (isometric, oblique, and perspective), practical geometry, section views, auxiliary views, threads and fasteners, dimensioning, and detail and assembly drawings.

Construction Pathway

Carpentry Fundamentals
TEC105 or TEC106

(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

You will be introduced to the construction industry through the construction of several woodworking projects designed to increase your skills to successfully enter an approved apprenticeship program.

Construction Fundamentals
TEC309 or TEC310

(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

Course instruction will include safety, tools, equipment, materials, and processes of residential construction through the use of textbooks, video, lectures and hands-on activities. Topics will include simple repairs and remodeling projects around the house to building new construction. Materials that will be covered are: cement, concrete, doors and windows, lumber, siding, and roofing. Processes covered are: lots, permits, foundations, framing, plumbing, electrical, and finishing. Related instruction will pertain to basic math related to the carpentry trade used in print reading and estimating materials and cost. This class is a prerequisite for Construction Technology. Interested students may take this course multiple times to expand their carpentry knowledge and skills.

Transportation Pathway

Consumer Automotive
TEC305 or TEC306

(Elective 10-11-12) First or Second Semester

Consumer Automotive is a course designed to introduce students to the general aspects of buying, owning and operating an automobile. This course has been specifically designed to appeal to both genders and is not intended to be an automotive technician’s course. Topics to be included are financing and car purchasing, new versus used, purchase versus lease, systems of the automobile, emergency preparation, steps to be taken in the event of an accident, and general maintenance will be explored. Lab activities will consist of exercises you, as an automobile owner, will experience in owning and operating a vehicle. The instructor will request the students to do hand on activities similar to the basic car care, general maintenance and emergency repair you will experience when you own an automobile. So if you plan on owning a vehicle this course is for you.

Automotive Technology I
TEC303 or TEC304

(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

This course starts with an introduction to occupations with a directed focus on automotive repair technology and related industries. Students use specialized equipment, service information, and service bulletins. The course will develop student knowledge and skills in entry-level tasks required when working in a repair related occupation.

Automotive Systems and Maintenance
TEC301

(Elective 11-12) First Semester
Prerequisite: Introduction to Auto Mechanics

A one-semester course with continued attention to automotive maintenance and repair. Students will study and perform maintenance and repair operations on the various mechanical systems of the automobile, including brakes, steering, and suspension components. Special emphasis is placed on the home repair of the automobile.

Automotive Power Trains
TEC302

(Elective 11-12) Second Semester
Prerequisite: Introduction to Auto Mechanics

A one-semester course with the goal of learning the operation, maintenance, and service of the automobile power train. Students will study and work on engines, clutches, transmissions, drive lines, and differentials.

Manufacturing Production Pathway

Introduction to the Manufacturing Industry
TEC109 or TEC110

(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

Introduction to the Manufacturing Industry introduces you to the manufacturing process used to create many of today’s consumer goods. You will create products using wood, metal, and plastics using machines located in our manufacturing labs.

Welding Technology
TEC111 or TEC112

(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

This course provides an introduction to welding processes and welding in industry. Emphasis is placed on fundamental principles of welding processes, operation of welding equipment, welder performance, and weld evaluation and testing with specific emphasis on Shielded Metal Arc Welding and Gas Metal Arc Welding. The course also covers metallurgy, metal weldability, distortion control, materials standards, and AWS and ASME codes. Safety procedures and health and safety hazards are also covered.

Advanced Metal Working
TEC204

(Elective 10-11-12) Second Semester
Prerequisite: Introduction to Metals and Welding

A one-semester course designed to give students a comprehensive background of welding, lathes, mills, machine tool work, and foundry. A strong emphasis will be placed on safe use of the equipment and quality workmanship.

Engineering and Technology Pathway

Aerospace Engineering
TEC315 and TEC316

(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment in Geometry

This course propels students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing an airfoil, propulsion system, and rockets. They learn basic orbital mechanics using industry-standard software. They also explore robot systems through projects such as remotely operated vehicles. Successful completion and high test results of this PLTW course can result in transcripted credit at the University of Iowa.

Introduction to Engineering Design (DMACC)
TEC307 and TEC308

(Elective 9-10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra I or concurrently enrolled

Introduction to Engineering Design is the first of a four-course menu for a pre-engineering program entitled “Project Lead the Way” (PLTW). This course will provide a foundation background for students who have an interest or aptitude in engineering. Among the topics addressed will be a survey of the different kinds of engineering careers, problem-solving activities requiring engineering applications, structural and design analysis of various gadgets/machines, and technology applications. Students will exit this course with a more accurate and realistic understanding of the roles, expectations, and types of engineering. Successful completion and high test results of this PLTW course can result in transcripted credit at the University of Iowa. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Civil Engineering/Architecture (DMACC)
TEC313 and TEC314

(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II

This course teaches various aspects of civil engineering and architecture and applications to the design and development of residential and commercial properties and structures. In addition, students use 3-D design software to design and document solutions for major course projects. Successful completion and high test results of this PLTW course can result in transcripted credit at the University of Iowa. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Digital Electronics (offered at DMACC Ankeny only)
TEC311 and TEC312

(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment, Principals of Engineering

This course teaches applied logic through work with electronic circuitry, which students also construct and test for functionality. Through individual and group activities, students will be expected to: understand the fundamentals of electronics, apply number systems, understand digital gates, apply the use of Boolean algebra including logic simplifications and functions, apply the use of circuit design, recognize the use of adding as it relates to electronics, use flip-flop circuits, demonstrate the use of shift registers and counters, demonstrate the awareness of families and specifications and identify attributes of microprocessors. Successful completion and high test results of this PLTW course can result in transcripted credit at the University of Iowa. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Principles of Engineering (DMACC, NCAA)
SCI405 and SCI406

(Elective 10-11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Geometry or concurrent enrollment in Geometry

This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. It is a hands-on class involving multiple projects and explorations that introduce students to various engineering fields, technology systems, and manufacturing processes common in today’s engineering landscape. Students will learn how engineers and technicians use math, science, and technology to solve problems and benefit society. The course also includes concerns about social and political consequences of technological change. Successful completion and high test results of this PLTW course can result in transcripted credit at the University of Iowa. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.