Course Descriptions and Numbers

The information on this page has been updated for the 2019-20 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).

Applied Engineering Technology
(Elective 10-11-12) First Semester

A one-semester course for students looking for a project-based learning opportunity to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in a wide variety of projects. You will apply management, design, and technical skills for the design and integration of systems, the execution of new product designs, and the improvement of manufacturing processes.

Construction Pathway

Building Mechanical Systems
TEC119 or TEC120
(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

This one-semester course addresses how every time you switch on a light, flush a toilet or adjust a thermostat, a mechanical system is at work in your home. This class will introduce you to the basics of residential electrical service, plumbing, and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. Students will gain knowledge of the various systems and practice hands-on skills used by the skilled trades every day.

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.

Geo/Construction (Project-Based Learning Network)
PBL203 And PBL204
(Elective 10-11-12) Full-year Course

This course integrates Geometry A with Construction Fundamentals using project-based instructional strategies. Students will earn 2 required credits for Geometry A (NCAA, RAI) and will earn 2 credits for Construction Fundamentals. Please see each individual course for further course information.

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 hands-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

(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

(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, the 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
(Elective 10-11-12) Second Semester
Prerequisite: Introduction to the Manufacturing Industry

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.

Advanced Welding Technology
TEC211 or TEC212
(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Welding Technology

This course provides an extension of welding skills used in Welding Technology. Extended practice and application of welding processes (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW, FCAW) will be incorporated with blueprint reading and math applications in preparation for entrance into a post-secondary program and AWS certification. Interested students may take this course multiple times to expand their welding knowledge and skills.

Engineering and Technology Pathway

Aerospace Engineering (Project-Based Learning Network)
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.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing
TEC121 and TEC122
(Elective 10-11-12) First AND Second Semester

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.

Introduction to Engineering Design (DMACC) (Project-Based Learning Network)
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.  This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Civil Engineering/Architecture (DMACC) (Project-Based Learning Network)
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. 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, Principles 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.  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 the social and political consequences of technological change. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.