Industrial Design & Fabrication

Students will learn the skills of fabrication by designing and building a variety of projects. Past projects have been a solar ray concentrator, solar electric car and scooter, steam engines as well as jet engines. Students will learn machining, welding, soldering and brazing. They will learn about electric motors, solar cells and batteries. Design concepts such as aerodynamics and ergonomics will be researched. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in areas of design, machining, electronics, computer programming while participating fully in all aspects of building their own personal projects.

The program is offered in four semesters:
STEM 230 Precision Measurement & CNC Programming
STEM 231 Metal Fabrication, Welding & Machining
STEM 330 Advanced Precision Machining
STEM 331 Advanced Metal Fabrication

STEM 230 PRECISION MEASUREMENT & CNC PROGRAMMING
120 minutes daily, fall semester

This course focuses on precision measurements, CNC programming, and precision machining. Students will learn the skills of machining by designing and building a variety of projects. Students will have input into each aspect of fabrication; purchasing, machining, construction, and vehicle testing. They will learn about electric motors, solar cells, and batteries. Design concepts such as aerodynamics and ergonomics will be researched. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in areas of design, machining, electronics, programming, while participating fully in all aspects of building the vehicle. Students will also have the opportunity to work on individual projects. Successful students will finish with a portfolio demonstrating an understanding of precision measurement and machining.

STEM 231 METAL FABRICATION, WELDING & MACHINING
120 minutes daily, spring semester

Students will learn machining, welding, soldering, and brazing. Students will learn the skills of welding by designing and building a variety of projects. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in areas of design and welding, while participating fully in all aspects of building the vehicle. Students will also have the opportunity to work on individual projects. Successful students will finish with a portfolio demonstrating an understanding of welding and metal fabrication.

STEM 330: ADVANCED PRECISION MACHINING
120 minutes daily, fall semester

Students will practice the skills they learned in STEM 230, and also do a capstone project.

STEM 331: ADVANCED METAL FABRICATION
120 minutes daily, spring semester

Students will practice the skills they learned in STEM 231, and also do a capstone project.

Prerequisite: 10 credits on transcript upon entering the program and interview with instructor.

Recommended Preparation: Algebra I and Geometry, or similar math courses, physics, STEM 100 or STEM 101.

Desirable Qualifications: Good manual dexterity, ability to perform mathematical computations.

Credits: One embedded math and five elective credits upon completion of four semesters of the program.

Related Careers: The education gained in this program could lead to careers in engineering, alternative energy science, welding, product design, numerical control machine (CNC) tool operation, set-up or layout work.