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Wood Manufacturing I

  • 9th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • This course meets the credit toward VPAA graduation requirements and the credit toward the senior year math requirement.

This course is designed for students who are interested in careers in woodworking or who want to bring their woodworking skills up to a more sophisticated level.  Students will gain experience in conventional machining, cabinetmaking, and finishing through individual projects. 


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Wood Manufacturing II

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • Required background course:  Wood Manufacturing I,
  • Recommended background course:  CAD+
  • This course meets the credit toward VPAA graduation requirements and the credit toward the senior year math requirement.

This course is for students who have successfully completed Wood Manufacturing I and who are ready for more advanced woodworking techniques.  Students will concentrate on an area of interest from Wood Manufacturing I and explore it in more depth using computer and numerical control wood manufacturing.  Students who are interested can earn Nationally Recognized Industry Approved Credentials on Layout and Machines from the WCA as well as the Saw Blade Credential.


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Advanced Woods

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • Required background course:  Wood Manufacturing I & Wood Manufacturing II
  • Recommended background course: CAD+
  • This course meets the credit toward VPAA graduation requirements and the credit toward senior year math requirement.

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a wide variety of wood working skills through the production of difficult products.  Students will learn to identify general safety rules, demonstrate proper use of stationary and portable power tools, safe use of hand tools, and advanced machine set up.  Students will produce at least one major woodworking project that incorporates the objectives of the course.  Students who are interested can continue to earn Nationally Recognized Industry Approved Credentials on Layout and Machines from the WCA, as well as the Saw Blade Credential.


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General Metals


  • 9th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semesters
  • This course meets the credit toward VPAA graduation requirements and the credit toward the senior math requirement.
  • General Metals A must be successfully completed to continue taking advanced courses 

General Metals provides the student with the opportunity to demonstrate machine and systems operations. Included are these areas of study: product development in sheet metal fabrication, wrought metal, milling, welding and the lathe work. In General Metals, students will produce projects in all areas and are encouraged to plan and produce individual products. A successful experience in this class is necessary to take advanced classes.

Advanced Metals A & B

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semesters (may be taken multiple semesters)
  • Required background course:  General Metals
  • Recommended background course, CAD+
  • This course meets the credit toward VPAA and senior math requirements.
  • Students can take multiple semesters.  Recommended to create larger projects

Advanced Metals provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and refine skills acquired in General Metals. Students design, build, market, and manufacture products using MIG & TIG welding technology, as well as working with Computer Numerically Controlled (C.N.C.) machines.  Students who complete Advanced Metals and/or Metals Tech can be eligible for college credit from Grand Rapids Community College and will also have opportunities to work in local manufacturing companies.


Metal Technology A & B

  • 11th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • Two Semesters
  • Required background course:  General Metals A, Advanced Metals
  • This course meets the credit for the senior math requirement.
  • Students may take only Section A or B but this is NOT recommended

This course provides students with advanced development of the skills acquired in General and Advanced Metals.  Advanced milling, lathe, and CNC techniques are emphasized, along with the continuation of the manufacturing process, which includes plant layout and quality control.  Students will work on projects of their choice using advanced machining skills, with emphasis in CNC programming and machining.  This course is the doorway to opportunities and job openings in the Manufacturing community.


Note:  The CAD + - Engineering - Architecture program is designed to provide students with the development of problem-solving strategies and teamwork concepts through the study of design processes.  Students who successfully complete CAD+, 3D Mechanical CAD and/or Architectural CAD will receive college credit at the following institutions: Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, and Baker College.  See the course instructor for details.

 CAD + (Computer Aided Design)

  • 9th-12th grades
  • Elective Course
  • One Semester
  • This class meets the 1 credit toward VPPA graduation requirement. (.5 credits per semester)
  • This class meets the 1 credit toward Senior math graduation requirement. (.5 credits per semester)
  • A successful completion of this course will lead to 3D MECHANICAL CAD and ARCHITECTURAL CAD classes

CAD + is a course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, blueprint reading, and the relationship of drawing to industry. Students will gain technical skills needed to bring conceptual ideas to life through sketching and computer aided design using the latest AutoCAD design software.  Industry seeks individuals with skills in drafting, space analysis, and design communication. This class will be useful for the student interested in careers in any type of engineering, manufacturing, art, and design.

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3D Mechanical CAD

  • 9th-12th Grades 
  • Elective Course 
  • One semester (can be retaken as advanced) 
  • Required background course: (CAD+) 
  • This class meets the 1 credit toward VPPA graduation requirement. (.5 credits per semester) 
  • This class meets the 1 credit toward senior math graduation requirement. (.5 credits per semester)

3D Mechanical CAD is a course designed to advance students to the next level of computer aided design and manufacturing by learning 3D Parametric modeling with the use of AutoCAD Inventor and Revit software. Students will learn how to design, analyze, communicate, and produce industry standard mechanical designs for real-world applications, including 3D printing and CNC machining.


 

Architectural CAD

  • 9th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One semester (can be retaken as advanced)
  • Required background course:  CAD+
  • This class meets the 1 credit toward senior math graduation requirement. (.5 credits per semester)

Architectural CAD is a course designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of residential, commercial, and industrial building design and construction. Students will work with AutoCAD Architectural software to create Floor, Foundation, Cross Sectional, Site Plot, Plumbing, and Electrical plans for estimation and construction. Industry standards in design and construction codes will be stressed.  Students will also learn how to use AutoCAD Revit as a 3D modeling tool to create photo-real renderings of buildings and structures for marketing and sales.  

 

Principles of Technology 1

  • 9th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One semester
  • This class meets the credit toward the senior math requirement
  • This class meets the VPAA graduation requirement
This course is designed for students to explore technical careers in engineering, design, and industrial technology through the use of software and computerized equipment. It will allow students to gain skills needed for technical jobs as well as provide a solid foundation for those who plan to pursue a two or four year technical degree. In this course, students will learn to work with a wide variety of computer software programs used by designers and engineers in today's world of high end manufacturing. Students will study the areas of 3D printing, electronics, robotics, automotive engineering and computer numerical control systems (CNC) through a variety of hands on projects.  Students who successfully pass this course will receive advanced placement credits at specific Michigan colleges.

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Principles of Technology 2

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One semester
  • Required background courses:  Principles of Technology 1 & CAD +
  • This class meets the credit toward the senior math graduation requirement
  • This class meets the credit toward the VPAA graduation requirement
This course is designed for students to explore technical careers in engineering, design, and industrial technology through the use of software and computerized equipment. This is an advanced course in CNC programming.  Students will design and create projects to be developed on various CNC machines, 3D Printers, laser and vinyl cutters.   An introduction to electronics and robotics will also be part of this course.

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Home and Auto

  • 9th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • This class meets the .5 credit toward the senior math requirement.

Home and Auto is a hands-on, practical course that will prove beneficial to current or future home and automobile owners while exposing them to a variety of work-related skills. The course will challenge students by introducing them to different applications of home improvement and auto maintenance.

 


Mechatronics/Robotics (will not run 2016-17)

  • 10th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One Semester
  • This course meets the .5 credit toward the senior math graduation requirement
  • This course meets the .5 credit toward the VPAA graduation requirement

This course is designed for students to explore the world of automated manufacturing.  Today's manufacturers are developing new systems to fully manufacture assemblies and to develop robots to work hand in hand with human beings.  Students will learn to design, build, and trouble shoot electro-mechanical systems using principles of mechanics, electronics, and computer science.  Through hands on projects and instruction, students will have the opportunity to turn ideas into reality.  Students will also gain knowledge in advanced electronics, robotics, equipment controls, sensors, programming, hydraulic/pneumatic and CAD/CAM/CNC control systems..  Projects such as the Rug Rage Robot Challenge will allow students to take what they have learned and apply it to the real world of robotics as seen in high tech manufacturing, Robot Wars, or FIRST Robotics competitions. 

Engineering Technology (will not run 2016-17)

  • 11th-12th grades
  • Elective
  • One/Two Semesters 
  • Recommended background courses:  CAD+ or any other course with the Industrial Technology Department
  • This class meets the .5 credit toward the senior math requirement

Students entering Engineering Technology will be ready to advance to the highest level in the use of technical equipment and applications. The goal of this course is to allow students--with the help of the instructor and an engineering mentor--to design a specialized area of study/project.  Students will meet with a West Ottawa High School Instructor three days a week and work with an engineering mentor two days a week.  Local engineers and technicians will be invited each month to share with the students a project that they are currently working on and to answer any career choice questions.Engineering Technology students will also be assigned a number of engineering application problems during the semester to broaden and enhance their learning within the course. 

Career Exploration in Advanced Industrial Technology (will not run in 2016-17)

  • 9th -12th Grades
  • One Semester Elective
Students will use the following programs to design products for construction in this class:
  1. AutoCAD
  2. MasterCAM - has controller software for CNC
  3. AlfaCAM  - potential software used at local businesses
  4. Solid Works - software used in industry
Guest speakers from the local community will present different career options to students in the manufacturing and industrial technology fields.  Students will learn how to complete job applications, complete resumes, create portfolios of their individual work, and receive training in soft skills needed to be successful in any career.

Potential products to be created in class may be done using wood manufacturing, metals and welding, and plastics.  Students will design, develop, and create a mass production project that may be used to sell or give to a local charity.  Students will also have the opportunity to design, develop, and produce a project to be entered into the MITES competition.