Below are the six courses offered within the North Penn High School Engineering Academy.
Please review the recommended course sequence and the course descriptions.

Foundation Courses (10-11) Specialization Courses (11-12) Capstone Course (12)
5456 IED: Level 6.0
Introduction to Engineering Design

5466 POE: Level 6.0
Principles of Engineering


5476 DE: Level 6.0
Digital Electronics

5486 CIM: Level 6.0
Computer Integrated Manufacturing

2907 CSP: Level 6.5
AP Computer Science Principles
5496 EDD: Level 6.0
Engineering Design and Development






5456 or 5466
These courses may be taken concurrently.



5456, 5466 and at least one specialization course: 5476, 5486, or 2907.  These courses may be taken concurrently.


Foundation Courses (10th and 11th Grades)
Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering are foundation courses in the Engineering Academy.  

5456 Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
5466 Principles of Engineering (POE)

Specialization Courses (11th and 12 Grades
To take these courses, at least one of the foundation courses must be taken.  They may be taken concurrently.

5476 Digital Electronics (DE)
5486 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
2907 AP Computer Science Principles (CSP)

Capstone Course (12th Grade)
5496 Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
Prerequisites: 5456, 5457 and at least one specialization course: 5476, 5486, or 2907


5456 6.0
Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)  |  Mr. Curt Reichwein  |  Ms. Julia Young

Introduction to Engineering Design is an introductory course that develops students’ problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and emphasizes the concepts of developing three-dimensional models and solid renderings of an object. Students focus on the application of visualization processes and tools provided by current, state-of- the-art computer hardware and software programs. IED emphasizes the design-development process of a product and how a product model is produced, analyzed, and evaluated, using a Computer- Aided Design System. Various design applications and possible career opportunities are explored and discussed in detail.

Note: IED is a foundation course. This course is a requirement for all students entering the Engineering Academy.

5466 6.0
Principles of Engineering (POE)  | Dr. Michael Voicheck  |  Mr. Eric Specht

Principles of Engineering is a broad-based survey course designed to help students understand the field of engineering and engineering technology and its unlimited and diverse career opportunities. Students continue the development of problem-solving and critical- thinking skills required in their post-secondary pursuits and engineering careers. In exploring various and numerous engineering systems and manufacturing processes, the students also learn how engineers address concerns about the social and political consequences of technological changes. Through theory, guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on problem-solving activities, students experience firsthand what engineering is all about and are able to answer this question: “Is a career in engineering or engineering technology for me?”

Prerequisite: POE is a foundation course in the Engineering Academy. This course is highly recommended for all Engineering Academy students. This course can be taken concurrently with Introduction to Engineering Design and must be taken to be eligible for the Engineering Academy capstone course, Engineering Design and Development (EDD).

5476 6.0
Digital Electronics (DE)  |  Ms. Julia Young  |  Mr. Michael Boyer

Digital Electronics is a course of study in applied digital logic and is patterned after first semester digital electronics courses taught in two and four year post-secondary schools. Smart circuits, typically found in watches, calculators, video games, and computers, are present in virtually all parts of our lives. Their use is rapidly increasing, making DE a critical course of study for any student pursuing a career in engineering/engineering technology. Using the latest software systems available to industry, students also test and analyze simple and complex digital circuitry. Students design circuits; export their designs to a printed circuit autorouting program that generates printed circuit boards; and construct designs, using chips and other DE components. Course is for grade 11 Engineering Academy students.

Prerequisite: DE is a specialization course in the Engineering Academy. This course is for grade 11 Engineering Academy students or those students who have successfully completed Introduction to Engineering Design.

This course can be taken concurrently with Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Engineering Design and Development. Students who have successfully completed Advanced Electronics may take this course as a third year electronics course.

5486 6.0
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) 
| Dr. Michael Voicheck  |  Mr. Curt Reichwein

The Computer-Integrated Manufacturing course builds upon the solid-modeling and three-dimensional skills students developed in Introduction to Engineering Design. Students solve design problems, using state-of-the-art Computer-Assisted Design software programs. They evaluate their solutions, using mass-property analysis (relationship study of the design, function, and materials); determine appropriate modifications; and use prototyping equipment in producing a three-dimensional model of the solution. Students present the progress and results of their work through oral and portfolio-quality written communications. Course is for Grade 11 and 12 Engineering Academy students.

Prerequisite: CIM is a specialization course in the Engineering Academy. This course is for grade 11 Engineering Academy students or those students who have successfully completed Introduction to Engineering Design. This course can be taken concurrently with Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, or Engineering Design and Development.

5496 6.0
Engineering Design & Development (EDD)  |  Mr. Michael Boyer

The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout their experiences in the North Penn Engineering Academy come together in the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course. Students learn to research, design, and test solutions, ultimately presenting their research to the public at a Nanotechnology and Engineering Symposium offered at the end of the school year. Many EDD student teams at North Penn work to research and develop solutions to global issues by capitalizing from the fundamentals of materials science and nanotechnology utilizing some of the latest published research available. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design and Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career. Please visit for more information.

Note: EDD is for grade 12 Engineering Academy students only and is part of the final component of the Engineering Academy. Students enrolled in this course will have their lunch embedded in the twelve periods per cycle and should not select lunch on their course card. About twenty minutes will be allocated for student lunch daily.

Prerequisite: EDD is the capstone course of the Engineering Academy. Successful completion of courses associated with the Engineering Academy: Introduction to Engineering and Design, Principles of Engineering and at least one specialization course: Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, or AP Computer Science Principles is required. The specialization courses can be taken concurrently with EDD.

2907 6.5
AP Computer Science Principles  |  Dr. Michael Voicheck

PLTW Computer Science empowers students to become creators, instead of merely consumers, of the technology all around them. The program engages students in collaborative projects that help them develop in demand computer science knowledge as well as transportable skills like creative thinking and communication. And whether they’re creating an online art gallery or using automation to process and analyze DNA sequence data, PLTW Computer Science students are seeing how their learning connects to the real world.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry AND either completed Algebra 2 5.0 with a B or better OR concurrently enrolled in a level 6.0 / 6.5 math course

Note: This course does not fulfill the math credit requirements for graduation.