Civil Engineering & Architecture is the study of the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects. The course includes an introduction to many of the varied factors involved in building design and construction, including building components and systems, structural design, storm water management, site design, utilities and services, cost estimation, energy efficiency, and careers in the design and construction industry.
The major focus of the CEA course is to expose students to the design and construction of residential and commercial building projects, design teams and teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation.
Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APPB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will analyze, design, and build electronic and physical models of residential and commercial facilities. While implementing these designs, students will continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and understanding of the design process.
Civil Engineering & Architecture is a high school-level course that is appropriate for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students interested in careers related to civil engineering and architecture. Other than their concurrent enrollment in college preparatory mathematics and science courses, this course assumes no previous knowledge.
Civil Engineering & Architecture is one of four specialization courses in the Project Lead The Way high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary-level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.
What will my classes be like?
You will use 3D modeling software AutoDesk Revit Architecture to create and test your own residential and commercial designs, factoring in:
- Materials and systems
- Structural design
- Cost/efficiency analysis
- Storm water management
- Site design and considerations
- Utilities and services
- Building codes
- Architectural style and guidelines
You will also research the careers and trends in the design and construction industry, including new developments in energy efficiency, green technologies, and changing populations. Be inspired to shape the spaces of the 21st century!