The pre-engineering program, located at Bedford Road Collegiate's Cameco Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics, sees students use unique, hands-on learning stations to develop the technical and communication skills needed to solve problems. Students use these skills to design and document a solution to an authentic engineering challenge at the end of term. An emphasis is placed on knowledge, skills and attributes that are essential in the field of engineering, including co-operative work skills, goal setting, time management, ethics and critical thinking.
The four major content areas of the program are:
- Design fundamentals
- Problem solving
- Skill development
Successful pre-engineering students are independent and self-motivated. They enjoy problem solving in a science and mathematics environment.
- Learn about careers in engineering and science.
- Work in a team environment and get hands-on learning.
- Develop technical, communication and problem-solving skills.
Some of the training stations for the pre-engineering program include:
Design Processes (computer-assisted design): Students get a working knowledge of computer-assisted drawing (CAD) software in both design and interpretation.
Manufacturing Processes I: Students learn how to program and operate a computer numeric control (CNC) mill for design applications.
Manufacturing Processes II: Students learn to design and create objects using a state-of- the-art 3-D printer.
Fluids (pneumatics): Students use simulated and real fluid control components for the purpose of design and analysis.
Electrical Systems: Students learn the design and analysis of electrical circuits using a hands-on approach.
Robotics: Students learn how to program, edit and run robot control tasks for the purpose of solving problems.
Electrical/Computer Control: Students learn the design and application of Program Logic Control (PLC) components.
Pre-Engineering 10 and 20 meet the curricular requirements of the Design 10 and 20 Practical Applied Arts (PAA) credits. A PAA 30 credit is also available for Guitar and Amp Construction 30.