The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering Program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. students complete foundation-level courses in engineering, including Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and Digital Electronics. students then select an area of specialization, including Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Computer Science Principles, or Environmental Sustainability. In the final course, students complete an industry-mentored capstone project in Engineering Design and Development. students who qualify can earn transcripted credit at PLTW–affiliated colleges and universities nationwide, including the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
This program prepares students for a beginning career in manufacturing and machine technologies and aligns to the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level I Credentials. Students participate in hands-on education in precision machining while developing competency in process control, manual operations, process adjustment, and part inspection. They must also demonstrate machine safety. Students enrolled in the MET-NIMS CTE program of study must complete the NIMS accreditation process. The program includes four credentialing areas – two required by NIMS and two selected by the school system. The student must complete at least one credentialing area.
Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering
PLTW contributes to a strong, positive impact on mathematics and science achievement and offers a pathway to prepare and motivate students to enter careers in engineering and science.
Maryland’s PLTW Engineering program is focused on increasing the number of students prepared for college and STEM-related careers - specifically women and minorities who are underrepresented in the field.