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Pre-Engineering* (IB) Pathway

Why Pre-Engineering?

Participating in the Pre-Engineering Career Pathway equips students for success at leading post-secondary institutions in the field of engineering and engineering technology. Upon completion of the pathway, students will have an exceptional foundation in Pre-engineering and the opportunity to receive multiple industry-recognized credentials. Employment opportunities are in demand, competitive, and challenging. Students can pursue exciting careers in engineering, design, manufacturing and construction industries.

Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:

  • A Mechanical Engineer specializes in applying the principles of physics and science materials for analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems through the production and use of heat and mechanical power.
  • An Aerospace Engineer is behind the creative and complex design, construction and science of aircrafts and spacecrafts.
  • A Civil Engineer designs, constructs and mainains the physical and naturally built environment including projects such as bridges, roads, canals, dams and buildings. Civil engineers often specialize in specific areas of engineering including environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, municipal or urban, water resources, materials, coastal, surveying and construction.
  • An Industrial Designer uses a combination of applied art and science to create and execute design solutions for problems of form, usability, physical ergonomics, marketing, brand development and sales. Industrial engineers focus on improving the usability and marketability of products through aesthetics and ergonomics.

In the Pre-Engineering Pathway students will learn to engineer, design, prototype and document electro-mechanical systems and components. This program helps students apply algebra, trigonometry, plane and solid geometry, applied mechanics, strength of materials and physics to develop innovative solutions to real world problems. As technology continues to advance, employers will look for those who have a strong background in these fundamental principles. Typically engineering and technology graduates pursue post-secondary education, and the Pre-Engineering Career Pathway will give students a solid foundation for continued studies.

Project-based learning is infused throughout every level of the Pre-Engineering pathway. Students are challenged to apply what they are learning to solve real-world problems. This experience is significantly deepened when students engage in co-curricular opportunities and compete at regional, state, national and international levels. Students will also engage in career exploration in each course to clarify and adjust their career goals and objectives in an effort to ensure their college and career readiness.


The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an innovative education framework incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IBCP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce. The IBCP combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCP core. Pre-Engineering is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved for the IBCP.


*The Pre-Engineering program is "industry certified" by the International Technology Engineering Education Association (ITEEA). An "industry certified" program has received a "stamp of excellence," which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.

Pre-Engineering Design Courses and Schedule

Pre-Engineering Course Schedule

Introduction to Pre-Engineering & Pre-Architecture (Intro to Drafting & Design) – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Pre-Engineering and Pre-Architecture is a foundation course that serves as an introduction to the fields of engineering and architecture design. This course is a prerequisite to all other courses in the Pre-Engineering pathway. Emphasis is placed on safety, geometric construction, fundamentals of computer-aided drafting, and multi-view drawings. Students learn drafting techniques through the study of geometric construction at which time they are introduced to computer-aided drafting and design. The standards are aligned with the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, helping students to qualify for articulated credit at the postsecondary level.

Pre-Engineering II (Survey of Engineering Design) – 2 semesters.
Prerequisite: Intro to Pre-Engineering & Pre-Architecture/Intro to Engineering Drawing
Pre-Engineering II is a one-credit course designed to further the development of student knowledge and skills in the Pre-Engineering pathway. Students learn to model complex objects and assembly using industry standard computer-aided design (CAD) software and develop skills in dimensioning, tolerancing, pictorials, sections, auxiliary views, and intersection and developments. Students will learn about basic mechanisms, robotics, manufacturing materials, and manufacturing processes. While the term computer-aided design (CAD) does not appear in each competency, CAD tools and software will be used extensively throughout the course. The standards are aligned with the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, helping students to qualify for articulated credit at the postsecondary level.

Pre-Engineering III (3D Modeling & Analysis) – 2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Pre-Engineering II
Pre-Engineering III is a one-credit course designed to further the development of student knowledge and skills in engineering and related mechanical design and annotation. Emphasis is placed on the engineering design process, design analysis tools (static, kinematic, and fluid analysis), and special CAD models (such as sheet metal and welding models). Students will also learn about geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. While the term computer-aided design (CAD) does not appear in each competency, CAD tools and software will be used extensively throughout the course. The standards are aligned with the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia, helping students to qualify for articulated credit at the postsecondary level.

Research, Design, and Project Management – 2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Intro to Pre-Engineering & Pre-Architecture/Intro to Engineering Drawing
Research, Design, and Project Management (RDPM) is a capstone course for the Pre-Engineering pathway where student will take a deep dive research topic. Students will select an engineering problem and systematically apply the engineering design process to develop a functional solution. Students will utilize productive analysis in the design phase to inform their design. Prototypes that will be built, tested, and evaluated against the established designed constraints. And the research results will be shared in the annual Engineering Pipeline Research Symposium. This class will meet from after school 2:45-5:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays from September to the 1st week in May.


 Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Pre-Engineering

Post Secondary Institutions of Study  Georgia Institute of Technology
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
•    Carnegie Melon University
•    Auburn University
•    Fort Valley State University
•    Stanford University
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Purdue University
•    Mercer University
•    Morehouse College
•    Savannah State University 

•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Coastal Georgia Community College
•    Columbus Technical College
•    Dalton State College
•    DeVry Institute of Technology
•    DeKalb Technical College
•    Gwinnett Technical College
•    Middle Georgia College
•    Northwestern Technical College
•    Ogeechee Technical College
•    Savannah Technical College


The Technology TSAStudent Association (TSA)’s mission is to inspire student members to plan for careers in a technology-driven economy and culture. Class activities include highly motivational local, regional, state and national technology oriented competitive events. The natural interaction between teachers and students provides an excellent learning environment and an interest in working toward common goals.

Greenpower USA inspires young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering GP Logo In Motion Smalland Math through a unique challenge: to design, build and race an electric car.  Students will be mentored by professional engineers and technicians through the design build process.

smash logo The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer, fully residential STEM enrichment program which provides access to STEM coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks.

ACCILogo2THE ATLANTA CENTER FOR CREATIVE INQUIRY (ACCI)’s mission is to mentor, educate, and develop creative abilities in youth to promote greater diversity in the architecture, engineering and construction professions.  ACCI is a twelve-week mentoring program where students meet twice per week to learn about aspects of the architectural design process.  A professor of architecture, along with architect and engineer mentors, leads students through the design process for their culminating project.  Students compete for paid summer internships and summer enrichment programs at Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Harvard.

Lockheed LogoLockheed Martin STEM Mentoring Program – Lockheed Engineers in the Operational Leadership Development Program will mentor fifteen to twenty Pre-Engineering students. The mentee to mentor ratio will be no more than a 1:2 ratio. Students will meet monthly with their mentor. The program will focus on professional and soft skills, STEM topics, and tours of Lockheed worksites.

Georgia TechGATech Logo Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory’s Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) Program - Georgia Tech has teamed up with Lockheed Martin to help build a diverse, motivated, and energetic future engineering workforce by engaging students from the high school level all the way through the graduate level on exciting and challenging engineering projects. For the high school portion of the program, Georgia Tech will be offering 6-10 week internship opportunities in which students will be paired with a Georgia Tech research faculty mentor and a Georgia Tech student mentor to participate in one of a selected set of Georgia Tech competition robotics teams or engineering research efforts.  Marietta High School is one of a few schools in the metro Atlanta area participating in this pilot program.

Civil Engineering Club logoThe American Society of Civil Engineering's Civil Engineering Club - Engineers and faculty lead students through a sequence of pre-planned meetings and classroom activities, and work with local companies, engineering organizations and /or universities to create experiences that introduce students to the role of civil engineering in the community and the career potential available for those who select engineering as their career pathway.