Technology and Engineering Education is committed to preparing students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities by teaching them to understand, design, produce, use, and manage the human-made world in order to contribute and function in a technological society.
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Technology and Engineering Pathways
The Utah Technology and Engineering Pathways are designed to give students a foundational understanding of the worlds of engineering and engineering technology.
Nationally, engineering is the second largest of all professions. In Utah, biomedical engineers (10.5 percent), petroleum engineers (3.8 percent), and civil engineers (3.5 percent) have the highest projected growth rate through the year 2020. Due to the expansion of jobs in the technical fields and the increasing numbers of engineers who are retiring, the number of job openings in technology and engineering is increasing. There is a critical shortage of engineers and engineering technologists entering the field at a time when technology is reinventing itself every few years.
Below are the five Pathways in Technology and Engineering Education:
Architectural Design (CAD/Drafting)
Mechanical Design (CAD/Drafting)
Student Leadership Organization
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the student leadership organization for Technology and Engineering Education. TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in Technology and Engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition to supplement the curriculum in Technology and Engineering. Leadership opportunities are available at the local, state, and national levels.
- Nationally there are more than 230,000 middle and high school TSA members, with chapters in every state.
- Utah has over 3,716 TSA members in 55 chapters.
- Like national TSA members on Facebook.
- Follow national TSA members on Twitter.
- National TSA, tsaweb.org.
- Follow Utah TSA members on Twitter.
- Utah TSA, utahtsa.org.
In 2016, 37 Utah TSA student members placed in the top ten in the nation for their exceptional achievement in 16 of the 65 technology-based competitive events.
Utah high schools recognized as top three finalists were:
- First Place: Skyline High School and InTech Collegiate High School
Utah middle schools recognized as top three finalists were:
- First Place: Oak Canyon Junior High School and Wasatch Junior High School
- Third Place: Oak Canyon Junior High School
Career Preparation/Economic Development
A sequence of engineering courses combined with traditional mathematics and science courses introduce students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering. The high school certification program recognizes schools that have successfully completed a Technology & Engineering pathway, and provides students with an excellent preparation for college courses as well as increasing their earning potential while still in high school.
In 2015, 1,380 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in the Technology and Engineering program area, indicating a high level of performance.
State and Local Partnerships
- Utah Aerospace Manufacturing Pathway
- Medical Innovations Pathway
- Utah Division of Risk Management
- Utah Technology and Engineering Educators (UTEE)
Our vision is to see that every student receives the academic knowledge and technical skills needed to be successful in the technology and engineering career of his or her choice, by combining engineering principles, mathematics, and science courses that result in a logical thought process. Technology and Engineering Education students will develop essential career preparation skills through technical and academic courses, as well as personal leadership opportunities.