Engineering Academy

Engineering Technology

The Engineering Technology program at Doherty Memorial High School is a rigorous program designed for high-achieving, technically oriented students who plan to continue their engineering education upon graduating from high school. Doherty has partnered with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to encourage students to participate in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and build their interest in STEM degrees and careers.

Focusing on both application and practice, Doherty’s engineering program integrates its curriculum with a mix of math, science, engineering theory and lab experience. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving, hardware application, implementation and production. Students are given the opportunity to identify an EEA – Elective Engineering Elective - to research and present a rationale of the feasibility of further work on the selected EEA. Once a project is accepted, students design, build, and develop maintenance strategies for a robot or other automated system.

Further, qualifying students are granted the opportunity to participate in internships for a full semester gaining experience in areas businesses, hospitals and WPI engineering labs to name a few. Upon graduation, students readily attend four-year colleges and universities majoring in engineering or enter the workforce operating CNC machines for cabinetmaking.

Course Offerings

Engineering Design – Manf

Course Numbers: 5073 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Engineering Design and Manufacturing: In this course, students will advance their knowledge of technological systems in a hands-on learning environment. Students will deepen connections among the STEM fields and develop and apply advanced skills and applications in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). Students will also explore advanced topics in architectural, civil engineering, and CAD software, as well as parametric building design, building information models (BIMs), material take-off, energy efficient planning, and rendering and presentation. Students will discuss and complete their academic and career plans. This course, which builds upon skills acquired in the EDF course, is a Vocational Chapter 74 based program, incorporating standards from the Engineering Technology Vocational Framework. Students will be assessed using proficiency standards in preparation for attainment of a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (COPs).


Exp Tech – Engineering

Course Numbers: 5053 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Exploring Technology and Engineering: In this course, students will gain and apply relevant safety knowledge, complete and discuss academic and career plans, and will acquire academic content knowledge regarding the engineering design process, force distribution, materials usage and selection, lean manufacturing principles, alternative energy systems, and robotics in a project-based learning environment. Students will be assessed using proficiency standards in preparation for attainment of a Certificate of Proficiency. (COP) This course is part of a Chapter 74 approved program and incorporates standards from the Engineering Technology Vocational Framework.


Intro Tech – Eng

Course Numbers: 5012 (1.00)(H) | 5013 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Introduction to Technology and Engineering: In this course, students will gain and apply relevant safety knowledge, complete and discuss academic and career plans, and acquire appropriate academic content knowledge within a project-based environment. Students will use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones and will explore the many career pathways offered within the engineering field including software, electrical, construction, communication systems, and robotics. Students will utilize sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software to communicate the details of the products. Students will acquire the skills necessary to analyze potential solutions and communicate ideas to others. Students will be assessed using proficiency standards in preparation for the attainment of a Certificate of Proficiency. (COP) This course is part of a Chapter 74 approved program and incorporates standards from the Engineering Technology Vocational Framework. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


Intro Tech and Eng

Course Numbers: 501 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Introduction to Technology & Engineering, as part of a Chapter 74 approved program, incorporates standards from the Engineering Technology Vocational Framework. Within a project based learning environment, students will gain and apply relevant safety knowledge, complete and discuss academic and career plans, and gain and apply appropriate academic content knowledge. Students use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones. Students will explore the many career pathways offered within the engineering field ranging from but not limited to software, electrical, construction, communications systems, and robotics. Using sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software, students communicate the details of the products. Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas to others. The curriculum also utilizes the strengths of each team member to accomplish the goals of a project, while offering students learning challenges at all ability levels.Throughout the course, students will be assessed using proficiency standards in preparation to attain a Certificate of Proficiency (COPs).


Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year.  While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work.  

Career Opportunities

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Production Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
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