816 S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
Fax: 703-228-5815
Tuesday, June 28, 2016


(Project Lead the Way)

PLTW I -- Introduction to Engineering
(taught at home schools)


J.C. Parry, Instructor
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
"Project Lead the Way" Trained


Do you like to solve problems? Do you like math and science? You may be the right student for the Career Center’s Engineering Program. Engineering is a growing field across the nation, offering high pay and a broad array of job opportunities.

The Arlington Career offers a one or two-year Pathway to Engineering Program through Project "Lead The Way," the nation’s leading pre-engineering high school curriculum.

First-year students work individually and in teams to solve hands-on engineering problems. They design a ping pong ball shooter, build and destroy a model bridge and learn 3D computer modeling… in short, lots of fun stuff but with a serious purpose: To teach the way engineers think about and solve problems.

Second-year students work on advanced projects like controlling robots and other machinery with computers, and finally forming their own business to market an engineering solution to a problem they choose.

Students completing this two-year Program can receive / qualify for:

  • COLLEGE CREDIT--at Old Dominion University, which offers up to six college credits for each year of the Engineering program completed with a B or better average.
  • Also, a list of additional schools which may give credit for our engineering classes may be found here.


George Mason University

Pennsylvania State University
Radford University, Radford, Virginia
Virginia Tech College of Engineering


The Career Center’s Engineering Program draws upon Project Lead the Way, a national program that prepares students for success in post-secondary engineering and engineering technology programs. To learn more about the courses offered in the engineering curriculum, click here. The Career Center program currently includes Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering as a first year course, and as an optional second-year, Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Design & Development.


Swanson Middle School offers a preparatory technology curriculum to the Career Center’s Engineering Program. Students who like that program can come to the Career Center to take engineering for one or two more years while still in high school. They may even be earning college credit as they do. Then the possibilities abound at the college and university level, as students enter this extremely diverse, well-paid and hi-demand field. To find out more, call J.C. Parry (see contact information above).


• Computer Controlled Milling Machine
• Computer Controlled Robot
• Materials Strength Testing Machine
• Autodesk Inventor (3D Design Program)
• Fischer Technik LLWin (scripting program for controlling robots)
• Mechanics of Deformable Solids (calculates stress on materials)

Last Modified on June 26, 2008