Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework

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Florida Department of Education

Student Performance Standards

Course Title: Applied Engineering Technology I

Course Number: 8401110

Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology and prepares them for postsecondary engineering programs by developing a more in-depth mastery of the associated mathematics, science, and technology knowledge and skills. The course also includes essential concepts of technology and design, as well as concerns about the social and political implications of technological change.

Florida Standards

Correlation to CTE Program Standard #

  1. Methods and strategies for using Florida Standards for grades 09-10 reading in Technical Subjects for student success in Applied Engineering Technology.

    1. Key Ideas and Details

      1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.


      1. Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


      1. Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


    1. Craft and Structure

      1. Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.


      1. Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).


      1. Analyze the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, defining the question the author seeks to address.


    1. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

      1. Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.


      1. Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.


      1. Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.


    1. Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

      1. By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature [informational texts, history/social studies texts, science/technical texts] in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

      2. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature [informational texts, history/social studies texts, science/technical texts] at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


  1. Methods and strategies for using Florida Standards for grades 09-10 writing in Technical Subjects for student success in Applied Engineering Technology.

    1. Text Types and Purposes

      1. Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.


      1. Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.


    1. Production and Distribution of Writing

      1. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


      1. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


      1. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.


    1. Research to Build and Present Knowledge

      1. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.


      1. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.


      1. Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


    1. Range of Writing

      1. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


  1. Methods and strategies for using Florida Standards for grades 09-10 Mathematical Practices in Technical Subjects for student success in Applied Engineering Technology.

    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.


    1. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.


    1. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.


    1. Model with mathematics.


    1. Use appropriate tools strategically.


    1. Attend to precision.


    1. Look for and make use of structure.


    1. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.



FS-M/LA = Florida Standards for Math/Language Arts

NGSSS-Sci = Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science
Note: This course is pending alignment in the following categories: FS-M/LA and NGSSS-Sci.

CTE Standards and Benchmarks



  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics, scope and core concepts of technology. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Explain the rapid increase in the rate of technological development and the trade-offs between competing values (e.g., availability, cost, desirability, waste, et al) in the selection of resources.

    1. Discuss current technological developments that are/were driven by profit motive and the market.

    1. Explain how technological progress promotes advancement of science and mathematics.

    1. Identify new technologies that create new processes and describe ways in which technology helps to shape social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of society.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the attributes of design and the engineering design process. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Describe the essential activities and the sequence of steps associated with the design process.

    1. Discuss why the engineering design process must begin with a clearly stated problem and write a problem statement in sufficient clarity to enable design goals, requirements, and constraints to be identified.

    1. Critique the design of a solution and revise the design as needed.

    1. Explain the relationship between design criteria and design constraints and how a design’s criteria, constraints, and efficiency can compete with each other.

    1. Demonstrate brainstorming techniques.

    1. Identify the factors that ensure the safety and sustainability of an engineering design or product.

    1. Compare and contrast creative and analytic problem-solving strategies to the engineering design process.

    1. Identify safety considerations when designing a product.

    1. Apply engineering notebook standards and protocols.

    1. Explain the forms of analysis used in evaluating potential solutions, particularly those forms associated with engineering principles, estimation, economics, and worst case scenario.

    1. Describe a decision table and how it is used to evaluate proposed solutions to an engineering problem.

  1. Describe the functional characteristics of the engineering design team. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Describe how work breakdown structure (WBS) impacts the makeup and organization of an engineering design team.

    1. Compare functional and hierarchical schemes for organizing an engineering design team.

    1. Describe the function of management in general and project management in particular.

    1. Describe a typical design project team structure.

    1. Outline a research methodology.

    1. Explain the role of ethics as a part of responsible decision making.

  1. Demonstrate skill in technical sketching and drawing as it relates to engineering design. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Explain the concepts of technical sketching and drawing.

    1. Understand and interpret basic engineering drawings.

    1. Create an orthographic sketch or drawing with appropriate layout, dimensions, and details for construction.

    1. Create an isometric sketch or drawing.

  1. Successfully work as a member of a team. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Accept responsibility for specific tasks in a given situation.

    1. Maintain a positive relationship with other team members.

    1. Document progress, and provide feedback on work accomplished in a timely manner.

    1. Complete assigned tasks in a timely and professional manner.

    1. Reassign responsibilities when the need arises.

    1. Complete daily tasks as assigned on one’s own initiative.

  1. Demonstrate basic computer-aided design (CAD) knowledge and skills. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate use of the various functions of CAD software.

    1. Apply basic CAD skills to a mechanical drawing (e.g. layers, linetype, lineweight, viewport, scaling, units, limits, etc)

    1. Create a part using a solid modeling CAD software platform.

    1. Create an assembly drawing using a CAD software platform.

    1. Create a pictorial drawing using a CAD software platform (e.g. isometric, perspective, oblique)

    1. Create an orthographic drawing using a CAD software platform.

    1. Create a bill of materials generated from a CAD application.

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills associated with the design of engineering systems (e.g. mechanical, fluid, thermal, electrical, and electronic systems). -- The student will be able to:

    1. Measure and calculate dimensions of parts using metric and U.S. customary systems.

    1. Identify simple machines.

    1. Calculate mechanical advantage.

    1. Define and calculate scientific quantities that are used in engineering designs (e.g. mass, weight, force, torque, friction, pressure, flow rate, voltage, current, resistance).

    1. Draw and read system schematics (e.g. electrical and fluid circuits).

    1. Define scientific principles as they relate to the design of mechanical and electrical systems (e.g. Newton’s Laws of motion, Ohm’s Law, the three laws of thermodynamics).

    1. Compare and contrast between related scientific and engineering principles (e.g. pneumatics and hydraulics, heat and temperature, series and parallel circuits, alternating and direct current).

    1. Assemble, operate, and identify the parts of a mechanical system.

  1. Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills for machining. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Measure dimensions using precision measurement tools, such as rulers, scales, calipers, and micrometers.

    1. Identify appropriate tools for machining purposes (e.g., drilling, turning, milling, sawing, and grinding).

    1. Explain steps for assembly and fabrication of products.

  1. Demonstrate technical knowledge and skills in the designing, engineering, and analysis of constructed works. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Define terminology associated with engineering products and systems.

    1. Define and describe the experimental method as it is applied to design.

    1. Describe simulation.

    1. Prepare a model of a design solution to an engineering problem.

    1. Prepare a graphical solution to an engineering problem.

    1. Prepare a mathematical solution to an engineering problem (using either a calculator or computer).

    1. Present a technical report on an engineering design problem, concept or issue.

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills associated with common computer peripherals and computer functions. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Identify and describe the various internal and external components of a computer and their functions (e.g., power supply, hard drive, RAM, mother board, I/O cards/ports, cabling, etc.).

    1. Describe and connect types and purposes of various computer input devices (e.g., USB, firewall, parallel and serial, Ethernet, printers, camera).

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of computer file management. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Describe and use conventional file naming conventions.

    1. Demonstrate proficiency with file management tasks (e.g., folder creation, file creation, backup, copy, delete, open, save).

    1. Be able to identify file types by extension (e.g., .doc, .txt, .wav, xls, dwg, etc.).

  1. Demonstrate proficiency using the Internet to locate information. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Identify and use web terminology.

    1. Define Universal Resource Locators (URLs) and associated protocols (e.g., http, ftp, telnet, mailto).

    1. Compare and contrast the types of Internet domains (e.g., .com, .org, .edu, .gov, .net, .mil).

    1. Demonstrate proficiency using search engines, including Boolean search techniques.

    1. Apply the rules for properly citing works or other information obtained from the Internet.

    1. Identify and apply Copyright Fair Use guidelines.

    1. Evaluate online information for credibility and quality using basic guidelines and indicators (e.g. authority, affiliation, purpose, etc.).

  1. Develop fundamental business productivity software skills. -- The students will be able to:

    1. Use appropriate functions in a word processing program. (e.g. format text, insert tables, create bulleted lists).

    1. Describe a spreadsheet and the ways in which it may be used.

    1. Use appropriate functions in a spreadsheet program. (e.g. insert and format text, merge cells, sort data, insert columns and rows).

    1. Describe presentation software, the ways it may be used and appropriate presentation delivery skills.

    1. Use appropriate functions in a presentation software program. (e.g. insert images, duplicate slides, format text).

  1. Develop an understanding of computer programming concepts. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Create a flowchart that visually describes a basic task.

    1. Describe different computer programming languages and functions.

    1. Create a basic computer program.

  1. Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of tools. -- The student will be able to:

    1. Select appropriate tools, procedures, and/or equipment.

    1. Demonstrate the safe usage of appropriate tools, procedures, and operation of equipment.

    1. Follow laboratory safety rules and procedures.

    1. Demonstrate good housekeeping at workstation within total laboratory.

    1. Identify color-coding safety standards.

    1. Explain fire prevention and safety precautions and practices for extinguishing fires.

    1. Identify harmful effects/potential dangers of familiar hazardous substances/devices to people and the environment.

2016 – 2017

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