602 F Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-3102 Fax: 219-324-2142

Principal: Mr. Ben Tonagel
Associate Principal: Mr.Scott Upp

Industrial Technology Department

Our mission is to provide our students the opportunity to succeed in our industrial society.  A sound foundation in construction, manufacturing, transportation, and communications, enables our students the maximum flexibility in choosing careers that most suit them and their needs.

Building Trades

Seniors and juniors accepted by application are released from the high school building to report to a construction site. They will construct a home that will be completed by the end of the school year and then sold on the open market. Students will learn carpentry, masonry, roofing, siding, plumbing, electrical, and other skills of the construction trades. Three credits per semester (9 per year) will be earned by the students. Students will also receive three credits per semester (6 per year) from Ivy Tech State College.

Design 1, 2

This course illustrates drafting techniques used in the planning and design of products, structures, and systems. Emphasis will be placed on sketching, recognition of views, projections, revolutions, and dimensioning. The importance of design and engineering in manufacturing and construction is immensely important as form and function are necessary elements in both areas for the communication of ideas and data.

Architectural C.A.D. 1, 2

The objective of this course is to become proficient in both 2D and 3D architectural drafting and design. Students will complete a set of work drawings for the construction of a dream house. Floor plans, elevations, sections and other plans will be completed. With the completion of this course the student will have the skills to be employed as an architectural draftsman in both 2D and 3D design.

2-Dimensional CAD. 1, 2

This course is an introduction to mechanical design and drafting. Topic covered include: 2D drawing, isometric drawing, CAD set-up, CAD drawing and editing techniques, and dimensioning. Students will learn how to print drawings and be given an introduction of 3D modeling. With the implementation of this course, the student should have mastered the skills needed for employment as a mechanical craftsman/designer.

3-Dimensional CAD. 1, 2

This is an advanced mechanical design course. All work will be focused on the mastery of 3d mechanical design and modeling skills. 3D modeling and animation will be done using software including: Auto CAD, 3D studio VIZ, Inventor, and Adobe Photoshop for editing and printing. At the end of the course, the student should have the skills to be employed as an architectural craftsman in both 2D and 3D designs.

Graphic Production A, B

Graphic productions is an elective course that teaches students how a printing enterprise would be set up and run. Students learn different methods of printing, equipment, and general printing business techniques that would be needed to start a printing enterprise. One of the main activities of the class is establishing everything needed to begin a print shop from the equipment to the sale of the product.

Graphic Communications A

Graphic Communications A is an elective course which teaches the basics of visual communication using hand-on activities and teacher-directed learning. Students will gain experience in design and layout, as well as learning equipment for use in reproduction of designed projects. Projects included in this class are poster design, typography, business cards, letterheads, company logo design and screen printing. Students will use technology in the design and print stages of their projects which include computers, scanners, image editing software, digital presses, and photographic equipment.

Graphic Communications B

Graphic Communications A is an elective course which teaches students some advanced techniques of visual communication. Students will get an expanded knowledge of the design process as well as learning the large format machines that will be used in reproduction. Some topics covered in this class are: line photography, process cameras, print plate making, lithographic press systems, and offset press operation. Also included in this class is black and white photography which includes a project where students take pictures, develop film, and enlarge/develop prints in the darkroom. Some topics of photography that are covered include: cameras, film, lenses, darkroom equipment, enlarging, developing procedure, and display techniques.

Construction Processes A, B

This course provides students with an overview of the practices used to construct structures from approved plans. Emphasis is placed on construction processes and material used to produce residential, commercial, industrial, civil, and non-traditional structures.

Manufacturing Processes 1, 2

This is a hands on course to introduce students to the material and processes industry uses to produce finished products. Some of the materials studied are: ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics, and composites. Processes may include: computer and manual machinery, explosion forming, injection molding, casting, welding, and finishing.

Transportation Processes 1, 2

This course provides students with hands-on activities relating to transportation systems used to move people and goods. Emphasis is placed on land, air, and water transportation systems. A small engine will be overhauled and co2 cars will be designed and raced as part of the land unit of study.

Aeronautics 1, 2

This course provides students with a specific overview of the aerospace transportation system. Emphasis will center on the historic, current, and future utilization of this area of transportation. Also, students will build model aircraft, airports, and navigate computer simulation aircraft

Astronautics 1, 2

This course will provide students with a specific overview of human endeavors in space. Students will explore manned spaceflight, robotic missions, remote sensing, useful spin-offs, NASA, current issues, as well as the future of our exploration in space.