Technology

The Technology cluster is comprised of four majors - CAD/Drafting, Business Technology, Electronics/Robotics, and Engineering Technology.

CAD/Drafting

The CAD/Drafting program introduces the student to the use of drafting instruments, measuring, line work, geometric construction, orthographic projection, sketching, isometric drawing and perspective drawing. Students progress to drawing layout, multi-view drawings, sectioning, auxiliary views, assembly drawings and model making. A major part of the curriculum includes computer-aided drafting using AutoCAD, Solidworks and Revit software to produce drawings on the computer. 

Students draw a series of projects which are designed to progressively lead them to basic proficiency level in drafting and CAD. Students are then encouraged to choose an area of interest (mechanical, architectural, etc.) and are then guided through higher level projects which are drawn in 3D software and printed on a 3D printer. In addition, students learn conceptual design practices and how to build prototypes and models. 

As a CAD operator or drafter, students can work for companies which concentrate on mechanical, machine, electrical, electronics, electro-mechanical, civil, structural and architectural design. In addition, each student is given the opportunity to take the American Design Drafting Association ADDA certification test which is internationally recognized. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Business Technology

Business Technology and Marketing have joined forces to provide a comprehensive and well-rounded program to prepare students for the business world. Curriculum will integrate marketing concepts, accounting, QuickBooks, computer applications, and of office practices and procedures which will provide students with a strong foundation in business. Students will also be introduced to legal issues and develop knowledge in personal finance. They will learn proper time management, organizational skills, and goal setting strategies. Students will select which program they want to earn their trade certificate credential at the end of sophomore year. 

Students will experience the ultimate example of retailing by operating Whittier’s two diverse stores; J. Greenleaf and Whitt’s End. Students receive comprehensive training on Cash Register Express, which is our Point of Sale system. They also develop skills in advertising, product selection and display, inventory management, merchandising, customer service, and interpersonal skills. Operating the school stores provides students the hands on experience of running an active business. 

Students are also prepared to take Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. These credentials are recognized worldwide. Certification builds individual distinction and ensures employers that students are prepared for an increasingly competitive workforce. Whittier Tech is an authorized Microsoft Office (MOS) testing center. 

In addition, Haverhill Bank has a branch location right here at Whittier Tech. Through our partnership with, Haverhill Bank students discover the excitement of today’s banking as they operate the branch using state-of-the-art equipment. The bank is located next to the school stores and Poet’s Inn Restaurant. 

Possible career pathways: Business, Finance, Management, Marketing, Advertising, Banking, Accounting, Administrative Assistant, Public Relations, Office Manager, Salesperson, Payroll Clerk, Executive Assistant, as well as Retail Operations. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Electronics/Robotics

Students in the Electronics/Robotics program learn the basic principles of analog and digital electronics with emphasis on AC and DC circuits, solid state devices, and digital circuits. In conjunction with this, students perform laboratory experiments that require prototyping, circuit assembly, and soldering skills. 

Students integrate these skills by building various electronic projects and kits that reflect real-world applications. In the robotic area, students learn how electronic circuits are used to control mechanical devices by building simple robotic projects such as mobile robots. Students also design and build robotic projects using computers and robotics software which progress from basic programming levels up to more challenging ones. Emphasis in the program is given to problem solving and critical thinking skills, along with extensive hands-on activities. Skills in several technological areas are combined to broaden students’ development and to maximize career opportunities. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates have the foundation to pursue careers such as field service technicians, video game technicians, electronic inspectors, electronic assemblers or electronic inspectors. With further instruction, graduates could pursue careers such as electronic engineers, licensed radio/television technicians or medical electronic technicians. 

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology is for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is designed to provide qualified students, who are interested in pursuing an engineering or technical path in college, with the foundation of a broad but highly specialized education in engineering technologies.

With a hands-on approach and using state of the art technologies and tools, students are introduced to various engineering concepts such as Engineering Design and Three Dimensional Solid Modeling. They will learn how to acquire engineering fundamental knowledge and practices, and how to develop their analytical skills and logical thought processes. During the program, the students will be introduced to various fields of engineering such as Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc. This program will climax in a Senior Year project that will test their ability to solve real world problems in engineering using their learned problem solving skills and techniques.

Engineering core curriculum will consist of a combination of the following courses:

  • Principles of Engineering - Helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology.
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture - Provides an overview of the elds of Civil Engineering and Architecture using state of the art software to solve real world problems and communicate solutions to hands-on projects and activities.
  • Introduction to Engineering Design – Teaches problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software.
  • Environmental Sustainability – Students investigate and design in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply and renewable energy.
  • Aerospace Engineering – Will introduce students to the world of aeronautics, flight, and engineering.

Engineering students will also complete additional math work during related instruction.

The Whittier Engineering program is a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) certified program. PLTW is a national non-profit organization chartered for the increase of the quality and quantity of engineering and engineering technology in the USA. PLTW certification provides students with the opportunity to earn college credits for work completed in this program at a number of leading engineering colleges such as Duke University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Purdue University, New Hampshire Institute, and many other national and regional schools. 

The Engineering Program at Whittier stresses and promotes gender equality in studying and mastering engineering technologies. The program also emphasizes the study of more comprehensive levels of math, science and English that are required for a successful college career in engineering disciplines.

For a complete description of our programs, please refer to the complete Program of Studies.

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