Featured Class: Introduction to Engineering 8:45-10:00 am, Period 1

Teacher/Mentor: Greg Reitinger and Laurie Reitinger
Course Length: Two Semesters for Upper Academy
Type of Class: Group class through Heart Academy
When: Friday, 8:45-10:00 am, Period 1
Cost for instruction: $$75 per month for 6 or more students, $85 per month for 5 students, and $100 per month for 4 students. Minimum class size 4 students, max 24 students. If 8 or more students signup one parent can inquire to be a teacher assistant and have class instruction fee discounted.
Minimum & Maximum Class Size: 4-12 Students
Questions: Greg Reitinger – gregb.reitinger@yahoo.com
Laurie Reitinger – l.reitinger@yahoo.com

Text Book Costs:

Text Book: Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction To Engineering, 4th edition
By Saeed Moaveni (paperback book – used copies on Amazon run $30-$60; 5th edition new book okay but not required, runs $119.37 on Amazon)

Class Project Materials:

Student will be doing one to two projects per semester and will be responsible for the materials and material cost.

Credit Classification: Upper Academy (see prerequisite for minimum safe age and maturity level) – Recommended for 11th and 12th grade. See Prerequisites, Mature 10th grader with instructor approval

Prerequisites & Basic Skills/Tools Needed:

1) Algebra I and Geometry is required as a class prerequisite. General Science and Physical Science and understanding the scientific method is required. Recommended to have taken any or all of the following or be concurrently enrolled in: High School Math: Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus; High School Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics

2) Use of PowerPoint, Word, and Excel will be reviewed for use for technical presentations, and engineering reports.

Intro to Engineering Course Description: This is a 2 Semester class that will provide a general introduction and overview of engineering disciplines and will provide the students a “taste” of the various skills and knowledge required to work in any field related to the discipline. The class content will cover a general introduction to the engineering profession, review fundamental engineering concepts, overview computational tool application for problem solving, introduce students to engineering graphical communication methods, introduce students to material selection and important design decisions, overview engineering mathematics, basic statistics, and engineering economics.

List Of Topics to Be Covered:

1’st Semester
Part 1 Engineering An Exciting Profession
1) Introduction To The Engineering Profession
2) Preparing For An Engineering Career
3) Introduction To Engineering Design
4) Engineering Communication
5) Engineering Ethics
Part 2 Concepts Every Engineer Should Know
6) Fundamental Dimensions and Units
7) Length & Length Related Parameters
8) Time and Time Related Parameters
9) Mass and Mass Related Parameters
10) Force and Force Related Parameters
11) Temperature and Temperature Related Parameters
12) Electrical Current Related Parameters
13) Energy And Power
Part 3 Computational Engineering Tools (Using Available Software To Solve Engineering Problems)
14) Electronic Spreadsheets

2’nd Semester

Part 4 Engineering Graphical Communication Conveying Information To Other Engineers, Machinists, Technicians, and Managers
16) Engineering Drawings And Symbols
Part 5 Engineering Material Selection & Important Design Decision
17) Engineering Materials
Part 6 Mathematics, Statistics, and Engineering Economics
18) Mathematics In Engineering
19) Probability And Statistics In Engineering
20) Engineering Economics

Class Expectations:

Students are to read text and do homework assignments prior to class.
Computer availability at home mandatory. Internet use (with parental supervision) is required. One laptop per engineering team will be required during second semester in class.
Attendance and punctuality (very important). Please be in class on time, ready to start, and prepared for the day’s material.
LISTENING to instructions given in class and FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS. This will save time and energy for all of us and is extremely important for safety and for good performance in the class.
No cell phones or electronics devices can be used during class except for class project/presentations.
No eating or food in class.


Expect 4-5 hours of homework a week including reading, problems, and projects. There will be weekly reviews in class and periodic quizzes on class material. Six unit tests will be given that cover the class material covered in the six sections addressed in the text. There will be engineering projects – one to three each semester.

Bring to class each week:

1-inch three ring binder with pocket for handouts, and class notes.
Pencil and eraser and notebook paper for notes.

Grading and Assessment:

Class participation: 20%
Homework Assignments and Projects: 40%
Unit Quizzes Tests: 20%
Semester Tests: 20%

About Your Instructors: You will find their bios at the end of the HEART catalog.

Contacting the Teacher(s): The best way to contact your teacher is via phone call or email. No Texts.
Greg Reitinger – (408) 724-0320 gregb.reitinger@yahoo.com and Laurie Reitinger – (408) 705-6048 (text ok) l.reitinger@yahoo.com

Assignments for the first week: Read through this entire information sheet and email me if you have any questions. Bring a 1-inch three ring binder to keep handouts, college ruled paper, graph paper (TBD), and pocket folder dividers. Put name on binder. Bring a pencil, eraser, pens, and calculator.

Answer the question “What is an engineer?” on a 3” x 5” card with your name on it for classroom discussion. Bring to the first class for class discussion.

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