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Your Guide to Creating the Most Effective, Industry-ready Engineering, Architectural Design Programs

Why SolidProfessor’s industry-approved, video-based curricula is trusted by California K-12 and postsecondary schools
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Meet California CTE Standards

SolidProfessor’s courses meet the requirements of the California engineering & architectural design pathways. With our online reporting dashboard, you can easily track which skills students have learned.
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Get Students Career-ready

Working with California schools for more than 12 years, we’ve helped members like LA Unified, Santa Rosa City Schools, and UCSD create world-class technical design programs that prepare students for industry.
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Help Students Earn Credentials

With thousands of California companies using CAD, BIM software, giving your students industry-recognized software certifications will set them up for in-demand careers at California companies.

Engineering Design Pathway: Curricula, Careers, and Credentials

The California CTE Model Curriculum for the Engineering Design Pathway provides learning opportunities for careers in the design and production of mechanical, electrical, and computer systems. See how SolidProfessor can help you meet the requirements of this curriculum.

Example Engineering Design Pathway curriculum with SolidProfessor

SolidProfessor’s courses Introduction to SOLIDWORKS, Introduction to Inventor, and many more fulfill all of the technical requirements of the Engineering Design Pathway.

Introduction to SOLIDWORKS

Engineering Design Pathway topics covered:

> C2.0-2.3 Understand the effective use of engineering design equipment.

> C3.0-3.3 Understand the sketching process used in concept development.

> C4.0-4.2 Understand measurement systems as they apply to engineering design.

 

Engineering Graphics & Spatial Visualization

Engineering Design Pathway topics covered:

> C4.0-4.2 Use proper projection techniques to develop orthographic drawings.

> C4.0-4.2 Understand the applications and functions of sectional views.

> C4.0-4.2 Understand the applications and functions of auxiliary views.

 

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GD&T Essentials and Fundamental Skills

Engineering Design Pathway topics covered:

> C4.0-4.2 Understand and apply proper dimensioning standards to drawings.

> C4.0-4.2 Understand the tolerance relationships between mating parts.

> C4.0-4.2 Understand the methods of applying text to a drawing.

 

Need more curriculum ideas for your engineering design curriculum?

Career opportunities in engineering design

The need for engineering designers, drafters, and the like isn’t slowing down any time soon. For students who are interested in starting their career out of high school or a two-year university, CAD drafting would be a great fit. Students interested in pursuing a four-year university education should consider a career in design engineering.

317 CAD drafting jobs in California

  • > Entry-level CAD drafters earn between $45,246 and $72,757
  • > Mid-level CAD drafters earn between $58,181 and $90,849
  • > High-level CAD drafters earn between $63,523 and $107,405

38,242 design engineering jobs in California

  • > Entry-level design engineers earn between $65,107 and $89,245
  • > Mid-level design engineers earn between $71,093 and $104,631
  • > High-level design engineers earn between $97,428 and $136,607

Curious about other career opportunities for design engineers? Discover additional job titles, salary expectations, and more in this article.

Industry-recognized credentials in engineering design

When your students earn industry-recognized credentials, employers and college application review boards have solid proof that your students have the skills they say they do. Here are the top credentials for engineering design students in California.

CSWA Certification

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate

In California, 7,863 companies use SOLIDWORKS, making the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) credential extremely valuable. SolidProfessor’s cert prep course is the No. 1 recommended preparation resource for the CSWA.

Inventor Certification

Autodesk Inventor Certified User

967 California companies use Inventor; you can prepare students for great careers challenging them to become Inventor Certified Users. SolidProfessor’s cert prep course will ensure that they pass the exam the first time!

Certification prep at Trabuco Hills High School

Led by Engineering Teacher Phillip Ureno, Trabuco Hills High School students are reaping the rewards of becoming Certified SOLIDWORKS Associates.
“SolidProfessor was key in helping my students prepare for the CSWA... By getting certified in SOLIDWORKS and using SOLIDWORKS, I’m confident my students have a great career ahead of them.”
Phillip Ureno
Engineering Teacher, Trabuco Hills High School
“I currently have the CSWA certification, which is cool! Being able to go at 17 and tell people I have a certification in a world-wide software like SOLIDWORKS is incredible. I think it gives me an edge over other people.”
Gregory Mcnew
Student, Trabuco Hills High School

Architectural Design Pathway: Curricula, Careers, and Credentials

The Architectural Design Pathway is an introductory CTE course teaching the nature of space, form, geometry, and more in architectural design. Students must develop designs using both traditional sketching methods and CAD software.

Example architectural design curriculum with SolidProfessor

SolidProfessor’s Introduction to Revit course is the best way to fulfill the technical requirements of the Architectural Design Pathway. Plus, students will finish the course with a completed architectural project that they can add to their portfolio. Our Introduction to AutoCAD and AutoCAD Essentials courses are also great ways to familiarize your students with drawing, sketching, construction documents, and more.

Introduction to Revit

Architectural Design Pathway topics covered:

> A3.0-3.3 Understand the sketching processes used in concept development.

> A4.0-4.2 Understand the use of CAD in developing architectural designs.

> A6.0-6.4 Understand methods used to analyze simple structures.

> A7.0-7.4 Understand the properties of structural materials.

> A8.0-8.7 Systematically complete an architectural project.

 

AutoCAD Essentials

Architectural Design Pathway topics covered:

> A3.0-3.3 Understand the sketching processes used in concept development.

> A4.0-4.2 Understand the user of CAD in developing architectural designs.

> A.7-7.4 Understand the properties of structural materials.

 

Introduction to Rhino

Architectural Design Pathway topics covered:

> A3.0-3.3 Understand the sketching processes used in concept development.

> A4.0-4.2 Understand the use of CAD in developing architectural designs.

> A6.0-6.4 Understand methods used to analyze simple structures.

 

Need more curriculum ideas for your architectural design course?

Career opportunities in architectural design

There are thousands of available jobs for architectural designers, drafters, and the like in California. For students who are interested in starting their career out of high school or a two-year university, architectural drafting would be a great fit. Students who want to pursue a four-year degree should consider a career in architectural design.

128 architectural drafting jobs in California

  • > Entry-level architectural drafters earn between $34,908 and $70,683
  • > Mid-level architectural drafters earn between $42,573 and $96,371
  • > High-level architectural drafters earn between $49,373 and $99,958

1,114 architectural designer jobs in California

  • > Entry-level architectural designers earn between $51,073 and $81,640
  • > Mid-level architectural designers earn between $56,225 and $91,569
  • > High-level architectural designers earn between $70,816 and $132,312

Curious about other career opportunities for architectural designers? Discover additional job titles, salary expectations, and more in this article.

Industry-recognized credentials in architectural design

Industry-recognized certifications provide solid evidence that your students have the skills they need in the workplace. They enhance resumes and college applications. Here are some of the top credentials for architectural design students in California.

Revit Certified User

Autodesk Revit Certified User

477 companies in California use Revit. Give your students the skills they need by preparing them for the Revit Certified User exam with SolidProfessor’s cert prep course.

AutoCAD Certified User

Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User

With 16,241 companies in California using AutoCAD software, helping your students become AutoCAD Certified Users ensures they’ll qualify for thousands of job opportunities.

Additional SolidProfessor Courses

Throughout our 5,000+ training videos and 240+ full courses, SolidProfessor offers curriculum, assignments, micro-badges, and projects in a vast range of topics. In addition to SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, AutoCAD, and Revit training, we also cover dozens of other topics.
Fusion 360

Fusion 360

SketchUp

SketchUp

FEA

FEA

Mastercam

Mastercam

DFM

DFM

Arduino

Arduino

CAMWorks

CAMWorks

3D Printing

3D Printing

MATLAB

MATLAB

ANSYS

ANSYS

CATIA

CATIA

Rhino

Rhino

Perkins funding and other California grant opportunities

Don’t let a lack of funding hold you back from accessing the tools and resources you need! We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of grants available for California schools that can be used to purchase a SolidProfessor Membership.

Carl D. Perkins Grant

The Perkins Grant provides secondary and postsecondary schools with funding to support career and technical education programs — including engineering curriculum. Many schools use Perkins funding to pay for their SolidProfessor Membership. Learn more about Perkins funding in California.

California Retired Teachers Association Grants (CalRTA) 

Three times each school year, CalRTA sponsors teacher grants to support classroom activities. There is a 30-second entry form, and funding is provided with no strings attached.

The Eastman Foundation Grants 

The Foundation believes in creating educational opportunities that help prepare and inspire students to excel. By leveraging their resources and strategic initiatives, they can maximize the collective impact of educational initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG)

The program was established as a state education, economic, and workforce development initiative to provide pupils in K-12 with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment and postsecondary education.

Workforce Accelerator Fund

The State Board and Employment Development Department (EDD) will fund projects and partnerships to create and prototype innovative strategies that bridge education and workforce gaps for targeted populations, and initial implementation of promising models and practices in workforce system service delivery infrastructure.

Corning Incorporated Foundation 

The Foundation puts specific focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM (which includes the arts) curricula, as well as workforce development programs that lead to productive career paths for young adults. 

SolidProfessor Technology Grant

Engineering students are expected to know more now than ever. SolidProfessor helps connect the dots between theory and software to set students up for success in the workforce. Online training courses are provided at an extremely discounted price for classrooms, schools, and school districts. To learn more, schedule a short 30-minute meeting with our California Academic Specialist, Danielle Enriquez.