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4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson Arizona 85718
Phone number: 520-209-8300 | Fax: 520-209-8520
Attendance Line: 520-209-8318
School Hours: 8:35am-3:25pm
Counseling Office 520-209-8305
Health Office: 520-209-8304
Athletics Office: 520-209-8412
Registrar: 520-209-8385
School Code: 030476

Ms. Jody Brase

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Catalina Foothills High School

Career and Technical Education Courses


Program Description

The Engineering Science program is designed to develop students’ understanding of engineering problem solving and design practices.  Students will have the opportunity to apply their scientific and math knowledge to solve engineering and technology problems.  Students will design projects using Inventor CAD software and complete hands-on projects with their designs.

Student Organization

Engineering students are encouraged to join one of these clubs:

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Industry Certification

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Course Sequence (3 Years)

Intro to Engineering Design

Grade 9|10|11|12

Engineering Design course emphasizes problem-solving skills using a design development process. Models of product solutions are created, analyzed and communicated using solid modeling computer design software. Students are introduced to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering and encouraged to integrate math and science technologies into engineering problem solving processes.

Principles of Engineering

Grade 10|11|12

Principles of Engineering course is designed to integrate math and science skills into engineering technology. Students will gain an understanding of the intricacies associated with technology systems and engineering problem solving.

Engineering Design and Development

Grade 11|12

Engineering Design and Development is a research course that offers an opportunity for advanced students to research, design, and construct solutions to open-ended engineering problems. (Eligible for Dual Enrollment with U of A).

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College Options

University of Arizona has 22 Engineering Degrees to choose from.

Arizona State University has 25 Engineering Degrees to choose from.

Princeton Review Best Engineering Colleges by Major

Employment Outlook:

This pathway can lead into many engineering fields obtainable through a college degree.

  • Aerospace Engineers, $94,900 per year
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers, $121,590 per year
  • Bioengineers (Emerging)
  • Chemical Engineers, $104,100 per year
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineers, $85,170 - $103,370 per year
  • Electronics Engineering Technologists, $54,530 per year
  • Energy Engineers, $83,760 per year
  • Engineering Technicians, $51,000 - $64,550 per year
  • Industrial Engineers, $91,710 per year
  • Manufacturing Engineers, $83,760 per year
  • Mechanical Engineers, $89,760 per year
  • Mining Engineers, $81,820 per year
  • Renewable Energy Engineers (Emerging)
  • Robotics Engineers, $83,760 per year
  • Safety Engineers, $73,580 per year

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Alumni Stories

Neil Collins ’16

Taking Principles of Engineering at CFHS led to me studying biotechnology and engineering Barrett, The Honors College.

A few of my primary motivators that eventually led me to BME were Principles of Engineering (PoE), VEX Robotics, and AP Chem/Bio. PoE helped me to get my initial taste of engineering, and I joined the robotics team around the same time that I started the class. It was a very satisfying feeling the first time I finished a major project (creating a programmable crane using RobotC), as I realized that I could actually create something with technical usage. From there, though I didn't go on to take more engineering courses, I was highly active in the VEX Robotics Club, becoming head programmer my Junior year and then President as a senior. Robotics club helped me to get more acquainted with the Engineering process while at the same time giving me some more exposure to basic programming, circuits, and design. At the same time, I was spending hours and hours with my friends, growing and learning as we prepared to compete with our robots each year. Looking at PoE and VEX, when combined with my interest in AP Chem and AP Bio, I realized that I wanted to fuse the two together into my work, which is what led me to my current pursuit, a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from ASU. Currently I am a member of ASU's Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

I intend to obtain my Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering. My career end goal is to become involved with the engineering of medical devices, with a possible emphasis on nanotechnology. Since coming to ASU, I've started working with the Xiao Wang Lab on Systems and Synthetic Biology studying CRISPR Cas-9 genomics systems, and find it to be very interesting and I hope to continue working with this lab until I eventually complete my Masters at ASU.

As for coursework, I felt more than prepared for my entry level coursework. In my time at Foothills, I took 7 different science based courses, and I think the few AP Sciences I worked with were actually a bit harder than my college intro courses. So the coursework was great, but at the same time, I think the pitfall that a lot of high school Juniors and Seniors get into is that they focus solely on academics. They take 8 AP classes and stay up late studying each night. In my case, I took 3-4 AP courses and a few honors courses. This gave me challenging coursework, but also gave me time to head VEX robotics, to be a section leader in the Falcon Marching Band, and to be a varsity Cross Country/Track runner. These were all things I loved participating in, and I still participate with most of those activities today. They helped me to be well rounded, and overall more successful in my college environment. That's one of my favorite things about CFHS, all of the different activities and opportunities to meet people.

Neil Collins at CFHS Neil Collins at ASU

Neil with his Engineering Teacher & classmates (second from left) & Neil Collins today at ASU

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