Engineering, Robotics, & Mechatronics

The debate over global warming and climate change will continue for years to come, but we are charged with being good stewards of our planet. Society is also challenged with the production of higher quality goods and the improvement of quality of life. All of these are problems to be solved in part by engineers. Using the engineering principles and methods, students will build simple machines, will learn about different robot applications, and build a competitive robot.

Program Description

This program brings together math and physical science. Students will explore engineering design, engineering science, and project management to build a competitive robot and other selected engineering projects. Students will collaborate by working on teams and with other programs to complete projects. The aim of this program is to prepare students for the technical challenges of the future.

To Be Successful

Successful students in this program usually enjoy creating and building projects and working with their hands. They typically have an interest in engineering design principles and robotics and have strong math and science skills.

Student Organizations

FIRST Robotics


  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and fractions
  • Manipulate and solve algebraic equations
  • Basic understanding of geometry and make geometric calculations
  • Basic understanding of physics concepts


  • Read and follow directions
  • Persevere in uncomfortable or difficult situations
  • Motivated to learn new things
  • Work in and with a group
  • Listen to others and see their perspective
  • Think critically
  • Accept feedback and constructive criticism
  • Use and manage time productively and efficiently
  • Adhere to professional standards of dress and behavior
  • Comfortable speaking in front of a group

Program Specific

  • Think through and problem solve issues
  • Apply knowledge to industry applications
  • Be comfortable around loud noises
  • Learn how to and use tools (both hand and power)
  • Follow safety guidelines at all times
  • Manipulate small objects

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Hydraulics
  • Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Machine Technician
  • Robotics ( installation, set-up, repair)

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

  • 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 4th Math
  • 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
  • 1.0 Online Learning Experience

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.

  • Baker College
  • Ferris State University
  • Jackson College
  • Siena Heights University
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • 10-hour OSHA certificate
  • SolidWorks - Associate Mechanical Design (CSWA-Mechanical Design)

Josh Wonders head shotInstructor

Josh Wonders received his bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University and boasts over 17 years’ experience in education teaching Chemistry, Physics, Project Lead the Way - Introduction to Engineering Design, and Project Lead the Way - Principles of Engineering.  He has mentored hundreds of students in robotics clubs and has helped those students go on to find success in robotic competitions.  Josh employs a hands-on/minds-on approach to problem solving that prepares students to be successful no matter what they choose to do in life.  

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