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Engineering and Design

Students are prepared for employment in various engineering and design industries.


The engineering and design industry sector provides a strong foundation in engineering and design for students in California. The students are engaged in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical preparation and focuses on career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation in five pathways. To prepare students for the vast scope of job opportunities in this field, middle schools, high schools, regional occupational centers and programs, apprenticeship programs, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities provide education and training in engineering-related occupations. The demand for engineers in a variety of specializations throughout the state and the nation will remain high. 

The five pathways in this sector emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth. To prepare students for continued training, advanced educational opportunities, and direct entry to a career, the engineering and design programs offer the following components: classroom, laboratory, and hands-on contextual learning; project-based and work-based instruction; internships, community classroom, and cooperative career technical education; work experience education; and leadership and interpersonal skills development.

Engineering Industry Sectors Program Summary

Engineering and Design Industry Sector Pathways

  • Architectural and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Hardware, Electrical, and Networking Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Technology
  • Environmental and Natural Science Engineering

Sample of Career Technical Education Courses
Illustrates: Education level and related occupations for architectural and structural engineering, computer hardware, electrical, and networking engineering.


Contact Information

R. Mary Gallet, Ph.D., Education Programs Consultant

Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Questions: R. Mary Gallet, Ph.D. | | 916-445-7754 
Last Reviewed: Monday, October 17, 2016