Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing

Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing

Mechanical engineers are designers who create objects that move.  The most broad of engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering attracts designers, problem-solvers, managers, producers, and collaborators. In CAL’s Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing (ME/M) program, CAL students work on projects from the initial brief, through the design and development stage, to the testing of one or more prototypes, right through to final fabrication and implementation.

The Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing (MEM) program at CAL is essentially machine tool technology, drafting, physics and engineering combined for the two year duration. In the the two year program model, courses build off of each other so that the student eventually experiences long-term projects in order to grasp a stronger understanding of draft designing, machining and fabrication. These courses are offered in such a way that students can borrow or build off of knowledge learned previously and continue to stretch their understanding in various disciplines.   

Program Courses

Junior Year Senior Year
Physics Computer Aided Drafting 2
Computer Aided Drafting 1 Engineering
Manufacturing Manufacturing 2
Junior-Level English Senior-Level English

* These courses alternate depending on the year--but both courses will be taken by the end of the two year program

Manual Machining

The MEM program at CAL functions as a leader in machine tool technology in the state of Oregon, and is one of few high schools offering National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials, These credentials acknowledge skills in bench operations, work layout, drill press, and manual milling.

Computer Numerical Control

In the manufacturing course, students can take previous skills learned for manual machining and now apply that knowledge to computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining utilizing a 3-axis CNC milling machine and creating G &  M-Code so that the machine itself completes the metal cutting and forming.  

A Leader In College Credit

The CIS program has spent years building a relationship with MHCC to ensure that many of its courses remain dual-credit. CAL instructors often attend many workshops, meetings, and formally submit curriculum every year in order to remain eligible to offer courses that students also received college-credits from. We offer more college credits than any of the other programs at CAL. The following is a breakdown of which courses articulate with various MHCC courses:

CAL Course MHCC Course(s) # of Credits
Engineering ET120 Engineering Problem Solving 4
Computer Aided Drafting 1 and 2 IMTL157 Intro to Computer Aided Design for Machinists 2
Manufacturing 1 IMTL171 Welding Certificate Program Lab 1 1
Manufacturing 2 IMTL172 Welding Certificate Program Lab 2 1
Manufacturing 2 IMTL173 Welding Certificate Program Lab 3 1
Total Possible*: 9

**Students also have the ability to earn as many as 14 college credits from their English course as well.

Extending Your Experience

In addition to the two-year program, the MEM department also teaches and proctors NIMS credentialing for machining skills. Also, students have the opportunity to participate in First Robotics with the after school CAL robotics team named CALibrate Robotics. Mentors and Coaches include industry experts from the community.


National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Students can earn up to four industry recognized credentials which include: Benchwork and Layout, Drill Press Operations, Measurement, Material and Safety, and Manual Milling 1.


CAL's FIRST Robotics Team: CALibrate Robotics

Alongside industry experts, students get to design and manufacture a robot to participate in various competitions within the state of Oregon.


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Students in ME/M work alongside industry experts from large or small companies who come to CAL as mentors. Second-year students participate in on-site projects at companies in our community, such as KCR Manufacturing and Toyo Tanso.  Projects can vary significantly, from researching and developing medical products (such as artifical hearts) to remodeling a car to creating and fabricating underwater search brackets used by our local fire department.


Every CAL student participates in a full year English course.  Upon completion of the class, students receive credits  necessary to meet the English requirements for their high school diploma.  Students also have the option to apply for Lower Division college credits (LDT), transferable to many college or university programs.  This course awards up to 8 college credits each year to those who register for the credits and pass the classes.  College course offerings include:  Intro to College Writing/WR115 and Intro to Fiction/ENG104 (Junior Year) and College Composition/WR121 and Critical Thinking/WR122 (Senior Year).

JUNIOR YEAR                                                                                        


This challenging course is designed for those interested in majoring in physics or engineering at a 2- or 4- year institution, as well as those who want to enter the lucrative field of Manufacturing.  This inquiry-based course is a complement to theory and hands-on applications.  Major topics of study include motion, force, energy, momentum, waves, wave applications, and Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity.  Emphasis will be placed on problem-solving skills and practical application projects.


This course will introduce the student to real world engineering graphics.  Subject material will include orthographic projection, isometric drawing, sectioning, auxiliary views and dimensioning.  After the basics of technical drafting have been explored, CAD (computer aided design) will be taught using 3D CAD computer programs.  There will be an emphasis on engineering application of the skills acquired in the course to mechanical drawings and projects.

MANUFACTURING LAB I^                                            

This hands-on course covers the basic principles of manufacturing from conception through design to building a product.  An emphasis is placed on industrial professionalism and team building.  Topics include: lab safety, material and selection, hand tools, power tools, machine tools, welding, and fabrication. This course will benefit students interested in engineering and/or manufacturing.  Students can earn up to 2 National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials.



This course is an introduction to the engineering process.  This course covers principals of design process, brainstorming, engineering documentation, project scheduling, and team building.  Students will be introduced to many new engineering topics and will have opportunities to experiment through hands-on project development.


This course will refresh the skills learned in the CAL junior year “CAD I” course concerning sketching, drafting standards, CAD drafting, and 3D solid modeling software.  There will be an increased emphasis on learning and applying engineering problem-solving skills and techniques to real world engineering and manufacturing projects using engineering computer software.  In addition, senior capstone projects will be accommodated and facilitated as much as possible into all coursework.


Seniors continue to increase skills, such as G Code and Foundry.  An emphasis is placed on applying skills in business setting.  Students have access to participating in work-site learning alongside engineers, project managers, and technicians.  In teams or individually, students focus on senior projects that reinforce the manufacturing process: from innovative idea to design to finished product.  Students can access our program partners for coaching through a procedure or receiving feedback on their work.  Students can earn up to 2 National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials.

Physics class is eligible for up to 4 LDT college credits.

MHCC credits are  awarded at the end of the student’s two-year program at CAL.

^Indicates NIMS certification testing.

All course descriptions are subject to change.

Course Guide


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