Engineering and Product Development

Engineers address society’s needs and problems by designing and producing products and services. The field is diverse and includes professionals who design skyscrapers, design machinery, oversee public works, and develop software and systems.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the concepts of product engineering and development. Students will analyze the life cycle of a product to prepare a product for distribution and for target markets. The course begins with building an understanding of the product life cycle, from the initial idea to drafting requirements to using 3-D modeling tools and other design tools. The final unit focuses on assembling the pieces for a project plan for a product and evaluating the plans for a successful product launch. In addition, the course will provide information about the different careers available to students interested in engineering, product development, and project management.


  • Understand the field of engineering design and product development, as well as economic and project management concepts.
  • Recognize the complex variables that need to be planned and coordinated as part of the product development life cycle. They will be able to summarize the challenges and issues facing engineers who prepare products and services for target markets and clients.
  • Develop ideas for overcoming challenges and issues related to engineering and product development and identify different career paths related to engineering and project management. Students will analyze product development life cycle management and discuss the role of data and human resources.
  • Identify best practices for project management in engineering and strategies for building successful projects that utilize communication and critical thinking skills required for addressing complex problems. Students will evaluate and critique multiple perspectives and multiple vested interests involved in engineering project management and product development.

For topics in this course, it is helpful for students to be familiar with general concepts about engineering, as well as the basics of accessing IT tools and resources for conducting research on Web sites.

If students are not familiar with these topics, it is important for them to familiarize themselves with online resources for engineering and product development.

State: National, California, Florida, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Course Length: Semester