Principles of Engineering (POE)

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An introductory course exploring basic engineering principles in an applied hands- on format; including mechanics, heat loss/gain energy transfer, basic electricity, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, statics, dynamics, strength of materials, material testing, structural design, truss design, robotics, PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) programming, the engineering design process, and failure analysis. Students completing all projects with a “B” or better will have the option of dual enrollment for college credit.

Pre-requisites: Algebra 1, Geometry

Articulation Agreement

Southern Maine Community College up to 2 credits depending upon course and satisfactory completion of course content and exams.


To be successful in POE, students should be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science.  Students will apply engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems.  Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges.  Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

This course of study includes:

  • Mechanisms
  • Energy Sources
  • Energy Applications
  • Machine Control
  • Fluid Power
  • Statics
  • Material Properties
  • Material Testing
  • Statistics
  • Kinematics



Justin Willis

Justin Willis is Mid-Coast's Pre-Engineering instructor, recently moving to Rockland after growing u... MORE



This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.


This course is held at Mid-Coast School of Technology .