Engineering Fundamentals

Engineering Fundamentals is an elective course open to 8th–11th graders at American Heritage School – Salt Lake City. In this course, you will explore various fields of engineering, including architecture, web design, and electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical, nuclear, and software engineering, by participating hands-on projects and field trips.

You will learn how engineers think about problems that need to be solved, and you will gain experience with some of the different tools and methods they use to solve those problems. You will also learn about the effects and implications of engineering, historically and in the present.

The focus of this course will be to provide you with both the technical knowledge and the big-picture awareness that you, as a disciple-engineer, will need to impact history and participate in harnessing the engineering of our society for the building of the kingdom of God.

Course Details


Eight Grade Ninth Grade Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade

Unit 1: The Role of Engineering in History — Past, Present, and Future
Unit 2: Architecture
Unit 3: Civil Engineering
Unit 4: Mechanical Engineering
Unit 5: Electrical Engineering
Unit 6: Software Engineering
Unit 7: Embedded Systems Engineering
Unit 8: Aerospace Engineering
Unit 9: Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Other Fields
Unit 10: Final Project
Unit 11: Engineering and Innovation


Mr. Tayson Holzer

Tayson Holzer completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and has worked as an engineer developing and programming electrical systems, including gas and oil pipeline inspection technologies, missile launch systems, microfabrication of a novel chemical process called micro circulatory gas chromatography, and a 3D laser scanner. He believes that all students, including those not pursuing a technical career, can be inspired by greatly benefit from learning the patterns of searching for truth that science provides. He also believes that technically minded students who do plan to pursue scientific or engineering careers should be strongly encouraged to keep their roots firmly planted in faith, history, literature, and law. These priorities are reflected in his other interests, which include reading and podcasting about great literature; researching his family history and writing the stories of his ancestors; and studying European and American history to learn from the repeating patterns of history. He enjoys reading with his three young children, baking and talking with his wife, and going on early-morning jogs in the quiet of pre-dawn. His principle loves are the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his family, and teaching in a way that invites others to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and powerfully engage in the compelling work of the last days.