Computer Integrated Manufacturing™

Summit Technology Academy: a 2019-2020 PLTW Distinguished School

Computer Integrated Manufacturing: Programming Machines to Do the Work

This exciting course provides students with the fundamentals of computerized manufacturing technology in a global perspective. Students will have individual and team projects in the follow areas of manufacturing: Computer Modeling-using a three dimensional, solid modeling software package with mass property analysis and design interface tools. CNC Equipment – understanding the machinery and tools and their operating and programming aspects. CAM Software – converting computer generated geometry into a program to drive CNC machine tools. Robotics- robotic arm programming and how they are used for materials handling and assembly operations. Flexible Manufacturing Systems – working in teams to design manufacturing work cells and table top factory simulations.  The students will interact with industry experts and should expect to be challenged with ideation and creation of projects while working within a set of constraints.

Note: Students need to choose 2 of the following 3 courses (Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Aerospace Engineering) to make a full-year selection.


  • Grade: 11 or 12
  • Algebra I, B- or higher
  • Reading/Writing at 10th grade level or higher
  • 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
  • 90% Attendance
  • Outside class Internet access is required.

Recommended Math and Engineering Proficiency:

Average Math and Engineering grade: B- or higher

PLTW Member School Prerequisites:

  • Digital Electronics or
  • Intro to Eng Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Geometry


  • Geometry
  • Internet access outside of class is highly recommended.

High School Credits: 1.5 units

LSR7 Weighted Credit:  .666

Weighted Credit for Non Lee’s Summit Schools: Varies by school


College Dual Credit: UCM ENGT 1012 (2 hrs credit for eligible students)

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MIC Accelerated Early Bachelor Degree Program

Students who take Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)/Digital Electronics (DE) at Summit Technology Academy their junior year AND have a 3.0 unweighted GPA/95% attendance may also choose to participate in a university partnership program called Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), in which students begin to earn a bachelor’s degree while still in high school.   The bachelor’s degree is offered through the University of Central Missouri- Lee’s Summit.  This program helps to significantly reduce the overall cost of a bachelor’s degree. Students will also participate in extensive paid internship opportunities with companies such as Burns & McDonnell, Black & Veatch, Grundfos, and KCPL.  Students who qualify and have interest, should mark that they are interested on their STA Online Application.

Student Testimonial

"Being a female in a traditionally male field has its challenges, but the teacher made me feel confident that I could do the work required of any engineer."  Bailey Gates, Pleasant Hill HS Graduate

Seth Harper
Instructor: Digital Electronics/Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Computer Integrated Manufacturing™

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Computer Integrated Manufacturing™

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