The Dimond High School Engineering Academy is designed to prepare students for a 2-year or 4-year engineering degree. 

Course Offerings

Six courses in the Project Lead the Way Pathway to Engineering program are currently offered:

  • PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
  • PLTW Principles of Engineering
  • PLTW Digital Electronics
  • PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • PLTW Engineering Design and Development.

Technical Writing is a seventh course in the engineering curriculum.

Graduation Cord Requirements

To earn a silver engineering cord to be worn at graduation, students must:

  • Earn a B or higher each semester in 8 semesters of engineering courses, which must include Principles of Engineering
  • Be enrolled in 4 years of science courses while at Dimond
  • Be enrolled in 4 years of math courses while at Dimond

*The above list briefly describes the minimum requirements.  For a more detailed list including specific course pathways, please contact Mrs. Bouton.


While few prerequisites exist for PLTW classes, the pathways below are encouraged based on math level.


Engineering Academy History

The Dimond High School Engineering Academy opened in the Fall of 2008 with four courses in the Project Lead the Way curriculum.  This year they offered five engineering courses, along with Technical Writing to over 200 students.  Teachers Lea Bouton, Scott Campbell, Wade Roach, and Marcus Reese offer a full range of engineering outreach and mentorship opportunities.  In addition to the course offerings during the school day, Dimond hosts teams for FIRST Robotics – both FTC and FRC programs are available after school to all students.

In October 2014, the Dimond Engineering Academy was visited by Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW, Mr. Ed Dennis, and Mr. Shep Siegel. Their visit was well covered by the media, including the clip linked below:

Dimond Engineering Students also participate annually in Canstruction during Fur Rondy.

Advisory Board & Sponsors

The Dimond Engineering Academy is guided by an Advisory Board comprised of members from the Anchorage engineering and trade firms as well as the University of Alaska.

The following businesses actively support the academy:

  • 3M Corporation
  • Alyeska Pipeline
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • ASRC Energy
  • BP
  • CH2M Hill
  • Conoco Phillips
  • Davis Constructors and Engineering
  • Enterprise Engineering
  • Exxon Mobil
  • GCI
  • Halliburton
  • HDR Alaska
  • Michael L Foster & Associates
  • Municipality of Anchorage
  • Schoenthal Consulting
  • Siemens Building Technologies
  • URS Corp
  • University of Alaska Anchorage