Engineering Department

Engineering Department


Welcome to the West Campus Engineering Department!  Follow us on Instagram @westcampusengineering.  The emphasis is to get the students to be problem solvers using teamwork, a problem-solving process, and creativity

Change brings new possibilities. The focus for this year will be “Engineers Impacting the Community” and “Design as a Process”. 

Mr. Spycher teaches the 3rd year of engineering. The campus is actively looking for another engineering and computer programming teacher. Please share and encourage anyone interested in the position to apply here


CREATE, Rocketry, Robotics, and GirlsWhoCode. 

At this time, these after school programs are needing a club advisor and leader. If you can help with these programs, please reach out to Mr. McMeekin. You don’t have to be in the engineering classes to participate.  We need leaders to make these programs a success. Leadership is one of those qualities that scholarships and college applications are looking for. Plus, there’s nothing more rewarding than being part of a successful program. 
Parents - We need mentors and experts for Rocketry, Robotics, and Programming. Parents and other Business professionals are highly encouraged to participate in these programs as mentors and trainers. We also need volunteers to help with everything from chaperoning, planning, and helping with acquiring materials and supplies. 

Engineering Classes:

  • Year 1 – Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) 
  • Year 2 – Principles of Engineering - (POE)
  • Year 3 – Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA)
  • Year 4 – Engineering Design & Development (EDD)

We have three additional clubs/afterschool programs for the engineering students.

Year 1 – Introduction to Engineering Design (IED)
First-year engineering students learn the process of engineering and applying that process with others. They learn how to create ideas, design, test, revise, innovate, understand underlying principals and properties, work together, and present their projects. These are not worksheets; they are designed for students to develop their own areas of skills and knowledge.

  • Engineering Units: 3D design, software engineering, architecture, graphics, reverse engineering, sketching, brainstorming, presenting, competitions, communication, problem solving, final project.
  • End-of-year project: Students prepare all year for this. They solve a problem that challenges them to use and enhance skills and knowledge from their previous projects. They will present these projects to all students during Engineering Day at the end of May. 
  • Value: Students learn the value of the skills and knowledge in each of their projects.

Examples of work for first year students can be found in the side panel. 

Year 2 – Principles of Engineering (POE)
Second-year engineering students take a more hands-on approach to learning. Projects are designed by the students so they can learn specific skills and knowledge. 

  • Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.
  • End-of-year project: Students design a project that solves a problem that challenges them to use and enhance skills and knowledge from their previous projects. They present these projects to all students during Engineering Day at the end of May. 
  • Value: Students learn the value of the skills and knowledge in each of their projects.
  • Each student acquires at least one John-McMeekin@scusd.eduMentor to advise and assist them in gaining insight and knowledge about their area of interest. They are also required to find outside experts for their end-of-year project.

Year 3 – Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA)
Students learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3-D architectural design software.

Year 4 – Engineering Design & Development (EDD)
The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout PLTW Engineering come together in Engineering Design & Development as they identify issues and then research, design, and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel of parents and outside experts. Students apply the professional skills they have developed to document a design process to standards, completing Engineering Design & Development ready to take on any post-secondary program or career.

For more information contact: John McMeekin 

Sacramento Regional Youth Career Fest
Friday, April 26, 2024


West Campus Students,

If you are interested in Internships, Entry-level job opportunities, Scholarships to CRC, or free lunch, please consider signing up to attend this event.  If you would like to attend, please register here.  We will prioritize seniors if interest outweighs available seats.

-WCHS College/Career Readiness



CREATE was runner up overall in their competition at CSUS.  Congratulations to the three teams that participated and also Jacqueline Ramirez, Maya Rodriguez and Daniel Villasenor for winning scholarships.  CREATE will start up again next year and underclassmen are highly encouraged to join as well as those with an interest in engineering, architecture and trades.  Follow @wccreateprogram on Instagram for updates. 


American Rocketry Challenge


Students have formed a team for the American Rocketry Challenge. 2019-20 will be our first year competing in this contest.

Teams of 3-10 students will design and build a rocket in order to qualify for the contest. Contest rules are at This program will go through April or May 2020. Our first meeting was held on Wednesday, Sept. 25th, at lunch in Room 73. 

The team meets after school Fridays in room 73.


CREATE Engineering Program
After school in Room 73

Team 2021 Gardeners of the Galaxy Team

CREATE is an afterschool program supported by Sacramento Builders Exchange.

  • Students work with mentors from the building industry, competing against other high schools in the Sacramento region.
  • The 2021 program met after school, for one hour, on Wednesdays in Room 73. 
  • Mentors from the building industry support the program.
  • The final competition is held in December each year. 

About the CREATE Program: