A Day at A-Tech

ATECH Student

What to expect when you attend A-Tech

Your school day at Appleton Technical Academy will feature a mix of the following manufacturing content courses:

  • Automated Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Design
  • Welding
  • Machining

As a student progresses through their learning experience in ATECH they will become more immersed in the academy.

A typical freshman will have a 2-hour block in ATECH and take the rest of their classes in West High School.

Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade will receive all but their science classes through ATECH.

The only other exception is a district requirement of one semester of Personal Financial Management.

Sample 9th grade schedule

Periods 1 and 2: Survey course will introduce freshmen students to the four areas of manufacturing. Special emphasis on Drafting and PC Hardware & Operating Systems
3rd period: Algebra cross-enrolled at West
4th period: Civics cross-enrolled at West
5th period: Lunch
6th period: English Language Arts cross-enrolled at West
7th period: Physical Science cross-enrolled at West
8th period: Study Hall or elective course at West

Sample 10th grade schedule

1st period: Health/Safety in the workplace
2nd period: Life Science cross-enrolled at West
3rd period: Intro to Machining and Welding
4th period: Intro to Machining and Welding
5th period: Lunch
6th period: Integrated English Language Arts and World History
7th period: Technical Geometry
8th period: Study Hall or elective course at West

Sample 11th grade schedule

1st period: Graphic Arts (counts for Fine Arts credit)
2nd period: Principles of Engineering
3rd period: Drafting
4th period: Integrated English Language Arts and US History
5th period: Lunch
6th period: Students select courses from Machining, Welding, or Mechanical Design/Automation
7th period: Students select courses from Machining, Welding, or Mechanical Design/Automation
8th period: FVTC dual-enrollment Technical Math class

Sample 12th grade schedule

1st period: Senior Project
2nd period: Senior Project or cross-enroll a West class
3rd period: FVTC dual-enrollment English Language Arts
4th period: Personal Financial Management (graduation requirement)
5th period: Lunch
6th period: Students select courses from Machining, Welding, or Mechanical Design/Automation
7th period: Students select courses from Machining, Welding, or Mechanical Design/Automation
8th period: FVTC dual-enrollment Technical Math class
*Most seniors will be working for a local manufacturing company through an apprenticeship program for half of their school day

Courses covered during junior and senior machining, welding, and Mechanical Design/automation courses can include the following FVTC dual-credit courses:

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding 1
  • Measurement & Benchwork 1
  • Basic Blueprint Reading
  • DC Circuits 1
  • DC Circuits 2
  • Digital Electronics 1
  • Programmable Logic Controllers 1
  • Basic Welding for MTO

"I like that I'm getting more of a hands-on experience rather than sitting at a desk and someone telling me how to do things. I'm learning new techniques. Hands-on works for me because I have to do something to learn it."

Anthony S.
A-Tech Student