The Engineering Magnet Program (EMP) began in the fall of 2013. Directed by Dr. Jan Kilduff, this four-year program prepares students for an engineering curriculum in college and potential future careers in engineering. Dr. Kilduff's extensive background in the sciences and engineering (including employment at Lockheed Martin, NASA, Westinghouse, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency) has led him to emphasize hands-on laboratory experiments and project-based learning in his classes.

Students will be exposed to a variety of engineering specializations, such as aerospace, chemical, industrial, civil, chemical, and electrical engineering, so they are able to make informed decisions about whether to enter the engineering field.

The JSerra EMP course sequence will expose students to hands-on, real-world problem-solving. Students will learn and apply the design process (EMP students learn a 3D CAD software called AutoDesk Professional in their freshman year), acquire strong teamwork and communication proficiency, and develop organizational, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.

How do you know if you have a child who might like engineering? Dr. Kilduff says it’s relatively easy to identify a future engineer: “If your child loves to build things or take them apart, you might have an engineer on your hands. If they love to make something more intricate and complex just because they’re fascinated by the process, they're an engineer. These traits are not restricted only to boys -- the opportunities for women in engineering are tremendous, and all female students should feel encouraged to explore engineering if they display those traits. The field of engineering is so broad that there is plenty of room for inquisitive minds to do great things and achieve success!"

Contact Info
Dr. Jan Kilduff
Engineering Magnet Program Director
949.493.9307 Ext. 5061
View Sample 4 Year EMP Plan
Project Lead the Way
The EMP adopts the curriculum of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) -- a leader in providing rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Launched in 1997, PLTW is a national non-profit that develops curriculums with private industry firms (such as 3M and General Motors) and university affiliates (including Duke University, Purdue, SDSU, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology). Students who complete the PLTW curriculum program are far more likely to pursue a career in engineering.
JSerra Catholic High School

26351 Junipero Serra Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949.493.9307 | Fax: 949.493.9308

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