Phil King, an Air Force and Navy veteran and retired Boeing engineer, visited Project Lead the Way engineering classes at Washington High School to give engineering presentations Friday, Jan. 5.

King spoke to students in his son’s classes, Philip King, who is the PLTW engineering instructor.

The topics ranged from what it takes to be an engineer to the many tasks and obligations engineers face in today’s world.

Phil King, who now serves as vice president of Boeing St. Louis Programs, brought in two high-tech fighter pilot helmets from Boeing, which the students had the chance to get a close and personal look.

The Project Lead the Way program is open to high school students grades nine to 12.

The engineering course exposes students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation.

Students explore topics using activity, project and problem-based learning (APPB). Students are challenged to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and the understanding of the design process.