Harry Peles

Harry Peles teaches Computer Programming, Engineering and Robotics and is a graduate of Camden County College where he earned an AAS in Engineering Science before going on to graduate from Rowan University with a BS in Physics and a minor in Applied Mathematics. He is also a graduate of the US Army Corp of Engineer School. After becoming a teacher, he took some graduate coursework in order to acquire teaching certifications in Mathematics and Technology Education, which expanded the subjects that he was assigned to teach. Since 1996, Mr. Peles has taught a variety of subjects including Physics, Computer Programming, Engineering and Robotics in schools throughout New Jersey. He has been teaching Computer Programming, Engineering and Robotics at High Tech High School since 2014. Mr. Peles’ goals in the classroom are to challenge his students in the subject, to provide supporting hands-on examples, to infuse related math and engineering concepts, while having some fun along the way. In 2016, he became the lead coordinator for the Robotics Club, which is composed of three FIRST Tech Challenge teams (7994, 9554, and 10633). Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Peles worked as a design draftsman for a civil engineering firm and started his service in the Army Reserves (1984). With a 5-year break in service, he now has 28 total years of military service in the reserves. Over his military career, he has served as an enlisted mechanic, an enlisted combat engineer and as a combat engineer officer. Outside the classroom, he enjoys fixing broken things, building crazy mechanical things with LEGOs, building models, and solving brain-teasers. He also enjoys traveling and hiking, or any outdoor activity, with his wife, stepsons, and daughter.


Engineering Tech students focus their education and training on the necessary technical skills and the correlated mathematics, science, and technology needed to enter the changing field of engineering technology & automation. This program utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose, test, repair, fabricate, and replace parts and components. Course topics may include fundamental concepts of robotics, automated manufacturing, engineering design, and design analysis. Advanced topics include electrical/mechanical components, electrical drives, pneumatic/hydraulic control circuits and  programmable logic controllers (PLCs). This program leads to the opportunity for students to acquire an industry-recognized Level 1 Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification (SMSCP).