Engineering Technologies open house held at Delaware Tech


Georgetown – First-year students in engineering technologies at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus demonstrated tools of the trade during a recent open house.

The event was hosted by the new Engineering Technologies Club.

“The open house gave students the opportunity to share their work with other students and faculty members,” said Bill Seuss, instructor.

Jordan Beebe, mechanical design engineering technology student, demonstrated the use of a computer controlled lathe to make a model of the Delaware Tech diamond.

Tony Adams, architectural engineering student, and Briana Joachimowski, construction management student, led students and staff on a treasure hunt for coins and pens that were hidden in the lawn around campus. Surveying grade Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment was used to find the items; the equipment is incredibly accurate and can locate coordinates to within one-hundredth of a foot.

Dr. Doug Hicks, department chair, and Joachimowski displayed a machine that can test deflection versus load and described the impact it can have on a house; deflection is defined as the movement of a structure or structural part when subjected to load,

“Houses usually don’t fail by collapsing but sometimes you can walk through a house and feel that the floor is not stable,” said Hicks, explaining that the decreased stability is caused by deflection of the beams.

“Deflection can ruin a house,” added Joachimowski of Frankford.

Joachimowski has been interested in construction since she was a child and hopes to be a building and safety inspector.

“When I was ten, I asked my parents to buy me a tool belt for Christmas,” she said. “I love seeing a raw piece of wood and knowing that it can be made into something beautiful.”

Delaware Tech’s engineering technologies department offers associate degrees in architectural engineering, civil engineering technology, construction management, engineering technology computer-aided design (CAD) option and mechanical design engineering technology.

Architectural Engineering Technology focuses on computer-based architectural design, construction materials and methods, building systems, cost estimating, and technical support classes.

As the demand to replace aging infrastructure grows, the civil design, surveying, and construction professions will need increasing numbers of technical support staff; a Civil Engineering Technology degree will prepare students for employment in these rewarding career pathways.

The Construction Management program combines construction-related course work with business to give students an overview of the construction industry from both the design and management perspectives.

The Engineering Technology CAD option is structured to provide a strong foundation in computer-aided design principles and software as applied to architectural, civil, mechanical, and electronics engineering technologies.

The Mechanical Design Engineering Technology program combines mechanical design theory with hands-on manufacturing experience to prepare students for a career in mechanical engineering technology and/or the manufacturing industry.

Delaware Tech has transfer agreements for students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology at the University of Delaware or Construction Management/Business Management at Wilmington University. These transfer agreements allow Delaware Tech graduates to transfer as a junior following acceptance at the universities.

For more information about engineering technologies programs visit the Web site at or contact Dr. Doug Hicks, department chair, at 302-855-5914