Engineering technologies students Tony Adams and Briana Joachimowski hold GPS equipment used to locate the silver half-dollar held by Kim Wright, student and part-time employee, during an open house at Delaware Tech, Owens Campus.
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.”