A four year program, The Engineering Technology Academy, is built into the core curriculum and is designed to give students a real-world, inter-disciplinary approach to learning by doing. In each year of the program, students will be assigned projects that will require them to learn and apply computer-assisted design (CAD) skills that incorporate principles of art, mathematics and physics. They will manufacture their designs using on-site equipment, and then articulate the principles that enabled their designs to work. This approach is based on the belief that students will learn best by continuously applying the “plan – do – check – act cycle” to increasingly complex projects, so that by graduation they will be prepared to take responsibility for their own learning processes and achieve success in their goals for higher education and contributing to society. Drexel University is offering to give students, who successfully complete this program, credit for two (three credit) electives if they choose to enter their Engineering Technology program.
Interested students should discuss with their parents/guardians whether the program matches their capabilities and ambitions. If they determine that the Engineering Technology Academy matches their interests and ambitions, the next step is to refer to the admissions section of our website to complete the general school admissions requirements, and then submit the Academy Application for review.
Engineering Technology Academy – Industry Committee:
- Cookie Mahon, Owner, American Kitchen Machinery
- Garry L. Fudala, Vice President, PTR Baler & Compactor Co.
- Kenneth R. Krauss, President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Axle Inc.
- Evan Malone, Ph.D., President, NextFab Studio
- Rick Skidmore, President & CEO, Timberlane, Inc.
- Edward Lydon, Ekl Machine Company
- Nicholas V Coppa, Ph.D., Managing Member, Nanomaterials Company
- David Munz, Owner, Munz Machine LLC
- Carl D. Rapp , President, Philadelphia Gear, a Timken brand & VP Timken Power Systems
- V. Steve Herzog, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Philadelphia Energy Solutions
- Joseph J. Houldin, CEO and Founder, DVIRC
This group meets monthly with a mission of providing industry knowledge and resources to the program.
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Course of Study
Graduation Requirements: All students must take four years of Engineering Technology in order to complete the Academy. The courses consist of Engineering Physics I, Chemistry I, Chemistry II and Engineering Physics II. Note: A $150.00 fee will be assessed to students enrolled in these classes.
401 – Engineering Physics I (H)
This course is designed to provide an understanding and introduction to the basic laws of physics and concepts of engineering through classroom and project based learning. Topics covered include: motion, mechanics, momentum, work, power, heat, and the structure of matter. Topics are treated as preparatory track for engineering in college. Projects are assigned and expected to be carried out in the prescribed amount of time.
402 – Engineering Physics II (H)
This course is designed to continue the education track of Engineering Physics I (H). This class will focus on the study of heat and thermodynamics, waves, sound, light and the electro-magnetic spectrum. Students will learn how to assemble circuits and basic computer programming. Labs and projects will center around students being able design and build something from raw materials, completing the project before the end of the year.
403 – Engineering Physics III (H)
This is a course designed to enable students to acquire a background in the subject for future college courses, to obtain jobs in science and science related fields, and to be informed, scientifically literate citizens. Topics include scientific method, properties of matter, formulas and equations, atomic structure, the period table, solutions, equilibrium, acids, bases, salts, and oxidation – reduction. Lab activities will focus on chemical engineering preparing students to enter engineering in college.
404 – Engineering Physics IV (H)
Engineering Physics IV(H) will continue the education track of Engineering Physics 1, 2, and 3. The students will focus on Magnetism, Induced Voltages Inductance, Self-Inductance, Light-reflection and refraction of Light. Labs and projects will reinforce the previous three years of study.