Technology & Energy
Del Tech offers Energy Technologies program Two degree paths provide students marketable skills in energy fields Energy efficiency and the study and improvement in renewable energy sources can not only help an individual or business, but also a city, state, country, and the environment. The education provided in the energy technologies program at Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown provides students the opportunity to change a life or change the world. “It’s all about helping the environment and saving people money, said David LaFazia, department chairperson of energy technologies. “It’s a very humanitarian effort.” The program at Delaware Tech includes two degree paths – energy management and renewable energy solar. Many students opt to finish both programs to help improve their flexibility, knowledge, and marketability in the workforce. After graduation, students will be ready to apply for jobs in the solar field such as an installer, site assessor, or as a support role for engineers. They will also be able to apply for jobs in the energy management field where they would be in charge of things like building controls, installing lighting, and checking the efficiency of the HVAC unit. “Our goal is that they are already in an entry-level job when they leave here based on their cooperative learning experience,” LaFazia said. “But at the very least they will be highly marketable in a variety of fields.” To get students to that level, the program involves a lot of hands-on learning in lab settings. LaFazia has students participate in labs off campus at residences, restaurants, hospitals, and schools, as well as in natural settings on campus. “We use the whole campus as a lab,” LaFazia said. “We go into the boiler rooms and mezzanines and do data collecting and logging.” The jewel of the program is Energy House, which was built as a residential-style building constructed with sustainable design and building materials that earned it LEED Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Inside and around the house, students are able to get hands-on experience with a variety of alternative and renewable technologies through different lab settings, and interact and control energy efficient and sustainable home designs. Examples include 20
Business Report | January 2016
Energy House is a residential-style building constructed with sustainable design and building materials located at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus. The building is a working lab for energy technology students, allowing for hands-on learning of alternative and renewable technologies.
a living green roof, solar systems, wind generation equipment, radiant floor heating, and geothermal options. Since it is a working lab, Energy House collects and provides data on the cost/benefit ratio of energy generation and efficiency that students can use to make smart decisions about sustainable alternatives. LaFazia has also had the program involved in the community. Students have visited La
Casita in Georgetown to help show energy efficient practices to the general public, and educated high school students on energy management and renewable energies at Delaware Tech’s annual spring STEM Expo. For more information about energy technologies, visit www.dtcc.edu/academics/ programs-study and select either energy management or renewable energy solar.
Energy Technologies Department Chairperson David LaFazia, right, explains how the solar tubes work to students James Volkomer and Shannon Maner.
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