Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T03:53:40Z
Dedicated Professors Producing Quality Students – The aeronautical/mechanical engineering programs are of high quality and for those who put in the effort yields results. The Professors are constantly available though out the day and generally late into the evening. The these two programs are small (Only about 100 students in both Aero and Mech) which fosters a strong sense of comunity. Upper classmen are alway available and generally willing to help the classes below them because they know that the classes above helped them. The program is hands on from the first semester which allows students to go though a thorough design process a minimum of 5 full cycles before they graduate. I say minimum because there are several engineering clubs which provide addition projects to work on each year which gives the students further oppertunities to learn. Everytime you go though the process you learn new skills which improves your worth as an engineer. These addition projects are run generally by juniors and seniors with plenty of help from sophomores and freshmen. Because the underclassmen generally have the most free time the are able to get hand on experiance with the building of the projects and get the chance to work with software packages that the class work doesn't cover until junior/senior year.
To do well in these programs you need to dedicate yourself to the course work like it is a full time job with manatory overtime. However the benifits of doing so are excellent. In the summers after my sophomore and junior year I had an internship with a major defense contractor and my supervisor in my closing review told me how impressed he has been with engineers coming from my school (As I was not the first he had hired. I had recieve the internship off of the recomendation of another DWC student who had worked there previously.) DWC is not a large school, but the quality of the program put me on par with other engineers coming from Maryland University and Georga Tech.
Last thing: DWC is one of the few schools in the country that does physical flight testing as part of the Aero program. During your junior and senior years areos take two courses which require you to write flight test plans to put classroom aeronautical theory into practice in a fully instrumented Cessna 172R. This provides excellent experiance to enter the field of flight testing.
College Junior 2012-04-11T04:11:18Z
The curriculum is not really run the best. There are good facilities and many classrooms. I enjoy the Air Traffic Control program because of the attention, the facilities, and the success rate of other graduates. Not too bad.