Last updated January 10, 2017 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Engineering Design Technology, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | Leave a comment
News about Welding
Penn College Contingent Participates in Conferences
Pennsylvania College of Technology students and faculty were big winners recently in Las Vegas. The contingent attended two major industry conferences during the same week.
Representatives from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies participated in FABTECH 2016 and the Autodesk University conference. FABTECH is the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America; the Autodesk event is geared to those who utilize the company’s computer-aided design software.
J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, received special recognition at the Autodesk conference. He completed the Inventor 2017 certified professional exam and was presented with the Autodesk Expert Elite Award for his outstanding contribution to Autodesk community forums.
Penn College Welding Students Receive Scholarships
Two Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students are recipients of a national industry scholarship.
Stephanie M. Puckly, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Spartansburg, and Gavin P. Bachman, a welding technology major from Slatington, each received a $2,500 Air Products Welding Scholarship, provided by the Air Products Foundation.
Last updated October 13, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | Leave a comment
Penn College Welding Student Honored With National Scholarship
A Pennsylvania College of Technology welding student has sparked national recognition by receiving a prominent industry scholarship.
Katya E. Pechacek, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Fayetteville, New York, recently received the Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship. The $2,500 award is given to a female pursuing a welding or engineering discipline who has proven to be an exceptional student and is eager to start her career.
Last updated October 7, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding | One Comment
Agreements Clear Path for Students to Pursue Additional Degrees
Pennsylvania College of Technology recently approved articulation agreements with several other institutions to ease students’ pathways to further education.
Last updated September 21, 2016 | Posted in Electrical, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Radiography, Students, Welding | Leave a comment
Center Hosts ‘Maker Week’ for Early Elementary Students
Before they headed back to elementary school, a group of children at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center got a hands-on taste of the technical world, exploring how things are made.
Last updated September 15, 2016 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Construction & Design Technologies, Electrical, Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Engineering Design Technology, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Plastics & Polymer, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Welding | Leave a comment
Global Technology Leader Entrusts Welding Equipment to College
The excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program has been recognized by one of the world’s technology leaders in arc welding. Fronius USA LLC is generously entrusting equipment to support the education of welding students.
Approximately 350 Penn College students will use the Fronius welding equipment during the 2016-17 academic year. The equipment includes six TPS/i units, two TPS CMT units, 10 MagicWave 3000 units, and one Robotic DC TIG/Plasma unit.
“We feel honored and fortunate to receive such a generous equipment loan from Fronius,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Our welding students are going to enjoy tremendous benefits from working on the equipment.”
Last updated August 30, 2016 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Welding | Leave a comment
Education Secretary Impressed by Visit to Penn College
State Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera visited main campus on Thursday, touring the Dunham Children’s Learning Center and Penn College’s welding labs before joining area education luminaries for a panel discussion about “Schools That Teach.” The former superintendent of the School District of Lancaster later tweeted his favorable review of his afternoon: “Great visit @PennCollege. Engaging & dedicated faculty and staff. Smiling faces & creative projects. Impressive!”
Last updated August 4, 2016 | Posted in Early Childhood Education, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Welding | Leave a comment
Three Students Win Medals in National SkillsUSA Competition
Pennsylvania College of Technology produced three medalists during the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, held recently in Louisville, Kentucky – including a repeat gold medal-winner in the Technical Drafting category.
Last updated August 4, 2016 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Aviation, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Business & Hospitality, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding | One Comment
Welding Students Add Décor to Campus Dining Unit
Sparks of imagination from Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students have produced unique décor for one of the main eateries on campus. A dedicated group of 10 students and one faculty member created original artwork for the college’s Keystone Dining Room.
The students spent approximately 200 hours outside of class over two semesters creating the wall-art project, which consists of brown steel panels depicting cutlery.
“I love that it was made by students,” said Crissy L. McGinness, director of dining services, who arranged for the artwork. “I can’t imagine a more appropriate piece of art for the Keystone Dining Room.”
Last updated May 10, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding |
Welders Pique Career Interest for Daughters, Sons
Forty young men and women, potential Penn College students all, participated in Thursday’s 23rd annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year’s national theme was “Sparking ‘Aha!’ Moments,” and what better venue for cultivating a sense of working-world wonderment than the college’s welding labs? Four faculty members – Jacob B. Holland, Matt W. Nolan, Michael K. Patterson and Timothy S. Turnbach – and students in the Avco Lycoming Metal Trades Center led visitors in career-focused activities through demonstrations of various welding processes. The daylong event (financially supported by the President’s Office and organized with the help of David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies) also included a campus tour with Student Ambassadors, lunch in Dauphin Hall and afternoon job-shadowing with parents and other adult mentors. Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, welcomed the group; others assisting in the day were Dining Services, Information Technology Services, and the Admissions, Professional Development, and Public Relations & Marketing offices.
Photos by Tina R. Strayer, on-boarding/professional development manager
Last updated April 29, 2016 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Welding |
Historic Number of Penn College Students Headed to Nationals
Seventeen first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 52nd annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Three other students finished in the top four places in their respective categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held earlier this month in Hershey.
“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the competition. The national competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology. I hope next year we can increase the number going to nationals and continue to make the college proud.”
Last updated April 25, 2016 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Automotive, Aviation, Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts, Building Construction, Business & Hospitality, Collision Repair & Restoration, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Information Technology, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding |
Students Travel to Lebanon to Serve in Children’s Home
During their Winter Break, a pair of Pennsylvania College of Technology students traveled to Lebanon, where they spent two weeks volunteering at a children’s home near Beirut.
George Settle III, a student in the welding and fabrication engineering technology major, and Tyler D. Hodge, who is studying building automation technology, stayed, worked and played at Home of Hope in the village of Kehale, Lebanon, about 10 miles from Beirut. The home provides shelter, education, socialization and recreation for street children, many who have been abused or abandoned.
While there, Settle, who hails from Dillsburg, used his welding know-how in the home’s shop, where he worked with a few of the boys to build two steel picnic tables and four steel-framed dining-room tables, along with some smaller projects.
Hodge, a resident of Gillett, spent much of his time helping to clean and organize donations received during the Christmas season.
Last updated April 13, 2016 | Posted in Electrical, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding |
Father’s Industry Insights Help Lead Texan to Penn College
The first time Stone Skinkle-Howard set foot on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s campus, the Texan didn’t think to bring a coat. The unforgiving temperatures on that brisk March day in 2014 made him regret the oversight but not the visit. The prospective welding student quickly discovered that the college met his high expectations.
Those expectations were formed 1,500 miles from Williamsport in Missouri City, Texas, by his father, Michael Skinkle, a welding engineer at Fluor Corp., a global engineering, procurement and construction company. His dad made Skinkle-Howard consider Penn College and its bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology.
“People my dad has worked with speak very highly of Penn College,” Skinkle-Howard said. “That’s what made him say, ‘Check it out.’”
Last updated March 17, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding |
March 30 Awards Banquet Awaits Premier Student Welders
The annual American Welding Society Section 105 welding contest, a competition for both high school and postsecondary students, was held last week in Penn College’s Avco Metal Trades Center. There are three high school welding programs within the boundaries of AWS Section 105. each of which have 18 to 20 students in their respective programs. The instructors hold in-house contests to winnow their students to six to bring to the college the day of the contest. The top six place-winners are invited to a dinner March 30 in the Thompson Professional Development Center, where they will find where they placed and receive prizes. The college program started with around 100 students who competed in individual classes, where they were eliminated to four students per section or 24 total students. The top six college students will also be invited to the awards dinner, which will also be attended by the AWS president.
Photos by Zachery T. Kane, student photographer
Last updated March 3, 2016 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students, Welding |
‘Haunted Welding Lab’ Turns On Friday Night Frights
Arc Asylum, a “haunted” Halloween attraction, will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday in the welding lab (Room A132 of the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center). Admission is $5 per person, and at least one person in each group of six must have a valid Penn College ID. Family and friends are welcome; there is a parental advisory for children 12 and younger.
Last updated October 28, 2015 | Posted in Events, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Welding |