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Welding Student Takes Scrap Metal From Dumpster to Dazzling

Michael A. Cramer proudly displays his artistry in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

Michael A. Cramer proudly displays his artistry in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

The headdress took about a month to complete ...

The headdress took about a month to complete …

... with painstaking detail that confirms the work involved.

… with painstaking detail that confirms the work involved.

Inspired by a picture and encouraged by a faculty mentor, a first-year welding and fabrication engineering technology major has replicated a Native American headdress with impressive intricacy and realism. Michael A. Cramer, of Mahaffey, a student in Michael K. Patterson’s Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting course this past semester, fashioned his creation entirely from scrap steel. “I always wanted to make one out of metal, but never thought I could … until I got the chance to do any project I wanted,” he said. “I told Mike about it and he immediately gave me the OK and seemed excited about it.” Cramer said it took more than two weeks to form, hammer out and color all of the feathers, then another week and a half to make the headband and put it all together. “I really think that the details, such as the small engraving and the color, bring it to life,” said the student, who added that Patterson was never far away with ready answers to any questions. “I loved a quote that Mike wrote on a white board: ‘Take the metal to places it has never been,'” Cramer said. “I think I will use that for the rest of my life working with metal. I think that welding is seen by a lot of people as ‘just a dirty job that can pay well – ‘Why would anyone want to do this?’ – but I want to show people that working with metal is more than that. You can make such beautiful things out of scrap metal in a Dumpster. I want my work to be inspirational to others and maybe get them to try welding and working with metal.”
Photos by Matthew W. Nolan, welding lecturer

Faculty Member Brings Shipyard Experience Into Welding Lab

A mock-up of a oil tanker's bulkhead has been fabricated by Steven J. Kopera's welding students ...

A mock-up of a oil tanker’s bulkhead has been fabricated by Steven J. Kopera’s welding students …

Cutaway drawings help Kopera's students envision the scope of the work.

Cutaway drawings help Kopera’s students envision the scope of the work.

... who are living an on-the-job scenario in their Penn College lab.

… who are living an on-the-job scenario in their Penn College lab.

Benefiting from the real-world experience of an alumnus turned faculty member, Penn College students are simulating how the watertight bulkhead of an oil tanker is assembled, welded and pressure-tested. “Often times, the day-to-day lab projects we do in class can become very monotonous, and leave students asking, ‘Is this really what it’s like out in the field?’and “When am I ever actually going to need to do this?'” said Steven J. Kopera, a welding lecturer in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Kopera earned degrees in welding technology (2007) and welding and fabrication engineering technology (2009) before embarking on a career that included time at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. While course work provides necessary practice in fundamentals and technique, he said, it is done under the most ideal circumstances – conditions that are atypical of industry. “The intent behind this project was to get the students out of their routine and their comfort zone,” he said, “and to expose them to a situation that they will be faced with in the workforce.” Kopera has been brainstorming the exercise for some time and, with only seven students in his unusually small class this semester, the time was right. He explained how hull sections are put together and showed them various pictures and sketches in the classroom, supplementing the instruction with stories of his “overwhelming” encounters as a young welder newly exposed to large-scale fabrication. “This project will apply those skills they have been honing to a realistic industry scenario,” Kopera said. noting that they will be using the flux-core, arc-welding process that they have been learning in lab. “I believe it will not only be a good learning experience for them, but also a testament to how well our normal class routine prepares them for an actual on-the-job application.” Having fashioned a small mock-up of a watertight bulkhead, the students plan to do the welding and pressure-testing on Thursday.
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Penn College Dedicates ‘Student Bodies’ Centennial Sculpture

Abstract human forms, crafted from thousands of pounds of scrap metal, parade up the mall on the main campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Titled "Student Bodies," the Centennial art installation features 78 life-size structures created by more than 50 welding students.

As part of its Centennial anniversary, Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed 78 new “students” this fall, many of which just might be around for the institution’s bicentennial.

Some of these “freshmen” could sustain a broken body part, and others might corrode. But if welding majors, faculty and staff did their job correctly, the “Student Bodies” Centennial Sculpture will be still standing in 2114.

Augmenting the campus mall, the large-scale project features 78 abstract human forms made of scrap-metal pieces welded together. The college formally dedicated “Student Bodies” today during homecoming festivities. It’s the third recent art installation meant to enrich the college’s outdoor environment.

“This work of art is a testament to the creative abilities and technical skills of our college community,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, president. “It’s very rewarding to know that students, faculty, staff and visitors will be able to marvel at these creations for generations to come.”

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

New Penn State President Makes First Visit to Penn College
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Penn State President Eric J. Barron (left) is joined on the verdant grounds of the Victorian House by (from right) Robert E. Dunham, chairman emeritus of the Penn College Board of Directors; state Sen. Gene Yaw, current board chairman; and Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Penn State President Eric J. Barron traveled to Pennsylvania College of Technology on Tuesday, his first visit since assuming the presidency in May. In a timely trip to a main campus observing its 25th anniversary as a special mission affiliate of Penn State – as well as its yearlong Centennial celebration – Barron met with students, viewed three recent art installations, toured Madigan Library and student housing, explored the college’s role in the natural gas industry, and visited a variety of instructional labs. Joining Barron and his wife, Molly, on the tour were Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; retired Penn College Board of Directors Chairman Robert E. Dunham and his wife, Maureen; Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost; and police Chief Chris E. Miller. A reception in the Victorian House and dinner at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, where the group was joined by state Sen. Gene Yaw, board chairman, followed.

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Welding Materials Donated to Penn College

Gemma Power Systems

Gemma Power Systems

Welding students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from a recent donation made by Gemma Power Systems, a leading engineering, procurement and construction company.

A subsidiary of Argan Inc., GPS donated surplus welding materials including various welding electrodes for carbon and alloy steels that are utilized in the shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc and flux cored arc welding processes.

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College Hosts Reunions for WACC, Welding, Construction, Tutors

As part of its Oct. 10-12 Centennial Homecoming, Pennsylvania College of Technology will host four reunions, each inviting alumni to share their memories and revel in the weekend’s theme: “Then … Now … Forever Proud.”

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Student Takes Welding Skills to Children’s Home in Middle East

Penn College student George W. Settle III, of Dillsburg, gathers with residents of Home of Hope, a facility for street children near Beirut, Lebanon. Settle, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, spent seven weeks at the home to teach welding and make repairs.

Pennsylvania College of Technology student George W. Settle III visited the Middle East this summer with plans to teach a handful of boys how to weld. After his seven-week visit, he learned far more than he taught.

Settle, of Dillsburg, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology at the college. He spent seven weeks 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 of whom have been used, abused or abandoned.

“I learned that, while most of us take for granted a loving embrace and a tender kiss, there are kids that are dying for just a hint of such tenderness; dying to be loved,” Settle said.

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Welding Students Share ‘Bodies’ of Work in Captivating Art Project

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

Artist and welding lecturer Michael K. Patterson (left) installs a chef creation with the help of Chad L. Karstetter, General Services horticulturist/motor pool lead person (in yellow), and Steve J. Kopera, welding lecturer.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

The chef sculpture features a bowl of soup and saltine crackers among its appetizing details.

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in "Student Bodies." Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

Timothy S. Turnbach (right) welding instructor, invited college president Davie Jane Gilmour and Paul Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost, to write – and weld! – their names into a book held by another figure in “Student Bodies.” Here, Gilmour writes her name before welding …

... and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

… and Turnbach (foreground) assists Starkey with the finishing touches.

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of "Student Bodies."

After their turns at the torch, Gilmour and Starkey visit the campus mall to delight in the ongoing installation of “Student Bodies.”

“Student Bodies” – a fanciful procession of abstract, life-size human forms through the pulsing heart of campus – continues to take shape between the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center and West Third Street. Sculptor and Penn College faculty member Michael K. Patterson has worked with welding students for nearly a year on the marriage of craft and creativity, forged solely of scrap-metal from their lab, and recently began installing the cavalcade of professionals and pedestrians along sidewalk islands of grass. Scheduled for dedication next month, the work is one of three Centennial art projects breathing new life into familiar surroundings.

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

College Awarded Consignment of Robotic Welder

Equipment on consignment from CLOOS Robotic Welding Inc. frames Penn College welding lecturer James C. Tanner in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

A leading manufacturer of welding robots has acknowledged the excellence of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.

The college recently received a three-year consignment of a CLOOS QRC 350 Robot and supporting equipment from CLOOS Robotic Welding Inc., a subsidiary of Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH, in Haiger, Germany. CLOOS Robotic Welding, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, provides customized automated turn-key welding solutions throughout North America.

“Adding a robotic workstation from a company such as CLOOS is a big benefit for our students,” said David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.     “Robotic welding has become much more prevalent throughout industry in recent years, and it’s essential that students have exposure to the latest technologies. Our welding graduates are already in high demand, and this addition to the program will make them even more marketable.”

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From Student Design to Employee Application, ‘It’s a Wrap’

A former FedEx Express 727 cargo plane has been repainted and wrapped with a design appropriately reflecting Pennsylvania College of Technology's innovation and technology.

In an impressive reversal of tradition – the custom of unwrapping a present before showing it to others – Pennsylvania College of Technology has actually enhanced a gift’s value by covering it.

A Boeing 727 airplane, donated to Penn College in March 2012 after being retired from FedEx Express cargo service, was recently (and attractively) sheathed in vinyl in a project that began with a graphic-design class and eventually involved several academic schools and college employees.

Adding to its primary role as a real-world training tool for students at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the institution’s largest single corporate donation now doubles as its biggest billboard. The repurposed plane greets visitors to the Williamsport Regional Airport, including those who will attend the college’s Open House on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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Mirroring Their Hosts, Career Day Visitors Learn by Doing

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

After learning about construction materials, students from Milton Area Middle School explore Penn College student projects.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Michael K. Patterson, welding lecturer, talks about his career path from a high school student who attended a Career Day to a National Science Foundation welder in Antarctica to a metalwork artist and entrepreneur.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students apply mortar to fabricated stone in the Construction Masonry Building.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students use operating-room tools in surgical technology.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

Students practice game programming with Microsoft Kodu.

More than 900 middle schoolers and their chaperones visited main campus Monday, attending faculty-led sessions in many Penn College majors, all to give them a taste of career options. The event, which attracted eight school districts, was coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office.

Promising Job Outlook Awaits Well-Equipped Penn College Grads

Pennsylvania College of Technology will potentially send more than 900 new employees into the job market this month, and the new graduates are poised for success with their workforce-ready skills and specialties.

“Demand for Penn College graduates remains high,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Programs across campus are reporting graduates accepting employment offers at a rapid pace.”

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Penn College Offerings Showcased During High-Profile Outreach

Comments from skilled-trades advocate Mike Rowe are included in a video newly added to Penn College’s You Tube channel, documenting the institution’s first-time participation at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, D.C. The three-minute video incorporates footage from the college’s 1,000-square-foot booth, which featured a virtual welder, an electric Camaro and cars controlled by tablet computers – all focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. “The single biggest challenge is finding people who are willing to learn a new and useful trade. That’s the trick,” said Rowe, creator and host of the “Dirty Jobs” TV series and a widely recognized commercial spokesman. “The (skills) gap doesn’t close until that happens … and that doesn’t happen until perception around work starts to change.” The video makes the case for that societal shift through a winning lineup of interviews with Jeffrey Wilcox, vice president of engineering for Lockheed Martin; former NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus; youngsters who visited the college’s 1,000-square-foot display; and several Penn College representatives: Dennis L. Correll, associate dean of admissions and financial aid; Joseph J. Balduino, director of recruitment; and students Jackson S. Walker, an automotive technology major from Lancaster; and Patricia A. Hintz, a welding technology major from Muncy. “The STEM conference was a great opportunity to showcase Penn College’s majors, faculty and students,” Correll said. “Everyone who came to our booth was excited to see the dragster, practice welding and race an Android-controlled car. We were able to impress a lot of visitors, including industry representatives that were there for the event.”

 

Nine of 12 College Medalists Headed to SkillsUSA Nationals

SkillsUSA-Pennsylvania

Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students from a variety of majors will compete at the National SkillsUSA Conference from June 23-28 in Kansas City, Mo., after winning gold medals at the state level.

Three other students in the college contingent finished second in their respective categories at the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 9-11 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

And a Penn College student/alumnus will attend as a candidate for the highest individual SkillsUSA honor: an International Degree, awarded at the rarely attained upper level of the organization’s professional-development program.

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National Science Foundation Grant to Support ‘STEM’ Majors

The National Science Foundation is recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to applied technology education with a $616,417 grant to benefit students.

Provided through the NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the five-year grant aims to increase retention, degree completion and career preparation for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College.

The majority of the grant’s funds will be devoted to scholarships. Approximately 20 students will be awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years. The first scholarships will be awarded during the 2014-15 academic year.

“This grant allows us to bring high-performing students to Penn College who might otherwise not have the means to do so,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “It is likely to be a life-changing opportunity for these students. They will ultimately gain an education that will prepare them for a lifetime of success.”

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