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New majors ‘power’ electronics lab at Penn College

Electronics students at Pennsylvania College of Technology finish installing a conveyer unit in a new lab at the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees prompted the creation of the electronics lab. Besides the conveyer system, the space features 16 programmable logic controller stations and four Kuka industrial robots. About 60 students per semester are using the lab.

The addition of two automation degrees is powering a new electronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Located in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, the 906-square-foot space is accommodating about 60 students per semester who are seeking an automation engineering technology baccalaureate degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

“Industry was telling us that they liked what our students were doing, but they were looking for more because of the growth of automation in industry,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “We looked at what we already had and how we could expand on that. When we expanded the program, we needed to expand the space. Now that we put stuff in there, I don’t know if it’s big enough!”

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Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies General Information STEM Students Workforce Development

Automation degrees power new Penn College electronics lab

The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees is powering a new electronics laboratory at Penn College. The lab is equipped with 16 student-installed Programmable Logic Controller stations (featuring both Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs), four Kuka industrial robots and a conveyer system. “We recruited the whole class that came in now, these freshmen, without having that lab,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “So having that lab now is just going to add another layer of excitement. They can see all the learning stations. They can see the robots. They can see the conveyer system.” The lab is for the “tomorrow makers” seeking an automation degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

November 24, 2020
Alumni Building Construction Business & Hospitality Management Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies

Grad’s ‘wild journey’ takes award-winning turn

Way holds an Excellence in Construction Award presented by last month by ABC's Metro Washington and Virginia chapters.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate helped to lead a high-profile metro Washington construction project that recently received honors from Associated Builders and Contractors.

Jordan Way, ‘16, was the assistant project manager for Belfast Valley Contractors Inc. as the company completed concrete work on the seven-story Hyatt Place luxury hotel on the waterfront in National Harbor, Maryland. Way holds an associate degree in building construction technology: masonry emphasis, and a bachelor’s degree in applied management.

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November 23, 2020
Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Students’ service project brings ‘bit of joy’ to isolated residents

Landes saws wood pieces for one of four bases.

Carhartts and coffee were among the blustery-day necessities as a group of Pennsylvania College of Technology construction students, accompanied by faculty and cheered by representatives of a Williamsport nonprofit, erected a pavilion for grateful residents of a personal care home.

Taking part in the off-campus outreach at West House Inc., 616 W. Edwin St., were students Jake B. Campbell, of Scranton; Dane T. Landes, of Ottsville; Stephen K. Lee, of Bethlehem; Will E. Marconi, of Chadds Ford; and Zach Spearly, of Bellefonte. Marconi is a building construction technology major; Lee is enrolled in residential construction technology and management; and Campbell, Landes and Spearly are in the residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration.

They were joined in the project by Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, and D. Robert Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science – the initial liaison between West House and the college.

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Construction Management Engineering Technologies Students

Construction management teams take top prize in competitions

Associated Schools of ConstructionPennsylvania College of Technology construction management students placed first in both categories they entered at the 31st annual Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Student Competition on Nov. 13-14.

Each team was competing against seven other college and university construction management programs from the Northeast. Ordinarily held in Albany, New York, this year’s event was entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenge necessitated the use of various technologies and systems, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

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November 20, 2020
Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

An irrefutable show of hands

A new footbridge connects the ESC campus to the revitalized pond area just beyond the frame.
A new footbridge connects the ESC campus to the revitalized pond area just beyond the frame.
Reber and his concrete students complete pad and sidewalk installation for an addition to the new home of the college's ROTC program.
Reber and his concrete students complete pad and sidewalk installation for an addition to the new home of the college’s ROTC program.

Students and faculty in the School of Engineering Technologies’ Construction & Architectural Technologies Division aren’t letting a pandemic distance them from institutional service projects, both near main campus and at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center south of Williamsport. Garret L. Graff, assistant professor of building construction technology, allowed his students to come up with different designs for a footbridge linking the ESC parking lot with a nearby recreational area that was recently and substantially improved. General Services picked the winning design and delivered the building materials, and Graff and his class worked their practical magic. Instructor Franklin H. Reber Jr. and students then completed the scene with concrete sidewalks and landings. Reber’s class was also busy closer to home, laying the groundwork for expansion of the college’s Army ROTC headquarters along First Street.
Photos provided by Andrea L. Dildine, General Services horticulturist/grounds and motor pool manager

November 11, 2020
Alumni Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Heavy Equipment Students

Multistate dealership recruiting from ESC majors

A truck dealer with locations in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia will staff an information table at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Thursday, Nov. 19. Representatives from Transteck Inc. will be in the diesel lab from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with students and alumni in diesel, heavy equipment and power generation. For more, consult the Career Services flyer: Transteck

November 11, 2020
Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

College partners with Sodick for new instructional equipment

Students and faculty in the machine tool technology, automated manufacturing technology and manufacturing engineering technology majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from high-tech EDM (electrical discharge machine) units acquired through a partnership with Sodick, a global EDM manufacturing leader.

A partnership with Sodick, a global EDM manufacturing leader, is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s acquisition of innovative electrical discharge machines for instructional purposes.

Through the collaboration, Sodick, a Japanese company with North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, is providing four VL400Q High Performance Linear Motor Drive Wire Cut EDM units for use in the college’s Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.

Penn College students and faculty in the machine tool technology, automated manufacturing technology and manufacturing engineering technology majors will benefit from the new high-tech equipment.

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November 10, 2020
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Alumni gift ‘manufactures’ updated machining lab

A $1 million-plus donation from alumnus Larry A. Ward financed the recent renovation of the machining lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Ward studied engineering drafting technology at a Penn College predecessor, Williamsport Technical Institute, in the mid-1960s before embarking on a successful career in industry. Ward is the founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., which today is the world’s leader in high-speed interleaving and stacking machinery for the food packaging industry.

The largest alumni gift in the history of Pennsylvania College of Technology has manufactured a new machining lab that will benefit students for generations.

A $1 million-plus donation from alumnus Larry Ward financed the revamping of the 14,299-square-foot facility, one of the oldest instructional spaces on campus. The lab features fresh lighting, flooring, fixtures and, most importantly, new equipment in the recently christened Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.

“I have done very well, so I want to give it back for the next generation,” said Ward, a 1966 graduate. “A lot of people helped me over the years, and I just feel I’m paying it forward.”

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November 9, 2020
Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Concrete classes continue long-lasting legacy

Concrete invitingly adds to a campus landmark.

On campus and in their community, students in Penn College concrete classes are impressively accenting their resumes with highly visible and credible examples of their handiwork.

Just in the fall semester alone: Students fabricated and installed a Wildcat head outside the Field House, beautifully enhanced the entranceway to The Victorian House, and laid brick pavers at the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park near Wahoo Drive.

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October 31, 2020
Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Students

Career tools employed in high-spirited Halloween fun

First place in the morning session went to Austin M. DeLong, of Pittsburgh.

In what has become a fall tradition over the past seven years, students in multiple sections of Technical Drawing I and Detailing I – most of them enrolled in Penn College’s engineering design technology major – displayed their software skills in a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Craig A. Miller and Katherine A. Walker, assistant professors, shared photos of the winners … along with a few of Thursday’s many other inspired entries.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Students

Employer offers students, grads multiple opportunities to connect

PMG, recruiting students and alumni for a variety of technician positions, will hold a series of virtual information sessions during the closing days of November. The Zoom meetings, set from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on each of the three days, will also cover resume and interview tips for anyone planning a career in manufacturing. For more about the sessions – scheduled for Nov. 3, 5 and 12 – can be found in the Career Services flyer: PMG

October 29, 2020