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07.08.2021

Student’s new game provides portable family play

Pennsylvania College of Technology student Trey L. White practices the tools of innovation even in his down time.

That’s how the Jersey Shore area resident came up with the Chillin’ Chair Challenge, a product that he dreamed up in February and is already available for purchase.

The Chillin’ Chair Challenge is a compact, lightweight tossing game that attaches to the back of a camping chair – or any other chair.

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07.07.2021

Penn College students dominate national scholarship awards

A foundation that promotes skilled manufacturing careers has awarded more than a third of its scholarships for the Fall 2021 semester to Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Eleven students from Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies were among the 31 nationwide recipients of $1,500-$2,500 scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. Full-time students enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study were eligible.

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06.19.2021

A wide-open window on a bright-looking future

Pre-College ProgramsMore than a half-dozen Pre-College Programs attracted a knowledge-hungry host of teenagers to Penn College’s campuses in recent days, the season opener for high schoolers’ exposure to next-level academics. Campers were engaged and enlightened among the week’s bountiful offerings: Architecture Odyssey, Automotive, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Health Careers and Information Technology. A second week – inviting more students to test the waters of collegiate opportunity through hands-on learning – will begin July 18.

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06.17.2021

Penn College alum ‘designs’ award-winning career

Growing up, Christopher M. Hile often shadowed his father into the family’s woodshop above their three-car garage. He watched and assisted his dad, an accomplished woodworker, restore countless pieces of furniture and build requested items, like deli racks for grocery stores.

That introduction to design and production optimization served as a window to his future – a future shaped by a hands-on Pennsylvania College of Technology education and dedicated to designing life-affirming products.

Hile, a Boyertown native, is a mechanical designer for MPR Associates Inc., a multidiscipline, specialty engineering services and consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. MPR boasts clients in fields ranging from power and energy to health and life sciences.

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06.17.2021

ABB provides software for offline robotic programming

A partnership with ABB, a leading global technology company, is bringing an industrial robot and software licenses to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in manufacturing engineering programs.

ABB, based in Zurich, Switzerland, with U.S. operations headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, is providing i$150,000 worth of software licenses for offline programming of its YuMi robot, which the college has purchased. This eliminates the need for programming at the robot itself using the teach pendant. The software can communicate with all ABB robots to download and upload files. Software benefits include freeing the robot for production or maintenance and allowing multiple programmers simultaneously to create and edit programs.  In manufacturing, today, most robot programs are created offline and “touched up” at production lines.

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05.26.2021

Penn College team excels at Baja SAE Louisville

After a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team returned to action with a flourish, posting four top-10 results at Baja SAE Louisville.

The recent Society of Automotive Engineers competition – hosted by the University of Louisville – required students to design and build a single-seat, all-terrain sporting vehicle to meet various challenges. Penn College topped several prominent colleges and universities in the 78-car field, including Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

In dynamic events, Penn College finished first (acceleration), fourth (suspension) and eighth (maneuverability) before capping the competition with a third-place showing in the endurance race, considered Baja SAE’s toughest test.

The overall performance was Penn College’s best in the team’s 16-year history.

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05.25.2021

Penn College students obtain industry certification

More than two dozen Pennsylvania College of Technology students proved their industry acumen by earning key certifications related to computer-aided design.

The 27 students – representing five majors from the School of Engineering Technologies – passed demanding exams devoted to SolidWorks, a prominent computer-aided design and engineering program used in manufacturing industries worldwide.

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04.12.2021

Penn College offering summer manufacturing experience

Pennsylvania College of Technology will expose high schoolers to the marvels of manufacturing and the sector’s rewarding career possibilities, thanks to a grant-supported initiative.

From July 18-22, the college will host the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program for students entering grades 9-12. Participants will learn how everyday objects are designed and fabricated while receiving hands-on experience with 3D design software, machining, CNC automation and welding. Students will use their new skills to fabricate a toolbox, hammer and nail punch.

Penn College faculty will lead individual workshops in the school’s state-of-the-art labs. Sessions will be complemented by guest speakers and tours of regional manufacturing sites.

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03.29.2021

Lean, mean fighting machines show mettle in robotic arena

Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.

Students in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies claimed the top spots in Saturday’s Plastics Ant-Weight Competition, sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design.

Placing first was Jack P. Ralston, of Bloomsburg, who said, “I feel that the club gives us a way to apply and expand upon what we learn in class.”

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03.17.2021

Penn College students obtain industry certification

Eyeing careers in engineering design, five Pennsylvania College of Technology students bolstered their resumes by earning an impressive industry certification.

The students – all seeking a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology – passed the Certified SolidWorks Professional exam. The resulting certification proves the students’ advanced skills with SolidWorks, a prominent solid modeling computer-aided design and engineering program employed in manufacturing industries worldwide.

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02.05.2021

Penn College prof is the ‘CAD Whisperer’

In 22 years of teaching at Pennsylvania College of Technology, J.D. Mather has accumulated many titles. Assistant professor of engineering design technology. Master Teacher. Autodesk Inventor Certified Expert. Certified SolidWorks Professional.

And now … “CAD Whisperer.”

Like the other labels, “CAD Whisperer” reflects Mather’s expertise. But it promises to eclipse the other titles because it’s shared with the widest audience.

Mather has created a YouTube Channel, dubbed the “The CAD Whisperer,” to impart his vast knowledge in computer-aided design and engineering. The channel’s 120-plus videos are a hit with current students and an audience that extends far beyond his classroom.

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01.28.2021

Penn College students earn industry certification

Nearly two dozen students from Pennsylvania College of Technology jump-started their careers by securing a key industry certification related to computer-aided design.

The 22 students – representing six majors from the School of Engineering Technologies – passed the SolidWorks Certified Associate exam and obtained SolidWorks CSWA Certification. SolidWorks is a prominent solid modeling computer-aided design and engineering program used in manufacturing industries worldwide.

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01.27.2021

Penn College engineering design student ‘driven’ to excel

Thanks to a plethora of academic and student leadership responsibilities at Pennsylvania College of Technology, time moves quickly for Wesley S. McCray. Off campus, it goes by even faster for him – 89 mph to be precise.

During the week, McCray earns stellar grades, tutors fellow engineering design students and aids the college community. On weekends, he dons a helmet, slides into a white stock car and floors the gas pedal.

The proud Penn College student is a successful dirt-track racer.

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10.31.2020

Career tools employed in high-spirited Halloween fun

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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10.02.2020

Penn College grad enjoys ‘smooth sailing’ with career

As a kid, Richard M. Wood spent countless hours constructing with Legos and playing with remote-controlled boats powered by electric motors. As a Pennsylvania College of Technology alumnus, his days are devoted to creating with computer-aided design programs and working on the largest “boats” in the world powered by nuclear energy.

Wood, of Millville, is a structural designer for Newport News Shipbuilding, the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. The 2017 graduate works for the Shielding & Ship Fabrication section of the company’s Reactor Plant Planning Yard Department.

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