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05.18.2022

Penn College Baja SAE team captures coveted race victory

For a decade, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team has placed among the nation’s elite in grueling endurance races. After Baja SAE Tennessee Tech, the team reigns supreme.

Penn College topped a 72-car field in Cookeville, Tennessee, on Sunday to win the endurance race for the first time, besting the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Cornell, Rochester Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Texas A&M. The four-hour race, consisting of rugged terrain and tight turns, is Baja SAE’s marquee event.

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04.22.2022

Industry event offers well-timed view of welding facilities

Nicholas E. Shrawder, a senior civil engineer for PennDOT and chair of ASNT's Susquehanna Valley Section
Nicholas E. Shrawder, a senior civil engineer for PennDOT and chair of ASNT’s Susquehanna Valley Section
A welding lab does double-duty as a meal venue, offering diners immersion in a well-equipped learning environment.
A welding lab does double-duty as a meal venue, offering diners immersion in a well-equipped learning environment.
Brandon Miller, a member of the section's board of directors, addresses the group.
Brandon Miller, a member of the section’s board of directors, addresses the group.
Robby R. Smith (right), of Mount Wolf, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology, leads a lab tour.
Robby R. Smith (right), of Mount Wolf, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology, leads a lab tour.
Nau, a welding faculty member with three Penn College degrees, talks with Shrawder.
Nau, a welding faculty member with three Penn College degrees, talks with Shrawder.

Members of the American Society of Non-Destructive Testing, Susquehanna Valley Section, got a closeup look at Penn College’s expansive welding labs when they recently held a dinner meeting in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. The visit heralds this fall’s start of an associate degree in non-destructive testing through the college’s School of Engineering Technologies – part of a revised curriculum developed by instructor Michael J. Nau and James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding. The Susquehanna Valley Section, chartered in 1988, covers a 90-mile radius around State College.
Photos by Frank T. Kocsis, student photographer

Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Welding
04.20.2022

Creative collaboration ‘sparks’ Penn College sculpture

The “ripple” effect of Skyler R. Graver’s gumption will enhance Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape for generations to come.

A 200-pound, 9-foot-long motorcycle sculpture accentuates the north end of the campus mall, thanks to Graver and other talented members of the college’s American Welding Society club. Graver’s interaction with famed metal artist Rae Ripple last fall led to the fabrication of the chopper-style motorcycle, a permanent campus feature enriched by Ripple’s creative flair.

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03.24.2022

‘Be that person for someone else’

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s “Women’s Wednesday” series continued this week with Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies, engaging students during a late-afternoon social in College Avenue Labs.

With a background in elementary and early childhood education, as well as experience in 4-H and literacy programs, Hampton joined the college staff in 2006 as a matriculation and retention coordinator. Among the acknowledged keys to her success, both in personal development and institutional outreach, are the connections that she’s made.

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03.22.2022

Students make full use of renowned fabricator’s proximity

A line of students lends perspective to a large girder fabricated at High Steel Structures LLC.
A line of students lends perspective to a large girder fabricated at High Steel Structures LLC.
Alumnus Steppe (standing at left) talks with students at its 3501 W. Fourth St location in Williamsport.
Alumnus Steppe (standing at left) talks with students at its 3501 W. Fourth St location in Williamsport.
Lily D. Ward, of Williamsport, takes a photo of Potts and her fellow civil engineering technology students during Tuesday's visit to High Steel. From left are Noah W. Shafer, of Wyalusing; William D. Schwanke, of Russell; Potts; Ward; Anakin S. Major, of Susquehanna; Matheo S. Angulo, of Bloomfield, N.J.; and Lane R. Kline, of Williamsport.
Lily D. Ward, of Williamsport, takes a photo of Potts and her fellow civil engineering technology students during Tuesday’s visit to High Steel. From left are Noah W. Shafer, of Wyalusing; William D. Schwanke, of Russell; Potts; Ward; Anakin S. Major, of Susquehanna; Matheo S. Angulo, of Bloomfield, N.J.; and Lane R. Kline, of Williamsport.

Students in Drew R. Potts’ Steel Design course (CET 321) traveled to High Steel Structures LLC on Tuesday to learn about bridge girder fabrication. “The concepts students learn in my class are seen up close and very personal at High Steel Structures,” said Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology (who also provided photos of the class visit). The tour was facilitated and led by Adam J. Steppe, who holds three degrees from Penn College: welding (1999), welding technology (2011) and welding and fabrication engineering technology (2013), assisted by Christopher L. Verbeski. Located west of main campus, High Steel is one of the nation’s leading fabricators of structural steel and a longtime supporter of the college – most recently donating nearly $100,000 worth of scrap metal to the School of Engineering Technologies for use by welding students.

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03.16.2022

When building a career, mentorship tops this dean’s list

Lester recaps a rewarding professional life that led to her Penn College position – a road that wound from San Diego to Washington, D.C., to New York City en route to Williamsport.
Lester recaps a rewarding professional life that led to her Penn College position – a road that wound from San Diego to Washington, D.C., to New York City en route to Williamsport.
Cementing a community partnership are (from left) Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College's Clean Energy Center; Duane Hershberger, executive director of Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity; and Lester.
Cementing a community partnership are (from left) Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College’s Clean Energy Center; Duane Hershberger, executive director of Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity; and Lester.
Among the morning's giveaways, a Pennsylvania-based company's flagship product sweetly salutes women's contributions.
Among the morning’s giveaways, a Pennsylvania-based company’s flagship product sweetly salutes women’s contributions.

The “Women’s Wednesday” program, an Office of Student Engagement-sponsored forum for inspiration from those excelling in traditionally male-dominated fields, kicked off this week with a presentation by the assistant dean of architectural and construction technologies.

Ellyn A. Lester provided the Penn’s Inn audience – which included colleagues from the Clean Energy Center, The Madigan Library and architecture faculty, as well as students  – with a summary of her considerable experience and success.

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03.07.2022

‘Ripple effect’ spreads campuswide message of respect, creativity

International welding artist Rae Ripple, encouraged by a Pennsylvania College of Technology student last fall to drop by campus, honored that invitation Friday with an inspiring daylong visit.

“I absolutely love this school!” she said during a “Live With Rae” morning presentation in the Klump Academic Center, coolly and confidently striding the auditorium stage in an animated and unabashed Q&A.

That session was preceded by a tour and followed by a demonstration in the welding lab, where Ripple put her renowned stamp on a student project – aptly mirroring her enthusiasm for motorcycles – that will be installed outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center for public display.

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03.04.2022

Johnson Controls supports welding program

Johnson Controls and its York-based Navy Systems business has bolstered welding education at Pennsylvania College of Technology by donating $30,000 worth of materials in the past year and a half.

Recently, the company, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of the college, boosted its support with a $10,000 gift toward curriculum enhancements and additional equipment and materials procurement. It is also providing personal protective equipment/hand tool packages to be awarded to students for exemplary work in Penn College’s welding program.

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03.02.2022

Welding grad chosen as ‘Emerging Leader’ by manufacturers’ group

Erin M. BeaverWelding alumna Erin M. Beaver, an intermediate manufacturing engineer for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. in York, has been chosen as an “Emerging Leader” among the 130 recipients of this year’s STEP Ahead Awards from The Manufacturing Institute.

This is the 10th year for the peer-nominated awards, which honor women for their contributions and impact in both manufacturing and their communities. The Emerging Leader designation represents young women who are the future of the industry and who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments at the beginning of their careers.

“I am passionate about manufacturing because it’s always evolving and that, in turn, creates opportunity for personal growth – whether it be through gaining different experiences or learning a new technology,” said Beaver, who earned a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology in 2019. “Continuing to grow is important to me, and a career in manufacturing supports that.”

While at Penn College, Beaver and two classmates formed an all-female team that competed at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

She and the other honorees will formally receive their awards at an April 28 gala in Washington, D.C.

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02.17.2022

Penn College adds non-destructive testing welding degree

Mark N. Hurd found himself perched about 140 feet above the Hudson River on a cold January day. A steel basket attached to the multijointed arm of a snooper truck stationed on the massive bridge above provided both workspace and sanctuary for the Pennsylvania College of Technology instructor.

For hours, Hurd meticulously employed an ultrasonic testing unit to reveal the quality of butt welds on 10 flanges strengthening the bridge’s steel beams. Those girders would soon support about 140,000 vehicles daily, traveling the 3.1 miles connecting South Nyack and Tarrytown, New York, just north of Manhattan.

“It’s like being an industrial doctor because many of the testing processes, such as ultrasound and radiography, were originally used in the medical field,” Hurd said in describing his work as a quality control inspector at the Tappan Zee Bridge (Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge). “I’ve been in this business for over 30 years, and there’s not a week that goes by when I don’t learn something new or face a new challenge. That’s what keeps it exciting.”

Penn College is providing a career pathway to that excitement with an associate degree in non-destructive testing. Offered for the first time this fall, the two-year program will combine hands-on welding experience in the college’s 55,000-square-foot lab with exposure to several NDT processes, including ultrasonic and radiographic testing.

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01.27.2022

WNEP chronicles useful turnaround of donated scrap metal

Scharba, one of two students included in Keating's piece, steps up to the mic.
Scharba, one of two students included in Keating’s piece, steps up to the mic.
The Newswatch 16 reporter captures some welding footage ...
The Newswatch 16 reporter captures some welding footage …
... and interviews Colton in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.
… and interviews Colton in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.

High Steel Structures’ recent donation of nearly $100,000 worth of scrap metal to Penn College prompted a Thursday afternoon visit by WNEP-TV’s Chris Keating to the welding lab. Keating taped a segment that aired during evening newscasts and featured welding and fabrication engineering technology students Michael D. Shoemaker, of Orefield, and Kevin D. Scharba, of Kane; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations; and James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding.

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01.27.2022

Alumnus/labor leader makes eye-opening return to campus

Jason W. Killinger (left), assistant professor of HVAC technology, leads the group on a Carl Building Technologies Center lab tour.
Jason W. Killinger (left), assistant professor of HVAC technology, leads the group on a Carl Building Technologies Center lab tour.
Appropriately pausing for photos outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, home to the college's welding labs, are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer; Yaw, who also chairs the college's board of directors; Steffee; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost.
Appropriately pausing for photos outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, home to the college’s welding labs, are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer; Yaw, who also chairs the college’s board of directors; Steffee; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost.
The Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and College Avenue Labs were among the day's popular destinations; Steffee here gets a dose of faculty expertise from Howard W. Troup (left), instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology.
The Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and College Avenue Labs were among the day’s popular destinations; Steffee here gets a dose of faculty expertise from Howard W. Troup (left), instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology.
Clothing bearing the historic insignia of Steffee's union local awaits distribution to students.
Clothing bearing the historic insignia of Steffee’s union local awaits distribution to students.
An alumnus of a program that now enjoys a vastly more spacious and well-equipped workplace, Steffee (right) engages with James N. Colton II (left), assistant professor of welding, and Reed.
An alumnus of a program that now enjoys a vastly more spacious and well-equipped workplace, Steffee (right) engages with James N. Colton II (left), assistant professor of welding, and Reed.

The business agent for Boilermakers Local 154, who earned a Williamsport Area Community College welding degree in 1987, came back Thursday for a visit arranged by state Sen. Gene Yaw. Shawn M. Steffee, greatly impressed by the changes at his alma mater during the intervening years, was greeted by a variety of college administrators before touring instructional labs in the School of Engineering Technologies. The Indiana County resident also met members of the Baja SAE team, delivered a boxful of giveaways to be distributed to students and was met by President Davie Jane Gilmour during lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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01.25.2022

CLOOS Robotic Welding renews entrustment agreement

CLOOS Robotic Welding Inc. is renewing an entrustment agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology for robotic welding equipment used for instructional purposes.

CLOOS, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker at Penn College, has partnered with the college for entrustments since 2014. The latest renewal runs for two more years. It features the company’s QRC 320 upright robot with a V9 controller.

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01.21.2022

High Steel Structures donates scrap metal to welding program

High Steel Structures LLC has donated nearly $100,000 worth of welding scrap to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college’s welding and metal fabrication programs.

High Steel Structures has fabrication facilities in both Lancaster and Williamsport. The company is among North America’s largest fabricators of steel for bridge projects and regularly partners with “beam and column” fabricators outside the transportation industry.

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01.13.2022

Corporate partner extends entrustment at Penn College

Laserline Inc. is continuing its commitment with Pennsylvania College of Technology to shape tomorrow’s workforce with a two-year extension of its laser welding equipment entrustment.

The manufacturer of high-power industrial diode lasers for metal processing and other applications has entrusted a 2-kilowatt laser power source to the college since 2019. The entrustment – extended through May 2023 – enables an operational laser cell in the college’s 55,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art welding lab.

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