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Career Day sets middle schoolers’ sights on tomorrow

Led by Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, and students, Career Day visitors create concrete stepping stones.

College employees rallied to provide nearly 40 educational sessions for middle schoolers from across the region who visited campus on Monday for the college’s twice-a-year Career Day. Facilitated by the college’s College Transitions Office, the event provided 1,267 students with opportunities to explore a wide variety of careers in each of the college’s six academic schools. Visitors included 13 schools and home-schooled students.

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Penn College student manufactures bass guitar

Finding harmony between music and manufacturing

A manufacturing engineering technology student at Pennsylvania College of Technology hit the right note with his senior project – literally.

Jaron A. Williams, of Lopez, spent countless hours during the academic year combining his twin passions of manufacturing and music to create a functional bass guitar.

“When he submitted this as a proposal, I said ‘yes,’ but I told him he would have to play it during his presentation,” noted John M. Good, instructor of automated manufacturing and machining. “He did. It sounded great! As he played, he demonstrated various technical aspects and sound-quality controls of his guitar. The audience was amazed.”

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Penn College receives NSF grant to combat skills gap

Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing the manufacturing skills gap with the help of a $591,924 grant awarded through the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. The grant will fund several initiatives over the next three years aimed at students, teachers and school counselors.

Unfilled manufacturing jobs through 2028 may total 2.4 million, threatening the health of the industry and the U.S. economy. With help from the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing that dire skills gap estimated by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute.

The NSF recently awarded the college a $591,924 grant through its Advanced Technological Education program to increase the number of qualified workers in advanced manufacturing. The money will fund several initiatives during the next three years aimed at students, teachers and school counselors.

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Student-designed transmission passes test for Baja SAE team

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s entry in Baja SAE Tennessee Tech finished eighth out of 96 cars in the endurance-race portion of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ recent event in Cookeville, Tenn.

Months of painstaking work resulted in an impressive showing on the international stage for Pennsylvania College of Technology at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers’ event in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Featuring a new, student-designed continuously variable transmission, the college’s single-seat, off-road vehicle finished eighth out of 96 cars in the endurance race at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech. It’s the college’s eighth top 10 finish in the race – considered Baja SAE’s marquee event – since 2011.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way our car performed with the new CVT,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and adviser to the college’s Baja SAE club. “We were one of the fastest 10 cars. Nobody pulled away from us. We most likely would have finished higher if the race wasn’t shortened. We usually do our best in the last hour of the event.”

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AACA’s Hershey Chapter revisits college’s hands-on world

As is generally the case, students are the best college ambassadors when company comes to call.

Members of the Hershey Region of the Antique Automobile Association of America, among the generous champions of Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, recently returned to main campus as the first stop on this season’s “Point Run” schedule. The group enjoyed a buffet lunch, toured several instructional areas, and met with student members of the Penn College Motorsports Association and the Classic Cruisers Club.

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Locally grown, globally known

Precision-designed parts, meeting the rigorous standards of industry, bear the company’s mark of quality.
Precision-designed parts, meeting the rigorous standards of industry, bear the company’s mark of quality.
E-Tech’s team approach to business begins with the couple that built it: John, '74, and Nanette Estep.
E-Tech’s team approach to business begins with the couple that built it: John, ’74, and Nanette Estep.
Anthony R. Bastion, a 2018 manufacturing engineering alumnus and former intern, is among the Penn College-educated talent to find a home in his Bradford County backyard.
Anthony R. Bastion, a 2018 manufacturing engineering alumnus and former intern, is among the Penn College-educated talent to find a work home in his Bradford County backyard.
Penn College alumni John M. “Max” Brenchley (left), who graduated in December with a degree in engineering design technology, and Aaron C. Smith, who holds degrees in engineering CAD technology (’15) and engineering design technology (’17), discuss their work on a European aerospace project. Brenchley began as an intern while still in college; Smith’s E-Tech connection dates to his Troy High School days, when an 11th-grade CAD class completed projects on-site through one of the area’s first 3D printers.
Penn College alumni John M. “Max” Brenchley (left), who graduated in December with a degree in engineering design technology, and Aaron C. Smith, who holds degrees in engineering CAD technology (’15) and engineering design technology (’17), discuss their work on a European aerospace project. Brenchley began as an intern while still in college; Smith’s E-Tech connection dates to his Troy High School days, when an 11th-grade CAD class completed projects on-site through one of the area’s first 3D printers.

From the Spring 2019 Penn College Magazine: E-Tech Industries founder John Estep, ’74, credits his team – 70 percent of them graduates of Penn College or its predecessor – for his company’s made-in-the-USA success. Read Locally Grown, Globally Known.

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Collaborative effort revs up Penn College’s Baja SAE team

Members of Penn College’s Baja SAE team take a break during a day of testing their vehicle in preparation for Baja SAE Tennessee Tech, scheduled for April 11-14 in Cookeville, Tenn. From left are Christopher M. Schweikert, of Jamison; Dakota C. Harrison, of Lewisberry; Corey J. Mason, of Lake City; Justin R. Dahlberg, of Manahawkin, N.J.; Daniel M. Gerard, of Doylestown; John D. Kleinfelter, of Lebanon; Trevor M. Clouser, of Millmont; Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia; Mark A. Turek, of Red Lion; Dylan A. Bianco, of State College; Dominic J. Lepri, of Monroe Township, N.J.; David Carlson, of Elizabethtown; Morgan R. Bagenstose, of Reading; and Matthew J. Nyman, of Lock Haven.

A collaborative multidisciplinary effort is fueling Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team’s preparation for two major international competitions sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

The Penn College team will compete at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tennessee, April 11-14 and at Baja SAE Rochester in Rochester, New York, June 6-9.

“The past success of the team has sparked a lot of interest from students in a variety of majors,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and adviser to the college’s Baja SAE club since its 2005 inception. “Traditionally, our team primarily consisted of manufacturing and machining students. Now we have other students offering their services, including some as part of their coursework. It’s great that more people are assisting and have a stake in the team’s achievements.”

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Penn College profiled on ‘PMA Perspective’ on PCN

Penn College students featured on "PMA Perspective" are Alexa M. Korinchak, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hellertown, working on the heavy-gauge thermoformer ...
Penn College students featured on “PMA Perspective” are Alexa M. Korinchak, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hellertown, working on the heavy-gauge thermoformer …
... and Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia, a manufacturing engineering technology demonstrating the Genos M560 vertical machining center.
… and Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia, a manufacturing engineering technology demonstrating the Genos M560 vertical machining center.

The second of two episodes of “PMA Perspective” featuring Penn College aired Sunday morning on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

David N. Taylor, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and the “PMA Perspective” crew toured and filmed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs, led by Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; in automated manufacturing/machining, guided by Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; and in rapid prototyping (3D printing), led by Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.

Last week’s first episode featured an interview with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and a tour of the mechatronics lab. For that segment, Taylor interviewed Howard W. Troup, instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology, and Christopher P. Ray, executive director, business development.

Both installments can be viewed on the “PMA Perspective” website.

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Companies’ generosity supports Penn College students

Commemorating an arrangement allowing Penn College students access to a high-end CNC machine are, from left, Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Suzette Snyder, director of human resources and talent acquisition for Lycoming Engines; Randy Ditch, president, Gosiger East Coast Region; Bill Wilson, key accounts manager, Gosiger Mid-Atlantic; Tyler McCoy, manufacturing engineering supervisor at Lycoming Engines and a Penn College alumnus; Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; and Gregg Shimp, vice president, integrated operations, Lycoming Engines.

An industry staple, computer numerical control machines are a common sight in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automated manufacturing lab. Students operate the 17 CNC units daily to master the intricacies of using computer software to control the machines’ tools in shaping metal.

A recent addition to the CNC collection has changed the lab’s landscape. At 8 feet wide and 10 feet tall, the 18,000-pound unit towers above other instructional equipment in the 12,000-square-foot facility. The Genos M560 vertical machine center – built by the Okuma Corp. – makes quite the impression. More importantly, it offers students another valuable learning experience.

“It’s certainly a higher-end CNC unit,” said Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining. “It goes beyond the machines we typically have access to. If we were comparing it to a car, this would be like a Mercedes or BMW.”

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Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

Young women enrolled in SMART Girls, among the wide-ranging roster of pre-college programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assemble a robot during last summer’s camp.

Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students.

“Our Pre-College Programs offer living and learning experiences in which students have opportunities to explore unique academic interests in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “It’s a chance to work and make connections with industry leaders, meet and mingle with your peers, and establish a path that could lead to all sorts of future possibilities.”

The signup deadline is May 31 for the institution’s 12 residential programs and its one day camp.

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Students ‘soldier’ on to complete project by ceremonial deadline

The toy soldier takes shape in College Avenue Labs ...
The toy soldier takes shape in College Avenue Labs …
... where a focused group of students worked against the clock to fabricate and assemble a splendid keepsake.
… where a focused group of students worked against the clock to fabricate and assemble a splendid keepsake.
Students and Klinger (standing at front left) proudly display their handiwork.
Students and Klinger (standing at front left) proudly display their handiwork.
Standing at attention outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, the majestic creation would be equally at home in the finest Manhattan storefront.
Standing at attention outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, the majestic creation would be equally at home in the finest Manhattan storefront.

Penn College’s decades-old tradition of large-scale holiday cards on the campus mall got an impressive add-on for the 2018 season: a massive toy soldier jointly fashioned by automotive restoration majors and manufacturing students in instructor Roy Klinger’s metal-shaping classes. “We were trying to think of something we could build to go with the holiday cards, and we came across an image of a 12-foot-tall toy soldier,” said Arthur M. Wright IV, an automotive restoration technology major from Woodbridge, New Jersey. “We figured we would give it a try because it could end up looking really cool!” A group of students from the manufacturing program assisted restoration majors with drawing and designing the toy soldier. The inner structure is mostly plywood arranged to help support the weight of the towering statue, Wright said, while the outer shell is completely made of aluminum. “The restoration students made paper patterns of the shapes provided by the drawing that the manufacturing students prepared for us,” he explained. “We then shaped all the pieces using the skills and techniques that we were learning in our metal-shaping class. The project really helped us display the skills that we had been working so hard to develop.” It was a total team effort to complete the project, he said, estimating that it took all of four three-hour classes to fully realize their shared vision. “When we came in the Wednesday morning of the card-lighting ceremony (Nov. 28), we didn’t think we were going to be able to get it done,” said Wright, who also shared some of the students’ photos. “Most of the soldier was still in pieces, with no paint. But thanks to the guidance and leadership of our teacher, we were able to get everything finished before the ceremony started!”

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TRAK Machine Tools Augments Equipment Donations

TRAK Machine Tools Inc. recently donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. With the machines are, from left, Richard K. Hendricks Jr., automated manufacturing and machining faculty member and department head at Penn College; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for the college; and Rudy Gebhard, senior sales representative, Southwestern Industries Inc.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students in automated manufacturing and machining majors will benefit from two more pieces of equipment donated by TRAK Machine Tools Inc.

Richard and Marion Leonhard, part owners of the company, have donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. This latest gift brings to six the number of machines in the lab donated by TRAK Machine Tools.

The equipment is used in courses such as Basic Machine Tool Programming, Programming and Machining, Machine Tool Applications, and Fixture Design and Fabrication. Hundreds of students in the college’s four manufacturing majors will gain experience on the equipment each academic year.

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Be Smart, Rule the World

A group from New Covenant Academy in Mansfield makes final adjustments to its wearable back massager during a STEM Design Challenge hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 in the college’s Field House.
A group from New Covenant Academy in Mansfield makes final adjustments to its wearable back massager during a STEM Design Challenge hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 in the college’s Field House.

From the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine: To prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future, make them curious about how things work, faculty experts say. Read “Be Smart, Rule the World.”

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Penn College Honors Manufacturing Engineering Alumnus

Mark A. Atwater, an associate professor of materials and manufacturing technology at Millersville University, was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award by President Davie Jane Gilmour at Penn College’s Summer Commencement ceremony on Aug. 4.

A manufacturing engineering technology graduate who is now a college professor received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer 2018 commencement ceremonies, held Aug. 4 at the Community Arts Center.

Mark A. Atwater, a 2007 graduate of Penn College and an associate professor of materials and manufacturing technology at Millersville University, was recognized for the noteworthy contributions he has made in his career field.

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‘Why Science Matters’ Documentary Premieres July 12 on WVIA-TV

David S. Richards, professor of physics, is one of the faculty members featured in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters,” a documentary produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media that premieres on WVIA-TV on July 12.

Nerds rule! Science, experimentation and competition come together to help students develop the problem-solving skills needed for high-demand, high-tech careers in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters.”

Produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, the documentary, which premieres on WVIA-TV Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m., highlights hands-on activities that connect students with science and other academic subjects that can prepare them for success in modern manufacturing careers.

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