News about Diesel & Power Generation

Skilled-Trades Spokesman Again Champions Penn College Students

Penn College students Benjamin P. Coppola (left), of Danville, and Andrew M. Shane, of Boyertown, who have each been awarded $1,000 national tool scholarships, celebrate with diesel equipment technology instructor Chris S. Weaver (center).

For the seventh consecutive year, Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been selected for $1,000 national scholarships to help them buy tools for their imminent employment in the heavy construction equipment field.

Benjamin P. Coppola, of Danville, and Andrew M. Shane, of Boyertown – both about to graduate in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis – were among the high-achieving students receiving funds through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an Associated Equipment Distributors affiliate.

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Volvo Video to Celebrate Corporate Support of Education

Grouped near a Volvo excavator at the training site, alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, are (from left): Flood, Breon, Peck, Hoffman, Witmer and Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

Peck (center) and Hoffman talk with Amy Crouse, Volvo Construction Equipment's product marketing and communication specialist.

Getting it on record, the crew talks with Flood ...

... and captures Witmer's hands-on perspective from behind the controls.

A long-standing partnership between Penn College and Volvo, emblematic of the corporate support that helps provide all six of the institution’s academic schools with relevant technology and laboratory tools, will be extolled in a video partially filmed this past week at the college’s heavy equipment training site in Brady Township. The visit by a crew from Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg was arranged by Brian Hoffman, regional manager of Highway Equipment & Supply Co., itself a longtime supporter of students and faculty in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. Interviewed on camera at the work site were Makenzie E. Witmer, of Bellefonte, and Tyler M. Breon, of Millheim, both majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis; Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology; and Highway Equipment’s Ryan Flood, a member of the college’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technician Emphasis Advisory Committee.

Penn College Announces Donation of Vehicles by FedEx Freight

Amid six trucks that were donated in the past year, FedEx Freight representatives and Penn College faculty gather outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center to share career advice with diesel technology students.

Five trucks – four Volvos and a Kenworth, all in the 2003-08 model-year range – have been added to the instructional fleet in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program through ongoing support from FedEx Freight.

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WVIA to Rebroadcast Series Episode on ‘Green’ Careers

"Working Class"

Working Class: Build and Grow Green,” the second episode of a Telly Award-winning series co-produced by Penn College, will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday on WVIA. The hourlong documentary invites consideration of a range of options by those looking into “green” careers, exploring opportunities such as architecture and sustainable design; building construction and construction management; building automation; electrical technology and power generation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; forestry; and horticulture. The episode can also be viewed on the series’ comprehensive website, which additionally features a producer’s blog, video segments, K-12 educational resources and an art challenge.

Faculty Member, Caterpillar Dealers Honored for Commitment

Chris S. Weaver (left), an instructor of diesel equipment technology at Penn College, accepts a plaque and congratulations from past recipient Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

The long-standing relationship between Caterpillar Inc. and Pennsylvania College of Technology was accentuated in recent award presentations on campus: An instructor of diesel equipment technology was honored for his dedication, and two CAT representatives were celebrated for two decades of grant-funded assistance to students and faculty.

Chris S. Weaver, a faculty member in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, was presented the Pathfinder to Excellence Faculty Award earlier this month during an advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

At that same meeting, representatives of Ransome CAT and Alban Tractor Co. Inc. were given plaques marking “20 years of participation in the Caterpillar Excellence Fund grant to provide student scholarships, instructional materials, technical equipment, curriculum development and faculty development funds in support of the diesel equipment technology programs.”

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Students Gain Vantage From Enforcement’s Side of the Road

State police talk "rules of the road" with future technicians and operators.

Pennsylvania State Police recently made their yearly visit to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, sharing with Penn College students the link between their chosen careers and safety on the commonwealth’s roadways.  Trooper David Walker and Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer Dave Kelch detailed the responsibility and liability that technicians hold in making sure the vehicles they service and operate are within the laws and regulations governing commercial highway traffic. Diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis majors also witnessed an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation.
Photo by Chris S. Weaver, diesel equipment technology instructor

Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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Truck Donated by FedEx Delivers Expanded Opportunity for Students

Gathered near a newly acquired Volvo truck are (from left) Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations; alumnus Greg A. Moser, who, as a district fleet maintenance manager for FedEx Freight, arranged donation of the 2006 vehicle; and Mark E. Sones, a diesel equipment technology faculty member.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment majors now have newer equipment on which to hone their craft, thanks to a graduate’s ongoing involvement with his alma mater.

The donation of a 2006 Volvo truck was facilitated by Greg A. Moser, an alumnus of Penn College’s former diesel technology: Mack emphasis major. Based in Pocono Summit, Moser is a district fleet maintenance manager for FedEx Freight. He frequently recruits at campus career fairs and serves on the college’s Diesel Technology Advisory Committee.

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Caterpillar Students Awarded National Tool Scholarships

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students have received $1,000 national scholarships to help them purchase tools for their emerging careers in heavy construction equipment technology.

Ronald A. Kepple, of Russell, and Alexander C. Rozon, of Cochranville, were awarded the funds through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an affiliate of Associated Equipment Distributors.

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Taking the High Road

Using a lab vehicle as a convenient visual aid ...

... Trooper Cory Beaver brings student up-to-date on prevailing motor carrier regulations.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Cory Beaver, accompanied by Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer Will Latchet, made their annual visit to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Thursday afternoon. The visit provided an opportunity for diesel and heavy equipment technology students to witness an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation. The officers explained the extent of responsibility and liability of the driver, as well as the servicing technician, to ensure the commercial vehicles they operate, maintain and repair are within regulatory guidelines. Beaver discussed load securement, permits and driver violations, as well as the Compliance, Safety and Accountability point-assessment system associated with motor carrier vehicles and operators. “Whether heavy equipment technicians, operators hauling the equipment or diesel technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers, having the state police and motor carrier inspectors come in to speak is a great way for our students to become educated early on about the laws and regulations that are currently being enforced,” said Mark E. Sones, diesel equipment technology instructor.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies/library computer assistant

Power Generation Students on Short List of Scholarship Recipients

Two awarded EGSA scholarships

On-site power generation students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been awarded two of five $2,500 national scholarships announced this academic year by the Electrical Generating Systems Association.

Among the David I. Coren Memorial Scholarship winners for the 2015-16 year are Garritt R. Aucker, of Winfield, and Dakota G. Schwartz, of Trevose.

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Three Montoursville Sisters Attend Penn College

Penn College is a family affair for the Bennett sisters, from left, Aubrey G. (nursing), Ainsley R. (graphic design) and Addey L. (diesel technology).

Depending on the preferred cliché, threes may be a threat, a charm or a crowd. For the Bennett family of Montoursville, it’s a triple blessing that all three sisters are attending Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Aubrey G., 23; Ainsley R., 20; and Addey L., 19, are enrolled in a range of majors: nursing, graphic design and diesel technology, respectively.

Aubrey said the proximity of the college to their home and the ability to save money by commuting made the choice “perfect for our situation.”

According to the sisters, they are the first generation in their family to attend college, and their mother was the encouraging factor.

“Mom really pushed for it,” Addey said. “She always said she wanted us to have what she didn’t have.”

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Penn College Names New Assistant Dean for Academic School

Justin W. Beishline

Justin W. Beishline has been named assistant dean for the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Beishline, who grew up in Benton and resides in Millville, had been an instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college since the Fall 2008 semester.

“Justin will be an excellent addition to the leadership team in Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “He has been an excellent teacher for a number of years and is noted for his commitment to his students. He brings creativity and a great work ethic to this new role.”

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Ransome CAT Donates Diesel Engine to Penn College

Ransome's Ron Garber secures diesel engine for ESC

A Caterpillar C6.6 diesel engine, which became available after it was replaced under warranty by the dealership, has been donated by Ransome CAT for use by students at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth science Center. “Since I know the college is always looking for recent engines for instructional purposes, we made the call to Dr. (Mary A.) Sullivan (ESC executive director and assistant dean of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies) and arrangements were made for the pickup of the engine,” said Ron Garber, Ransome’s fluids lab general manager and Whitehall/Fleetwood regional manager. “We had no further cost in the item and it made sense to donate it to Penn College. All dealers in the program keep an eye out for such items … and make them available whenever we can.”
Photo by Ken J. Bashista, laboratory technician for diesel equipment technology

Alumnus Among Top Competitors in Employer’s Skills-Testing

Under the critical eye of a judge and his clipboard, Brian P. Weidner competes ...

... in a series of skills tests ...

... that pitted him against other top-performing Ryder technicians.

After only 20 months on the job, Brian P. Weidner – a 2011 diesel technology graduate working as a Tech 3 for Ryder Systems Inc. – tested his way into the third level of his employer’s prestigious Top Tech Competition. During the awards ceremony, the alumnus from Quakertown said, his mentor cited Weidner’s educational background at his technical high school and his degree from Penn College.
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