News about Heavy Equipment

Heavy-equipment operators sought in year’s last recruiting visit

Hillsdale Construction & ExcavatingHillsdale Construction & Excavating Company Inc., based in Marion Center, will visit campus next week to recruit bulldozer and excavator operators. Heavy construction equipment technology students and alumni are invited to attend an information session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 207 of the Bush Campus Center. For more on the final employer visit of 2018, check out Career Services’ flyer: Hillsdale Construction & Excavating

Penn College’s Industry Ties Exemplified in Board Appointments

Brett A. Reasner

The dean of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies has been appointed to the board of directors of the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation.

Brett A. Reasner, dean since the Spring 2015 semester, is serving a three-year term with the foundation board, which addresses professional education and workforce development in the industry – including accreditation of postsecondary construction equipment technology programs.

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Andrew J. Bucher Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Andrew J. Bucher

Andrew J. Bucher, scheduled to graduate in May with an associate degree in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, has been selected as the March “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Considered by his nominator as a high-quality candidate for the honor due to his dedication, involvement and impact on the Penn College campus and community, the Manheim resident “has always been passionate about getting involved on campus and being a role model for his peers.”

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In the Heavy Equipment World, Operators Aren’t Just Standing By

As an addition to Penn College’s YouTube channel attests, students in the heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major move more than dirt. They move confidently and capably toward a certain future, thanks to the institution’s comprehensive blend of lecture and practice. After obtaining a solid theoretical base, the students – personified in the video by Richard J. Ward, of Clearfield, and Makenzie E. Witmer, of Bellefonte – develop their skills at a 125-acre work site featuring more than 45 machines. “We’ve had the theories, we’ve had the site courses, we’ve had all the knowledge of industry and operations up ’til that point,” says Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology. “Now, they’re getting that opportunity to apply it.” The hands-on nature of the associate degree makes graduates prime candidates for enriching workforce opportunities, as evidenced by the scores of employers at the college’s twice-yearly career fairs.

Students Take Direct Route From Competition to Community Service

Representing Penn College at a recent woodsmen’s meet in North Carolina, as well as in a gratifying demonstration of community service on the way home, were (from left) students Kristin E. Cavanaugh, Bellefonte; Aaron V. Jedrziewski, Williamsport; and Jackson H. Gehris, Cogan Station; G. Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forest technology; and students Levi J. Weidner, Mechanicsburg; William A. Morrow, Newville; Tyler W. Lauver, Mifflinburg; Abigail L. Hufnagle, Lewisburg; and Derick S. Gower, Sunbury.

Returning from an Oct. 7 woodsmen’s competition in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Forestry Club – conveniently toting the tools that had earlier brought many of the students individual honors – put their skills to work in a much-appreciated display of public assistance.

Eight members of the club’s Woodsman Team had journeyed to The Cradle of Forestry to compete in the 22nd annual John Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, the third consecutive year that Penn College students made the trip. While the students comported themselves admirably in their respective events, the collective Good Samaritan act that followed left no axes to grind.

“Interestingly, the chopping didn’t stop with the conclusion of the meet,” said coach and club adviser G. Andrew Bartholomay, an assistant professor of forest technology. “After breaking camp Saturday night and heading home, the team happened upon a large, dead hemlock tree that had fallen and was blocking the Pisgah Highway. Under the headlights of two college vans and several other trapped cars, the Woodsman Team went to work chopping and clearing the obstruction.”

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Volvo Video Celebrates 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, is extolled in a newly posted YouTube video filmed in May 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.

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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Penn College Students Finish Well at Regional Woodsmen’s Meet

Penn College students Anthony A. Hampton (left), of Clearfield, and James C. Synol, of Bloomingdale, N.J., placed first in the Pole Fell during the Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet at Penn State Mont Alto.

A team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently competed in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet, charting Top Four performances in nine of the day’s events.

Penn College was one of six participants in the April 8 competition, held this year at Penn State Mont Alto in Franklin County: Others, in addition to the host institution, were Allegany College of Maryland, Haywood Community College, Montgomery Community College and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

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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

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

CAT Dealers, Foundation Add More Than $150,000 in Fiscal Support

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc.'s Randy Fetterolf delivers a Caterpillar contribution to Mary Sullivan, executive director of Penn College's Schneebeli Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. Second row (from left): Ronald Barton and Sebastian “Buster” Fiacco, Southworth-Milton Inc.; Griffin Reome, Caterpillar Inc.; Melissa Charest and Carl Bisesi, H.O. Penn Machinery Inc.; and Penn College diesel equipment technology instructors Justin Beishline and David Johnson. Back row (from left): Nick DePermentier, Ransome CAT; Karl Quinn, Alban CAT; Ron Garber, Ransome CAT; diesel equipment technology instructor Chris Weaver; and Brian Clayton, Cleveland Brothers Inc.

A longstanding alliance that prepares Pennsylvania College of Technology students for careers in a variety of fields will continue with the recent donation of $151,076 from the Caterpillar Foundation and a consortium of regional dealerships.

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc., Alban CAT, H.O. Penn Machinery Inc. Ransome CAT and Southworth-Milton Inc. donated a total of $93,706 to help students in the college’s diesel technology, heavy construction equipment technology and on-site power generation majors. Matching funds amounting to $58,000 were provided through the Caterpillar Foundation.

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Famed Skilled-Trades Advocate Again Honors Penn College Students

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among 56 nationwide recipients of tool scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

Receiving $1,000 each to offset the substantial outlay that students invest in the tools that will carry them into their eventual careers are Sam E. Helbling, of Pittsburgh, enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis, and Tyler W. Mosher, of Kintnersville, majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis.

They are among two people chosen from each of 28 Associated Equipment Distributors-affiliated technical colleges for their high cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Fall 2014 semester. Both of the recipients’ associate-degree majors are accredited by AED, making Penn College the only Pennsylvania institution on the association’s roster.

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Anderson Equipment Co. Boosts Support for Penn College Students

Anderson Equipment Co.

Heavy construction equipment technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from the ongoing generosity of the Anderson Equipment Co., which supplemented a recent equipment loan with the donation of an engine and other machine components.

Among the gifts from Anderson, a distributor of earthmoving and mobile equipment with 20 locations from Maine to West Virginia, was a 272-horsepower Komatsu WA470-6 engine.

“This is a great addition to our heavy equipment engine lab,” said Chris S. Weaver, a diesel equipment technology instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Management. “Until now, we did not have an engine meeting Tier 3 emission requirements with common rail-fuel injection. Because of Anderson’s generous donation, we can expose our heavy equipment students to technology that is being used in the industry.”

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