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In their ongoing effort to establish ties with industry leaders, faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s electrical department visited with officials and alumni at the Crown Cork and Seal beverage can manufacturing plant in Nichols, New York, on Wednesday.

It’s a Penn College reunion at the Crown Cork and Seal beverage can manufacturing plant in Nichols, N.Y. Electrical technology graduates Evan M. Mudd and Geoffrey R. Buickus, maintenance electricians at the plant, spend time with Jon W. Hart and Kevin Yokitis, instructors of electrical technologies and occupations. From left are Mudd, Hart, Yokitis and Buickus.
It’s a Penn College reunion at the Crown Cork and Seal beverage can manufacturing plant in Nichols, N.Y. Electrical technology graduates Evan M. Mudd and Geoffrey R. Buickus, maintenance electricians at the plant, spend time with Jon W. Hart and Kevin Yokitis, instructors of electrical technologies and occupations. From left are Mudd, Hart, Yokitis and Buickus.
One of many “mountains” of aluminum cans
One of many “mountains” of aluminum cans

Jon W. Hart and Kevin Yokitis, instructors of electrical technologies and occupations, toured the 533,00-square-foot plant, which produces approximately 7 million aluminum cans per day for a variety of beverages.

The $150 million, highly automated plant employs about 180 people, including two recent Penn College electrical technology graduates: Geoffrey R. Buickus and Evan M. Mudd.

Both work as maintenance electricians for Crown Cork and Seal. Like many of their classmates, Buickus and Mudd secured their full-time positions prior to graduation.

In addition to reuniting with their former students, the faculty duo met with Kevin Jant, senior manufacturing engineer, and James Kany, electrical engineer, to discuss plant operations and the applicability of the college’s electrical technology curriculum.

Mudd explains his latest troubleshooting challenge to Hart.
Mudd explains his latest troubleshooting challenge to Hart.
Yokitis and Hart discuss quality issues with Kevin Jant, senior manufacturing engineer.
Yokitis and Hart discuss quality issues with Kevin Jant, senior manufacturing engineer.

Kany is very impressed with the curriculum, thanks to his time supervising Buickus and Mudd.

“What I have heard from the description of classes they have taken, I wish I took those when I was going to school,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing the things they were able to learn before they came here.”

Photos by Tom Speicher, writer/video editor

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