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High Steel opens plant to engineering design students


Tomassacci accompanies students on a recent visit to High Steel Structures Inc.
Tomassacci accompanies students on a recent visit to High Steel Structures Inc.
Walker (second from right) and engineering design students benefit from the college's proximity to one of the nation's biggest steel fabricators.
Walker (second from right) and engineering design students benefit from the college’s proximity to one of the nation’s biggest steel fabricators.

Penn College engineering design technology students enrolled in the Technical Drawing-Related Disciplines course experienced examples of structural fabrication and design, thanks to a recent field trip to High Steel Structures Inc. in Williamsport. Located along Fourth Street, west of campus, High Steel is one of the largest structural steel fabricators in the country. The company has fabricated more than 1 million tons of structural steel during the past 20 years. Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology, and Kendra N. Tomassacci, instructor of engineering design technology, accompanied 33 of their students. “It was an awesome trip,” Walker said. “We are very fortunate that our local employers provide opportunities to visit their facilities. It is very beneficial for students to connect their classroom experience to real-world applications.”
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