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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.

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