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Students make full use of renowned fabricator’s proximity

A line of students lends perspective to a large girder fabricated at High Steel Structures LLC.
A line of students lends perspective to a large girder fabricated at High Steel Structures LLC.
Alumnus Steppe (standing at left) talks with students at its 3501 W. Fourth St location in Williamsport.
Alumnus Steppe (standing at left) talks with students at its 3501 W. Fourth St location in Williamsport.
Lily D. Ward, of Williamsport, takes a photo of Potts and her fellow civil engineering technology students during Tuesday's visit to High Steel. From left are Noah W. Shafer, of Wyalusing; William D. Schwanke, of Russell; Potts; Ward; Anakin S. Major, of Susquehanna; Matheo S. Angulo, of Bloomfield, N.J.; and Lane R. Kline, of Williamsport.
Lily D. Ward, of Williamsport, takes a photo of Potts and her fellow civil engineering technology students during Tuesday’s visit to High Steel. From left are Noah W. Shafer, of Wyalusing; William D. Schwanke, of Russell; Potts; Ward; Anakin S. Major, of Susquehanna; Matheo S. Angulo, of Bloomfield, N.J.; and Lane R. Kline, of Williamsport.

Students in Drew R. Potts’ Steel Design course (CET 321) traveled to High Steel Structures LLC on Tuesday to learn about bridge girder fabrication. “The concepts students learn in my class are seen up close and very personal at High Steel Structures,” said Potts, assistant professor of civil engineering technology (who also provided photos of the class visit). The tour was facilitated and led by Adam J. Steppe, who holds three degrees from Penn College: welding (1999), welding technology (2011) and welding and fabrication engineering technology (2013), assisted by Christopher L. Verbeski. Located west of main campus, High Steel is one of the nation’s leading fabricators of structural steel and a longtime supporter of the college – most recently donating nearly $100,000 worth of scrap metal to the School of Engineering Technologies for use by welding students.

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