Smack in the middle of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center’s main building, students pursuing degrees in on-site power generation add hands-on know-how to their classroom lessons. On the left, first-year students learn to disassemble and reassemble diesel engines, while on the perimeter, fourth-semester students in the Power Generation System Controls course gather data from generators before spending the next month running and troubleshooting the equipment, all of different makes. Students in the on-site power generation major split their time learning about electrical systems on main campus and about engines at the Earth Science Center. They learn to install, service and maintain diesel and gas-powered generator sets. “These are all really good students,” said Ken C. Kuhns, assistant professor of electrical technologies and occupations. “I’d give any of them a reference. They all shine in different areas.”
Troyleon R. Mann, left, a native of Barto, and Garritt R. Aucker,
of Winfield, access online service manuals for engine rebuild procedures. Mann takes part in medieval re-enactments, including full-contact battles and duels. One of his favorite events is the Pennsic War, an annual gathering near Slippery Rock. Aucker is restoring a 1972 Chevy truck. “They’re good trucks,” he said. “They’ve got style!”
Like Aucker, David C. Johnson, instructor of diesel equipment technology, at left, is restoring a 1972 Chevy truck. He checks in with student Stephen C. Port. Port grew up on a grain, Christmas tree and pumpkin farm in Waterford. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do until I came for a visit,” he said. “This major looked interesting and new, and I figured it was something my dad doesn’t know a lot about, so it’d be helpful.”
Wildcat third baseman Carlos N. Rodriguez Baez gathers data from a Cummins Model DSGAA 100KW Generator, one of three new diesel generators in the lab. The other two are manufactured by Caterpillar and MTU. “We wanted our on-site power generation students to have the latest technologies,” said Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. “This addition enables students to work on the newest engine and generator controller software.” Rodriguez Baez, who is from Puerto Rico, learned about Penn College when he spotted an ad in a power generation magazine.