Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students and a faculty member traveled to Orlando, Fla., to attend the Electrical Generating Systems Association Advanced Training School from Dec. 10 to 13.
Thomas M. DiGeronimo, of Verona, N.J., and Paul G. Hyne, of Greencastle - both enrolled in the School of Natural Resources Management's two-year on-site power generation technology major- attended the four-day event with Justin W. Beishline, an instructor of diesel equipment technology/heavy construction equipment technology and coordinator of the college's on-site power generation program.
Funded by the Caterpillar Foundation, the students and instructor participated in intense workshops conducted by electrical engineers and power generation professionals. The Advanced School is for experienced technicians, and as Hyne and DiGeronimo enter their final semester of on-site power generation studies, they felt prepared.
"Our students were actively engaged in the presentations and participated in the power generation discussions with a high degree of professionalism," Beishline commented. "The instructors who played a part in the education of these students would have been proud to see how they applied what they have learned at Penn College in this advanced training course."
The school included training on topics such as Advanced Governors-Speed and Local Controls and Electrical Start Systems; new this year were modules on Starting Systems, Emissions and Noise Control. Instructors for those sessions hailed from Alban Engine Power Systems, Eaton Corp. and General Electric, and other national industry leaders taught additional modules.
"It gave me a lot to think about. I learned more about the power generation industry," DiGeronimo said. "It deepened my understanding by providing insight into the industry. This opportunity helped me in understanding the on-site power generation business from the standpoint of the manufacturer, the customer and industry, and definitely stretched my thinking about my future career."
While students were actively engaged in classroom settings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, they and their instructors were afforded an afternoon to briefly attend the POWER-GEN International Convention held at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center.