Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies
Faculty

Automotive

John Cuprisin
Associate Professor, Automotive (Ford ASSET)

Ronald A. Garner, Ph.D.
Professor, Automotive Technology Management

Ronald A. Garner, Ph.D.
  • Education
    • Ph.D., Workforce Education, The Pennsylvania State University
    • M.S., Vocational Education, The Pennsylvania State University
    • B.S., Vocational Education, The Pennsylvania State University
    • B.S., Accounting, Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • A.A.S., Ford ASSET, Lehigh Co Community College
  • Academic Experience
    • Teaches Junior and Senior Automotive Technology Management Course (B.S.)
  • Work Experience
    • 1993 - Present - Automotive Instructor
    • 1997 - 1999 - Penn State Auto Repair Inc. VP of Operations
    • 1992 - 1995 - A-1 Auto Tech and Garage of Wheels owner/operator
    • 1990 - 1992 - President, Rolling Automotive Garage Service Inc.
    • 1988 - 2000 - Automotive Garage Owner
    • 1986 - 1990 - Dealership technician
    • 1983 - 1988 - Rolls Royce Mechanical Restoration technician
  • Awards & Certifications
    • ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician
    • Advanced Engine Performance and Compressed Natural Gas Certification
    • Multiple Automotive Manufacturer training certifications
    • Pennsylvania Automotive Emission Instructor
    • Ford Motor Corporation's 1990 Presidential Award winner for Service Excellence

Christopher J. Holley
assistant professor, Automotive Technology

  • Education
    • M.S., Management Information Systems, Southern Polytechnic State University - Marietta, GA
    • B.S., Information Systems, Kennesaw State University - Kennesaw, CA
    • A.A.S., Automotive, North Metro Technical Institute/ Floyd College Alworth, GA
  • Academic Experience
    • 1998-2003, Auto Instructor, North Metro Technical College
  • Work Experience
    • Five years Automotive Experience (Automotive Technician)
  • Awards & Certifications
    • ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician
    • ASE Automobile Advanced Engine Performance (L1)
    • ASE Certified Automotive Machinist (GAS) Assembly Specialist (MG3)
    • ASE Certified Automotive Exhaust Specialist (X1)
    • ASE Certified Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling

Dale E. Jaenke
Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology

  • Education
    • B.A. Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia
    • Certificate Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Academic Experience
    • 1996 - Present - Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • 1992 - 1995 - John Tyler Community College, Chester, Virginia
    • 1990 - 1991 - Chesterfield Technical Center
    • 1986 - 1990 John Tyler Community College, Chester, Virginia
  • Work Experience
    • 1991 - 1992 - Taylor's Service Center, Dinwiddle, Virginia
    • 1985 - 1986 - Esteppe Oldsmobile/Nissan, Lynchburg, Virginia
    • 1982 - 1985 - Brockman Chevy/Oldsmobile/Subaru, Amherst, Virginia
    • 1981 - 1982 - Lynchburg Ford Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Awards & Certifications
    • ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician
    • ASE Automobile Advanced Engine Performance (L1)
    • Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Certified
    • Member of NACAT (North American Council of Automotive Teachers)

Jeffrey Januchowski
Assistant Professor, Automotive (Ford ASSET)

Larry B. Leavitt
Associate Professor, Automotive Technology

  • Education
    • M.S. Technical Education (Urban Emphasis)
    • B.S. Vocational and Industrial Education
    • A.A.S. Automotive Technology
  • Academic Experience
    • Six years Hillhouse High School (Vocational Auto) Connecticut
    • Thirteen years Pomperaug High School (Vocational Auto) Connecticut
    • Seven years Part and Full time at Naugatuck Technical College Connecticut
    • 1997-present - Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Work Experience
    • Three years work in Auto body
    • Three years work in Auto Transmissions
    • Eight years Foreign Car Service
    • Four years engine rebuilding and machine work
    • Twenty years Marine Mechanic (part time - summers)
  • Awards & Certifications
    • ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician
    • ASE Certified Advanced Automobile Engine Performance (L1)
    • Auto Seigert Certified
    • Alternative Fuels Certified
    • Three time Connecticut winner of Celebration of Excellence award
    • Member of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
    • Member of STS Service Technician Society

John J. Macko Jr.
Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology

  • Education
    • A.A.S. Pennsylvania College of Technology and Williamsport Area Community College
  • Academic Experience
    • Ten years teaching secondary vocational students in auto body repair
    • Four years teaching post-secondary students in auto body repair
    • Eight years teaching post secondary students in automotive repair
  • Work Experience
    • Five years in Automotive/Auto body repair
  • Awards & Certifications
    • ASE Certified Automobile Technician
    • ICAR Certified Auto Body Technician
    • 1995 ASE/DuPont Refinish Technician of the year

Charles Probst
Instructor, Automotive Technology (Honda PACT)

Chad Rudloff
Instructor, Automotive Technology

William H. Schaefer
Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology

  • Education
    • A.A.S. Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • A.A. Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • Certificate Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • Certificate Williamsport Area Community College
  • Academic Experience
    • 14 years Williamsport Area Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Work Experience
    • 17 Years Automotive Technician
  • Awards & Certifications
    • ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician
    • Who's Who Among American Teachers, 1998
    • May 2000 - Excellence in teaching Award, Pennsylvania College of Technology

David P. Showan
Associate Professor, Automotive Technology

  • Education
    • A.A.S. Automotive - Williamsport Area Community College
    • B.S. Psychology - Lock Haven University
    • M.Ed. Education - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Academic Experience
    • 1990 to present - Associate Professor, Automotive Technology
  • Work Experience
    • 1984-1985 - Cadillac, Pontiac, Mazda, dealership technician
    • 1985-1987 - Chevrolet dealership technician
    • 1987-1988 - Shop owner and manager
    • 1988-1990 - Sales and service manager, Chevrolet franchise
  • Awards & Certifications
    • Certified Pennsylvania Safety Inspection Mechanic Instructor
    • ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician
    • ASE Certified Automobile Advanced Engine Performance (L1)
    • Toyota Certified Technician Program 2000
    • MACS Certified in Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling

Wayne A. Smith
ADJUNCT faculty, Automotive Technology

  • Education
    • B.S. University of Southern Colorado
    • A.A.S. Williamsport Area Community College
    • Voc 1 The Pennsylvania State University
  • Academic Experience
    • 1979-1984 - Auto Body faculty, WACC
    • 1987-present - Automotive faculty, WACC/Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Work Experience
    • 1969-1973 - Gibbs Pontiac & Buick
    • 1973-1979 - Whipple's Auto Body
  • Awards & Certifications
    • ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician

Joseph Tavani
Temporary Lecturer, Automotive (Honda PACT)

Christopher Trapani
Instructor, Automotive Technology

Christopher Van Stavoren
Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology

Robert Vlacich
INSTRUCTOR, AUTOMOTIVE technology

Aviation

James E. Doebler
Associate Professor, Aviation; Textron Service School Instructor

James E. Doebler

Awards & Certifications:

A&P, IA, DME

Michael Damiani
Instructor, Aviation

  • Lumley Aviation Center, Rm. A205
  • 570-320-2400, ext. 3631
  • dmd18@pct.edu

Gary S. Giacobbi
Associate Professor, Aviation

Gary S. Giacobbi

Awards & Certifications:

A&P

Walter V. Gower
Assistant Professor, Aviation

Walter V. Gower

Awards & Certifications:

A&P, IA

Thomas D. Inman
Associate Professor, Avionics

Thomas D. Inman
  • Lumley Aviation Center, Rm. 204
  • 570-320-2400, ext. 3630
  • tinman@pct.edu

Education:

Leadership Certificate, The Chair Academy

M.S., Bloomsburg University, Instructional Technology

B.S., Western Michigan University, Liberal Studies

A.A.S., Ferris State College, Avionics

Certificate, Calhoun Area Vocational Center, Television Repair

Academic Experience:

28 years experience in Aviation Electronics

22 years in avionic education

Work Experience:

Technician for avionics sales and service shops in Columbus, Ohio, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Computer Consultant

Technician for a cablevision company in Battle Creek, Michigan Federal Communications Commission General Radio Telephone License

Pilot's License with Instrument Rating

Federal Aviation Administration Advance Ground Instructor's License

23 industry certifications for repair of specific avionic systems

4 Aircraft Electronics Association certificates

Aircraft Electronics Technician Certificate with radio communications endorsement

Executive Director of the International Association for Avionics Education (AAE)

Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Certification

 

Publications:

Avionics News — “Theory and Practice,” a monthly column started January of 2007.

National Center for Aircraft Technician Training websiteThe website for the National Center, funded by the National Science Foundation

Association for Avionics Education NewsletterAn online newsletter for the Association for Avionics Education.

The Wildcat Flyer — Published by Pennsylvania College of Technology, I serve as editor of this four page magazine.

USA in Space, Third Edition — ISBN: 1-58765-295-5 - Essay topic: SpaceShipOne

Encyclopedia of Flight (2002) — three articles: "Avionics", "Instruments", and "Autopilots"

AAE Newsletter — Association for Avionics Education (Fall 1999 Volume 9, Issue 3)

Michigan Aviation — "Instructors Corner" (August 1995, Volume 28, Number 4)

Lansing Community College Repair Station Inspection Procedures Manual (1989)

William F. Stepp III
Associate Professor, Aviation

William F. Stepp III
  • Lumley Aviation Center, Rm. A205
  • 570-320-2400, ext. 3631
  • wstepp@pct.edu

Awards & Certifications:

A&P, IA, Private Pilot License

Robert M. Werkmeister
Adjunct faculty, Aviation

Robert M. Werkmeister

Awards & Certifications:

A&P, IA, Commercial Pilot - Multi-engine Instrument

Collision Repair

Michael Bierly
TempORARY Faculty, Collision Repair

 

Loren Bruckhart
instructor, Collision Repair

Shaun HackTemporary faculty, Collision Repair

Roy Klinger
Instructor, Collision Repair

Roy Klinger

Eric Pruden
Instructor, Automotive Technology

Eric Pruden

Diesel & Power Generation

Justin Beishline
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

Justin Beishline

Education:

 

  • M.Ed., Instructional Systems,  Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., Technology Management, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • A.A.S. (MK), Diesel Technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Certification:

  • Mack Certified Technician
  • MACS 609 Refrigeration Certification
  • EPA 608 Refrigeration Certification
  • Class 3 Inspection License
  • ASE Certified Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
  • Factory Certified Carrier Transicold Truck/Trailer Technician
  • Thermo King Certified Fleet Professional
  • Thermo King Certified Fleet Advanced Technician
  • Mobile A/C Boot Camp
  • PA Vehicle Safety Inspection Mechanic Instructor
  • EGSA Advanced School

Work Experience :

  • Army National Guard
  • 9 years experience within Diesel Industry as a Technician, Service writer, Warranty manager & Service manager.

William Burns
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

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  • Education:
    • A.A.S. (DD), Diesel Technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Certifications:
    • Class B Commercial Driver’s License
    • PA 609 Refrigeration Certification
    • EPA 608 Universal Refrigeration Certification
    • Class 3 Inspection License
    • OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry Certified
    • ASE Certified Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
    • ASE Certified Master School Bus Technician
    • ASE Certified L2 Advanced Level Specialist - Diesel Diagnostics
    • ASE Certified – A9 – Light Duty Diesel Engines
    • Cummins Qualified – ISB/ISC/ISL CM2150
    • Cummins Qualified – ISX CM871 / ISM CM876
    • Cummins Qualified – ISX Static Injection Timing
    • Cummins Qualified – ISX NOW Overhaul
    • Cummins Qualified – ISB/ISC/ISL/ISX12/ISX15 CM2250 Engine
    • Cummins Qualify the Qualifier Certified on all 2002 / 2007 / 2010 Mid-Range and Heavy duty Engines and BET
    • Fluid Power Training Institute certified in basic hydraulics and hydraulic troubleshooting
    • International IC Master Certified in Bus Service,V8 Engine, I6 Engine, Air and Hydraulic brake service
    • International MaxxForce 11/13 Certified for 2007 and 2010 Engine Service
    • OSHA Forklift certified
  • Work Experience:
    • 9 years’ experience within Diesel Industry as a shop Technician, Road Technician and Trainer
    • 4 Years’ experience within Diesel Technical Field including Instructor and Lead Instructor Positions in General and OEM Specific education

David Johnson
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

David Johnson

Education:

  • A.A.S., Pennsylvania College of Technology

Certification:

  • ASE Certified Master Technician (Automotive)
  • ASE Certified Truck Technician (Engine)
  • Specialized Electronic Training - GM
  • Caterpillar Tier 4 Emissions

Work Experience:

  • Business owner - repair facility past 10 years
  • 26 years industry experience

William P. Kilcoyne Jr.
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

William P. Kilcoyne, Jr.

Education:

  • A.A.S., Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Certificate, The Williamsport Area Community College
  • Trade Competency, The Pennsylvania State University

Academic Experience:

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology - Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology - Coordinator, Caterpillar Emphasis Program

Certification & Licenses:

  • Caterpillar Marine PAR Certified
  • ASE - Certified Truck Technician
  • Pennsylvania State Class A Inspection
  • Pennsylvania State CDL
  • Train-the Trainer Aerial Work Platform and Telehandler
  • Train-the-Trainer Instructor for Class I, IV, V, and VII Forklifts

Mark Sones
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

Mark Sone

Education:

  • Certificate, Diesel Mechanics, Williamsport Area Community College

Certifications/Licenses

  • 2008 – MACS 608 / 609 certification
  • 2008-2011 – Eaton Hybrid Drive Systems certification
  • 2001 – Allison Medium and Heavy Duty Automatic Transmission Product Trainer
  • 2001-2011 – Annual Eaton Automated Products Certification
  • 1998 – Pennsylvania State Inspection Training Certification
  • 1997 – ASE Master Truck Technician Certification and CDL
  • 1994 – Trade Competency – Penn State University – Diesel Technology
  • 1992 - Trade Competency – Penn State University – Outdoor Power Equipment
  • 1987 – Pennsylvania State Inspection License

Work Experience

  • 1992 – present, Pennsylvania College Of Technology
  • 1998 – present, Volvo Powertrain / Mack Trucks of America Hagerstown, Maryland

Heavy Construction Equipment

Ryan Peck
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

Ryan Peck

Education:

  • A.A.S., Heavy Equipment Operator, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Certification & Licenses:

  • Commercial Drivers License – Class A
  • Rough Terrain Forklift Trainer Certification – Class Seven

Work Experience:

  • 3 years as diesel lab assistant and part-time faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • 8 years experience within the heavy equipment industry, both operations and management

Joseph C. Straw
Assistant Professor, Diesel Equipment Technology

Joseph C. Straw

Joseph Straw has been associated with the heavy equipment industry since 1979. On completing his initial studies in the Heavy Equipment program at Williamsport Area Community College, he immediately went to work for a multi-line Construction Equipment distributor in Northeastern PA.

In 1983 Straw returned to college to earn an engineering degree.

In 1988 Straw joined a British based manufacturer of construction equipment serving in several positions during his twelve year tenure there.

Straw joined Penn College as an adjunct instructor in the Fall 2002 and became a full-time member of the faculty in the Fall of 2003.

Education:

  • M.S., Education, Wilkes University
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • A.E., Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • Certificate, Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment, Williamsport Area Community College
  • Trade Competency, Heavy Equipment, Pennsylvania State University

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Claude Witts
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

Claude Witts

Education:

  • B.S., Technology Management, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • A.A.S., Diesel Engine Technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Certification/Licenses:

  • ASE Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
  • Electronic Engines
  • Caterpillar Electronic Engines
  • Caterpillar Mechanical Fuel Systems
  • Caterpillar Electronic Fuel Systems
  • Caterpillar 3116 Mechanical Fuel Systems
  • Caterpillar 3126 HEUI Fuel Systems
  • Caterpillar Tier 4 Emissions
  • Electronic System Parameters
  • Diesel Engine Advanced Diagnostics
  • Class Seven Inspection License
  • Class A Commercial Drivers License
  • NAFTC Light Duty Natural Gas Vehicles

Work Experience:

  • United States Marine Corp
  • 10 years experience within the diesel engine and equipment industry as an Owner/Operator, International Truck Technician, Fleet Technician, Product Support Sales professional

Chris S. Weaver
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

Chris S. Weaver

Education:

  • B.S., Technology Management, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • A.A.S. , Diesel Technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Certificate, Diesel Technology, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Certification/Licenses:

 

  • Train-the Trainer Aerial Work Platform and Telehandler
  • Train-the-Trainer Instructor for Class I, IV, V, and VII Forklifts
  • Commercial Drivers License – Class A
  • State Inspection License – Class 3
  • Mobile Air Condition Society
  • Automotive Service Excellence Certified Master Medium/Heavy Truck Technician
  • Automotive Service Excellence Certified Master Equipment Technician
  • Master Elite Technician, Isuzu Trucks
  • Automotive Service Excellence Advanced Level Specialist
  • Trade Competency, Diesel, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Mobile A/C Boot Camp
  • Caterpillar Tier 4 Emissions

Work Experience:

  • 13 years experience within the diesel engine and heavy equipment industry.

William Bashista, Jr.
Instructor, Diesel Equipment Technology

Bill Bashista<

Work History:

Over 30 years of experience within the diesel engine and heavy equipment industry.

Professional Certificates & Licenses:

  • Pennsylvania State Class A Inspection License
  • Pennsylvania State CDL
  • Certech Master Technician – Hyster Corporation

Forestry

G. Andrew Bartholomay
Assistant Professor, Forestry

G. Andrew Bartholomay

Education:

  • Ph.D., Penn State University
  • M.S., University of New Hampshire
  • B.S., SUNY/College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • A.A.S., Paul Smith’s College

Professional Affiliations :

  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Northeastern Loggers Association (NELA)
  • Certified Pesticide Applicator (PA Department of Agriculture)

Eric Easton
Instructor, Forestry

Eric Easton

Education:

  • M.S., Forest Management from SUNY/College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • B.S., Education (Biology) from Millersville University
  • A.A.S., Forest Technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology

Professional Affiliations:

  • Membership in Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Membership in American Tree Farm System

Landscape/Horticulture

Michael A. Dincher
Assistant Professor, Horticulture

Michael A. Dincher

Education:

  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., Bloomsburg University
  • B.S.Ed., Lock Haven University
  • A.A.S., I.S.A. Certificate, The Williamsport Area Community College
  • Trade Competency, Horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University

Academic Experience:

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology: Assistant Professor, Horticulture

Licenses/Certifications:

  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • PDA Certified Pesticide Applicator
  • ICPI International Concrete Paver Institute
  • ASCA American Society of Consulting Arborist
  • PHD Lawn and Tree Environmental Consultant

Dennis P. Skinner
Assistant Professor, Horticulture

Dennis P. Skinner

Education:

  • B.S., The Pennsylvania State University

Academic Experience:

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology: Assistant Professor, Horticulture

Professional Affiliations:

  • Charter Member: Shenandoah Valley Turf Association
  • Pennsylvania Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
  • Pennsylvania Nursery Dealers

Carl J. Bower Jr.
Instructor, Horticulture

Carl J. Bower Jr.

Education:

  • M.S. Ed., Wilkes University
  • B.S., Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • A.A.S. (2), Pennsylvania College of Technology

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Landscape Industry Certified Horticulture Technician
  • PA Certified Horticulturist
  • PA Department of Agriculture Certified Pesticide Applicator

Affiliations:

  • PA Landscape and Nursery Association
  • The Conifer Society
  • Augusta Bonsai Club

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