Collision Repair A.A.S. degree
My name is Peter Gillam and I graduated from Pennsylvania of Technology with an Associate's Degree in Collision Repair. I had a wonderful experience while I was there and learned many skills to help jump start my career. While I was there I worked with some of the best equipment available that is used in the collision industry today. One specific piece of equipment I worked with was the Velocity Measuring System. I have gone to many body shops in my area that use this same targeting system in order to repair frames. The knowledge I received working with this measuring system gave me the advantage in getting a job and made me more qualified for the positions that I applied for. The instructors at PCT were also some of the industry's best technicians. I also had a special relationship with my instructors to where they were more than just teachers but friends who I still keep in touch with today. Everything I learned at PCT was always applied to real life situations and the shop ran just like a regular production body shop. Overall my experience at PCT was an excellent learning experience while in a professional environment.
Automotive Technology Management B.S. degree
I have been working my new job for a little over two months and absolutely love what I do. I'm the assistant shop manager (soon to be manager from what I've been told) at a facility that preforms general repair services. My shop is one of four that is owned under the president, you can consider it a local franchise. The facility that I'm currently working at lost hundreds of thousands last year, but with the knowledge that I have acquired through you, I can confidently say that my facility will turn the corner. Last month alone we doubled our gross profit in sales compared to last year's number. It really is unbelievable that five months ago I was sitting in the library writing my senior thesis for your 495 class. I was very concerned about the job market and what would be available for me in the automotive field upon graduating. Little did I know there were many offers out there... I can't thank you enough for the mentoring and the knowledge that you have instilled in me. It was a pleasure being one of your peers. I wish you well in the future! Next time I'm around campus I will have to stop for a visit.
Sincerely, Joe Vassallo