On-Site Power Generation

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Students working in lab

About this program

At Penn College, our students learn by doing. From classroom theories and concepts to immersive lab experiences, we dig into complex concepts and then apply them to the real thing. In this program you’ll master in-demand skills like installing, servicing, and repairing diesel power generators. You’ll also refine the practical skills needed to work with electrical machinery, electric and electronic machine control devices, and other electronic equipment.

93%

Overall Placement

82%

Employed Less Than One Month After Graduating

Pursue a Dual Degree

Careers

  • Power generation technician
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Sales representative 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Direct Current Fundamentals (ELT111)
  • Accident Prevention (ELT113)
  • Fuel Systems (DSM119)
  • Diesel Engine Technology (DSM154)
  • Diesel Engines Laboratory (DSM116)
  • Alternating Current Fundamentals (ELT122)
  • Electric Power Generation Internship (DSM152)
  • Gaseous Fueled Engines Operation, Applications, and Troubleshooting (DSM279)
  • Diesel Electronic Fuels: Systems, Operation and Diagnostics (DSM289)
  • Electrical Motor Control (ELT234)
  • Process Control Basics (ELT229)
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Control (ELT245)
  • Electrical Systems Analysis (ELT248)
  • Power Generation System Controls (ELT265)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Gain hands-on experience in advanced learning labs where you’ll work on equipment just like you can expect to see after graduation.  

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Diesel Performance Technicians Association

Expand learning opportunities and meet others who share your interest in diesel performance.  

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Many students have an opportunity to work with power generation professionals across the nation.  

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Dual Degree

Diesel Technology & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in On-Site Power Generation are eligible to earn a second degree in Diesel Technology or Heavy Construction Equipment Technology (Technician or Caterpillar Equipment emphasis) in as few as three years. Students may work with their adviser to declare a dual degree, taking courses for both degrees simultaneously. 

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More Information

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

View the On-Site Power Generation Required Tools

Required for all labs:

  • uniform
  • glasses, safety, clear lens/black frame
  • leather work shoes or boots

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Mr. Don Casterline, '80, Owner, Casterline Diesel, Inc.
  • Mr. Christopher R Clary, Manager, Operations, IMG Midstream
  • Mr. Eric Faust, '09, Equipment Maintenance Foreman, Halliburton Energy Services
  • Mr. Matthew Fogtman, '06, '13, On-highway Product Support Representative, Alban CAT
  • Mr. Joseph Leasure, Operations Manager, Service & Rental, Cummins Bridgeway, LLC
  • Mr. Christopher Malm, General Service Manager, Power Generation, West Branch Diesel
  • Mr. Frank Miller, Executive Vice President, Kenworth of PA
  • Mr. Gregory A Moore, Sr., Senior Field Technician, Fidelity Engineering, Inc.
  • Mr. Gregory A Moser, '99, Manager, FedEx Freight
  • Mr. Timothy B Moyer, Technical Trainer, Refrigeration, Penn Power Group
  • Mr. Jack Neidig, '86, Instructor, SUN Area Career & Technology Center
  • Mr. John Niebauer, General Manager, W. W. Engine & Supply, Inc.
  • Mr. Michael Ritchey, '93, Vice President/Owner, Curry Supply Co.
  • Mr. Raymond A Roland, Shop Operations Manager, Travel Centers of America
  • Mr. Robert E Weller, General Services Manager, Penn Power Systems
  • Mr. Douglas C Wetzel, '81, Engine Training Instructor, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Jay A Zeigler, Manager, Truck Engine Department, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company Inc.
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lisa Golfieri

SASC, Rm. 1077
800.367.9222 ext. 7515
llg6@pct.edu