The practical hands-on curriculum prepares students for:
  • technical and mid-management positions in forestry production
  • wood processing
  • federal and state agencies
  • manufacturing industries
Coursework includes:
  • GPS/GIS technology
  • plant variability and diversity
  • forestry related software
  • marketing and logistical skills for the forest industry
  • an academic and a specialized background needed for a variety of careers in forestry
  • the opportunity to earn certification in Basic Wildland, Firefighter PA – 130

Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.

Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for employment in the natural gas industry.

Student operating skidder Students in surveying lab Forest Technology

About the curriculum


View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections
Accredited by the Society of American Foresters

The educational program in Forest Technology leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Forest Technology is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Society of American Foresters

After Graduation

Graduates are encouraged to continue their educational pursuits. Penn College offers the Two-Plus-Two major that may be completed at the Penn College campus or online via distance learning. The Penn College Forestry program has a close affiliation with The Pennsylvania State University or students may also continue their studies at Paul Smith's College, West Virginia University or Glenville State College to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

Career Opportunities

Forest fire control; wildlife habitat improvement; maintenance of forest roads, structures, and recreational areas; timber estimation, marking, and stand improvement; pulpwood procurement; logging supervisor; location and survey of forest property lines; lumber inspector; dry kiln operator; lumber yard supervisor; quality control technician; mill manager; field forester or researcher; soil conservation technician; and equipment sales.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for forest and conservation technicians was $37,180 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $57,700.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)21,060$19.25$40,050
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)4,800$18.89$39,290
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)2,400$19.66$40,890
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services650$17.98$37,410
Social Advocacy Organizations570$21.99$45,740

Statistics reported in May 2018

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Uniform/Safety Protection

  • Leather work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety toe boots
  • Stihl Arborist Birch Orange Hard Hat Helmet with Ear Defenders & Visor

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

Clubs & Activities

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Forest Technology Advisory Committee

  • Ms. Renee Carey, Executive Director, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy
  • Mr. Gerald L Hoy, '02, Forester, PA DCNR, Bureau of Forestry
  • Ms. Sarah E Johnson, Northern Area Forest Health Specialist, PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry
  • Mr. Jeffrey Liedtka, '07, Vice President of Forestry Operations, King's Sawmill, Inc.
  • Mr. Jeffrey S Prowant, District Forester, Bureau of Forestry
  • Mr. Brian A Rider, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
  • Mr. Regan Swartzentruber, '10, Manager, Ontario Hardwood Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Ray Wheeland, Owner, Wheeland Lumber Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Curtis Wolfhope, '91, '92, Sales Representative, Lewis Lumber Products, Inc.

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701