Forest Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student cutting tree

About this program

Imagine a career where you could spend your days outside? You can make this happen when you define your future in Forest Technology. This program takes a hands-on approach that prepares you for technical and mid-management positions in forestry production, wood processing, federal and state agencies, and manufacturing industries. Learn everything from GPS/GIS technology and data collection tools to botany and wildlife. And you’ll do it in our state-of-the-art Earth Science Center, vast experimental forest with 785 acres of timber, and fully equipped sawmill.

8,000

Square-Foot Sawmill

785

Acres of Timber

Opportunity to Earn 4 Certifications

Careers

  • Forest fire control
  • Wildlife habitat improvement
  • Timber estimation, marking, and stand improvement
  • Location and survey of forest property lines
  • Government agencies
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.

​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.

  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201) or
  • Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101) or
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO111)
Facilities

Earth Science Center

Gain real-world experience at our Earth Science Center where you’ll work in three experimental forest sites, which are home to 785 acres of timber. And our 8,000-square-foot sawmill houses lots of industry equipment like a dehumidification dry kiln, dozer, John Deere 440C skidder, CAT D3 skidder dozer, John Deer 380 forklift, and a 2011 tandem International logging truck with Prentice loader.

Student Experience

Katalynn interned on a reservation, helping the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Rocky Mountain Region assess woodlands within a 445,000-acre reservation in Lame Deer, Montana.

"I was out in the wild all summer, interacting with trees and wildlife! There aren’t many majors that provide that – let alone the chance to have an internship in such raw country.”

 

Katalynn Thomas

Forest Technology

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

Forestry Club

Organize and participate in social, leadership, and professional activities related to careers in forestry. Members plan and participate in college and community service projects, fundraising, and the Woodmen’s Competition.

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
06.11.2019

Penn College’s ‘Tree Campus USA’ designation renewed

For the fourth year in a row, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for ...

11.15.2018

Lab lessons magnified at area nature preserve

Students in Erich R. Doebler’s Wildlife Management class (FOR245) recently visited Montour Preserve, which is managed by ...

11.07.2018

Forestry students extensively tour local veneer operation

Students in Erich R. Doebler’s Forest Products class this week visited the Danzer plant on Reach Road, one of the few ...

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. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Forestry students tour lumberyard in heart of Appalachian hardwoods

Forestry students recently traveled to Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc. for an industry tour. The company annually processes 22 million board feet of lumber at that site alone. Students learned about the process from beginning to end, starting with receiving green lumber from over 100 different sawmills to sorting, grading, stickering, kiln drying and secondary manufacturing. They finished with a tour of a facility that thermally modifies wood to be resistant to natural decay. The process, an emerging technology employed by only a handful of businesses in the U.S., allows Pennsylvania hardwoods to be used in high-performance outdoor applications for which they traditionally have not been selected.

More Information

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

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 Forest Technology Required Tools

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.

  • 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.
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lisa Golfieri

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