Watch degrees that work: Manufacturing

About this episode

Despite doom and gloom headlines of the past year, manufacturing is a vibrant and rewarding employment sector for graduates with high-tech skills. That’s the fundamental message of this episode of degrees that work., focusing on advanced manufacturing. The program features a group of Pennsylvania College of Technology manufacturing students, who possess the hands-on, high-tech skills desired by manufacturers. The students test their skills by designing and building an off-road vehicle for an exciting international competition in Quebec: Baja SAE Montreal. In addition to chronicling the students’ preparation and performance at the event, the episode provides an inside view of manufacturing with representatives from the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade organization, and Synthes and Victaulic, two leading worldwide manufacturers.

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Featured Interviews

  • Dr. Eric Albert
    Associate Professor, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Sam Barill
    Manager, Collegiate Programs
    SAE International
  • Robert Collevechio
    Vice President, Human Resources
  • Emily Stover DeRocco
    Senior Vice President
    National Association of Manufacturers
  • Rick Hendricks
    Instructor, Automated Manufacturing
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Jason Rounds
    Technical Inspector
    SAE International
  • Lance Spotts
    Student, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Michael Sticklin
    Human Resources Manager
    Synthes (USA)
  • John Upcraft
    Instructor, Machine Tool Technology
    Pennsylvania College of Technology

Where are they now?

Lance Spotts

After graduating from Pennsylvania College of Technology in August 2008 with an associate’s degree in toolmaking technology, Lance was hired by Lycoming Engines, which specializes in piston aircraft engines. The company, based in Williamsport, Pa., powers more than half of the world’s general aviation fleet with its piston engines. As a tool designer at Lycoming Engines, Lance creates tool and fixture technical drawings, programs computer numerical control (CNC) equipment and writes technical instructions for shop-floor usage. Lance says he’s enjoying his time at Lycoming Engines and is proud that all five members of his department, as well as his supervisor, are graduates of Penn College. 


  • Producer/ Director/ Editor/ Camera
    • Chris Leigh
  • Producer/ Writer/ Editor/ Camera/ Narration
    • Tom Speicher
  • Graphics
    • Kevin Jones
  • Music
  • Public Relations
    • Wendy Wilson
  • Web
    • Steve Franco
  • Executive Producers
    • Elaine Lambert
    • Tom Currá