SkillsUSA District Competition

Published 01.20.2012


Pennsylvania College of Technology's well-equipped instructional facilities were abuzz Jan. 20 as students from nine schools visited main campus for the District 6 SkillsUSA competition to determine who advances to the state level April 18-20. Scattered among 11 labs in eight buildings, the young men and women competed in architectural drafting, automated manufacturing, automotive refinishing, automotive service, HVAC, masonry, plumbing, precision machining, residential wiring, technical drafting and welding before breaking for lunch and an awards ceremony. Before the award-winners were announced by Edward L. Roadarmel, assistant professor of drafting and computer aided design – and the college's SkillsUSA adviser – the crowd recognized a Penn College student who already is destined for national competition. Douglas R. Phillips, an aviation maintenance technology major,will be among the competitors in Kansas City, Mo. in June; there is no aviation category in state SkillsUSA competition, so the college annually holds its own qualifying event on Career Day.

– Photos by Stacey C. Hampton, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies;
Lynn M. Yeager, admissions representative; and Tom Wilson, writer/editor-PCToday