Penn College's Automotive Restoration Major Topic for Library Forum

Published 04.22.2013

Collision Repair & Restoration
Faculty & Staff
School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies News

One of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s most intriguing new majors, in which the iconic automobiles of yesterday meet the students of today, is the topic for the next Madigan Library Forum.

“The Horseless Carriage Meets Auto Restoration at Penn College” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Room 102 of the library on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. Light refreshments will be available during the program, which is free and open to the public.

A 1909 Chalmers-Detroit roadster, on display in Penn College’s Madigan Library, will be a focal point for an April 26 discussion of the college’s automotive restoration technology major.Roy H. Klinger, an instructor of collision repair in the School of Transportation Technology, will talk about automotive history, restoration techniques and the special student skills required to return vintage vehicles to their former glory.

The college’s two-year automotive restoration technology degree was born of students’ work on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible for the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, and a variety of vehicles on loan from museum and industry partners – from the turn of the last century to latter-day “muscle cars” – have since been entrusted to students enrolled in the major.

One of those bygone vehicles, a 1909 Chalmers-Detroit roadster, is on display adjacent to the meeting area and will be discussed during Klinger’s presentation.

There is limited parking for visitors at the rear of the library; additional space is available nearby at the Student and Administrative Services Center.

For more about Madigan Library, call 570-320-2400, ext. 7923.

For more about Penn College, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

The event also is being offered as a professional-development opportunity for college faculty and staff – PSD 247-01 – who can register for the course through the Employee Information System.

Photo by Marc T. Kaylor, student photographer