Philly Shipyard donates consumables to welding program

Published 05.12.2021

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Philly Shipyard Inc. recently donated welding consumables to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college’s welding program.

The donation includes nine pallets of Lincoln Electric brand welding consumables; Lincoln Electric paid for the freight costs associated with the donation.

Philly Shipyard, a leading U.S. shipbuilder presently pursuing a mix of commercial and government work, expects to hire nearly 200 welders in 2021 to accommodate work on a new project involving four government training vessels for use at the state maritime academies. The donated material had to be replaced with material specific to the company’s new contracts.

Visiting the welding facilities at Pennsylvania College of Technology are (from left): Robert Delcoco Jr., Philadelphia district manager, Lincoln Electric; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, Penn College; Sean P. Moran, lead welding engineer, Philly Shipyard Inc.; Christopher Tkatch, technical sales representative, Lincoln Electric; and James N. Colton II, assistant professor/co-department head of welding, Penn College.Sean P. Moran, lead welding engineer, coordinated the donation to the college for Philly Shipyard. He reached out to Christopher Tkatch, a technical sales representative for Lincoln Electric and a 2017 welding technology alumnus of Penn College, who recommended the material be donated to the college.

Both men worked with James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding, to accommodate the college’s particular needs for the consumables.

“Penn College is fortunate and appreciative to receive such a donation from Philly Shipyard, coupled with the support from Lincoln Electric,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “As a valued Corporate Tomorrow Maker, Philly Shipyard is supporting hands-on technology education by leveraging industry relationships with other premier corporate partners like Lincoln Electric. We are grateful to both companies.”

“Philly Shipyard looks for opportunities to support education and the potential workforce as students consider their careers and potential employers,” Moran said. “When I asked Chris what he thought would be a good way to give filler material a second life, Penn College made sense. We are glad to be able to share so much material with the welding students.”

I didn’t hesitate to share Penn College the moment Sean asked for my thoughts on where to donate material,” Tkatch said. “I knew this material would be a great support for Penn College and an opportunity for Lincoln Electric and Philly Shipyard to partner and support the next generation of welding professionals.”

Penn College offers bachelor’s, associate and certificate majors in Welding & Metal Fabrication within its School of Engineering Technologies.

For more about the college, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.