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Summer 2022 Internship Experiences

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Our students have been busy this summer applying what they’ve learned at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology so far and gaining real world experience through internships in a variety of industries.

We recently caught up with a few students and asked them to tell us about their internships - their feedback will be added over the next few weeks right here. Select a name below to learn more about the student and their summer internship:

Alex | Alexander | Brianna | Colin | Ethan | Hilarie | Isaiah | Jacob | Jeremiah | Joe | Kenneth | Lilian | Michel | Nathan | Owen | Pagiel | Rebecca | Travis | Zachary 


Alex, Graphic Communications & Printing Technology program major

Meet Alex!

We recently caught up with Alex, a Graphic Communications & Printing Technology major here at TSCT, to learn more about his internship this summer within our Communications & Marketing Office!

How did you find out about this internship?
I heard about this opportunity through the second-year teacher, Mr. Brady. He explained the internship would consist of designing and printing projects for the school, events, and third party companies – it sounded like the perfect opportunity to see and experience what's next after college for me.

What are you doing in your internship?
The majority of what I do is design advertisements and graphics for social media, electronic signs, and monitors across TSCT's locations. I also design and print items for the school, from business cards to event programs to shirts and more.

What’s something exciting that you’ve experienced during your internship?
I've enjoyed all the work I've done so far, but the most exciting thing has to be my most recent project, which was designing shirts and merchandise for all first-year students.

Would you recommend completing an internship to other students/why do you think internships are important?
I would 100% recommend completing an internship to other students. I’ve enjoyed my time interning and doing what I love, and it has been a great example of what I can expect when joining the workforce.

What do you plan to do when you graduate from TSCT?
I plan to continue doing design and print work for a design firm/print company, and maybe even start my own freelance business.


Alexander, Diesel Technology program major

COMING SOON


Brianna, Metals Fabrication & Welding Technology program major

Meet Brianna!

We recently caught up with Brianna, a Metals Fabrication & Welding Technology major here at TSCT, to learn more about her internship this summer with Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning (HVAC). Here’s what she told us:

How did you find out about this internship?
I heard about this opportunity from my friend who currently works Brandywine Valley HVAC – they graduated from TSCT in 2021.

What are you doing in your internship?
I work on the air ducts and all the duct fittings that are installed in homes or businesses when replacing HVAC units.

What’s something exciting that you’ve experienced during your internship?
I get to visit some of the job sites and see what the installation team is working on.

Would you recommend completing an internship to other students/why do you think internships are important?
I highly recommend an internship to all first-year students because it gives you a real feel of the job you could possibly be doing as a career, and it’s a good place to start. It also looks good on a resume!

What do you plan to do when you graduate from TSCT?
I plan to work for a local welding union.


Colin, Welding Technology program major

COMING SOON


Ethan, Electronic Engineering Technology program major

COMING SOON


Hilarie, Water & Environmental Technology program major

Meet Hilarie! We recently connected with Hilarie, a Water & Environmental Technology major here at TSCT, to learn more about her internship this summer with the City of Lancaster. Here’s what she told us:

How did you find out about this internship?
From my Water & Environmental Technology professors, and the Career Services Office.

What are you doing in your internship?
Each week I’m learning something different, which makes it exciting – from operations, to the laboratory, to sample collecting, to the meter shop, to working in the centrifuge building, and even maintenance. I get to see, work with, and experience the whole distribution system.

So far, I've operated a mechanical centrifuge for dewatering sludge; performed maintenance and preventative maintenance, which included cleaning and repairing equipment; and performed laboratory testing for accurate readings for turbidity, as well as chlorine residuals and other required testings; entered data for record keeping. I've worn personal protective equipment, as required.

What’s something unique that you’ve experienced during this internship?
I’ve met a bunch of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology alumni, from the Class of 1980 and on, and they all speak so highly of the college, the opportunities, etc.

The people I’ve met with the City of Lancaster show so much love and passion for what they do – some have spent more than 30 years working in the water industry.

Would you recommend completing an internship to other students?
Yes! It’s a perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door with a potential/future employer. As an intern, you’ll gain experience needed in the career/field of study you’re pursuing. Plus, nothing compares to living the actual experience – you’ll experience what is expected in the workforce, and learn if it is something you actually want to do before you graduate. You might like everything about your experience, and you may find there are things you didn’t like – knowing this beforehand is very helpful. 

What do you plan to do when you graduate from TSCT?
I plan on working in my field of study right after graduation.


Isaiah, Computer Software Engineering Technology program major

COMING SOON


Jacob, Electro-Mechanical Technology program major

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Jeremiah, Computer Software Engineering Technology program major

COMING SOON


Joe, Electrical Technology program major

Meet Joe!

We recently caught up with Joe, an Electrical Technology major here at TSCT, to learn more about his internship this summer with GlaxoSmithKline in Marietta. Here’s what he told us:

How did you find out about this internship?
I heard about this internship through the First Year Career Fair. With help from TSCT, I was able to participate on a plant site tour for a better understanding of my work environment and responsibilities. 

What are you doing in your internship?
I’m an Electro-Mechanical Technician (EMT), and am helping primarily with various Primitive Maintenance (PM). These help EMT's ensure the machines are operating efficiently. We inspect inside the machines and clean or replace worn components as we see fit. This greatly helps me better understand how different machines on the production line operate. 

What’s something exciting that you’ve experienced during your internship? 
How to troubleshoot mechanically. Mechanically troubleshooting is about understanding the machine, how it operates, and what small adjustments can be made before switching components for minimal downtime. This exposure aided me in becoming more efficient with my work. 

Would you recommend completing an internship to other students/why do you think internships are important? 
Yes, I completely recommend completing an internship! Seeing everything you studied over the last year operating in the real-world challenges you to think outside the box, while humbling you at the same time. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new while honing your skill set.

What do you plan to do when you graduate from TSCT? 
I do not have a concrete plan as of now, but I know that is perfectly fine. TSCT does a lot of work to support their students and provides lots of resources to help you find a job and start your career. My current plan is to go to the Second Year Career Fair open-minded, as well as do research to find the employer that's right for me. 


Kenneth, Welding Technology program major

Meet Kenneth!

We recently caught up with Kenneth, a Welding Technology major here at TSCT, to learn more about his internship this summer with Hillside Custom Machining. Here’s what he told us:

How did you find out about this internship?
I heard about this internship opportunity from my instructor last year, Andrea Biesecker. Her father worked at Hillside for years, and she said it’s an excellent place to work. 

What are you doing in your internship?
I mostly fabricate and weld different components for the products my company sells. We primarily produce machines for the food service and pharmaceutical industries. It varies, however, as I have also brazed components together for oil applications, and assisted in the construction of a very large mezzanine for a company that produces concrete powder.

What’s something exciting that you’ve experienced during your internship? 
I’ve learned a great deal more about different aspects of fabrication and welding, such as working with different thicknesses and types of materials. I’ve also been able to learn how to braze and solder using an oxy-acetylene torch, which is both extremely useful and fun! 

Would you recommend completing an internship to other students/why do you think internships are important? 
I would 100% recommend every student complete an internship in their field of study. This experience has been great, and has created opportunities for me to interact with and learn from many people who have been employed in welding and fabrication for 30 or 40 years.

What do you plan to do when you graduate from TSCT? 
I plan on working for the aerospace industry, on either air or spacecraft. Working in a NASA fabrication center is my ultimate goal, specifically their facility at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. 


Lilian, Cabinetmaking & Wood Technology program major

COMING SOON


Michel, Mechanical Engineering Technology program major

COMING SOON


Nathan, Plumbing Technology program major

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Owen, Residential Remodeling program major

COMING SOON


Pagiel, Electro-Mechanical Technology program major

Meet Pagiel!

We recently caught up with Pagiel, an Electro-Mechanical Technology major here at TSCT, to learn more about his internship this summer with Tyson Foods at their New Holland Complex. Here’s what he told us:

How did you find out about this internship?

I learned about this opportunity from a classmate.

What are you doing in your internship?

I’m currently working on TIG welding with the resident welder at Tyson. He’s training me on how to weld different materials and how it differs from project to project. My final goal to complete my welding level training is to weld a stainless-steel cube.

What’s something extra special that you’ve experienced during this internship?

This internship opportunity has allowed me to begin my career early, and almost in a crash-course fashion, become an experienced technician before I finish school here at TSCT. Tyson has also given me the opportunity to begin training at different levels of technical work, allowing me to begin electrical work, welding, and machine computer maintenance. All of these include a pay increase when I join them full time.

Would you recommend completing an internship to other students/why do you think internships are important?

Yes, I highly recommend internships because it provides an unmatched opportunity to get into your field of training early and get a feel for your future. It also jump-starts your career.

What do you plan to do when you graduate from TSCT?

I plan to further my education at Penn State University, expand on my engineering knowledge, become a project manager, and lead specialized engineering projects.


Rebecca, Graphic Communications & Printing Technology program major

COMING SOON


Travis, Mechanical Engineering Technology program major

COMING SOON


Zachary, Electro-Mechanical Technology program major

COMING SOON

Home Construction Project Earns Top Honors at 2022 Parade of Homes Gala

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For more than six decades, students have taken hands-on learning to the next level by building homes together across Lancaster as part of our home construction project.

2022 home construction project

Nearly a dozen faculty and approximately 150 students collaborate on this unique initiative each year. The college’s associate degree carpentry technology program takes the lead on the project, and second-year students and faculty from the masonry construction technology, cabinetmaking and wood technology, HVAC/R, and plumbing technology also participate. In addition, faculty and students from the College’s electrical construction and maintenance certificate program also participate. 

This year, students built a duplex located on Edington Place in Lancaster (pictured above). We're proud to announce that Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology was named the recipient of the 2022 Parade of Homes Fulton Bank Award for Best Townhome/Duplex for its entry at 1906 Edington Place! This home also earned the following additional awards in the townhome division: Best of Show, Best Exterior, Best Kitchen, Best Bath, Best Interior Design in Townhome, and Best Decorated Townhome.


Partial view of the kitchen located inside 1906 Edington Place - one half of a duplex built via the home construction project initiative.

1906 Edington Place is a three-bedroom home feature with an open floor plan, and includes interior shiplap accent walls, a heated floor and walk-in shower in the owner’s bathroom, a stone fireplace with a reclaimed barn beam mantel, a finished basement with a custom bar, and much more.


Partial view of the owner's bathroom located inside 1906 Edington Place - one half of a duplex built via the home construction project initiative.

We’re so proud of our students and faculty for their high-quality work!

Want to see more of our award-winning home from wherever you are?

Learn more about our innovative home construction project via our website.

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