Penn State affiliate develops Concrete Science Technology degree

The School of Construction & Design Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, will launch a two-year Concrete Science Technology degree program, beginning with the fall 2018 term. Presented as the East Coast’s only program of its kind, it will equip students for success in concrete production and analytical evaluation.

The specialized properties of the world’s most popular construction material will be conveyed in a new two-year Penn College major, Concrete Science Technology, to begin in fall 2018. PHOTO: Pennsylvania College of Technology

“Graduates will be fully prepared to meet a variety of professional options in the field of concrete. It’s a wonderful opportunity,” says Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association Director of Concrete Promotion Ken Crank.

Penn College Building Construction Technology instructor Franklin Reber conferred with PACA representatives at the World of Concrete on a concrete science technology degree program. “He saw the need out there,” affirms Dean of Construction & Design Technologies Marc Bridgens. “From there, we gathered people within the industry for a small focus group and developed the curriculum with help from advisory committee members.”

Advisory committees are comprised of in-field professionals who serve as partners in keeping Penn College’s instructional portfolio relevant and responsive. Reber and Construction Technology peer Harry W. Hintz Jr. will be the primary concrete science degree faculty.

Program graduates stand to enjoy a variety of career paths, among them quality control specialist, highway inspector, research & development technician, decorative concrete specialist, and structural engineer. Graduates will also have the opportunity to earn an associate degree in Building Construction Technology with an additional year’s study; the new major also transfers seamlessly under the college’s “two-plus-two” program into a bachelor of science degree in Residential Construction Technology and