I arrived at the Harrisburg campus after starting a 2+2 plan at another campus. After some research, I landed on my path to Harrisburg. The largest strength of the engineering programs at the Harrisburg campus are derived from the industry partnerships and lab/hands on capabilities. The lab components and current industry partners help reinforce real world and current applications of technologies and changes throughout the industry. My career has benefited from the large network that Penn State provides as well as the quality recognition that the program maintains. Employers recognize the quality of applicants immediately.
Patrick Meadows '20
Growing up, I was interested in math, science, and engineering, but didn't like the idea of being in an office all day crunching numbers. Choosing to get a degree from Penn State Harrisburg in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology (SDCET) was the perfect fit to prepare me for a career in construction management. After graduating in 1994, I became a Professional Engineer in 2002, and have spent the last 20+ years managing construction of many large and complex transportation projects in Central Pennsylvania. My SDCET degree from Penn State Harrisburg and the construction specific courses I was able to take there gave me the tools I needed to be an effective construction manager. I drive past my projects that were completed 20 years ago and remember the challenges that we faced and the problems that we overcame during construction. I am proud that my efforts resulted in something that people use every day, and will continue to serve it's intended purpose for decades to come.
Brian Moore '94,Direction, Transportation Services,JBC Associates, Inc.
Beginning my journey in the SDCET program at Penn State Harrisburg started a little bit differently than others. I came to Penn State Harrisburg with the intention of earning a structural design degree, but unfortunately at the time I enrolled, I didn’t know about the SDCET program so I enrolled in the architectural engineering program. I really had no interest in attending the University Park campus, as I wanted to continue working full-time and going to school full-time. Towards the end of my third semester, some friends mentioned the SDCET program and I switched majors right away. Luckily, I had some great professors and advisors who helped with the switch and I didn’t fall behind at all. I am so happy with this decision, the SDCET program had everything that I was looking for and then some. Unfortunately, COVID didn’t allow my class to have as much hands-on experience as the program sets us up to have, but I still had a great experience, even with everything happening in the world. Penn State Harrisburg and the SDCET program landed me an amazing job immediately upon graduation. I came into my career with a lot of knowledge because of what I learned in the SDCET program and because of that, I am currently excelling in my first year at my company! I wouldn’t have all of the success I have now without Penn State Harrisburg and the SDCET program and for that I am forever thankful.
Bradley Sweger '21,Transportation Construction Inspector/Engineer,McTish, Kunkel & Associates
My path to Penn State Harrisburg and the SDCET program was a little different. I came from the University Park campus to the Harrisburg area to work and finish my degree. I worked at PennDOT's material testing lab, testing all forms of asphalt while completing my SDCET degree. Once I got my degree, I began work as a systems engineer for Koch Paving Solutions, an asphalt paving design and application company. In this position, we designed asphalt systems, tested local materials for each specific job, taught local contractors how we wanted our system applied and then walked the line with them as the road was paved/treated. Unfortunately, Koch Industries sold the business. Thanks to the SDCET broad-based education, I had options. I took a job as the construction standards manager for a local new home warranty company, helping builders and homeowners come to solutions concerning construction issues for all styles of new-builds, from high-rises to single family homes. When the opportunity at Penn State Harrisburg as the civil engineering lab supervisor came open, I jumped at the chance. Making sure that our students have the very best lab experience and a perspective from someone who has been in the field fulfills me on a regular basis. My wife calls this job my "pre-retirement gig", and she's most likely right. I love it.
David Boyd '02,CE Lab Supervisor,Penn State University
I'm originally from Boston and always wanted to study engineering. I grew in a family of builders and wanted to gain technical knowledge about engineering and construction practices. I originally applied to Penn State University Park but was overwhelmed with the classroom sizes and the majors offered were not for me. Harrisburg offered the best of both worlds...smaller classroom sizes and hands-on, technical learning about structural design and construction engineering. The SDCET program provided technical and practical lessons which I utilize everyday in my profession at Whiting-Turner.
Marc Mercurio '93,Senior Project Manager,The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company