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What do they teach you? DO they go over basics and the simple things first

Thank you for asking about what they teach in Automotive Technology. If you go to the main page of the My Future Career Website, at the bottom of the page you will see a Q & A tab. Click on that. That gives you the list of all the programs. Click on the Automotive Technology tab on the left side and you will see to the right a similar question that was recently submitted asking a similar question and the answer to it. I think this will answer your question in detail . Also if you go to the Automotive Tech video page and click on the "Need more information " you will get an outline of the program, salaries, and other materials that should help you as well.

The first semesters begin teaching you the basics both in theory and hands on training. The second year is more advanced. Good Luck. Hope to see you on campus for a tour. Don't wait too much longer because the Automotive program fills quickly. There is also the Collison Repair program which is excellent as well. Good Luck

What does this field of study involve? What would I learn if I were to pursue this field of study

By enrolling in to the Carpentry Technology Program  at Thaddeus Stevens you would receive training that sufficently prepares you to enter a career in the residential or light commerical construction workforce. You would receive a two year accredited  Associate Degree in Carpentry.

Triaing includes learning to construct, erect, install or repair structures and fixtures made of wood,such as concrete forms; building frameworks including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; wood stairs and railings, window and door frames, hardwood floors. You may also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation, Includes battice builders who build doors or battices (ventilation walls or partitions0 in underground passages.

Like all of our porgrams, the classes are in a block schedule. This means that you have theory/textbook discussion and lecture for an hour and then are in the hands on laboratory for 3 hours building sheds, and other projects to apply what you learned earlier in the day. In the second year of the program your laboratory experience is helping to build a duplex of homes from the ground up. The second year students are currently building two nice homes near Millersville PA  and Comet Field.  We invite you to go see them if you are in the area.

We suggest you visit the College's website at and look us up under the Programs of Study under the Prospective Student Tab. Also you should schedule a campus Tour through the Admissions  Office and attend our Spring Open House. These will give you an opportunity to see the facilities , talk to students and the faculty and see the campus.

Our graduates are in demand with the promise of good paying jobs. We would love for you to apply for enrollment. The opportunities are there for many different types of carpentry careers. Hope to see you on Campus.

Do you need to know anything about this field of study before you apply. Does it hurt to have knowledge in this field.

 Thank you for your question on "if you need experience to enter the Automotive Technology program here at Thaddeus Stevens College; What would you learn; and does it hurt to have some knowledge of the automotive field to enroll in the program?"

At Thaddeus Stevens College we have two seperate automotive related programs The first is  Automotive Technology and the other is our Collision Repair Technology program. Both are two year Associate Degree programs  and offer great job opportunities.

Since you asked specifically about the Automotive Technology Program, it is designed to give students a basic understanding of auto construction, theory of operation and standard service and repair procedures. This program starts on an introductory level, no prior experience is needed. We have block schedule so each day of the semester classes you will have about one hour of theory and then apply what you have learned in about 3 hrs of hands on training in the lab. This is the advantage our program offers. You will graduate trained in all aspects of the vehicle and how to service the various technical systems in today's autos. You will need, however, a solid math background in order to diagnose and calcuate repairs in today's cars.

As for a prior knowledge of autos, it is not required but helpful. I would strongly urge you to review the program on our College's website and also schedule a campus tour and attend our Open House in the spring to meet the instructors and see the Stevens facilities and campus. If you are a high school senior now, you should do this soon, as the Auto Tech program is popular and is filling up fast. Hope to see you on our campus soon. Happy Holidays.

Hi, I am the owner/designer of a porch swing company in Lancaster, PA. We are currently hiring an experience part-time wood worker/carpenter to help us handcraft semi-custom porch swings. Please have anyone at Stevens or any other person in your department that might be interested contact us. Thank you, Marisa Morgan Nostalgic Porch Swing Co. 717-209-7014

Hi Marisa:

 Thank you for contacting us through our My Future Career Website.

I have directed your question to Laurie Grove, Director of Career Services/Placement, here at Stevens to contact you. her contact info is and                     her # is 717-396- 7188. Hope this helps.

We would be happy also to meet with you here and campus and show you the campus and programs. Also ask Laurie about the Career Fair in February. You should attend that as you are able to meet all the carpentry students .

Best Wishes for the Holiday Season...

Allen Tate



About to graduate and not sure what I'm looking for. What's the total price to attend in this school ? not on campus because I'm planning on driving down there.

Thanks for submitting a question through our MyFuture Career website. In answering your question --Tution for the 2017-2018 academic year will be $7,800. There are various opportunities for financial aid and scholarships. If you have not applied yet to the College, you should do so soon. Our Automobile program is quickly filling up for the 2017-2018 year. I suggest you go on- line at the college website and complete the application for information. You might also want to call our Admmissions Office to get a tour of the Campus and the Automotive program.

We look forward to seeing you here at Stevens possibly as a student. Happy Holiday's  

Hello i'm studying mechanical engineering technology. Would I be working with someone doing computer aided drafting and or would I be doing something similar to this at sometimes?

Thank you for your inquiry about the difference between Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) and Computer Aided Drafting Technology (CADT). The best explaiation for these two programs would be to go to the College website . Once you are at the website at the top of the page select the Prospective Student tab. A new page with a list of categories will come up. Now select Programs of Study. A list of all our our programs will appear. Choose the two programs you want information on- Computer Aided DraftingTechnology (CADT) and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET). The videos for each program talk about what you will received in the program and also has a student talking about what you can expect. These are very helpful. You can also get on those pages a list of all the courses that you will take during your two years at Thaddeus Stevens in your program of choice.  and the types of jobs and salaries and avialability. You may also want to explore some of our other programs. Other programs also include CAD technology in their  career fields.

On October 1st, here at the college, is Open House. It is a day that you can hear more about the programs, meet the instructors, visit the Labs and classrooms and tour the campus and rooms. It is also Homecoming, so  a lot is happing on campus. It will be a fun day. You can Call our addmissions office or register on-line. We hope you will join us for this day and also as a student next year. Good Luck.



Hi, I'm currently doing a business information system major. Can I be a graphic designer with it, right?

Thanks for your question about applying Business Information systems to Graphic Design. Our Graphic Design Instructors have indicated that graphic design takes a differnent type of knowledge and skill than that offered through business systems. It might give you  an understanding of the computer systems, but not graphic design work and creative applications. You could pick that up with additional graphic courses either at the school you are at or upon graduation,  apply to Stevens and enter the 2 year Graphic Design Program, from which you will receive an accredited Associates Degree of Science in Graghic Communications and Printing.

We also recommend touching base with your school's Career Services Office and see what jobs they have that might be compatable and make a decision based on what is avaialable, as well or what education/ experiecne is required.

Hope this helps in your quest for a career.   Good Luck.

besides a base line knowledge, what is the benefit of attaining a plumbing degree at Thaddeus Stevens? from what I have researched, it looks like I would still be required to be an apprentice for some time before a possibility of becoming a journeyman. I was medically discharged from the Army after 11 years and have a wife and two small boys. I understand that as an apprentice I would only make half the amount of a journeyman ($10-13 an hour). That's not enough income for me to provide for my family. financially, what can I expect if I earned my plumbing education at Thaddeus Stevens?

You are correct, you would still need to work 800 hours (equates to four years fulltime) on the job training and 4 Years of classroom work in order to be able to become a journeyman plumber. Currently, The ABC recognizes the 2 years of classroom time that is taken here at Stevens as part of this 4 year requirement.  

HOWEVER, Thaddeus Stevens prepares you to take the TEST required to become a journeyman plumber as part of the Stevens currciulum, which is a very valuable aspect of our porgram. You could take the test and pass and that test result would be "held" until you had your 800 apprectice hours.

The other aspect is you would be more appealable to an employer, since you would be able to perform tasks that exceed others when an apprectice is employed by the company from other sources, without a background or limited background in plumbing and the company must train. In those cases, if a contractor's workload slowed down, your training provides you more security.

If you attend Stevens , graduate in two years and work locally, there are some area contractors that will let you test "out" of the first  and/or second year of an apprecticeship which would jump your wages accordingly. There is also the opportunity to test into a Local Union which has higher wages than a non-union contractor (in most cases). There are also non-union contractors that have prevailing wage jobs and the pay per hour meet or exceeds $20 an hour ( but there is no guarantee  that you would be placed on such a job).  The commercial side of plumbing traditionally pays more.  I've had students that are/were in your exact situation and "bit" the bullet and accepted a job at lower wages, knowing that they were content with the plumbing trade and were not interested in another career. Thaddeus Stevens also has an incredible placement rate with local contractors wanting our students. Many of our students receive multiple job offers. So finding employment isn't an issue (based on your location).

It may also help you to know that the Freshman Plumbing Class currently has a military veteran (served two tours in Iraq in the Marines) in almost the same situation as you. If you are interested he would be more that happy to answer you questions and settle your concerns. We also have an incredible Sophmore Plumbing veteran. I would be more than happy to have you come in (with your family if you woudl like) and discuss the options we offer.  If you are interested in this, or additional information  or even an opportunity to shadow , please feel free to contact, me,  Josephine Tyndall (  Stevens Freshman Plumbing Instructor) at .

 Other than the above the next step would be through the Addmissions process. You can also schedule a tour of all the College campus through the Admission Office. We look forward to seeing you on Campus.

   I wish yopu all the luck in your decision; I'm impressed with your research. I hope you will join us in the fall.

Josephine Tyndall, Freshman Plumbing Instructor

Vince Skimski, Sophmore Plumbing Instructor


I am currently in my last year at a technical High school, and I am in the electrical occupations shop. I am a trying to decide what the best path for me to take after I graduate would be. I was just wondering if you had any good tips? I would like to go for engineering.

The Electrical field has many areas of concentration. You can find a great deal of information via There is a section at the top right hand corner called: Occupation Quick Search. Type in key words (such as Electrical, Electrician, Maintenance Technician, Electronics, Lineman, Mechatronics, Industrial Electrician…) and you are able to select nearly all possible Electrical occupations to get a good overview of each.

 Thaddeus Stevens offers 2-year Associate Degree programs in the following disciplines relating to the Electrical field. Just click on the program name and it will link you directly to the corresponding webpage on our website. There are videos, curriculum information, essential skills needed for the field, salary, and job outlook information on each program’s page.

 Electrical Technology, Electro-Mechanical Technology, and Electronic Engineering Technology are among the top 8 highest recruited programs at the college. The demand is such that for every graduate in those programs, there are multiple job opportunities and that will only increase in the next five to ten years.

 If you would like to see actual job placement statistics, companies who hire our graduates, and job outlook, please email me at and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your question and best wishes on your college/job search! Please call our Admissions Office to arrage a tour of the College campus and see these programs. I think you will find you like it, and we would love to have you come here. Work hard you last semesters so you have a great foundation when you get here. And if you came an graduate from Stevens there are many employers that are looking for someone with your talents.  We look forwadr to seeing you.

Laurie Grove, Director of Career Services, Thaddeus Stevens College


Would you suggest this job to a person who enjoys hands on learning? Also is learning the electrical trade difficult? I find it very interesting!

The electrical industry is very broad in scope, encompassing a variety of career choices from information and cable technology wiring systems, the residential and commercial power and lighting construction industries, industrial electrical process control technicians, to high voltage line work. Electrical inspectors and engineers fall in the category, as well.

Those deciding to enter any of the electrical fields should have a desire to do hands-on work, and the ability to learn via task work and have a high degree of dexterity is extremely helpful. However, the electrical trade requires a good degree of quantitative and qualitative skills. Depending on the industry option, trigonometry and calculus is necessary for the design, and even installation, of many more complicated electrical systems. Good communication, writing, and reading skills are necessary when working in team situations, understanding and developing work and material orders, and reading operations manuals.

It is not uncommon for those who have limited quantitative and qualitative skills to do quite well in the more basic forms of electrical installations work, albeit, the majority of high skilled careers in the industry demand individuals who complete an approved apprenticeship program, or intensive coursework via a technical college program of study.

I hope this answers your question and hope you consider enrolling at Thaddeus Stevens College.

What should my biggest concerns about getting into the metals fabrication & welding field?

Thank you for submitting your question on what are the biggest concerns about getting into the metals fabrication and welding field.

Students should be concerned with their high school grades; particularly with English and Algebra 1 and 2 classes.The college would like to see at least a  grade of “C” or higher in these courses.  Having “A”s or “B”s in these classes makes you a competitive applicant. 

Students should also have a clear understanding of what the Metals Fabrication and Welding major involves. If you haven't visited a company that is in the welding and metal fab business take time to call them and see if you could visit to learn more about this career. The need for welders is huge and many companies are seeking qualified welders. So they should be interested in meeting with you.

It is also a good idea to watch the program video on the college website under the new student tab and programs of study. You will also want to watch the website again. There are many different metal Fab and welding careers to choose from.  Please call our Admissions Office here at the College and ask to take a campus tour and speciafically ask for a visit to the Metal Fab and Welding department and meet the instructors. This is a great time to enroll in this program. We are doubling the size of our enrollment in Metal Fab and Weleding this year.

We hope this helped you in your decision making and preparation. We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Could you send me some information on the welding program?? I'm very interested!

Welders are in high demand especially those that graduate with either a Certificate or a valuable Associates Degree. Becasue of this, we have two new programs we are recruiting for right now. 

The first is a short term Welding Certificate program that will be starting in December and running for 100 hours. I believe is starting in late afternoon/evening.

The second is the Metals Fabrication & Welding Program. This is an additional Associate Program  we are starting in January 2016 that runs for 17 months instead of the traditional one we have that is 2 years. We have so many employeers asking us for welders that we have doubled our existing program by adding this new 17 week program. .

For both of these, you can call the College's Admissions Office - 717-299-7772 or visit our web site to gain more information . The Admissions office will send you information directly about these programs if you call and ask for them. They are enrolling students NOW.  I hope this helps. If you call the Admissions Office please let them know you have been communicating through the My Future Career Website so they know.

Thanks. Hope to see you on Campus and graduating as a welder!


My question is what is the best way to become engineer by passing the 11th & 12th class or by diploma?

Hi Aman,

 Thank you for your interest in Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and your question relating to graduation and a career in engineering.

I would strongly recommend completing your 11th and 12th grade years in high school to secure your High School diploma.This will allow you to complete Algebra 1 and 2 which will be critical as you prepare to enter an Engineering program. This type of math background is required.

You may also consider enrolling in an engineering course at your high school, if there is one, or at your local career and technical center.

This will provide you with a better understanding of the field of engineering in general. There is a lot of math and science required in the engineering fields. You will want to get the best foundation possible to be able to continue in pursuing this field.

Thaddeus Stevens has a two year Associates Degree in Electronics Enginneering Technology, Electo-mechanical Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Architecturial Technology and  Computer Aided Drafting. Any of these programs can start you on your way into this career field.  Good Luck. and we hope you will consider Thaddeus Stevens as your next step toward a career in Engineering.   

 Erin K. Nelsen, Ph.D., Director of Enrollment Services, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology


How do you manage your studies when making yourself knowledgeable to the Code book? I know studying, but more in depth with keeping it in your head.

I think the main thing is to realize, is that most people DO NOT memorize the Code.  It is simply too dense to know everything.

 There are certainly some things that become very second nature because they are applied rules that students learn to implement during course that involve designing electrical installations (e.g. conduit fill, conductor sizing, overcurrent protection ratings, etc.)  So, for these types of Code rules, it stays in your head because you learn how to use the rules.  Not only is that, but our emphasis on theory used to enhance a student’s understanding of why the Code requires things to be a certain way.  The Code gives us the what/how/when/where”; the theory provides the “why.” 

 But there is a large portion of the Code that may never be relevant to where one ends up in once working in the field.  So the second aspect of becoming familiar with the Code is learning how to access specific information when needed.  This involves learning the general layout of the text, and being able to utilize key words quickly locate the correct information.

 In conversations with those who have been in the field for decades, I hear the same thing.  You can learn something new from the Code every time you open it, and you’ll never know it all. Here at the College, we will provide the foundation and general understanding though the two year curriculum as well as the hand on learning labs. At Stevens we have a Block Schedule curriculum. This means you spend 5 mornings or 5 afternoons a week (depending whether a first or second year student). This provided time for the instructors to teach the theory and then for the students to go directly into the lab to apply it to hands on activities. You immediately retain the information and gain the experience. Your expertise will come with leveraging the Code in your chosen area of the field after your graduate.

 Thanks for submitting a question, I hope this answers your concern.

I would like to enter the field of power plant engineering. turbine and steam, non nuclear. ive been around computer and networking my whole life and I love hands on electronics and mechanics. should I stick with electro-mechanics or go to computer networks and engineering?

Thank you for your question we received through the My Future Career Website. The programs you referred to that match with ours here at Thaddeus Stevens College Technology are extremely good and place all of our graduates in high demand positions. Some have entered these fields with major power companies.

Someone graduating from Thaddeus Stevens from the Electrical Technology program could (and have) leveraged their knowledge to break into power generation.  Someone also from our ELME (plant maintenance) and EET (Electronics Engineering- instrumentation and control) could as well but it is not a specific part of the curriculum. The only one here at Stevens that doesn’t seem immediately be applicable to the more hands-on work in power generation is our Computer Network Systems Technology Program (CNSA), although I am sure there are IT/network related jobs to be obtained in that field as well.  So, the short answer, any of them could take you down that path. 

It may also be helpful for you to take a tour of our College and see the departments you mention, talk with the faculty and with some of the sophomore students in each of the programs mentioned. To do this please call our Admissions Office and schedule a visit and tour.

 There is one other option for you as well. Williamson Trades College in Media, PA does have a specific curriculum program built around power generation. The College has a working power plant on their campus as part of their laboratory experience.

 I hope this answers your question. If you need more information please write again

I am currently out of license due to DUI. Will that be a huge factor when it comes to company's hiring me for HVAC due to company vehicle use. The DUI was alcohol related and was last year in the state of Maryland in Ocean City. I will have my license before even attending school for the fall semester but was wondering if it would have a lasting affect?

Since having a current, valid driver’s license is often a critical for HVAC positions (especially residential HVAC), typically, the most difficult aspect for students/graduates who have had a DUI, is the “not having a driver’s license” part. Since you will be getting your license back before starting school in the fall, you should have no problem. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at

how many people are in a HVAC workshop or classroom at a time?

Thank you, Charles, for asking the question related to "How many students are in an HVAC Classroom or Lab at one time?".  The maximum amount of students in our class is 25.  Traditionally, our classses rage from  20 - 25 students. The College operates on block scheduling. Second Year students are in class and lab in the morning and First year students in the afternoon. This is a great advantage because students take theory in the classroon and  then directly apply it in the LAB to their hands-on projects. This is a significant educational advantage when teaching technical trades. 

If you are considering enrolling, now is a good time to get started for next year. Just contact our Admission Office. We'd love to see you on campuss and working toward this profession. There is certainly a large demand for skilled & trained HVAC/R techinicians. Best wishes!    

Hello, I have a few questions about attending this school for auto collision repair. I took a tour of the school in 2012 and wanted to attend but made the decision of joining the army instead. I'm currently deployed for another 4 months and when i get back i will start A capping and prepping to get out the army my main question is when does school start for auto body and how long the course is and if the school accepts or has ever dealt with post 911 bill or Montgomery GI bill to pay for school? thanks for your time looking forward to hearing back and getting some information seeing as I'm completely clueless and don't even know where to start.

Thank you for your interest in Thaddeus Stevens College and our Collision Repair Technology program. Classes will begin on August 23rd of 2016.  The course consists of 2 academic years which would run from August 2016 through May 2018.  To apply for your Montgomery GI Bill, you will want to go to and apply for educational benefits.  You will receive information from the VA in the mail with your eligibility.  You will need to forward a copy of that letter and your DD214 to Mr. Michael DeGroft, Director of Financial Aid, in the Thaddeus Stevens College Financial Aid Office so that he may certify your benefits. You would also need to submit your application for enrollement here at Thaddeus Stevens. I would suggest you do that Beginning in September of 2015 to be considered for enrollment in August 2016. You can go on our College website and get further information on enrollment 

Hope to see you on campus.

i am a graduate from thaddeus Stevens college of technology looking for employment in the masonry field. Norman carter was my instructor during my time at thaddeus Stevens.

Thank you for your question regarding opportunities for employment in the Masonry field. Since you are a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens several years ago, I encourage you to continue to be in contact with our Career Services Office and Laurie Grove, Director at 717-396-7188. Employers who  have job openings continue to be in contatct with our Career Services Office and post jobs.  Also access the Career Services section on our College website at www.stevenscollege.ed for additional information. The office assists both current students and our alumni in making job opportunities known. You might also call the office and inform them of your search, in case something developes. Hope this helps. Good luck on your search.

What is the salary, job outlook, and growth opportunities for actresses?

Theater and Performing Arts is not a program offered here at Thaddeus Stevens College. Therfore, your question on job opportunities and related salaries in this career field it is not something that we feel we are qualified to answer. Today's careers that offer high pay and are in demand are STEM related jobs especially in industry. A female student graduating with an associates degree from one of our Technical careers is highly sought after and receive an excellent family sustaining salary. We encourage you to take a look at these career fields. They are so technically advanced in great working conditions and offering advancement in your career. Many of these careers offer a sense of making a difference in society. Best wishes in your career search.

Good morning. Does a degree in microbiology and biochemistry qualify to get into this field? And if so,i would like to learn more about what is done in particular type of work. Thank you.

Thank you for your inquiry.  Careers in the Water and Environmental Technology field are all about helping people, and helping the environment!  There are excellent opportunities for stable, high paying jobs within this field.  Many people enter the water and / or wastewater treatment field with a microbiology and / or biochemistry background.  Treatment processes are highly biological, especially within the wastewater treatment field.  Depending upon the career path you choose you may need additional training focused on the specific tasks you will be doing, or the specific treatment technologies used within your facility.  You may also be required to obtain certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. We offer these opportunities at Thaddeus Stevens College whcih lead to an Associates Degree in Water and Environmental Technology and is a great compliment if you already have another type of degree or certification. These requirements will depend upon exactly where you end up working.  There are many different opportunities for employment within the field, both in the public and private sectors.  Two popular career paths are laboratory technicians and operators. 

 As a laboratory technician you could expect to be working within the lab conducting daily water quality monitoring tests (examples include monitoring pH, biological oxygen demand, and coliform bacteria).  You would be responsible for record keeping within the facility, and may work closely with the operators to optimize treatment processes. 

 As an operator you would monitor the treatment process and make process control decisions.  These jobs require good computer skills, some mechanical ability, and an aptitude for science.  Operators are able to use their creativity and problem solving skills to solve real world problems, providing clean drinking water and protecting water quality.  One of the aspects of this job that I have always found appealing is the variety – every day is different!

 I would encourage you to visit the Water Environment Federation’s website (, or the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association’s website ( to learn more about careers in this field.  You can learn more about the Water and Environmental Technology program on the Thaddeus Stevens College website (, and if you would like to arrange a visit to the Stevens Campus to tour the Water and Environmental Technology facilities please let me know. There are a variety of job opportunities available in this industry both in municipal, public and private industry sectors and this field will continue to grow.  I would also be happy to help facilitate a tour of a local water or / wastewater treatment facility if you are interested. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me. 

Katie Surra - Instructor,  Water and Environmental Technology- Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

How many welding students do you accept into the Fall 2015 freshman class? Is your program full at this time?

Thank you for your question relating to "How many students we enroll in the welding program each year and is it full for the fall 2015 semester & 2016 college year."

We enroll 20 students in the welding program each fall for the college year. The program is full for the fall 2015 semester. This program fills up quickly. I would recommend that if you are interested in this program that your apply early September 2015 for the fall of 2016/17 college year.Thank you for asking.  

i was wondering if your school offers underwater welding as a option in the welding course. i am very interested in attending your school once i have graduated high school, thank you for your time.

Thank you for viewing our My Future Career website. We hope you found it beneficial. In answer to your question, Thaddeus Stevens College's Metal Fab and Welding program does not have an underwater option or exposure in our curriculum. We have significant training in all the the different forms of welding that are required by industry. Annually our metal fabrication and welding graduates have 2-3 job offers at graduation in very good jobs. In fact, we wish we had more students graduating to fill the employer demand.

We have selected not to include underwater welding at this time because we feel that it is a limited field and people usually don't stay in that field long, mostly due to the working conditions. Under water welding includes repair, construction and inspection. There are schools that offer underwater welding, including the US Navy, but most require a prerequisite of welding qualifications, like you would receive through an associates degree at Thaddeus Stevens College.

We are glad you are interested in enrolling here at Stevens upon your graduation. We have an Open House on campus for interested students on April 11. We encourage you to bring your parents and stop in our MAC building where you can visit the programs and then go into our Metal Fab and Welding Lab. As one of the Metal Fab and Welding professors, I would look forward to talking to you. Hope to see you on campus.


I am interested in a new career and would like to get more information about your school. I enjoy working with people and feel I am a creative person. I have been in the beauty industry for 18 years now and might be looking for a change. Please contact me so I can learn more. Thank you Tina Liddick 717-823-8545

Good Morning, Tina:

I hope you have reviewed all the Graphic Communications & Printing video and follow up information on the website as indicated. You might also like to review some of the other program videos as well. There is a huge amount of job opportunities in all these fields upon graduation from Stevens. In fact, last week over 150 companies were on campus for a Career Fair all looking for graduates this May.  Some students received immediate job offers, others received appointments, and others are to follow up. One company wanted 40 machinists alone. Thaddeus Stevens graduates traditionally have 2-4 job offers by graduation.

There are career opportunities in demand in all 20 programs and they all start at significant wages. Additionally, 40 percent of today's mafufacturing workforce in skilled careers will retire in the next 5 years which offers significant opportunities. Business and Industry is especially looking for more females with technical degrees and backgrounds to enter their companies. Your creative background is applicable to many of the major programs we offer her at Stevens. Please make sure you view all the other careers on the my future career website, to learn about them. Also visit the College's website at to leasrn more about the college.

I have passed your contact information on to our Admissions Office for them to also follow up with you and answer any more questions you might have. They also offer campus tours. Additionally on April 11, 2015  here on the college campus is our Open House where interested students can come to campus and actually meet, talk and see each of the programs. All the programs are in one large hall on campus and demonstrate what their program is all about. This will be attended by about 800 students and their families and is open to anyone interested. Many potential students visit that day and make up their minds on the program they will enter.  I hope this helps you. If not please, send me another email to answer or call our Admissions office at 800-842-3832. Hope to see you on campus for the start of a new rewarding career.



I am curious what your starting salary was and how long ago you started? Also, what are your normal working hours? And do you like what you do?

I have been at Alcoa 4 years. Our starting salary is usually $60,000 - $65,000 with the option to make much more depending on how much overtime one likes to work. I work a 12 hr. swing shift from 6 am - 6 pm when working day shift and a 6pm - to 6 am shift work when assigned to night shift. It is a different schedule to work and takes time to get used to , but personally I like the schedule because of the time off we get.  I like my career at Alcoa. We get exposed to many different types of problems from day to day. On a normal day, we can work on anything from PLC's to high voltage work up to 69 KV and many things in-between. It is a career that will keep me learning for many years to come. My education and training at Stevens prepared me well for this career. Let me know if I can answer anthing else. Thanks.  Joe Nikodemski, High Voltage Electrician, Alcoa.

My son is interested in Combined cycle power plants. Would this class or any other class at Stevens prepare him for this field?

how long do you have to go to college to do this field ?

We have two fields you can pursue Auto technology and Collision Repair. Plese go on our website . Click on Perspective Students and access the Programs of Study area.

You would graduate in two years and receive an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences in one of these fields. It is an actual accredited College Degree not a certificate. Hope to see you on campus.

what basic things do I nee to know about carpentry for me to do it ? also what degrees ?

What do you need to know to enter the Carpentry program?

First of all, if you would go back to the website and access the carpentry video you will see a section that says' "Learn More".  Please click on that and you will find all the information that you need to know about entering Carpentry as a career. In addition to this information you will also need knowledge of carpenters tool and a good math background both  important to be successful if you apply. You must have a high school degree as well. There are good jobs awaiting those who apply themselves and graduate from the Stevens Carpentry program.

 Hope to see you on campus!

What is the dead line for the college application

What is the deadline for applications to Stevens?

There is no deadline for sending in an application. Once a program is filled and you qualify you would be put on a waiting list. It is best however to get your application in as soon as possible. You might also like to call the Admissions office an make an appointment, take a tour and also complete other paperwork or tests if needed. We have an open house this April 11th  and again one in the fall each year. This gives you an opportunity to meet the instructors, visit the campus and classrooms/labs and get a feel for the college. Many students who are interested in the College visit then with their parents. We look forward to seeing you on campus. Plese visit our College website. and become acquainted with what we offer.  Good Luck.

What types of products are machined?

While people often think of engines or firearm parts when they think of a machined product they often fail to think of products that are made by machined parts. Most consumer products are made with machines or tools that have been machined. Most products created from sheet metal are pressed into the desired shape. For example, the body panels on a car would each be created in a die that would have been machined. Almost every plastic product such as soda bottles, cell phone cases, and car dashboards have been created in a mold that has been machined.

I will be graduating from the electrical occupations program at my local CTC. Does the Thaddeus Stevens College Electrical Technology program offer credits for my successful CTC program completion?

We offer students enrolled in CTC electrical programs the opportunity to earn four credits for their practical, “hands-on” task list completion. Have your CTC instructor contact the freshmen professors of the Thaddeus Stevens College Electrical Technology program for details.

What types of electrical jobs are graduates of the Electrical Technology program prepared for?

The Electrical Technology program curriculum is designed to provide a broad, yet comprehensive training experience. Although skill concentration is on the industrial electrical aspect of the field, our graduates enjoy opportunities for employment in residential, commercial, communications , and the utility facet of the electrical industry, as well.

Where does a graphic designer work?

A graphic design can work at a few different places. Some work “in-house” where they work for a company and do design work specifically for that company. Others will work at an agency where companies come to them to get design work done, so the designer will work with different clients.

What does a graphic designer do?

The role of the graphic designer is to take a message their client uses to sell a product or promote a cause, and find a way to communicate that message in some sort of medium such as a logo, flyer, magazine ad or website.

What will I be doing and what will it be like to be at work each day?

You will be learning about and responding to problems with the equipment at your work area. This may involve studying manuals for equipment, working with automated lines to understand their operation, responding to operator requests to repair the operation of equipment, using test equipment to determine the electrical/electronic problem, and communicating with people about the operation of equipment. You could work outside or inside, you could drive to the same place each day or you could be dispatched to different locations across the US or worldwide sites, you could be climbing ladders to reach equipment sites, you could be monitoring car races to make sure electronic equipment if functioning properly, you could be working in an electrical cabinet beside a big water turbine used to produce electrical power. Electronic careers offer a wide range of job opportunities and work environments depending on your interest and available opportunities.

Why electronics and not some other career choice?

In a career involving electronics your required skill and knowledge will evolve and expand on a regular basis. Because you are continuing to learn new things as equipment changes your skills are also advancing. Therefore electronic-related jobs force you to keep up and extend the length of your career. Your skills are also transferable to other companies (almost all companies require similar repair skills) meaning that you would be able to change companies with little problem.

Will the electronic job skills I learn last me for an entire work career?

Electronic equipment changes frequently and you are required to continually learn on the job. This also means that your skills are always current. The lengthens the amount of time that you are skilled for your job and therefore extends your career opportunities in this area.

Can I fix my own cell phone and flat screen TV?

Consumer electronic devices (such as cell phones, TVs, . . .) are for the most part non-repairable, made to swap out major parts. There are few jobs for electronic skills in these areas. Many of the jobs in the area of electronics are in the manufacturing sector (sometimes referred to as automation and control), companies that make or package a large quantity of the same product like you see on the TV show "How It's Made". There are also electronic jobs in the entertainment area (such as concert audio, stage shows, NASCAR performance monitoring, . . .), power generation plants, hospitals and medical offices (fixing diagnostic medical equipment), and many other areas. Other parts of the US have electronic jobs in the aviation and integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing areas.