Eaton Corporation Donates to Engineering Education at PTC

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eatondonation511Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous $25,000 donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation.

Eaton’s Hydraulics plant has 100 employees and manufactures hydraulic pumps and motors. Eaton’s Electrical plant has over 700 employees and manufactures medium voltage switchgear and switches, along with low and medium voltage bus duct and network protectors. Eaton’s Electrical Services and Systems division has 35 employees and designs and manufactures replacement MV and LV power circuit breakers.

As a major provider of training for future Eaton employees, PTC will use these funds to purchase equipment for the college’s engineering technology programs to ensure that students are receiving the most up-to-date training available. PTC’s Engineering Technology department offers degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines, including electronic engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and engineering graphics technology.

PTC has also established engineering transfer agreements that allow engineering technology students at Piedmont Technical College to pursue bachelor’s degrees at USC Columbia, USC Upstate and SC State after completing their studies in Greenwood.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2010 sales of $13.7 billion. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.

Photo Caption: Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous $25,000 donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. Mike Patterson from Eaton, second from left, presented PTC Foundation executive director Fran Wiley with the check. Several Piedmont Technical College graduates and currently enrolled students who are employed at Eaton’s three Greenwood operations were on hand to participate in the ceremony: from left, Michael White, Tim Fleming, Annie Woolridge and Chris Willis.

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