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Robert J. Ward chose Harford Community College’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program because it is highly regarded as one of the very best on the East Coast. According to Ward, many students in HCC’s program commute from other areas where their travels take them past other apprenticeship training locations because they feel that being part of this program is worth it.
At age 19, Ward entered into Harford’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program, and graduated in May of 2006 at age 23. Shortly after graduation, he passed his Master’s Exam, returned to teach for Harford’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program, and is still teaching here eight years later.
A week before he graduated from the program, Ward started his own business, Pendant Automation, located in Havre de Grace, MD. Pendant Automation is an Industrial Automation firm that specializes in providing automation solutions to the Aviation Refueling & Fuel Farm, Conveyor Handling & Packaging, and Process Control industries.
Pendant Automation has successfully completed projects in over 22 countries worldwide. Some of their clients include the U.S. Dept. of Defense, U.S. Dept. of State, NASA, BP, Exxon, and Northrop Grumman. In 2011 they supplied the control system to Offload and Transfer Diesel Fuel to (30) 1-MegaWatt generators for Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. The company’s transfer design offers the base a “lights out” approach to transferring fuel to their generators in that no human intervention is required for continuous 24-hour operation. This project was recognized among their peers; a three-page article entitled “Crack the Code on Global Growth” was written about this project and Pendant Automation in Control Design Magazine in November 2012.
All of Ward’s current employees graduated from Harford’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program. Due to the quality of the education he received at Harford, he sends his employees to HCC for their continued professional development.
Ward feels Harford Community College is a true gem for the County – it provides a quality education at an affordable rate, and provides employers like him a highly skilled workforce.
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