Rosedale Tech is Proud to Recognize Black History Month

February is Black History Month! Rosedale Tech is proud to recognize some of the prominent African American figures in the STEM related fields throughout history. Here is a list of some figures we’d like to recognize:

Charles Richard Patterson: Charles Richard Patterson was the founder of C.R. Patterson & Sons, a carriage building firm and the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer. Patterson was born into slavery in April 1833 on a plantation in Virginia. He later escaped slavery in 1861 and headed west, setline in Greenfield, Ohio around 1862.

Charles Richard PattersonWhile in Ohio, Patterson went to work as a blacksmith for the carriage-building business, Dines and Simpson. Patterson went into partnership with J.P. Lowe, another Greenfield-based carriage manufacturer. Over the next twenty years, Patterson and Lowe developed a highly successful carriage-building business. In 1893 Patterson bought out J.P. Lowe’s share of the business and reorganized it as C.R. Patterson & Sons Company. The company built 28 types of horse-drawn vehicles and employed approximately 10-15 individuals. While the company managed to find success selling carriages and buggies, the dawn of the automobile was quickly approaching. In 1910, Patterson died, leaving the company to his son Frederick. In his new role, Frederick decided to change gears from manufacturing buggies to automobiles. In 1915, the first Patterson-Greenfield car debuted, selling for $850. The car had a four-cylinder Continental engine and was comparable to the contemporary Ford Model T. Historians estimate that approximately 150 Patterson-Greenfield cars were produced.

Lewis H. LattimerLewis H. Latimer: Lewis H. Latimer was an African American renaissance man who in the late 19th century helped not only invent the lightbulb, but also create the electric industry as we know it today. While it’s true that Thomas Edison is credited for inventing and patenting the light bulb and the first electric light power station, he would not have gotten to that point without the help of Latimer, who literally wrote the book on both, titled Incandescent Electric Lighting: A Practical Description of the Edison System. Prior to working with Edison, Latimer had already been involved in a major invention, having helped Alexander Graham Bell patent the telephone in 1876. In 1880, Latimer began working for the United States Electric Lighting Company, which was run by Edison’s rival Hiram S. Maxim.

Latimer had no formal training in science, but believed technology and innovation could help advance the plight of African Americans still reeling from slavery.

Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman: Bessie Coleman was the first woman of African American descent, and the first Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas to a family of sharecroppers. While working in the cotton fields at a young age, Coleman also attended a small segregated school. She furthered her education and attended one term of college at Langston University. She developed an interest in flying at an early age, but was unable to pursue her dream right away because neither African Americans nor women had the opportunity to attend flight school in the United States. After saving up her money, Coleman headed to France in 1920 to earn her pilot license. Upon earning her license, Coleman became a successful air show stunt pilot in the United States. In 1926, she died in a plane crash while testing her new aircraft.

Frederick McKinley JonesFrederick McKinley Jones: Anytime you see a refrigeration truck on the highway, you’re seeing the work of Frederick McKinley Jones. As one of the most prolific African American inventors ever, Jones patented more than 60 inventions in his lifetime. Over 40 of those patents were in the field of refrigeration, but he is most famous for inventing an automatic refrigeration system for long haul trucks and railroad cars. Before Jones’ invention, the only way to keep food cold in trucks was to load them with ice. After speaking with a truck driver who lost his whole cargo of chicken, Jones was inspired to develop his roof-mounted cooling system to ensure food stayed fresh in transport.

Industry Influencers You Should Follow Now

There are so many progressive advancements being made in the world of trades. From automotive technology and truck driving to welding, it’s hard to stay up to speed on the newest tips, tricks, and trends. We think that social media is a great way to stay up to date within your trade. Good news for you, we’ve put together a list of our favorite industry leading accounts that we think you should follow!

Eric The Car Guy

Eric the Car Guy graduated from, you guessed it, Rosedale Tech! He graduated in 1996 and the rest is history. He has worked his way up and now he gets to do what he loves! The best part is, he shares it all with his fans. He has an entire website, blog, and numerous social platforms dedicated to his extensive knowledge of automobiles, automotive HVAC and even automotive electrical. We are so proud of things Eric has accomplished! You can find him on his website, Youtube channel, or Instagram.

Popular Mechanics

The Popular Mechanics blog is a combination of cars, how-tos, industry news, technology, and so much more! We personally love their car section but there are plenty of subjects to spark all of your interests. You can check out their website, Instagram or Youtube channel.

Welding Tips and Tricks

This site is exactly what it sounds like! You will no longer need to search and search for welding hack because there is good chance that this page holds them all. Anyone interested in the craft can surely appreciate a welder that simply likes to learn and help others do the same! Check out their website and Youtube page to see what all the fuss is about!

Truck Daily

This is an account designed for all the truck lovers out there. Get your daily dose of trucks, engines, off-roading and just about anything pertaining to trucks you can think of. This is a great place to scope out your ideal dream ride. Check them out on their Instagram, Youtube channel or visit their website!

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Your Mechanic

If you are looking for a place to get some solid car advice, this this the account for you. They have fun facts, informational articles, industry news and a stellar Q&A section. If you are more of a visual person, check out their Instagram account, @yourmechanic. For more content you can visit their website or youtube channel!

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Unobtainium Welding

This welding account is the welder’s dream. They specialize in exotic and precision welding. If you love looking at perfectly welded items or if you love seeking out inspiration, search no more! Learn more about Unobtainium Welding at their website or their Instagram page.

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Scanner Danner

Last but not least, Scanner Danner! We have to toot our horn for a minute because Scanner Danner is one of Rosedale Tech’s very own. He is an ASE L1 certified Master Technician with 23+ years of experience in the field and has been an educator at our school for over 15 years. His account corresponds closely with the book that he has written himself. You can learn about diagnostic strategies and testing procedures on his channel. Check out Scanner Danner on his website or his Youtube channel.

Do you dream of someday doing what these guys do and envy their extenstive industry knowledge? Visit our program page and and contact us tp learn more about getting a career in the trades.

Bring-a-Friend Days at Rosedale Tech

At Rosedale Tech, we believe that potential students should have the opportunity to not only tour our facilities, but also experience hands-on what a typical day will be like for them in our automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, HVAC, industrial technician, and welding programs. This service is what we call shadow days, which allow for potential students to spend a day in class with current students. As a way to extend this opportunity to a larger group, Rosedale 13133272_10153396724511441_7445999982782862332_nTech began to offer Bring-a-Friend Days.

The concept is simple: if a student has a friend or family member who is trying to decide on a career or career change or is interested in pursuing opportunities in the trades, they are invited to bring this person to school for the pre-scheduled day. The friends sit in on theory, experience some time in the labs and even get to tour the rest of the school to learn about the other program offerings.

If you or someone you know is interested in scheduling a shadow day to learn about our automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, HVAC, industrial technician, and welding programs, please call us at (412) 521-6200.

Rosedale Technical College’s Spring Career Fairs Show Demand for Skilled Technicians

Spring Career Fair

Rosedale Technical College hosts careers fairs twice a year at its growing Pittsburgh campus.  This spring, Rosedale Tech welcomed a total of 88 employers looking to hire trained technicians in automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), industrial technician, truck driving and welding.

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