Students Produce Holiday Light & Music Show

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The PTI Pavilion Light Show: December 5, 2012 through January 2, 2013.

Synchronized light shows are an exploding part of the home electronics industry, not only for the residential market but also for corporate, municipal and urban centers.

David Becker

Residents of the Pittsburgh region are invited to take a drive to PTI’s campus, located off McKee Road in North Fayette, to enjoy a synchronized holiday light and music show produced by the college’s Smart Building Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology students and faculty.

Students and faculty developed a proposal to turn the 2,500-square foot campus pavilion into a three-dimensional holiday light show integrated with over 20 holiday songs and more than 10,000 sequenced lights. Visitors will be able to tune into their FM radio to enjoy the show from inside their cars.

David Becker, Program Director of the Electronics and Smart Building Technology (SBT) program, says the project is popular with students because students from both SBT and Electronics Engineering Technology get to work together to do something that lots of people will get to see and enjoy. The holiday show will debut on Wednesday, December 5 for the campus family holiday party. According to lab instructor Jim Mueller, the Pavilion Light Show is a microcosm of a perfect project where students practice working with wireless Ethernet communications systems, AC power systems, computers and light show software. About 20 students have volunteered to work on the Pavilion. “Synchronized light shows are an exploding part of the home electronics industry, not only for the residential market but also for corporate, municipal and urban centers,” said Becker.


No admission fees.

The PTI Pavilion Light Show is in operation daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

1111 McKee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071

Call 1.800.784.9675 for details.

The Smart Building Technology program at Pittsburgh Technical Institute combines core competencies in computers, electronics and design with strong project management and customer service skills. Students build on core skills to learn audio and video systems, blueprints and construction methods, energy management and lighting controls, integration design, and security and surveillance. The faculty emphasizes a capstone class designed to require every student to perform every skill application. Graduate opportunities include careers with construction companies, equipment designers and manufacturers, home theater installers, security companies, surveillance agencies, technology sales companies, telecommunications corporations and utility companies.

Electronics Technicians work with technical equipment and processes in areas like application, installation, testing, inspection, operation, maintenance, repair, development and sales. Graduate career opportunities exist with amusement companies, audio/video manufacturers and installers, equipment manufacturers, federal government, hospitals, industrial corporations, media researchers and service centers.

Offering career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical Institute is a two-year college with a 180-acre campus in North Fayette, west of Pittsburgh. PTI offers degree and certificate programs in areas such as Building Technology, Business, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Design, Healthcare, Nursing, and Information Technology. PTI students can take advantage of online course offerings, on-campus residence halls, student activities, intramural programs and community service programs. PTI is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. PTI was recognized by its employees as one of the region’s Top Places to Work in a 2012 study commissioned by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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