BMW Selects NEIT Automotive Students

Congratulations to three New England Tech Automotive Technology students and one Automotive Technology grad for earning a coveted spot in the BMW Metro Service Technician Education Program known as STEP.  BMW, in partnership with the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), identifies highly motivated individuals who show a desire to become BMW Service Technicians to provide BMW drivers the level of service excellence they have come to know.

BMW STEP is a tuition-free training program for aspiring, highly-skilled BMW service technicians. Available to the top performing graduates of the country’s best transportation industry technical schools, like New England Tech, the purpose of the program is to help create career opportunities in metro communities by developing high quality service technician apprentices for employment at BMW Group Centers and Dealers in North America.

These talented NEIT students/grad were selected by BMW officials to enter into a full time, 20 week training program in New Jersey where they will be paired with a local BMW dealer to receive mentor guided on-the-job training.  Upon successful completion of the program, these individuals will be working full-time at an assigned BMW Center, making a professional living as BMW service technicians, body and paint specialists, service advisors, and service managers. We wish our new BMW trainees much success in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

For more information regarding the BMW training program, visit www.bmwstep.com.

For more information on New England Tech’s over 40 associatebachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, call 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

Students recognized for a Good Deed

On left: Virgilio Tavares, Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology, with Peter Conroy. On right: Jason Hicks II with Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in Automotive Collision Repair Technology.

On left: Virgilio Tavares, Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology, with Peter Conroy. On right: Jason Hicks II with Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in Automotive Collision Repair Technology.

Jason Hicks II and Peter Conroy, 5th quarter students in NEIT’s Automotive Collision Repair Technology program, decided to work together on a community service project for the Cranston Fire Department. Their task was to transform a government surplus Hummer from a camouflage exterior to the traditional red of fire apparatus.

Jason and Peter had to first determine how they were going to paint something of this size. They used ladders and movable benches to reach the middle parts of the roof and rear hatch. “It was a great learning experience for the students because it was quite different than painting a normal size vehicle,’ stated Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in the Automotive Collision Repair Technology program.

The students spent many hours of preparation and painting time to accomplish the task. They will receive credits through NEIT’s Feinstein Community Enrichment course.

 

Welcome, Paul Harden

Paul HardenPaul Harden is named Director of Transportation Technologies. Paul comes to NEIT with many years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) in various roles. Most recently, he was the Manager of Workforce Development and Business Services & Sector Lead for Marine Trades, where he assisted companies with workforce development, addressed operational and regulatory challenges, and developed training programs. In addition, Paul implemented over $15 million in workforce development grants for both large and small companies for training of new hires and the retraining of existing employees.

Prior to his position at RIEDC, Paul coordinated the state’s responsibilities for the America’s Cup World Series, overseeing public safety, logistics, transportation, and security for the event with over 30 public and private entities. Paul is also a partner in a Ford dealership in Camden, NY, where his company won Ford’s President’s Award for customer service and sales in 2010 and 2012.

Paul earned a MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hobart College. He serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Workforce Partnership of Greater R.I., the R.I. Marine Trades Association, the Northeast Economic Developers Association, the R.I. Hospitality Education Foundation, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Employment Committee, and the R.I. Disability Business Enterprise Committee.

Join us for our Annual Transportation Technology Career Fair!

DUE to impending Snow Storm on Monday and possibly Tuesday, February 10, 2015, we have rescheduled the Transportation Technology Career Fair to MARCH 10, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12 pm the Career Services Office will be hosting its annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on the Access Road Campus – 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI 02886. This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, so take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Current students from all quarters are encouraged to attend. Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire. If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x3458.

List of participating companies (as of 3/6/2015):

  1. Balise VW, West Warwick, RI – www.balisevw.com
  2. Boat Works of So. Windsor, So. Windsor, CT – www.ctboatworks.com
  3. Boch Automotive, Norwood, MA – www.boch.com
  4. Boston BoatWorks, Charlestown, MA – www.mjmyachts.com
  5. Carriage House of New London Mercedes-Benz, New London, CT – www.mercedesct.com
  6. Cumberland Gulf Goup, Framingham, MA – www.cumberlandfarms.com
  7. D & D Auto Body, Norwood, MA – www.ddautobodyinc.com
  8. Dejana Truck & Utility Company, Kings Park, NY – www.dejana.com
  9. Enterprise Rent a Car, Cranston, RI – www.go.enterprise.com
  10. Flood Ford / Quick Lane, East Greenwich, RI – www.floodauto.com
  11. GEICO, various NE locations – www.geico.com
  12. General Dynamics Electric Boat, North Kingstown, RI – www.gdeb.com
  13. Hertz, Cranston, RI – www.hertz.com
  14. Inskip’s Warwick Automall, Warwick, RI – www.warwickautomall.com
  15. Milton Cat, Milford, MA – www.miltoncat.com
  16. Nationwide Insurance, Harrisburg, PA – www.nationwide.com
  17. Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI – www.newportshipyard.com
  18. Oak Leaf Marina, Old Saybrook, CT – www.oakleafmarina.com
  19. Orleans Auto Supply, Hyannis, MA – www.orleansautosupply.com
  20. Pep Boys, W. Warwick, RI – www.pepboys.com
  21. Rhode Island Air National Guard, Cranston, RI – www.goang.com
  22. State Auto Body, Providence, RI – www.stateautobodyri.com
  23. Sullivan Tire, Taunton, MA – www.sullivantire.com
  24. Tasca Automotive Group, Cranston, RI – www.tasca.com
  25. Toyota of Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA – www.toyotaofdartmouth.com
  26. TravelCenters of America, Willington, CT – www.tatravelcenters.com
  27. Wagner Audi of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, MA – www.audishrewsbury.com
  28. Wagner BMW of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, MA – www.wagnerbmwofshrewsbury.com
  29. Wagner Mercedes of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, MA – www.wagnermercedesofshrewsbury.com
  30. Wurth USA, Ramsey, NJ – www.wurthusa.com

*Check back often for the most up-to-date list of attending companies.

Brewer Street Boatworks with NEIT students at the 2014 Transportation Technology Career Expo.

Brewer Street Boatworks with NEIT students at the 2014 Transportation Technology Career Expo.

Many companies bring display vehicles which makes for an exciting, interactive event!

Many companies bring display vehicles which makes for an exciting, interactive event!

NEIT to Host Automotive Open House

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will hold an Automotive Open House on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors should report to New England Tech’s Center for Automotive Technology located at 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the facility and hear what employers, as well as New England Tech grads, have to say about the exciting career opportunities within the automotive industry. NEIT’s automotive faculty will discuss the hands-on approach to learning in each of the Associate in Science degree programs available at the college that include Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, and Automotive Collision Repair Technology as well as the Bachelor of Science degree program in Automotive Service Management Technology. Current New England Tech automotive students, along with staff from the Admissions and Financial Aid offices, will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information regarding the open house or any of NEIT’s programs, contact the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or visit the college’s website at www.neit.edu.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students.  New England Tech offers more than 40 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Tumblr, Instagram and the New England Tech Blog.

Special Olympians Learn Automotive Skills

Michael Isabella, Assistant Professor, Automotive Technology, along with Dr. Robin Schutt, Assistant Provost, developed an innovative program involving Special Olympics Rhode Island, and NEIT’s Automotive Technology department, based on a similar program Mike initiated while employed at West Bay Vocational (now Coventry Career Center.) Robin has been a dedicated volunteer for Special Olympics for four years serving in various capacities including Excelsior for the 2013 Penquin Plunge. Through their concerted efforts, a winning program was created at New England Tech.

With the help of volunteer automotive students, faculty and staff, twelve Special Olympians will visit NEIT’s Center for Automotive Technology for six weeks. In two hour sessions, one day per week, the Olympians will learn basic automotive skills that include car maintenance such as washing and vacuuming, along with basic lighting and safety checks.

Special thanks to students Tom Rawlinson, Joe Zing, Zack Casper, Mike Hogan, Wayne Turley Jr., Daniel Champagne, and Jake Gelacek along with faculty and staff members Herb Gowdey, Derek Martel, Norm Messinger, Dan Perry and Donald Champigny, Sr., for sharing their time and talent with the Special Olympians and giving back to our community.

 

How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World

3D Printing is changing the world is so many different ways.  One of them is how the Automotive Industry is already using the technology to print entire car bodies and it allows for auto parts to be customized to individual buyer specs.

The Automotive Industry

Since 3D printing is set to take the manufacturing industries by storm, this also means that the automotive industry will be transformed. Already, entire car bodies, fully functional bicycles and even perfectly flyable drone airplanes have all been printed using the technology. Not since Henry Ford’s assembly line has an invention had this much of an impact on the automotive industry. Machinery and parts will now be able to be mass-produced at an even cheaper and quicker rate. Automobile parts could even be easily customized to suit each individual buyer. It is believed that in the future, no two cars will be the same. The possibilities are endless! Experts have even claimed that 3D printers will allow the replacement of rare parts from antique models of cars.

via How 3D Printing Is Going To Change The World.

Active job market for New England Tech grads

The Career Services office at New England Tech reports a very active job market for graduates of the New England Institute of Technology.   Employers value NEIT’s Career Services Office as a recruiting resource when seeking highly skilled technical employees.

Rhode Island college career servicesLatest News from Career Services:

FBI Recruiting for Electronics Technicians

The national recruiter for the FBI was on-campus for a recruitment presentation and conducted interviews for graduates of our Electronics Systems Technology AS degree program.  The FBI is recruiting for positions throughout the country and our graduates are a direct match for their openings. 

2 recent Career Recruiting events were held on campus during the winter quarter:

  • Transportation Technology Career Fair held on January 23rd hosted 27 companies from the Marine TechnologyAutomotive, Auto Collision and Auto Service Management technologies.   Balise Collision, AutoZone, Travel Centers of America, Speedcraft VW, Firestone Complete Auto Care and Carriage House of New London/Mercedes are a few of the companies that have hired grads/students from the Career Fair.
  • Technology Career Expo ’14 was most recently held on March 6.  68 companies were on campus to speak with students and graduates from various technology programs about current and future employment opportunities.  Many students were able to network with local employers and secure interviews as a result of attending the Expo. 

“One thing that really helped me after the Career Expo was writing those thank you letters to the companies for taking the time to talk to me. In addition once I received a one on one interview I brought in nice copies of my resume, references, and letters of recommendations from my teachers. The companies really appreciated the extra effort and plus it gives them something to look at while interviewing. Thanks again for everything.” – Jennifer Adamek, CBYT student who received 2 job offers as a result of attending the Career Expo event.

North Providence Police on campus

15 Criminal Justice students  sat in on a short presentation from the North Providence Police Department on Wednesday, January 29th.  They learned about the opportunities and application process.  A few students completed an inquiry card which will start them on the application process. 

Diversified Project Management

Phil Leonard and Bill Clegg from Diversified Project Management  conducted on campus interviews for Project Management Trainee position in Newton, MA with 9 students  from Construction Management, Architectural/Building Engineering and Interior Design on Tuesday, February 25th.    

Cardi’s Furniture

Larisa Vlasov, NIROPE STUDIOS of  Cardi’s Furniture in  Swansea MA,  is a returning graduate lending her time.  She along with Career Services conducted mock interviews for 6 students in the Digital Recording Arts Technology.  Great experience for the interviewees and others in the class to learn to interviewing techniques. 

Cummins Northeast Visits New England Tech Marine and Automotive Departments

Cummins Northeast logoJuly 31, 2013 – Kathleen Travers, Senior Human Resources & Organizational Development Manager of Cummins Northeast, LLC.; visits the Transportation Technologies departments of New England Tech:

Kathleen spent time touring the marine and automotive school facilities to learn about these programs and how Cummins could partner as a future employer for our grads.

Additionally, Kathleen took some time to speak with a group of Marine Tech students about Cummins.  Gerard Tonno, Director of Transportation Technologies, along with some instructors, highlighted and showcased the various equipment and hands on skills that students master during the course of their studies.

We look forward to working closer with Cummins Northeast, LLC. in the future.

New England Tech Alumnus Helps To Rebuild This 1928 Ford Model A

Mike Burroughs has a love of building, rebuilding, and restoring cars.  He also loves a challenge. When he needed assistance rebuilding a 1928 Ford Model A, he called his longtime friend, and New England Tech automotive school alumnus, Byron Wilcox for help.

Mike Burroughs 1928 Ford Model A with BMW Engine. Image provided by Stance Works

Mike Burroughs 1928 Ford Model A with BMW Engine. Image provided by Stance Works

After receiving high praise for his built-from-scratch E9, Mike decided that he needed something that seemed a little less – well – “simple.”  Recently, he completed the restoration of a 1928 Ford Model A… and popped a BMW engine into it.

Of his search for his next project, Mike told Stance Works,  “All that mattered to me was that when I saw it, I had to be inspired. Whatever it was, it had to speak to me.” He knew he wanted to work on a late 1920’s or early 1930’s model car, but he didn’t know what type. Or what, exactly, he’d be doing with it.

After scouring Craigslist for the car, he eventually landed on the 1928 Ford Model A.. or rather, the crudely held together frame of a 1928 Ford Model A. The infamous Model T had been in production for nearly two decades, and the Model A was introduced to revamp automobile sales.  The vehicle was over 80 years old, and had seen better days. But it made Mike excited, and that was – after all – his goal.

To read more about the rebuild and redesign of the truck, including the decision to put in a BMW engine, head on over to Stance | Works.