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 Technology, Automotive, 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.

Six Bermudians to Train as Automotive Collision Repair Technicians at New England Tech

Bernews (Bermuda News) announces six Bermudians have been presented a scholarship by the Minister of Home Affairs, Michael Fahy, to attend Rhode Island’s New England Tech.

These  students will be enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair Technology program.  Click here to read more.

NEIT trades-program students may qualify for the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship

rhode_island-college_scholorships-neitNew England Tech students enrolled in a skilled trade program may qualify for the mikeroweWORKS Scholarship! 

(Yes, that Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs fame)

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Bermuda Provides Five Scholarships to New EnglandTech Students.

In collaboration with the National Training Board, the Ministry of Public Works is providing sponsorship to five students to attend the New England Institute of Technology.

The students are:

  • Dornielle Farrell – Associate Program in Automotive Technology
  • Sergio Richardson – Associate Program in Automotive Technology
  • Jonte Smith – Associate Program in Automotive Technology
  • Ricardo Dias – Associates Program in Body and Paint Technology
  • Dajon Carey – Bachelors Program Service Management Technology

Minister of Public Works Trevor Moniz recently greeted the students at the L.F. International Airport before they departed for the New England Institute of Technology.

Bermuda students train at Rhode Island automotive school at New England Tech

“It gives me great pleasure to officially launch a new technical education initiative that is aimed at promoting a sustainable workforce. Our Senior Management team has worked tirelessly to assess the current employee complement within the Ministry of Public Works Operations and Engineering,” Minister Moniz said.

He continued: “The demand for certified professionals today is unprecedented. It is the intent of the National Training Board and the Department of Public Works through this partnership, to continue to emphasize the importance of qualifications and certifications as a way to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competency.

“It is also a way to allow for the continuance of operations for generations with individuals who are professional, proficient and committed in a vocational occupation.”

“We are grateful for the relationship that we have with the New England Institute of Technology through the NTB to allow a consistent approach in the development of local talent. Thank you for assisting us in building a stronger and more sustainable Bermuda,” the Minister concluded.proficient and committed in a vocational occupation.”

A statement issued by the PLP said they were “pleased to note that the OBA government has continued with this initiative started under our government.

“We are confident that these young gentlemen will benefit greatly from the opportunity to train at the New England Institute of Technology,” the PLP said.

“This programme, in collaboration with the National Training Board, offers students access to opportunities to gain technical education certifications and return to Bermuda qualified and able to enter the workforce.”

Shadow Minister of Public Works Derrick Burgess said: “I am very pleased that these young gentlemen have headed off to further their education and develop skillsets that will enable them to return to Bermuda, qualified and ready to get to work. We are proud that this relationship was started under a PLP Government and we note the fact that the OBA Government has endorsed the value of this program by continuing it.”

Bermuda automotive and auto body students train at Rhode Island's NEIT“The PLP congratulates these gentlemen on taking this next step in their education, and wishes them well in their studies and career development,” Mr Burgess concluded.

New England Tech Automotive School Grad from Bermuda Always Loved Cars

Boys often dream of cars but the dream has become a reality for one young mechanic.

By: Jonathan Bell | The Royal Gazette

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New England Tech grad Andre Smith -Bermuda

Andre Smith, 21, earned a spot as an apprentice mechanic with Rayclan Ltd and hasn’t looked back.

“Andre’s had to prove himself from the bottom of the barrel,” said company manager Sharon Davis.

The Pembroke auto dealership and repair shop gambles on hiring and helping to train promising young Bermudians, in the hope that they’ll stick with it.

Not everyone has what it takes, she warned. The apprenticeship programme is anything but an easy ride.

Explained Ms Davis: “While our model may seem a long, drawn out one, spreading over almost four years of on-the-job training and classroom work, it separates the young people with not only the interest but the willingness to put in the time and effort for success, from those who may only have a passing interest and who aren’t prepared for the long haul.”

Rayclan co-owner Daniel Greenslade puts it a little differently: “A lot of times we get boys whose mothers call us up asking for a job.

“Right off the bat, that’s a bad sign — they need to have the gumption to come in and say, ‘This is what I’m doing, this is where I’m going’.”

Andre graduated from Mount St Agnes Academy four years ago and knew he wanted to work with cars.

“I always loved cars,” Andre said. “I had all the Hot Wheels cars when I was young. I would draw cars and watch all the car movies.

“I was in school asking myself what I could do that related to cars. Being a mechanic was one option for the field.”

He learned of Rayclan through “word of mouth” and ended up shadowing Gil Santos, described by Ms Davis as “a very demanding, tough-as-nails senior mechanic”.

Andre decided to put off college courses and focus on accruing experience. It turned into 18 months’ work.

“A lot of people come into this trade thinking it’s going to be easy or fun,” said Andre. “I wanted to make sure it was something I really wanted to do and to make sure I was good at it as well.

“This trade isn’t meant for everybody. I like waking up in the morning and liking what I do.

“It can be tough. I’ve got a car right now where the indicators aren’t working.

“I just replaced the fuses, but they came back with the same problem. There’s something making the fuses blow.

“So I have to make diagnostic steps and figure out what. I like that kind of problem-solving.”

The company was impressed enough to help pay for his associates degree at the New England School of Technology in 2010.

“The experience helped a lot,” recalled Andre. “Half the things I already knew or knew the gist of. That’s where I learned how it worked, and got the general courses like physics.

“I’d always wondered how I was going to need things like physics and algebra. When it was applied to the field, I could see it.”

Mentor mechanic Mr Santos has since moved on.

His replacement is Jonathan Davis, another company apprentice who went through the New England Institute of Technology and brought the skills back home.

Andre is now a junior mechanic with the company.

“It’s like being a car doctor,” he said. “When you diagnose problems you’ve got to do it correctly — or they’ll be back.

“Or sometimes a car comes in and we have to tell the customer that the problem hasn’t happened yet and they might have to bring it back. It can be hard but there’s always something new.”

Asked if the glamour had worn off when it came to getting covered in oil, Andre laughed.

“Everybody complains that it’s a dirty job. And it is. But that all depends on how you work. I wash up regularly. You can work clean.”