Active job market for NEIT 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.

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.”

Geothermal System Installed at New England Tech’s Automotive School

Wind turbine at NEIT automotive school - Rhode Island

New England Tech Automotive School

New England Institute of Technology continues to invest in its energy future with the installation of a new geothermal system in its automotive school (Center for Automotive Technology) – Access Road campus.

The new system utilizes both energy recovery and geothermal technologies to supply pre-heated and pre-cooled fresh air throughout the facility.

By using the combination of  two green technologies,  energy recovery and geothermal, it is estimated that the auto school will use 60% less electricity and gas to heat and cool the automotive lab.

Installation of the geothermal system is part of New England Tech’s campus-wide green initiative.

To be certain our students are well-versed on various renewable and sustainable energy sources such as wind power, hydro power, fuel cells, tidal power, solar hot water, and geothermal,  these topics have been incorporated into the Electrical, Plumbing, Heating, and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology programs. Then our students have the opportunity to complete hands-on exercises and examine the components, installation, environmental impact, maintenance, practicality, site sustainability, and local regulations as they relate to renewable and sustainable energy sources.

For additional information on our Building Technologies programs – contact our admissions department 401-467-7744

 

New England Tech Automotive School High Performance Professor Awarded

Derek Martel Teaching Automotive High Performance Class at New England Tech.NEIT Automotive School – High Performance Faculty Member, Derke Martel, receives national recognition

Derek Martel, Assistant Professor in New England Tech’s Transportation Technology department (the automotive school), couldn’t be happier.  The New England Tech college community couldn’t be prouder either.

Derek receives national recognition

Derek is the recipient of the MAHLE Champion Technician Award recognizing him as the top high performance engine technician in the country.
His nomination by Professor Christopher Bannister in New England Tech’s Transportation Technology program was chosen from all those received by MAHLE Clevite.  The other nominees were all very qualified as well, yet Derek was voted as the most qualified to be named “Champion.”  In addition to this honor, Derek and his wife will be traveling to Las Vegas to participate in MAHLE’s Champion’s Week and receive his award.MAHLE Celvite, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  MAHLE is an aftermarket supplier of more than 100,000 automotive products that are designed and manufactured to the same strict quality standards used for the large automotive brands. The company has 24 international locations including six sales offices and employs nearly 1,500 employees.

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We congratulate Derek for this well-deserved honor – we are so fortunate to have such an outstanding faculty member at New England Tech’s Automotive School!