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. 

Automotive Career Takes A Turn

Corey Plummer

Corey Plummer

Corey Plummer, a 2010 graduate of NEIT’s Associate in Science degree program in Advanced Automotive Technology, always knew he wanted to work with cars.

Corey started his career as an automotive technician, but he also realized that the degree he earned at New England Tech was loaded with options. With a strong automotive foundation under his belt, he decided to explore the field of insurance adjusting. Corey is now employed by Geico as an auto damage adjuster and is thriving in his new-found career. Here’s what Corey would like to share with NEIT readers.

What made you decide to attend NEIT? 

I learned about New England Tech’s Automotive Technology program through a few technicians who worked at the same dealership where I was detailing cars at the time. I decided to come down and check out the program, and soon thereafter, decided it was the perfect place to come and develop my skills! 

How did you choose your program? 

The Admissions officers at New England Tech were very helpful in directing me toward the right program, and although I am often dealing with auto body shops in my current position, I am glad that I chose Automotive Technology because it gave me a lot of priceless knowledge and experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  

What did you do to get started with your career? 

I began applying to various car dealerships that I was somewhat familiar with. Within three weeks of completing my courses at NEIT, and interviewing relentlessly, I landed a job as an apprentice at a Land Rover dealership. I learned a lot in my time there. Within a few years, I moved on to a smaller independent Land Rover repair shop which also specialized in restorations. This type of work opened up another world of knowledge and unique skills for me. I soon realized that I wanted to continue working around cars but wanted to travel a slightly different path. A friend had informed me of an opening for an auto damage adjuster for Geico, and I was quick to apply. After a few weeks of interviewing, I landed the job as a trainee, and six months later, I was handling claims for one of the largest and most reputable insurance companies in the country! 

Tell us about your position. 

The greatest thing about my current position with Geico is that every single day is completely different. I am still working with all makes and models of vehicles, but I am dealing with them in a different way using the skills I learned at NEIT.  I deal with many customers and handle numerous obstacles and tasks as they arise. The efforts are well worth it, and I receive a lot of positive reinforcement and praise from management. The job itself is very autonomous, and although Geico is a very large corporation, there is a great amount of freedom to plan my own day. It is also very re-assuring to know that I have such a large company to support the decisions I make in dealing with customers. The opportunities are endless with a company that regularly offers employment in all 50 states. 

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position? 

The amount of time that was dedicated to learning about various automotive technologies at NEIT is one of the largest contributing factors to my success with my current and previous positions. I also feel that I gained an abundance of useful experience working for both large and small dealerships which really shaped who I was and what I wanted to become.  

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search? 

My only advice would be to follow your instincts and get into a field that feels natural and right for you. If you choose a field that you enjoy working in, many more opportunities will open up down the road like they did for me.  

What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field? 

One of the biggest areas that I needed to improve upon when I started this career was organization. It took a while for me to figure out what I needed to do in order to organize my day, but I believe that is one of the most important factors of being an adjuster. With customers, body shops, and employees from the company calling throughout the day, it is essential to be able to handle all of their issues and prioritize what needs to be done.

Automotive Competition Revs Up

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 1st Place  winners from Davies Career and Technical Center Savannah Monteiro and Jordan Vieira; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; and Bill Murphy, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 1st Place winners from Davies Career and Technical Center Savannah Monteiro and Jordan Vieira; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; and Bill Murphy, Automotive Teacher.

The annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, hosted by New England Tech automotive school faculty in cooperation with the RI Automobile Dealers Association, provides an opportunity for high school seniors to demonstrate their automotive technical abilities.

Students must work at various stations to complete assigned tasks or to troubleshoot technical “bugs” that have been planted in the vehicles. The workstations include braking systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical and electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, parts identification and engine performance.

Teams of two high school seniors from various Rhode Island high schools and career and technical centers had ten minutes to complete each station.

The winning teams received prizes ranging from Snap-on tools to NEIT scholarships.

The first place winners were awarded a one year tuition scholarship, second place winners received a $1,500 tuition scholarship, and the third place winners earned a $1,000 tuition scholarship. The winning teams will represent Rhode Island at the National Automotive Dealers Competition in New York on April 22-23, 2014. Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 2nd Place Winners from Warwick Career and Technical Center student William Matorelli; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; student Zachery Azeredo; and Bill Cilli, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 2nd Place Winners from Warwick Career and Technical Center student William Matorelli; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; student Zachery Azeredo; and Bill Cilli, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 3rd Place Winners from East Providence Career and Technical Center student Devon Bradley; Joe Barroso, Automotive Teacher; student Noel Fournier; and Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor.

Pictured is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 3rd Place Winners from East Providence Career and Technical Center student Devon Bradley; Joe Barroso, Automotive Teacher; student Noel Fournier; and Herb
Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor.

New England Tech Awarded Scholarships to 65 Students At Annual Awards Ceremony

Rupertico Sevenino Salas of Providence, RI, a student in the New England Institute of Technology Advance Automotive High Performance Technology program has been presented with a Bridgestone/Firestone Scholarship.

Other awards were also presented by the New England Tech Alumni Scholarship Fund, including those that are dedicated to the memory of a friend, staff or faculty member of the college. The scholarships, ranging from $750.00 to $3,000.00, were established by various trade organizations and companies.

In all, New England Tech presented these scholarships to 65 students.

See the full article at GoLocalProv.com.

Transportation Technologies Career Fair

Transportation Technologies Career Fair

Thursday, January 23 || 10 am to 12 noon

Access Road Campus, Warwick, RI, 02886

rhode island jobs and career fair - new england tech

All NEIT students and graduates are invited to attend. Please encourage Transportation Technology students from all quarters to attend as this event is a great networking opportunity and some employers may be looking to recruit potential part-time students or internship candidates.

Stop by and speak with employers who are recruiting NEIT candidates.

**Event Not Open To The Public**

List of participating companies:

1. ADESA, Framingham, MA – www.karauctionservices.com
2. Atlantic Boats Inc., East Wareham, MA – www.atlanticboats.net
3. Arlington RV Supercenter, East Greenwich, RI – www.arlingtonrv.com
4. Balise Motor Sales, West Springfield, MA/RI locations – www.balisecareers.com
5. Brewer Street Boatworks, Newport, RI – www.bsbw.com
6. Bridgestone Retail Operations, Marlboro, MA (various locations) – www.onwardcareer.com
7. CMT Materials/Engineered Syntactic Systems, Attleboro, MA – www.cmtmaterials.com
8. Carriage House of New London Mercedes-Benz, New London, CT – www.mercedesct.com
9. Conanicut Marine Services, Inc, Jamestown, RI – www.conanicutmarina.com
10. Electric Boat, North Kingstown, RI – www.gdeb.com
11. Enterprise Rent a Car, Cranston, RI – www.go.enterprise.com
12. GEICO, various NE locations – www.geico.com
13. Goodyear, Webster, MA – www.goodyearautoservice.com
14. Herb Chambers BMW of Sudbury, Sudbury, MA – www.herbchambers.com
15. Herb Chambers Collision Center of Ashland, Ashland, MA – www.herbchambers.com
16. Herb Chambers Jaguar Land Rover of Sudbury, Sudbury, MA – www.herbchambers.com
17. Herb Chambers Mercedes-Benz of Natick, Natick, MA – www.herbchambers.com
18. Inskip’s Warwick Automall, Warwick, RI – www.warwickautomall.com
19. Jiffy Lube, Cranston, RI – www.jiffylube.com
20. MINI of Peabody, Peabody, MA – www.minipeabody.com
21. Mystic Shipyard, Mystic, CT – www.mysticshipyard.com
22. Pep Boys, W. Warwick, RI – www.pepboys.com
23. Point Judith Marina, Wakefield, RI – www.pjmarina.com
24. Speedcraft VW, Wakefield, RI – www.speedcraft.com
25. Sullivan Tire and Auto Service, Norwell, MA – www.sullivantire.com
26. Tradesmen International, North Kingstown, RI – www.tradesmeninternational.com
27. TravelCenters of America, Willington, CT – www.tatravelcenters.com
28. Wurth USA, Ramsey, NJ – www.wurthusa.com

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.

Winners of the Ocean State Automotive Contest

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Virgilio Tavares (Assistant Department Chair of Transportation), Stephen Thomas, Michael Simonelli, Richard Picard (Automotive Teacher at Chariho Career and Tech), Steve Reynolds (Snap-On Representative)

The annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, hosted by New England Institute of Technology Automotives Assistant Department Chair, Virgilio Tavares, and in cooperation with RI Automobile Dealers Association, was held last month, and we are pleased to congratulate the winning team of Stephen Thomas and Michael Simonelli on their fine performance!

The competition consisted of a variety of workstations at which the students were asked to complete certain tasks, or troubleshoot technical “bugs” that were put into the vehicles. The workstations include braking systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical and electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, parts identification, and engine performance.

Each team – made up of two high schools seniors from Rhode Island high schools and career and tech centers – had 15 minutes to complete each station.

The winning team received prizes ranging from a set of tools provided by Snap-Op Tools to scholarships from New England Institute of Technology.  The first place winners were  awarded a one year tuition scholarship, second place winners were awarded $1,500 tuition scholarship, and the third place winners were awarded $1,000 tuition scholarship.

The winning team will represent RI at the National Automotive Dealers Competition in New York on April 1st – 3rd.

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.

Ocean State Automotive Contest Postponed

Note from Amanda Metzger, Admissions Special Events Coordinator:

New England Tech is cancelling the High School Ocean State Automotive Contest that is scheduled for Friday, February 8th.  The contest has been rescheduled for Friday, February 15th.