Governor Chafee Announces $1.75M in Grants

New England Institute of Technology is proud to be the recipient of the Governor’s Workforce grant to help 40 unemployed individuals with the skills within the shipbuilding and machine technology industries.  We look forward to continuing to help the state close the skills gap.

From RIBJ.com:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the Governor’s Workforce Board RI (GWB) has awarded $1.75 million in Innovative Partnership grants. The grants bring employers and educational providers together to develop career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults.

Thirteen organizations have earned the grants, ranging in size from $86,000 to $190,000. The 13 awardees, who had to submit detailed proposals to GWB by May 12 specifying how they would use the grant monies, include six community-based organizations, three employers, three GWB industry partners and one educational institution. Five of this year’s grant awardees are new. Eight earned Innovation Partnership grants from GWB for use in Fiscal Year 2014.

The New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich was awarded $190,000 to provide 40 unemployed individuals with entry-level occupational skills training within the shipbuilding and machine technology industries. Employer partners include General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Guill Tool and Engineering, SENESCO Marine, Swissline Precision, Rhode Island Carbide, RIMA and RIMTA.

via Governor Chafee Announces $1.75M in GWB Innovative Partnership Grants | RI Small Business Journal.

Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island

New England Tech continues to work to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelors and Master degrees, including helping Electric Boat fill positions it has otherwise had difficulty finding enough people with the necessary skills.

From MiamiHerald.com:

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. –Submarine maker Electric Boat plans to double its workforce in Rhode Island to build a new class of submarines under a $95 billion Navy program, welcome news in the state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

The workforce at the North Kingstown manufacturing plant could double by 2028 to about 6,000 people, said Sean Davies, the site’s general manager. That is roughly the same number of employees who built submarines there at the peak of the Cold War.

Rhode Island’s economy has struggled to rebound since the Great Recession. The state’s unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, considerably above the national average of 6.3 percent.

The construction contract has not yet been awarded, but Electric Boat anticipates receiving it. The Groton, Connecticut-based manufacturer recently leased an additional 42 acres in the Quonset Business Park to expand. Davies said he is focused on ensuring the company’s training programs can handle the influx of new hires because few job applicants have experience in the manufacturing trades. Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Virginia, employs more than 12,000 people, mainly in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Construction is expected to begin in 2021 on a class of 12 ballistic-missile submarines to replace the current Ohio-class boats. Electric Boat could hire more than 1,000 people in a single year at its manufacturing plant after construction is underway.

“We can’t literally put all of our eggs in one basket, but without submarine construction here, we would be in a much worse economic situation, and we would have a much less hopeful outlook,” said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.

“That work is very, very significant,” said Molly Donohue Magee, executive director of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance. “And it’s not just for one year.”

In the last four years, 2,000 people were hired by Electric Boat in Rhode Island largely because Congress approved building two attack submarines a year instead of one.

Davies said he wants to support the community by hiring Rhode Island residents to work on the new submarine, but it is has been challenging to find enough people with the necessary skills.

Leonard Lardaro, an economics professor at the University of Rhode Island, said the state’s unemployment rate has remained high and persistent because of its inadequately skilled workforce.

The New England Institute of Technology worked with Electric Boat to develop a curriculum for welders, and most of the graduates in the first class were hired at the shipyard, Davies said.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/04/4218253/submarine-maker-plans-expansion.html#storylink=cpy

To read the entire story visit NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.: Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island – Business Breaking News – MiamiHerald.com.

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SAMI to Provide Rhode Island Employers with a Pipeline of Skilled Welders and Machinists

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                  Contact:  Linda Dionne

For July 21, 2014                                                     401-739-5000

For Immediate Release                                            ldionne@neit.edu

NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LAUNCHES NEW SHIPBUILDING/MARINE AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE (SAMI) 

SAMI to Provide Rhode Island Employers with a Pipeline of Skilled Welders and Machinists

WHAT:           Through grants provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation, New England Institute of Technology has established a Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to train jobseekers for careers in these industries. SAMI was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled manufacturing and shipbuilding workers including machinists and welders.

WHEN:           Monday, July 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

(Opening ceremony and remarks followed by tours of the SAMI facility)

WHERE:         New England Institute of Technology

2480 Post Rd.

Warwick, RI 02886

 WHO:              Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse,  Congressman Jim Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Mayor Scott Avedisian–City of Warwick, Shipbuilding and Manufacturing Employers, NEIT President Richard I. Gouse, administration, faculty and staff.

WHY:              Because of the shortage of skilled workers in Rhode Island’s shipbuilding/marine and advanced manufacturing job market, New England Institute of Technology has collaborated with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division, Senesco Marine, RI Carbide Tool, Guill Tool and Engineering, Swissline Precision, RI Marine Trades Association and the RI Manufacturers Association in the development of SAMI. The objective of the SAMI program is to recruit, screen, provide career information and hands-on orientation, and train individuals for high demand careers in these industries all at no cost to eligible SAMI participants or the employers.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Tech is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.  For more information on SAMI, please visit http://cti.neit.edu or follow news of the college on www.neit.edu, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Tumblr, Instagram and the NEIT Blog.

AutoCAD: Have you lost time and wasted paper

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Have you lost time and wasted paper with incorrect plot configurations?

Solution: Page Setup Manager

The Page Setup Manager allows you to predefine each Layout with specified parameters to a specific printer/plotter. A Page Setup is associated to a Layout(s), this allows you to easily configure Layout settings within each Layout and simply print the Layout without having to define the plot configuration every time you print.

*Page Layouts can be defined and then saved in a Template file which in turn makes them readily available in every drawing created from that Template file (.DWT).

Page Setup Manager can be accessed through the following approaches:

Option 1: Command Line:

Typing in the command Page setup then entering ←

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*Remember when typing commands in the command line no spaces are allowed and the commands are not case sensitive.

 Option 2: Right Click:

Hover over a Layout tab you want to configure a Page Setup to then Right Click. A pop up window appears – select Page Setup Manager…

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Option 3: Application Menu – found in the upper left corner of the screen.

Select the Application Menu – Print – Page setup

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Option 4: Output tab – found in the Ribbon

Select Output tab, within the Plot panel select Page Setup Manager

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Each option above opens the Page Setup Manager dialog box shown below.

Select New… this opens the New Page Setup dialog box

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New Page Setup dialog box:

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Once you define the Setup name select OK.

*My preference is to name the setup name with the paper size of the end printed results and the name of the printer/plotter it will print out on.

Example: 8.5×11 Office Jet Pro – 8.5×11 (represent the paper size (A) that the drawing will print on), Office Jet Pro (represents the printer it will print to)

Next step is the Page Setup dialog box:

Here you configure the end printed results you are looking for.

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Select OK once done configuring all areas of the Page Setup dialog box. This brings you to the last step to associate the Page Setup Name to the specific Layout(s).

 

*Depending on the information you want plotted the configuration of the Plot area, Plot Scale, Pen style table and the Shaded viewport options may need to be modified. The Plot offset, Plot options and Drawing orientation refer to the printer/plotter and each make has unique plotting qualities so it may take a few prints to make sure your Layout prints the way you want it.

Within the Page Setup Manager dialog box, make sure the Page Setup Name (you just created) is highlighted – select Set Current – select Close to complete the configuration.

This associates the Page Setup Name to the current Layout.

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Now that the Page Setup is configured to each Layout correctly these configurations don’t need to be edited or modified before plotting. Ready to plot a Layout (make sure the Layout is active) then select the Plot/Print command, (it’s the same command just has a different name depending on where you access the command from) this brings up the Plot dialog box you will see your pre-defined configurations in that dialog box, then select OK. Your print has been sent to the plotter.

*Save these configurations within your company templates on the company network for everyone to have access to. This offers consistency within the electronic files and saves printing/plotting time which equals money saved.

3D Printing Is Making Its Way Into The Medical Industry

The next wave of manufacturing – 3D printing – is making its way into the medical industry with full force.

In addition to assisting medical professionals in creating pieces for internal uses, such as blood vessels and organs, 3D printing is being used for much more mundane purposes – printing casts for patients with broken limbs.

By printing casts, rather than using the traditional plaster method, patients will experience much greater comfort. Gone will be the days of itches they can’t scratch and bathing with a plastic bag over the cast. Additionally, casts produced in designs such as the one above will allow the skin beneath the cast to breathe. Oh, and they’ll look pretty cool too.

Aesthetics and comfort aside, 3D printed casts may also allow for new forms of treating broken bones. Pulses of ultra high-frequency sound waves have been shown to speed bone healing. With these casts the probes that need to be connected directly to the skin above the break will be able to be easily adhered, something that traditional plaster casts currently prevent.

For more information, check out 3D Printed Casts Speed Bone Recovery Using Ultrasound.

AutoCad: Places without images

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Tired of taking too much time looking for your working/project directories?

Solution:

Places located in your Select Files dialog box (AKA the Open dialog box). The Places area in the Select Files dialog box allows you to place folders from your network or computer for quick and easy access.

Places area is located on the right side of the Select Files dialog box:

Places 1Drag and Drop option:

Places 2Right Click options:

Places 3Select Add Current Folder and the folder that is pathed out in the Look in area will be added, also giving you quick access to its sub folders.

Select Add… the Add Places Item dialog box will open

Two areas the need to be filled in.

Item name, (this is what will appear as the description under the folder, it can be

named anything you want but keeping it as the project name keeps clarification).

Item path, needs to be typed in, (this is the fully pathed out directory structure to where the folder

resides).

Places 4End results:

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AutoCAD: The magic of ‘Z

Written by: Cindra Drown-Walsh

Have you had to stop mid command to use any of the Zoom commands to adjust visually what is on the screen to only then start the same command sequence all over again?

Solution:

Transparent Zoom (‘Z) allows you to put yourself into the Zoom command for a one time Zoom within another commands.

Example of the command line sequence using the ‘Z feature while in the Move command.

Command: MOVE

Select objects: 1 found

Select objects:

Specify base point or [Displacement] <Displacement>:

Specify second point or <use first point as displacement>: ‘z

‘ZOOM

>>Specify corner of window, enter a scale factor (nX or nXP), or

[All/Center/Dynamic/Extents/Previous/Scale/Window/Object] <real time>: e

Resuming MOVE command.

Specify second point or <use first point as displacement>:

When viewing this video – watch the command prompts over on the right hand side and also the dynamic input area located near the cross hairs. The transparent Zoom (‘Z) option is used twice while in the Move command.

*AutoCAD is not case sensitive.

Do Employers Need To Offer New Hire Training?

Last week Business Insider posed an interesting question – do employers need to offer new hire training?

While it’s fairly obvious that new hires will need some sort of onboarding as they begin their new careers, there’s no hard and fast rule as to how much training is required, and whether or not it should encompass all aspects of the employees position – including specialized training for their role – or just a high-level overview of the basic information they’ll need to get by on a day-to-day basis.

Employee Training

Morgan Norman, the CEO of WorkSimple, responded that “some sort of training program is essential for all companies. These programs will vary mainly on the type of organization and the resources they have to provide for training. Smaller organizations will no doubt have more personalized and less extensive programs, as they do not have corporate budgets to spend on training. However, it is still imperative that they develop a program that allows new hires the right direction and knowledge to become contributing team members.”

It’s entirely possible that your organization may decide that an entire division needs training on new software, technology, or processes, or perhaps they’re interested in providing just a few employees with specialized education that could lead towards certification or a degree. Whichever path your organization chooses, the Center for Technology and Industry (CTI) at New England Institute of Technology can help.

With CTI, your organization can customize a program with our instructors that will ensure your employees – whether they’re new hires or seasoned vets – are up-to-date on the latest technologies, techniques, and best practices for your specific organization and industry wide.

For more information on how CTI can help your company provide customized, hands-on training for your employees, please call us at (401) 739-5000.

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How 3D Printing Can Transform Your Business

3D printing is not replacing traditional manufacturing it is improving it!

From Forbes.com

Hripko recently spoke at a NorTech event that discussed how additive manufacturing can transform businesses and entire industries. He pointed out several benefits of the technology that make it a revolutionary production method:

  1. Efficient use of resources: Additive manufacturing requires fewer processing steps, little assembly and less energy. It also minimizes waste.
  2. Small-lot production: Additive manufacturing eliminates the need to produce parts or products in large quantities. As a result there is no inventory or stock cost.
  3. Rapid manufacturing: The technology allows makers to go directly from design to manufacturing. It dramatically reduces cycle times since it doesn’t require a tooling process.
  4. Agile manufacturing: Additive technology can create spare parts on demand and thus simplifies supply chains and logistics.
  5. Reverse engineering: Parts for legacy systems can be easily replaced with the help of a scanner and a 3D printer or other additive manufacturing technology.

Hripko stressed that additive manufacturing is not replacing traditional manufacturing, but complementing it and creating new markets within the industry. It is capable of making parts that cannot be manufactured by traditional processes and enables new technologies that are lightweight, customizable and complex.

One company that specializes in making these complex parts and products is rapid prototype + manufacturing (rp+m), based in Avon Lake, OH. The company is partnering with America Makes on numerous projects and supplies some of the largest OEMs in the aerospace and defense industries. It makes anything from CT scanner parts to lightweight air ducts and works with a range of materials including tungsten, stainless steel and ultem.

“Additive manufacturing is going to be a future core technology of the engineered products industry,” rp+m Chief Technology Officer Anthony Hughes said at the NorTech event. “As we are shifting our focus from purely rapid prototyping into direct digital production, we are opening up new markets and channels really fast.”

In addition to aerospace and defense, these markets include the medical, oil & gas, automotive, consumer products/electronics, and tooling industries. Within these industries, additive manufacturing has already become more than a prototyping method.

via How 3D Printing Can Transform Your Business.

AutoCAD: Pre Dynamic Input users

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Have you embraced this feature?

Dynamic Input:

Allows Command input at the cursor (cross hairs) in the drawing area.

The Dynamic input option when toggled on offers a way to input commands as you would in the Command Line. This feature does not take the place of the Command Line. The Command Line is needed for some operations. Using this feature should help speed up your drawing time.

Solution:

Toggle the Dynamic Input On/OFF options:

(F12) Key – Located at the top of the keyboard

Status Bar: – Dynamic Input button 8-1 Located in the Status Bar

Blue represents ON / Grey represents OFF

Example of Dynamic Input using Line command:

 

Prompt 1: start the line command by typing Line (L) and Enter.8-2

Prompt 2: You are prompted as you would at the Command Line for: “Specify first point:” In the first box input the X coordinate, (for your first input) select the Tab key to put you into the next box to then input your Y coordinate (second input) then Enter. This is an example of Absolute Coordinate input X,Y.

*If the first input placement is not exact you can always select a point on the screen to continue from.

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Prompt 3: “Specify next point:” here you are prompted to input the desired length, select the Tab key to then input the desired Angle then Enter.

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Since the Line command is a running command you can continue the same process to add additional lines.

*To end the Line command, choose either of the following options, select the Enter key from the keyboard, RT-click and select Enter, or select the ESC (escape) key.

If using the Command Line only an example of how your input would be:

Command: L ↵

         LINE

Specify first point: 10,20 ↵

Specify next point or [Undo]: @30<22 ↵

Specify next point or [Undo]: ↵

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*Bonus: When using the Dynamic input feature and the second input is an Absolute Coordinate type the # before typing the Absolute Coordinate.

Example:       Using the Move Command for the second input:

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