News from Career Services: Week of 10/31/16

New Hires!

  • Graphic Artist/Print Assistant with RI Distributing, W. Greenwich, RI (GMW)
  • IT Security Auditor with Sparrow, Johnson, and Ursillo, East Greenwich, RI (ITN/CYBT)
  • PLC/Engineering Tech with Contech Medical, Warwick, RI (ESTA) Grad put his resume on file on Monday and was employed by Thursday! He will be completing his AS degree in December!

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • Several roles available at different companies in Providence, RI and Cranston, RI

ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING ENGINEERING / CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

  • Framingham, MA – Store Layout Designer
  • Providence, RI – Project Managers, CAD Operators and Designers
  • Milford, MA – Carpenters
  • Cambridge, MA – CAD/CAFM Specialist (5 yrs. experience)
  • Troy, NY – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer – using drafting experience
  • Pawtucket, RI – Jr. Project Manager & Field Restoration Technician

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • North Kingstown, RI – entry level and experienced AV Installation Technicians
  • Cleveland, OH – Sports Producer
  • Chicopee, MA – Master Control Operator candidates
  • New Bedford, MA – Editor & Videographer
  • Online company – Executive Producer for audio, podcasts and Internet TV

HEALTH SCIENCES

Physical Therapist Assistants:

  • Johnston, RI facility contacted NEIT – “we are very busy and are in need of PTAs!”

Medical Laboratory Technology:

  • A local health system is aggressively recruiting Certified MLT’s in a hospital laboratory; several openings in hematology, chemistry and generalist positions. “I would welcome the opportunity to speak to any potential applicants as we are seeing a shortage of techs across the state.”

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • A Massachusetts town posted a role for a part time Animal Control Officer.
  • A national association posted 11 jobs for Vet Techs that are across the US.

AUTOMOTIVE / MARINE TECHNOLOGY

  • Warwick, RI – seeking Technician candidates (AUT)
  • Pawtucket, RI – Mechanic Assistant (AUT)
  • North Attleboro, MA – Reconditioning Associate (AUB)
  • Annapolis, MD – looking for Marine Technology graduates for a Technical Standards Specialist

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • The IT programs (ITN, ITS, CYBT) continue to be a heavily recruited area at NEIT. Positions are currently available in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut in various capacities from a Network Administrator to a Software Teacher for coding.

News from Career Services: Week of 10/3/2016

New Hires!

  • R & D Engineering Technician for Hanna Instruments, Woonsocket, RI (ELTB)
  • Apprentice for Chris Electric, Newport, RI (ELY)
  • Electrical Designer for Electric Boat, Quonset Pt (ELY)
  • Engineer/Draftsman for Porter Machine, W. Greenwich, RI (MCTB)
  • Game Designer /R&D freelancer for MasonDogg Studios, Atlanta, GA (VDEB)
  • Field Service Engineer for MFL Group, Cumberland, RI (ELTB) – Traveling to Italy for training!
  • IT Support Technician Intern with East Bridgewater Public Schools, (ITN) – NEIT alum posted the role as he also landed a full time job with them from his Internship.

 

VET TECH & ANIMAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

  • Animal Clinic in Warwick, RI posted two roles – Vet Tech and a Veterinary Receptionist that works for graduates from Animal Business Management in order to get a foot in the door with a veterinary clinic.
  • Vet Clinic in Warwick, RI posted a role for a Vet Tech.  NEIT Vet Techs continue to be in high demand.

REFRIGERATION/AC/HEATING & GAS, PLUMBING/HEATING & GAS

Companies in the following cities have all expanded and are in need of Apprentices, Journeyman and Master Technicians.  All are struggling to find more workers!

  • Wakefield, RI
  • Providence, RI
  • Charlestown, RI
  • Woonsocket, RI
  • One company has various locations in RI, CT, MA

Additional Plumbing/Heating & Gas Technology opportunities:

  • Carver, MA – Maintenance Mechanic
  • Bristol, MA – Plumber/Operations Manager
  • Boston, MA – Maintenance Technician
  • Storrs, CT – Building Services Manager
  • South Easton, MA – Field Service Technician

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

  • Providence, RI – Marketing and Accounting Internships
  • Cranston, RI – Project Support Specialist

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • A Health Center in Maine is seeking a Sleep Studies Technician.  This role works well for graduates from the Respiratory Care program.
  • A hospital in New London, CT recruiting Surgical Techs for the Maternity Unit OR.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • A company in Taunton, MA posted a paid Computer Engineering Internship that is ideal for students in ITN or CYBT.
  • A company in E. Taunton, MA contacted NEIT to say that they are having explosive growth and they are looking for candidates from a variety of technical programs including IT Software and Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design.
  • A company in Southington, CT posted two jobs with NEIT:
    • Systems Administrator for graduates of IT Networking or Cyber Security
    • Software Developer Level I for graduates from IT Software Engineering or Game Development

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES

Electronics Systems Engineering / Electrical Engineering Technology:

  • Providence, RI company is looking for Machine Builder/Programmer candidates ($40-50K).
  • Pawtucket, RI company is seeking candidates for both Engineering and Technician level positions.
  • Mansfield, MA company is seeking Maintenance Control Technicians paying $27-34/hr.  Great for our ELTB, ESTA, and ELY graduates.

Electrical Technology:

  • Canton, MA company has an Entry Level Technician position for ELY graduates interested in working with industrial electrical industry.
  • Fall River, MA company is seeking Electrical Technician candidates working with electrical controls and production equipment.

 

 

News from Career Services: Week of 8/15/16

Here are some examples of jobs that came through the Career Services Office this week, including newly hired grads!

New Hires!

  • Health Information Technician at Kent Center, Warwick, RI (EMR) – grad had 2 offers in 1 day!
  • Jr. Developer for Teknor Apex, Pawtucket, RI (ITS) company is paying for Master’s degree!
  • 3 developers hired by Seczetta, Newport, RI (GDS) – company has hired approx. 12 NEIT grads
  • Assistant Project Manager hired by Innovative Construction, Tiverton, RI (CMT) Sept. grad.
  • Wind Turbine Tech hired by Vensys, Coventry, RI (ELY)

AUTOMOTIVE/AUTO COLLISION REPAIR:  SO MANY jobs in the past 1 ½ weeks!

  • Owner of a body shop in Providence, RI liked the Auto Collision Repair grad that is currently working for him so much that he is now looking for an Automotive Technician.
  • Framingham, MA – Fleet Technician for basic repair of diesel trucks and forklifts
  • Providence, RI – Part Time Auto Body Detailer
  • Branford, CT – Oil Lube Techs, Technicians, & Valets
  • Hamden, CT – Collision Repair Technician
  • East Providence, RI  – Technician
  • Cranston, RI – Entry Level Technician
  • Wakefield, RI – Entry Level Technician
  • Cranston, RI – Diesel and Sr. Diesel Mechanic
  • Sunapee, NH – Technician for classic cars and trucks
  • Southeastern MA and all of RI – Management Trainee, Car Detailers & Drivers
  • Bristol, RI – Collision Repair
  • Warwick, RI – Automotive Technician

MARINE TECHNOLOGY:

  • New Rochelle, NY – Marine Technician; pay ranges from $30K to $100k
  • North Kingstown, RI – part time Deckhand
  • Marblehead, MA – Marine Technician
  • Cataumet, MA – Marine Technician
  • Chatham, MA – Several openings for Marine Technicians and also for Marine Yard Personnel

VET TECH & ANIMAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT:

  • A holistic veterinarian’s office in Bristol, RI is recruiting Vet Tech.  The field continues to be very strong with a significant number of job opportunities.
  • A veterinary center in Cumberland, RI is seeking a Vet Tech.  They stated that there is a shortage of Vet Techs and they are hoping to hire someone with the skills acquired from NEIT.

CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT:

  • Medical Assistant grads continue to be in very high demand in RI, MA, CT and throughout the US.

RESPIRATORY CARE:

  • Company in Norwood, MA is seeking RC graduates.

ENGINEERING:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

  • A company in North Providence, RI posted a Paid Internship for a Cyber Security student.  The previous CYBT student was subsequently hired by the company.
  • A company in Providence, RI posted 2 openings: Sr. Software Engineer and Python Developer – ideal for Information Technology/Software Engineering or Game Development/Simulation Programming grads.
  • A Warwick, RI company posted a role for an IT Help Desk Team Leader.  The director of IT for this company happens to be an NEIT grad who started his work there in an internship.  The company has hired many interns and grads from Information Technology/Network Engineering and Cyber Security.

News from Career Services: Week of 8/8/16

Here are some examples of jobs that came through the Career Services Office this week:

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • A local news station is recruiting for an Editor and Photographer
  • A venue management company is seeking a Production Manager
  • A media outlet is recruiting students for Part Time Board Operator
  • A public access television network is recruiting a Staff Producer
  • A local university posted a position for a Digital Media Production Videographer & Editor

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • Help Desk Candidate that would work on a short term assignment in Connecticut.  This position can help to really build a resume for IT Networking and Cyber Security graduates.
  • A role for an IT Desktop Support / Audio Visual Tech.  This position works well for a student who is in the IT Networking or the Cyber Security program.
  • A role for a Software Programmer that is a good fit for graduates from the IT Software or Game Development programs.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING ENGINEERING & BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

  • Tiverton, RI – Assistant Project Manager travel required
  • North Attleboro, MA – Drafter
  • Providence, RI – Drafting Intern
  • Taunton, MA – CAD Drafter
  • Bellingham, MA – Drafter/Detailer
  • Cranston, RI –3 Drafters
  • Johnston, RI – Entry Level Safety Coordinator
  • Warwick, RI – Laborer
  • Saunderstown, RI – Carpenters
  • Portsmouth, RI – Finish Carpenter

PLUMBING/HEATING & GAS

  •  A company based in Warwick, RI hired another grad as a Plumbing Apprentice.  This is the 12th Apprentice hired since 2013.  They hire both Refrigeration/AC Heating & Gas Technology and Plumbing/Heating & Gas Technology graduates.
  •  Plumbing company in Cranston, RI is seeking Apprentice candidates
  •  A water treatment company in Wyoming, RI is recruiting for a Service Technician

ENGINEERING

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • A nursing and rehabilitation facility in West Warwick, RI listed a part time Activity Aide for a health care student.

SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

  • Providence, RI facility – has an opening for a Surgical Technologist
  • Milford, MA facility – has 2 Surgical Technologist openings

CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT

  • A staffing agency is looking for candidates to handle phone support for customers regarding their medications.
  • A Rhode Island optical dispensary is offering strong pay along with a benefit package and will also provide extra training in ophthalmology.
  • An eye care center in Dartmouth, MA is offering benefits and are willing to train a CMA so that he/she can gain additional skills in ophthalmology.

NURSING

  • Bayada Home Health Care in Providence, RI has a new Pediatric Residency Program for RN’s – next class begins in September.
  • A Johnston, RI facility is recruiting for a part time RN position.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS

  • A growing rehabilitation facility has jobs in several locations throughout RI and CT.
  • A nationwide rehabilitation facility sent a flyer to NEIT stating they have jobs open across the US including: RI, CT, & MA.

U.S. Naval War College holds STEM camp, stimulates student scientists

New England Tech is well aware of the lack youth interest in careers in engineering and science fields.  This is why we proudly support efforts to improve interest in STEM programs, including participating in U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) Starship POSEIDON Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) camp.

Source: U.S. Naval War College | NWC holds STEM camp, stimulates student scientists

“This program is designed to offer students the opportunity to experience science and technology as real applications in the Navy,” said Lewis Duncan, NWC provost. “The United States currently has a deficit of engineers and scientists and we need them to keep our country on the leading edge of technological progress, so programs like these are an essential investment in our shared future.”  Read More

News from Career Services: Weeks 6/6/16 & 6/13/16

Here is the latest from the Career Services Office!

ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

An agency that finds talent for the Naval War College in Middletown, RI posted 5 jobs in the IT field.

A local private college has hired a number of Information Technology grads and they just hired another Information Technology/Software Engineering grad this week who will work as their Database Administrator.

A manufacturer and supplier of mass finishing technology posted a Paid Internship that would work well for a candidate in IT /software Engineering or Game Development.

An award-winning telematics solutions company in Massachusetts reached out with a role for a Jr. Systems Administrator.  The well-paying role would be a good fit for graduates from Information Technology and Cyber Security.

A leading staffing agency in RI posted a role for an Assistant Auditor for IT.  The role works well for graduates from Cyber Security or Information Technology/Network Engineering.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION:

A local news station posted a position for a Production Assistant and Creative Services Producer

Two different radio station posted positions for a Part-time Board Operator and a Receptionist/Traffic Assistant

A telecommunications company in Englewood Cliffs, NJ posted a roll for an AV Technician

A behavioral health program posted a position for a Multimedia Specialist

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN:

A professional signage company in Seekonk, MA posted a full-time job for a Graphic Artist.  The grad who held the position previously has gone on to his dream job.

A medical group posted a paid internship for a Marketing/Communications Intern.

A staffing agency reached out with a short term role with a local creative company seeking a candidate with strong package design and Adobe Illustrator.

TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES:

A large Massachusetts-based dealership has 35 openings for Automotive, Auto Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management students and graduates!

HEALTHCARE:

Clinical Medical Assistant:

A Health Center in Warwick, RI posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant.

A local dermatology office reached out with a role for a Medical Receptionist.  This office has hired several NEIT grads and has been happy with the quality of the candidates.

Physical Therapy Assistant:

A contract rehabilitation company posted 2 jobs for PTAs in Rhode Island.  Over the years, this company has hired many NEIT graduates.

A public school district in CT has posted a role for a full-time PTA.

CONSTRUCTION:

Building Construction & Cabinet Making and Construction Management:

A well-known lumber company in Mansfield, MA posted positions for Mill Work Shop Technicians.

A carpentry company in West Greenwich, RI needs Carpenters and Carpenter Helpers.

A framing contractor company in Warwick, RI is seeking an Estimator.

A construction company in Manchester, CT posted a position for a Construction Clerk.

A local staffing agency is recruiting for Carpenters. The recruiter states: “I have several openings with two large construction companies with job sites in the North and South shore.”

GRADS WHO MOVED ON INTO NEW JOBS:

Digital Media Production:

2001 grad – AV Technician at CCRI and the Welcome Manager creating digital publicity at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

2012 grad – Daytime Video Editor for ABC6 News

Construction Management:

2000 grad – Inside Sales Estimator for Arnold Lumber

Interior Design:

2013 grad – Assistant Project Manager at Taylor Interior Design

Architectural/Building Engineering Technology:

2015 grad – Mechanical Drafter with Creative Environment Corp. division of Thielsch Engineering

NEIT SkillsUSA team take home 7 Gold medals

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

NEIT is a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA and on Thursday, March 24th RI SkillsUSA held their annual awards ceremony at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  That night we found out who the winners were in their technical areas.  First place winners will go on to nationals in Louisville, KY to travel on to the nation championship in June to compete against other college students from all over the country.  There the students will compete against top students in their technical area from all over.

We are pleased to announce that we have 7 NEIT gold medalists going on to nationals this year.

Architectural Drafting

1st place: Michael Webb (2nd year in a row)

Crime Scene Investigation – 3 person team

1st place:  Shelby Mortin, Mikayla Guarino and Stas Belch

2nd place: Kyle Reis, Courtney Beauchamp and Bevin Bankston

Automotive Service Technology

1st place:  Justin Suttles

2nd place:  Stephen Harland

3rd place: Jason Driscoll

Industrial Motor Controls

1st place:  Zachary Miller

2nd place:  Edward DiPasquale

Construction

1st place:  Nicholas Brecken

TechXpo 2016 Attracts Over 75 Companies and Hundreds of Students and Alumni

On March 10, 2016, the Career Services Office held its annual Technology Career Expo (TechXpo) on the East Greenwich Campus. This event is the largest career event that the college hosts, with hundreds of representatives attending from companies across the region and beyond. This year the event was geared towards students and alumni from Business Management, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Digital Media Production, Electrical Technology, Electronics Systems, Electrical Engineering, Game Development/Simulation Programming, Graphics/Multimedia/Web Design, Information Technology – Network Engineering/Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Video Game Development/Design. The majority of the companies who attended the event were actively recruiting for positions in their company and provided insight into the many different careers that can stem from earning a New England Tech degree. Several companies had representatives present who were NEIT Alumni themselves, and they did a great job of conveying how their degrees from NEIT helped shape their careers. The alumni were:

• Keith Tingus from ACS Services, Inc.
• Michael Paulhus from Amica Mutual Insurance Company
• Sarah (Renaud) Martone from Brave River Solutions
• Kyle Daun from Compass IT Compliance
• Jeremy Girard from Envision Technology Advisors
• Glenn Barboza, Justin Taylor, and Jarrod Hastie from iAutomation
• Darren Bathgate from Kenzan
• Gary Maccarone from Ocean State Signal Company
• Gregory Winslow from Overhead Door Co. of Providence
• Thomas Battista from Schneider Electric
• Gordon Tempest from Secure Future Tech Solutions
• Mike Esposito from SencorpWhite, Inc.
• Shawn Harmon from Sertex Broadband Solutions
• James Sloan and David Balls from Tech Research Group
• Rory Manier and Robert-Louis Valle from TJX
• Jim Maymon from Tyco SimplexGrinnell
• Jeff Souza and Ronald Roberts from Woodard & Curran

Many of the employers made comments about how impressed they were by the attendees’ professional attire and preparedness during the event, and some students and alumni were even able to secure interviews the day of the TechXpo. New England Institute of Technology would like to thank everyone who attended the event, as well as the volunteers who helped coordinate another successful Career Expo! New England Tech career events are always closed to the public, which makes it a great opportunity to network and make connections with employers who are specifically interested in NEIT students and alumni. Next year will mark the 20th annual Technology Career Expo and we hope to make it our largest and best-attended TechXpo ever!

These guys dressed to impress!

These guys dressed to impress!

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Lots of activity in Tech Way during the TechXpo.

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NEIT Alumni Jeremy Girard from Envision Technology Advisors speaks with a current student.

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Graphics, Multimedia & Web Design student Bailey Jaeckel presents his resume to Tiffany & Co.

33 robotics teams compete in FIRST R.I. Championship at NEIT

New England Tech is proud to support FIRST Robotics because it is so much more than robots.

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From the Providence Journal

Patrick Anderson
Journal Staff Writer

WARWICK — Months of fundraising, planning and community events completed, Saturday was all about the robots.

Dozens of the metal-armed machines, middle and high school students at their controls, wheeled their way across the floor of the host New England Institute of Technology’s automotive center in an all-day competition as confusing to the uninitiated as the circuits that power the robots.

They scooped up rubber balls. They climbed obstacle-strewn ramps. Sometimes they flipped over.

And for the 10th straight year, a select few teams — Rhode Rage 1 from Aquidneck Island Robotics, the Westerly Bulldogs from Westerly High and North Robotics from North Kingstown High — earned a spot in the FIRST Tech Challenge’s regional finals in March against teams from up and down the East Coast.

“It is getting more challenging every year: more teams, more kids on each team and the games are different every year,” said Rick Powell, team mentor for North Kingstown High School’s three entrants in the FIRST Rhode Island Championship.

Over the last 20 years, school robotics has grown from a science class novelty to an educational phenomenon, with competitions in every state, teams in most school districts and students spending hours after school preparing for events.

And while engineering still lies at the heart of most robotics contests, the teams have become more than a refuge for tinkerers.

Within North Kingstown’s teams are building groups, software groups, design groups (for the logo) and “notebook” groups that record everything, Powell said.

The 33 teams that made it to the state finals Saturday — another 23 were eliminated in three preliminary rounds — represent 24 schools and extracurricular groups with different resources and robotics histories.

Source: 33 robotics teams compete in FIRST R.I. Championship at NEIT

NEIT lab puts charge in student training – Providence Business News

Fantastic story from the Providence Business News about how New England Tech is training students for today’s manufacturing jobs.

STATE OF THE ART: New England Institute of Technology assistant professor Michael Eggeman and NEIT sophomore Gillian Eminger of Scituate examine the FMS- 200 in the newly completed automation lab for the school’s electrical engineering program. PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Source: NEIT lab puts charge in student training – Providence Business News

(Updated Jan. 19)

Stephen Koester, 23, prepared last fall to intern this academic quarter at the Providence office of Woodard & Curran, by using equipment in New England Institute of Technology’s updated electrical engineering lab.

The Portland, Maine-based environmental engineering firm is one of a handful that has a longstanding relationship with the school and hiring NEIT graduates, said NEIT alum and Woodard & Curran controls engineer Jeff Souza.

“When we go to the job fair, we look for people with good technical background [and] hands-on experience,” Souza said. “The equipment in the new lab is very up to date. The graduates come in and can do more things than graduates from other programs at other schools right off the bat.”

Launched about four years ago, the revamped Electrical Engineering Industrial Automation Lab has been upgraded with equipment to give practical, real-world experience, said assistant professor Michael Eggeman. Koester, a senior, has used the lab and is eager to see what he can do.

“We got to see the different type of controllers, like the Proportional Integral Derivative, [in which] the system tries to recalibrate back to a set point number,” explained Koester, likening the effect to that on a cruise-control system in a car. “The lab has a lot of up-to-date, relevant technology; it just gets us more used to what we might see when we graduate.”

NEIT installed equipment for the lab’s second phase of development last spring, and Koester was one of the first students to use a so-called process-control training rig, in which he and his peers could learn how to control the pressure, flow and level of fluids.

While the students use water in the hands-on lessons for safety, the control rig has applicability in such areas as pharmaceuticals and water treatment systems, where chemicals are used, Eggeman said.

About 50 students a year are enrolled in NEIT’s 18-month electrical engineering bachelor’s degree program, which is undertaken following completion of the 18-month electrical technology associate degree, the professor said.

In addition to the process control training rig, Eggeman said, there are six workstations that give hands-on experience, and four others called the Flexible Manufacturing System, or FMS 200.

Up and running in fall 2014, the six workstations provide real equipment, like a motor, for instance, instead of so-called “trainer cases,” which hold devices in a suitcase-like container and only simulate the effect of correct electrical engineering coding.

So, when a student correctly writes and programs electrical code to control the function of a pump or motor, instead of a light turning on the way it does in a trainer case to show it’s working properly, the pump or motor at a workstation will kick into action, he said.

While the trainer cases are still in use, Eggeman said, “Slowly but surely, we’re rolling the workstations into the classes and the curriculum.”

Students also learn how to communicate over several industrial automation networks.

Built about eight years ago, the FMS 200 more realistically simulates the manufacturing environment in which component pieces are assembled into a final, though still simulated, product. It is used primarily for troubleshooting exercises by testing for 48 different potential bugs, Eggeman said.

Originally located on the Warwick campus, these stations were underutilized by associate degree students and consequently moved to the East Greenwich campus in early 2015, he said.

“It completed the lab,” he explained. “It allowed us to have a system in there so I could go in as the instructor and flip a couple of switches behind a locked door and all of a sudden the system doesn’t work anymore and students have to troubleshoot why.”

Eddie DiPasquale, 22, of Mahopac, N.Y., is an NEIT senior who has been writing code for programmable logic controllers, where a computer controls product production. The lab provides experience, not just textbook knowledge, he said.

“It gives you a real-world application in a classroom setting,” DiPasquale said. “We’re using equipment that gets used in the field. I think it gives us a competitive edge, because we actually get to use the equipment hands-on.”

Souza’s firm and Eric Freitas, president of the Control Automation Group in Warwick, say they’ve hired several NEIT graduates over the past few years. Souza has hired 20 for a staff that numbers about 40, while Freitas has hired five for a staff of about 20.

“All the components I use to design a machine, [NEIT students] are exposed to that in the lab, so they already know what it is and what it does,” Freitas said. •