Skilled Work Force Needs Infusion of Youth

Regardless of whether or not the Senate passes the bill that would limit which companies able to bid on public works contracts one thing is clear, there is a pressing need for more skilled workers.

  • 52% of Rhode Island’s licensed plumbers are 50 or older
  • 58% of Rhode Island’s licensed pipe-fitters are 50 or older
  • 52% of Rhode Island’s licensed electricians are 50 or older

Critics warn that contract-bidding bill could create problems

From the Providence Journal:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A labor-backed push to restrict who can bid on public-works contracts could also create more work for the state, a study commission was told Monday.

The commission on apprenticeship programs and public-works contracts was created last year after a bid-limiting bill passed the Senate but stalled in the House. The group met for the first time on Monday for a presentation from the state Department of Labor and Training.

For two consecutive years, the Senate has passed a bill that would limit who can bid on state and local construction contracts worth $1 million or more. The contracts would have been limited to companies with approved apprenticeship programs that can guarantee apprentices will work at least 10 percent of the project’s hours.

Joseph Degnan, assistant director for work force regulation and safety at the DLT, said the state’s data show a prevalence of older workers in some licensed trades. Supporters of last year’s bill have argued for a need to provide a younger, skilled work force.

Of the state’s 1,954 licensed plumbers, 1,029 are 50 or older. Of the state’s 5,599 licensed pipe-fitters, 3,231 are 50 or older. Of 5,736 licensed electricians, 2,972 are 50 or older, Degnan said.

The DLT did not take a policy position on last year’s bill, but Matthew Weldon, DLT assistant director, warned that enforcement of the standard will mean more work for the department.

To read the entire story visit: The Providence Journal

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Employment news from Career Services

Building Trades Employer Day

Career Services hosted the first annual Building Trades Employer Day on Tuesday, May 13th at the Post Road campus.  The focus of the event was specifically for the Building Construction, Refrigeration/AC Heating & Gas, Plumbing/Heating & Gas, Construction Management and Electrical Technologies.

Past graduates and currently enrolled students were able to speak with managers and recruiters about potential full-time and part-time opportunities.  They, along with the instructors, were able to make connections and to learn about companies that they may not have thought about as a job prospect.  There were 16 companies in attendance and most were following up with the students and grads that submitted resumes or filled out an application.  We are already looking forward to planning next year’s event

 

Fred Perrin, Recruiting Manager for Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment Company, met with sixth quarter Automotive students on May 13th  at the Access Road Campus.  Dejana has 6 facilities in the northeast and is currently recruiting for the Smithfield, RI location.    Mr. Perrin, who works out of the New York office, spoke with the upcoming grads about career opportunities at Dejana.

 

Clean Care of New England visited the campus on March 18,  to tour Construction Management Technology.  Clean Care, located in RI, visited the campus to learn about the Construction Management program and how grads could  work in the restoration and remediation field as project managers.

Faculty News: New Electrical Instructor

Edmund "Ed" Borges

Edmund “Ted” Borges

Edmund “Ted” Borges, Instructor Electrical Technology

Ted Borges comes to New England Tech with a wealth of experience in the industrial controls industry. Ted started his career as an electrical engineer designing and programming PLC-based systems for industrial process machinery and then progressed to management. Later, he worked in a sales position as a Global Accounts Manager for GE Fanuc Automation, managing global strategies with the company’s Fortune 500 partners.

In addition, Ted started his own industrial automation consulting firm, using his expertise in PLC controls, operator interfaces, HMI/SCADA programming, motion control, and AC/DC drive applications. As the principal in the firm, he managed everything from sales, to execution, to training and technical support for clients.

Ted has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Engineering focus from Brown University.

 

Building Trades Employer Day

Attention Students and Grads!  Plan to attend the first annual Building Trades Employer Day

Tuesday, May 13 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the CT Student Lounge 

  • This is a great chance for you to network with local employers who are interested in meeting students and graduates from our Building Construction, Construction Management, Plumbing/Heating/Gas, Refrigeration/Heating/Gas and Electrical Technology degree programs.
  • Students and graduates who are actively seeking employment opportunities should have resumes ready!  Stop by Career Services soon to review your resume.
  • Early quarter students should be ready to network with employers about future potential opportunities (internship or part-time).
  • Refreshments will be served!

Building Trade Day

New England Institute of Technology Earns LEED Certification for “Green” Campus

New England Tech has been awarded the prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification at its environmentally friendly East Greenwich campus.

New England Tech

LEED® is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

NEIT achieved LEED® certification by incorporating energy use, lighting, water, material use, and a variety of other sustainable strategies into its East Greenwich facility when the college redesigned and remodeled what was once a 265,000-square-foot office building. By using less energy and water, a LEED® certified building saves money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and contributes to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the community.

LEED® certification of the East Greenwich campus was based upon a number of green design and construction features. Over 100,000 projects currently participate in the LEED® rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

MSN Money Names The Hottest College Majors

Best career degrees MSN Money lists the top fields that provide the best job prospects for college grads.

According to their list, job prospects are best in the science, technology, and mathematics fields.

Top fields offered at New England Tech:

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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)

Mike Rowe Foundation

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