Manufacturing Careers in Shipbuilding

Wondering what types of careers that are available in manufacturing and shipbuilding?  This presentation breaks it down including how Rhode Island and New England Tech are partnering with General Dynamics Electric Boat to help them meet their growing needs for a skilled workforce.

 “New England Tech (NEIT) is pleased to continue to assist Governor Raimondo and her economic and workforce development team in creating a pipeline of qualified workers for Electric Boat. Preparing NEIT students for employment is rooted in our 76-year history and mission. In the past ten years, New England Tech has more than 13,000 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science graduates who have gone to work for nearly 5,000 employers, one-half of which are located in Rhode Island.”  – NEIT President Richard Gouse

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, General Dynamics and Governor visit NEIT

New England Tech is proud when we can join together with the Rhode Island Department and Training and General Dynamics Electric Boat in order to help provide the skilled workers needed now and in the coming years.


From left: NEIT President Richard I. Gouse; SAMI training program completer and Electric Boat welder, Hannah Cook-Dumas; Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and the Director of RI Department of Labor and Training, Scott Jensen.


Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo with New England Tech SAMI instructor, Matthew Topper. The Governor and her economic and workforce development team visited the university’s Post Road campus to announce the creation of a pipeline for training new workers for Electric Boat.

Warwick Beacon: NEIT shipbuilding program graduates 11 more

CLASSMATES: Friday’s graduating class was one of the biggest the SAMI program has seen with 11 students. All 11 students were able to secure employment before graduation. Of the 217 students to go through SAMI, 201 have been hired before or directly after graduation.

By Kelcy Dolan

Since its inception in July of 2013, the SAMI program at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) has seen nearly all of their graduates connect with employers.

The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) has two programs, one in welding and the other in machinery. The program began in 2013 through a collaboration between NEIT and employers within the industry to create a pipeline of skilled entry-level, reliable individuals for Rhode Island employers.

Initially, the program partnered with five companies, but since then the program has grown to include 64 employers hiring SAMI students.

Two hundred and seventeen students have graduated with the program and 201 of them were hired upon or just after graduation from the 10-week program.

On Friday, April 1, SAMI had 11 individuals graduate the program, all of which had been hired by various companies with an average starting salary of $15.75. This is one of the largest graduating classes for SAMI’s machinery program, which typically averages around four to five students per session.

Robert Palumbo, SAMI program coordinator, congratulated all the graduates for not only completing the program successfully, but also for securing employment.

Palumbo noted that currently there is a lot of opportunity in the industry because of what he considered the “gray tsunami.” The industry is seeing a generation begin to retire, allowing for new positions to be open at companies across the state that allow for a lot of growth for new hires.

SAMI also provides students with academic credits should they decide to further their education as well.

Todd Sposato, SAMI’s machine training coordinator, said the reason this program is so successful is because of the close partnerships with employers.

“We can change alongside the industry, see what employers are looking for and make sure our students match that,” he said.

Source: NEIT shipbuilding program graduates 11 more

RI Foundation awards over $100,000 to EG programs

New England Tech is proud to have been awarded not ONE but TWO grants from the Rhode Island Foundation which will help students achieve their career aspirations.

From The East Greenwich Pendulum:EAST GREENWICH- In what has been a record-making year, the Rhode Island Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to several local organizations and groups in 2015.

As part of over $41 million in grants dispersed throughout the state, EG organizations received funds ranging from $900 to $35,000 from the RI Foundation, allowing the organizations to fund several different programs.

Divided into eight key sectors, grants were given to organizations related to arts and culture, basic human needs, children and families, education, economic security, environment, and health and housing. The RI Foundation works in a partnership with donors and nonprofit to be able to release grants to Rhode Island programs every year.

“We are indebted to our committed donors for joining with us for 100 years to address on the state’s challenges and opportunities,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO in a statement. “Their extraordinary generosity made it possible for us to make investments in Rhode Island as never before.”

The New England Institute of Technology was awarded two $25,000 grants, one that will go towards scholarship assistance, and another will go towards the Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute which trains unemployed Rhode Islanders for jobs in marine trades and hi-tech manufacturing.

Source: RI Foundation awards over $100,000 to EG programs

SAMI Turns Two!

Sami Group

l-r: Sean Davies, Electric Boat; Rep. Patricia Sepe; Rep. Lou Raptakis; Karl Wadensten, Vibco; Matthew Topper,SAMI Welding Instructor; Senator Sheldon Whitethouse; Mayor Scott Avedisian; Kathy Partington, SAMI, Client Services Representative; Congressman David Cicilline; Congressman Jim Langevin; Steve Kitchin, NEIT, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training; Maria Rivera, SAMI Outreach Case Liaison; Senator Jack Reed; Todd Sposato, SAMI Project Assistant Machinist Trainer; Cynthia Toti, SAMI Program Case Manager; Lt. Governor Dan McKee; Catherine Cilcius, NEIT Administrative Assistant; Fred Santinello, Director of Workforce Grants and Programs; Amanda Handfield, SAMI Administrative Assistant; Michael Senerchia, SAMI Case Manager; Bob Palumbo, Project Coordinator.

The Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) celebrated its second birthday on Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Post Road campus. The celebration included accolades from the members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation. They complimented NEIT and the SAMI faculty for their efforts in training 200 unemployed Rhode Islanders in just two years for careers in welding and advanced manufacturing. Special thanks to Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman James Langevin, and Congressman David Cicilline for their continued support of the SAMI program.

Also bringing greetings at the celebration were Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, along with SAMI employers Sean Davies, Facilities Manager at General Dynamics/Electric Boat, and Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO Vibrators.

Following the speaking program, guests enjoyed tours of the SAMI facilities, lunch, and of course, birthday cake. Congratulations to the SAMI faculty, staff, and students for making the SAMI program such a great success.

Career Exploration Series

This is an awesome new series to help potential students get a taste of what these careers in these fields would be like.  All Career Exploration Days are FREE of charge.  To RSVP or learn more, visit or call Admissions at 401.467.7744 ext. 3357.

New England Tech Career Exploration Days



Dynamic Changes in the Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Industries

If you missed it: Rhode Island Creative Magazine recently publish a great article about TWO of our NEW degree programs, Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Welding Engineering Technology.

Advance Manufacturing Welding Degrees Rhode Island Creative Magazine

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Advanced Manufacturing Technology or Welding Engineering Technology.

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A Salute to Marine Technology and Maritime History

SteamshipThe Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA), located in NEIT’s former library building on the Post Road campus, has created a fascinating display of artifacts and posters located at New England Tech’s library on the East Greenwich campus. SSHSA is the world’s leading organization dedicated to recording, preserving and disseminating the history of engine-powered vessels.

The SSHSA holds a collection of hundreds of thousands of images, artifacts, periodicals, artwork, official records, and memorabilia, archived in more than 100 collections and devoted exclusively to the history of engine-powered vessels, their passengers and crew.  Individuals interested in the history and development of steam navigation, both past and present, may stop by the SSHSA museum or visit

In addition to the library’s maritime display, Eric Goetz, the Chief Technology Officer at Goetz Boats in Bristol, Rhode Island, will speak about the development and history of composite boats on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Presentation Theater. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The library display was established to bring attention to NEIT’s Marine Technology program and maritime activities. Stop by the library to see the exhibit. For more information, visit

SAMI: A Job Well Done

SAMI Students

From the left are student Brittany Neville; Steve Kitchin; Todd Sposato, Coordinator of the SAMI Machinist Program; and students Jason Barbrie, Justin Carsetti, Dave Lewis, and Dave Place.

Students from the SAMI Advanced Manufacturing program wanted to express their appreciation to Steve Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training, for his continued support and endorsement of the SAMI program. Together, the students built a miniature functioning steam engine, accompanied by a thank you plaque, and presented it to Steve.

For additional information about the SAMI program call 401-739-5000 ext. 3700 or email

Save the Date: Maritime Lecture

Summer, Marine Tech and Steamships!

Maritime Display in the Library!

The New England Institute of Technology and the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) have collaborated to bring you a fascinating display in the NEIT Library, East Greenwich campus. SSHSA is the world’s leading organization dedicated to recording, preserving and disseminating the history of engine-powered vessels.  SSHSA is newly located in the former NEIT library, 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886.

This display features the NEIT Marine Technology program and maritime activities with artifacts from the Steamship Historical Society of America and books from the NEIT Library print collection.

Maritime Lecture in the Media Presentation Theater!

Also, save the date, Wednesday, 7/29/15 and come to the Media Presentation Theater at New England Tech to hear Eric Goetz speak on the evolution and history of composite boats. Eric Goetz is a builder of sailing vessels used in the America’s Cup, owner of Goetz Custom Boats, and co-founder of the Resolute Racing Shells Company and Chief Technology Officer at Composite Energy Technologies. Eric has been known throughout his career as a leader in boatbuilding technology and was one of the first builders to use carbon fiber to increase stiffness and remove weight from racing sailing vessels.

This lecture begins 7/29/2015 at 6:00pm, is free and open to the public