Automotive Grad get National recognition

New England Tech would like to congratulate Automotive graduate, Randy Nussler on being named Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year!  Nice work, Randy!

From Global News Wire:

Gates Corporation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Name Randy Nussler Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year

DENVER, Colo., Nov. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – The Automotive Aftermarket division of The Gates Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, announced in collaboration with the National Institute for Automotive Service (ASE) that Randy Nussler of Midlands Technical College, Columbia, South Carolina, is the 2014 Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year.

ASE, a non-profit organization established to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals, partnered with Gates to recognize a top automotive instructor who displays commitment to the success of his or her students and to the automotive service industry.

Nussler has been ASE certified for 25 years and is being recognized for his involvement in the Gates Tools for Schools program as well as for his ASE certifications. Nussler has been an service industry.

Nussler has been ASE certified for 25 years and is being recognized for his involvement in the Gates Tools for Schools program as well as for his ASE certifications. Nussler has been an Automotive Technology instructor at Midlands Technical College full-time for the past nine years and has spent a total of 18 years as an under-the-hood technician. He listed his father as the most influential mentor in his life and the person that guided him on his path to become a technician. He and his father would work on small engines when he was a child, and his interest in the automotive industry was sparked as they worked together. This is not his first award in his robust career. Nussler has also received the 2008 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) New Instructor Award and the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award, among others.

Nussler and his wife, Susan, have two girls, Haley and Hannah. “The support of my family is one of my biggest day to day driving forces,” Nussler confided. When he is not teaching, Randy enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, playing hockey, and staying involved in his church and community.

via Print – Gates Corporation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Name Randy Nussler Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year.

BMW Selects NEIT Automotive Students

Congratulations to three New England Tech Automotive Technology students and one Automotive Technology grad for earning a coveted spot in the BMW Metro Service Technician Education Program known as STEP.  BMW, in partnership with the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), identifies highly motivated individuals who show a desire to become BMW Service Technicians to provide BMW drivers the level of service excellence they have come to know.

BMW STEP is a tuition-free training program for aspiring, highly-skilled BMW service technicians. Available to the top performing graduates of the country’s best transportation industry technical schools, like New England Tech, the purpose of the program is to help create career opportunities in metro communities by developing high quality service technician apprentices for employment at BMW Group Centers and Dealers in North America.

These talented NEIT students/grad were selected by BMW officials to enter into a full time, 20 week training program in New Jersey where they will be paired with a local BMW dealer to receive mentor guided on-the-job training.  Upon successful completion of the program, these individuals will be working full-time at an assigned BMW Center, making a professional living as BMW service technicians, body and paint specialists, service advisors, and service managers. We wish our new BMW trainees much success in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

For more information regarding the BMW training program, visit www.bmwstep.com.

For more information on New England Tech’s over 40 associatebachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, call 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

Welcome, Paul Harden

Paul HardenPaul Harden is named Director of Transportation Technologies. Paul comes to NEIT with many years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) in various roles. Most recently, he was the Manager of Workforce Development and Business Services & Sector Lead for Marine Trades, where he assisted companies with workforce development, addressed operational and regulatory challenges, and developed training programs. In addition, Paul implemented over $15 million in workforce development grants for both large and small companies for training of new hires and the retraining of existing employees.

Prior to his position at RIEDC, Paul coordinated the state’s responsibilities for the America’s Cup World Series, overseeing public safety, logistics, transportation, and security for the event with over 30 public and private entities. Paul is also a partner in a Ford dealership in Camden, NY, where his company won Ford’s President’s Award for customer service and sales in 2010 and 2012.

Paul earned a MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hobart College. He serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Workforce Partnership of Greater R.I., the R.I. Marine Trades Association, the Northeast Economic Developers Association, the R.I. Hospitality Education Foundation, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Employment Committee, and the R.I. Disability Business Enterprise Committee.

Join us for our Annual Transportation Technology Career Fair!

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12 pm the Career Services Office will be hosting its annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on the Access Road Campus – 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI 02886. This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, so take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Current students from all quarters are encouraged to attend. Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire. If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x3458.

List of companies scheduled to attend* as of January 22, 2015:

Boch Automotive

Boston BoatWorks

Carriage House of New London Mercedes-Benz

Dejana Truck & Utility Company

Enterprise Rent-A-Car of RI

Flood Ford / Quick Lane

GEICO

General Dynamics Electric Boat

Inskip’s Warwick Automall

Nationwide Insurance

Newport Shipyard

Oak Leaf Marina, Inc.

Orleans Auto Supply

Rhode Island Air National Guard

The Hertz Corporation

TravelCenters of America

*Check back often for the most up-to-date list of attending companies.

Brewer Street Boatworks with NEIT students at the 2014 Transportation Technology Career Expo.

Brewer Street Boatworks with NEIT students at the 2014 Transportation Technology Career Expo.

Many companies bring display vehicles which makes for an exciting, interactive event!

Many companies bring display vehicles which makes for an exciting, interactive event!

Special Olympics Automotive Program

Special Olympics

Front row from left: Dr. Robin Schutt, Norman Messinger, Wayne Turley, Donald Champigny, and Dennis Dejesus from RI Special Olympics. Back row from left: Derick Silva, Daniel Champagne, Tom Rawlinson, and Herbert Gowdey.

With guidance from faculty and staff, Automotive Technology students became “coaches” as they taught groups of Rhode Island Special Olympians basic automotive skills during a six week program with sessions running two hours each week. This innovative program was developed by Mike Isabella, Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology. To date, there have been three groups of participants completing the program with more sessions scheduled in 2015. The program has been so successful that one of the Special Olympians has been hired by NEIT to work part time in the automotive lab.

Many thanks to the Automotive Technology team who participated in this unique program. Faculty and Staff: Donald Champigny, Edwin Egge, Herbert Gowdey, Michael Isabella, Derek Martel, Norman  Messinger, Daniel Perry, and Dr. Robin Schutt. Students: Zachary Casper, Daniel Champagne, Jake Gelacek, Michael Hogan, Tom Rawlinson, Derick Silva, Wayne Turley, and Joseph Zingg.

BMW of North America visited NEIT

BMW

BMW of North America visited the Center for Automotive Technology at NEIT’s Access Road campus on Thursday, August 7, 2014, to speak with more than 75 students about the BMW STEP program for technicians. Charles Klasman, from the BMW Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, along with Charlie Antoniou, Service Manager of BMW of Shrewsbury, MA, presented three sessions regarding job opportunities and career paths that BMW has to offer NEIT graduates.  BMW recruits automotive and collision repair graduates to work in its dealerships throughout the country and has been a longtime employer with NEIT.  Many NEIT graduates have established careers as BMW Master Technicians.

NEIT to Host Automotive Open House

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will hold an Automotive Open House on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors should report to New England Tech’s Center for Automotive Technology located at 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the facility and hear what employers, as well as New England Tech grads, have to say about the exciting career opportunities within the automotive industry. NEIT’s automotive faculty will discuss the hands-on approach to learning in each of the Associate in Science degree programs available at the college that include Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, and Automotive Collision Repair Technology as well as the Bachelor of Science degree program in Automotive Service Management Technology. Current New England Tech automotive students, along with staff from the Admissions and Financial Aid offices, will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information regarding the open house or any of NEIT’s programs, contact the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or visit the college’s website at www.neit.edu.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students.  New England Tech offers more than 40 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Tumblr, Instagram and the New England Tech Blog.

Automotive student placed 6th in country at SkillsUSA competition

Peter Huckins a student in the Automotive program at the New England Institute of Technology, placed 6th in the entire country in Automotive Service at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City, MO, on June 27th.

Peter qualified for the national competition by winning first place in the Automotive Service competition conducted by the Rhode Island chapter of SkillsUSA earlier this year.

Peter Huckins finished 6th in the country for Automotive Service.

Peter Huckins finished 6th in the country for Automotive Service.

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 300,000 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 6,000 students compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including  Automotive Technology.

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Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

Six NEIT students headed to National competition

Good luck to the six New England Institute of Technology SkillsUSA first place winners who will be traveling to Kansas City, Missouri, with Amanda Metzger, New England Tech’s Special Events Coordinator and Criminal Justice faculty member, Mike Pezzullo, for the national competition scheduled for June 24-27, 2014.

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 300,000 high school students, college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. During the annual national level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students will compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas.

New England Institute of Technology has a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA.

The six gold medalists competing at the national competition are:

If you are headed to the competition in Kansas City and have interest in learning more about New England Institute of Technology be sure to visit our booth #363 and say hi to Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events.

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.