Automotive Student Works to Finish What His Father Started

Kyle Delaney is perfect example of what happens when passion meets determination. He is currently enrolled at New England Institute of Technology in the Advanced Automotive Technology with High Performance program, set to graduate in June 2017. But his story reaches far beyond the confines of campus.

Delaney is in the process of restoring a 1949 Ford F1; a project that was originally started by his father and a close family friend back in the early 1970s, and that he and his father have now been working on since Delaney was about 16. His penchant for fixing things started at a young age, with his father being the main influence of his interests.

“I’ve always been around cars and trucks my whole life. My father worked as a construction worker and he used to always give me rides in the machines when I was little. I think that, plus the vehicles we have had throughout my life, whet my appetite for everything mechanical. When I was six, I got my first dirt bike and there were days I would ride it and try to fix it if it was broken from first thing in the morning until the sun went down.

Once I started getting into cars and learning more about them, I started to go to a lot more car shows and read more about car related news. After going to a couple shows I really began to like and respect the older vehicles more than today’s vehicles.”

Delaney provided some insight into the history of this project, which was originally started by Delaney’s father, and Dan, who was a father figure to the elder Delaney.

“My grandfather died when my father was younger, I believe 11 or 12. Dan basically was the one who showed my father how to do things around the house and in Dan’s free time, when he needed some extra cash, he would work on people’s cars and my father would help him out. Around the same time frame that my grandfather died, Dan bought a truck from a guy who lived down the road; a 1949 Ford F1. Dan wanted to rebuild the truck to have fun in and drive around town. In their free time Dan and my dad would work on it. Along the way, Dan showed my father how to rebuild brakes. They then sanded it all down, fixed all the rot and imperfections, painted it with primer, and rebuilt what else needed to be rebuilt.”

After Delaney’s father graduated from high school, the F1 was moved to a friend’s garage. The restoration was cut short when the garage collapsed on the vehicle, crushing the frame and rendering it all but totaled. Dan dismantled the truck, but kept everything together, and it remained by that garage for almost 30 years.

“I was talking to my dad one night and we both agreed we’d like to get a project car to work on in our free time. Around that time, Dan got back into touch with my dad. Dan still lived in Portsmouth, RI with his wife, Mim, down the street from where my dad grew up. He got into contact with my father after learning he had pancreatic cancer. Thirty-one days after he found out, he died. After the funeral my father made it a point to go see Mim every weekend we could. One day we got on the subject of my father and I getting a project vehicle and she said, ‘You know, Danny still has all the parts for that Ford truck you guys used to work on. You guys can have it all if you want.’”

And so a new generation was introduced to the 1949 Ford F1 project. This time around it was especially challenging considering the truck was in pieces, and some of it was unsalvageable.

“I started with miscellaneous parts that ranged from the original seat to the original windshield that still shows the 1969 Rhode Island State Inspection sticker. I only had the doors and a couple fenders for the outside.

I had a vision of having a perfectly restored 1949 Ford F1 that was all stock. The only problem with that was all my sheet metal, like my bed, front fenders, and cab, sat outside for 30 years, not even a mile from Narragansett Bay. Most of it was rotted away and the chassis was nowhere in sight. I basically had to start off by finding what I needed.

I ended up finding a 1949 Ford F1 chassis that was listed for sale in Connecticut. We bought it and began assembling it in my garage. At first I really struggled because I had no clue where most of the parts went. It wasn’t until a coworker of mine gave me a manual he had for these trucks that I was able to assemble it correctly.”

Delaney also purchased a parts truck, a 1948 Ford F2, to help slowly piece the original truck back together. The main reason for the purchase was the engine, but he found some automobile history on the doors of the cab in the process.

“I found them with a full coat of primer over the letters and paint and could see through the primer what resembled letters. I sanded down the primer lightly and began to find more and more letters. The best part is both doors match. I used the cab from the truck as a donor cab since mine was completely rotted out.”

Kyle Delaney with doors off of a 1948 Ford F2, from Russell’s Engine Rebuilding in Cambridge, MA

Delaney did his homework. He contacted the Cambridge, Massachusetts Historical Society, sent them pictures of the doors, and received a response within the hour. They sent him photos of the building and some of the vehicles the business used to promote the company.

“Apparently that guy’s business was huge in Cambridge! The company’s name is Russell’s Engine Rebuilding and it was in business from the Model T era to the mid-1970s. They would do full engine rebuilds and mechanic work in Cambridge, Massachusetts.”

Images provided to Delaney by the Cambridge Historical Society.

 

Image provided to Delaney by the Cambridge Historical Society.

As his love of antique cars grew, Delaney decided to pursue a career in the automotive industry and enrolled at New England Institute of Technology. His experience at New England Tech has provided him with the fundamentals of design, theory of operation, and servicing techniques of the many systems and system components of today’s automobiles, but he has been fortunate to apply the same techniques to help him get his antique Ford running.

“Right off the bat, I started my experience at NEIT by rebuilding a Ford Flathead V8 for my truck in the Engines Lab. I took what I learned in my other classes, like electrical, and completely rebuilt the electrical system, my drive-line related class, and rebuilt the brakes and rear differential, and welding, by re-welding patches and other little pieces like a crack in one of my original steel wheels that had the Ford logo stamped into the center.”

Delaney has his truck to the point where he is able to hop in and ride around his neighborhood, but he still has a long way to go.

“If I was to try and find parts for this truck in the Midwest where nothing really rots, they are all usually dented and destroyed since these trucks were made to be worked on a farm.

I have everything assembled on it to drive down the road, the only things I need to buy for it are running boards, a bed, and to completely paint it. My goal is to completely finish this truck and drive it around to car shows and to mainly have fun with it.”

A combination of cost and model rarity are Delaney’s final hurdles to get over to achieve his dream of owning a fully restored 1949 Ford F1, and continuing the legacy that his father, and Dan, started almost 40 years ago. Considering the amount of time, effort, and passion he has put into this project thus far, there is no doubt he will succeed.

Delaney working in his garage at home in Middletown, RI.

 

The 1949 Ford F1, so far.

 

*Kyle also let us know that today, January 25th, just happens to be his father’s birthday, so New England Tech would like to wish Mr. Delaney a very Happy Birthday!

News from Career Services: Week of 1/16/17

New Hires!

  • Mechanical Engineer at Saint Gobain, Bristol, RI (MCTB)
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician with Schneider Electric, Foxboro, MA (ESTA)
  • Design Engineer with General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Groton, CT (MCTB)
  • IT Engineer with Atrion, Warwick, RI (CYBT)
  • Tech Support role with CVS Corporation, Cumberland, RI (GDSB) – He hopes to build his resume with this role and then move up into higher level roles.
  • Paid IT Internship with Providence Mutual Insurance, Warwick, RI (CYBT)

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • An Animal Hospital in Warren, RI is hiring a Certified Veterinary Technician.
  • National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America – NAVTA – posted another 11 Vet Tech jobs for roles that are across the US.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • A news station in Providence, RI is seeking graduates for a Multimedia Journalist.
  • A vacation tour company in Pawtucket, RI posted a paid Full-Time Video Intern position for students.
  • A radio communications company in Norwich, CT has posted an Announcer position.

ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY & ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

  • A manufacturer in Somerville, MA is seeking ELY & ESTA candidates for their Electrical Build Team.
  • An intelligence manufacturer in N. Kingstown, RI has posted 1st & 2nd shift Calibration Technician positions for ESTA students and graduates.
  • An employment agency has a client in Cumberland, RI seeking ELY candidates for a Panel Wirer role.
  • A clean energy company in Warwick, RI posted 2 positions for ELY grads: Licensed Journeyman & Apprentices for residential and solar projects.
  • An electric company in Johnston, RI is recruiting ELY grads for Apprentice Electrician positions.

PLUMBING/HEATING & GAS and REFRIGERATION/AC/HEATING & GAS

  • A growing HVAC business in Bristol, CT is looking to hire 2 Plumbers.
  • A fire protection company in West Warwick, RI is in need of a Plumbing Apprentice.
  • A provider of professional engineering, consulting and project management services for infrastructure projects in Groton, CT is recruiting for HVAC /Refrigeration Technicians.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • A credit union in Westerly, RI posted a role for an IT Analyst.
  • A cyber-security firm in Providence, RI posted roles with NEIT seeking Security Operations Analysts for locations in Rhode Island, Illinois, and Georgia. There is excellent pay for this role.
  • A major wireless and telecommunications company in Providence, RI posted a role for Technical Support.

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • An antiques company in North Kingstown, RI posted a role for a Paid Marketing Intern.
  • A wholesale warehouse in Johnston, RI posted a well-paid Internship for students in GMW who are skilled in Website Design and Search Engine Optimization.

ABT / CET / CMT / BCC

Positions and locations hiring this week:

  • West Kingston, RI – Drafter/Designer
  • CT, MA & RI – Automatic Door Service Technicians
  • Mansfield, MA – Project Engineers and Assistant Project Managers
  • North Kingstown, RI – Drafters

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • A physician’s office in Cranston, RI posted a role for a Medical Assistant
  • A respiratory product company in Norwood, MA posted a role for a Respiratory Therapist
  • Seeking COTA candidates at a Health Center in E. Providence, RI

AUTOMOTIVE & MARINE TECHNOLOGY

Positions and locations hiring this week:

  • Cranston, RI – Experienced Technician
  • Warren, RI – Marine Mechanics and Yard Help
  • East Falmouth, MA – Marine Technician
  • Shrewsbury, MA – Vehicle Inspector
  • North Kingstown, RI & North Smithfield, RI – Service Technicians
  • Portsmouth, NH – QuickLane Technicians, Auto Body/Paint Techs and QuickLane Advisors
  • Warwick, RI – Car Detailer

News from Career Services: Week of 1/2/17

New Year = New Hires!

Here’s the latest news of graduates who have recently obtained employment!

  • Social Media Associate for the Better Business Bureau, Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT (DMP)
  • Machine Operator at Ecological Fibers, Pawtucket, RI (BCC)
  • Engineer Building Auditor hired by RI Army National Guard (ABTB)
  • Systems Administrator with Collette Vacations in Pawtucket, RI (ITN)
  • Jr. Software Engineer with the Department of Defense (through the Navy) (ITS)
  • Software Developer with AIPSO, Johnston, RI (ITS)
  • Social Media/Graphics position with New England Publishing Company, Swansea, MA (GMW)
  • HVAC Apprentice – RACH grad interviewed with Regan Heating/AC and was offered the job the next day!
  • December 2016 MT grad completed a 6-week internship with Herreshoff Marine Museum restoring antique boats. Due to his work, he was referred to Bristol Boat Company, Bristol, RI and was hired as a Shop Assistant to restore and construct yachts.
  • RI Engine Company, Narragansett, RI hired a WEL student for a Paid Internship – first internship for the program and first woman! Company also hired a MT Intern in the summer then made him permanent employee in September.
  • Many of the MLT grads are finding work before we even meet with them! This is an excellent career choice with significant job opportunities. 4 graduates were recently hired as Lab Techs at area hospitals:
    • Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, RI
    • Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI
    • UMASS Memorial, Worcester, MA
    • South County Hospital, Wakefield, RI

Here’s a collection of job opportunities that employers contacted the Career Services about this week:

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • A publishing company in Swansea, MA posted 3 Internships for GMW students. The owner has 3 interns now and he is “extremely happy with NEIT students.”
  • A retail facility in Cumberland, RI posted a role for a paid E-Commerce Intern

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Help wanted! Positions are open in the following areas:

  • Warwick, RI – Technician
  • East Providence, RI – Oil/Lube Technicians and Service Advisors
  • Franklin, MA – Maintenance Tech (part time)
  • Braintree, MA – Mechanic (part time)
  • New London, CT – Mercedes-Benz Technician
  • Tiverton, RI – Mercedes-Benz Technician
  • Groton, CT – Technician
  • Beverly, MA – Lube Technician

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • Many medical facilities are seeking Medical Assistants (MAA). A job came in today from a facility in Providence, RI seeking a Medical Assistant for the Pediatric Division.
  • A major health care provider in the area posted 4 open jobs for Respiratory Therapists (RC)
  • A Surgical Technician is needed in Newton, MA (ST)
  • An eye care facility out of Boston, MA is seeking both Surgical Tech & RN candidates (ST/NUR)

ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY

  • Local company has a Field Service Engineer position for the New England area
  • 2 positions for Technicians in Canton and Tauton, MA at $20-27/hour
  • Company in East Greenwich, RI has an opening for an Applications Technician
  • Company in Foxboro, MA has 2 openings: Electro-Mechcanical Technician & Repair Technician

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

Positions available in:

  • Providence, RI – Sales Manager and Account Executive
  • Middletown, RI – Multimedia Specialist
  • Senator Bernie Sanders – Press Assistant
  • Willimantic, CT – Evening DJ/Production Director
  • Providence, RI – Talk Show Host

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • A company out of Brockton, MA came out with 3 jobs in hand for ITS roles:
    Applications Developer / Supply Chain Systems Analyst / eCommerce Systems Analyst
  • A local retailer’s corporate office in North Kingstown, RI posted 3 jobs:
    Technical Support Specialist / Supply Chain Applications Support / SR Application Support Manager
  • An insurance company in Warwick, RI posted 2 paid internships:
    Help Desk and Network Support / Programmer Intern
  • A government branch posted a Paid Internship position for CYBT students.
  • A company in Warwick, RI posted a role for a Web App/Software Developer.
  • A local municpality posted a role for a Technology Support Technician
  • A Manager from Hasbro Toys, Pawtucket, RI came out to campus to give a presentation to GDS and VGD students. He announced that he needs 2 – 3 Game Design Interns to take on roles at Hasbro Toys.
  • A Cyber Security grad is working for a company in North Providence, RI and stated that the company has 2 NEIT interns now and plans to bring in more with the hopes of hiring them full time.

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • A national organization posted over 10 jobs for Vet Tech roles across the US!

ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, CIVIL ENGINEERING, & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Positions available with multiple companies in:

  • Providence, RI – looking for Construction Technician
  • Providence, RI – seeking CET candidates for a Survey Rod Technician
  • Avon, MA – looking for a Jr AutoCAD Drafter
  • Boston, MA – seeking Repair & Maintenance Technicians
  • Lewiston, ME – looking for a Construction Field Engineer
  • Lincoln, RI – seeking a Project Manager/Estimator
  • Westport, MA – recruiting grads for an Estimator/Assistant PM
  • North Smithfield – needs a CAD-Cabinet Vision Drafter
  • Portland, ME – recruiting for a Civil Engineering Drafter
  • Providence, RI – looking for a MEP Revit CAD Drafter

BUILDING TRADES TECHNOLOGIES

Electrical Technology:

  • Electric company in Narragansett, RI is seeking ELY grads for a Licensed Electrician and Generator Technician
  • An energy company out of Costa Mesa, CA is seeking Field Service Technicians to work on renewable energy systems, specifically photovoltaic systems, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy storage systems for the New England territory.
  • An electric company in Wyoming, RI is looking for a few more Apprentice candidates

Plumbing, Heating & Gas / Refrigeration, Heating & Gas:

Positions available in:

  • Watertown, MA – Inside Sales Tech/Rep
  • Kingston, RI – Facilities Engineer
  • Middletown, CT – HVAC Technician
  • Johnston, RI – Plumbing Apprentice
  • Smithfield, RI – Plumbing Apprentice (reposted due to volume!)

 

**PLEASE NOTE: This listing is to provide readers with an overview of the types of positions available to NEIT students and graduates. The Career Services Office maintains specific information pertaining to the employment opportunities.

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.

NEIT’s Paul Harden’s WPRO radio interview

New England Tech’s Transportation Technologies Department Chair, Paul Harden was recently interviewed by WPRO’s Gene Valicenti about how automakers have agreed to put automatic braking in cars by 2022.

Below is Paul’s interview with Gene Valicenti, which aired during March 2016.

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 Automotive TechnologyAutomotive Technology with High PerformanceAutomotive Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management Technology

More Information | Apply Now

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

Kicking into High Gear at the Transportation Technology Career Fair

New England Tech’s annual Transportation Technology Career Fair was held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 on the Access Road Campus in Warwick. Over 30 companies attended this year’s event, making it our largest employer turnout to date for the transportation event! A mix of automotive, automotive service management, auto body and marine companies were able to speak with current students and alumni about their businesses and share information about potential job opportunities, all while learning about the kinds of skills a New England Tech graduate brings to the table. For the students and graduates, it was a great opportunity to network and build relationships with prospective employers and learn about the many different paths their careers could lead to. A few representatives were New England Tech alumni themselves; Aaron Beltram (class of ’15) from Bald Hill Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Kia, Seth Cassidy (class of ’98) from Balise Ford of Cape Cod, and Rick DaSilva (class of ’03) from Speedcraft Volkswagen.

Automotive students pictured with NEIT Alumni, Seth Cassidy (class of ’98) from Balise Ford of Cape Cod.

 

Two students discuss the pros and cons of the Toyota of Dartmouth FT Cruiser. (It was all pros.)

 

A mix of marine and automotive students pictured with representatives from Tradesmen International.

 

Automotive students Dominique Grisson and Jordan Alden get comfy in a 2016 Ram 1500 brought by Paul Bailey’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

New England Tech would like to thank all of the participating employers at this year’s Transportation Technology Career Fair who helped make it a success!

NEIT Automotive Department Chair talks Consumer Reports Vehicle Rankings

New England Tech’s Transportation Technologies Department Chair, Paul Harden was recently interviewed by WPRO’s Gene Valicenti about Emission Scandal and Consumer Reports Vehicle Rankings recently.

Below is Paul’s interview with Gene Valicenti, which aired on February 24, 2016.

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 Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management Technology

More Information | Apply Now

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

Latest Paul Harden Interview with Gene Valicenti

New England Tech’s Transportation Technologies Department Chair, Paul Harden was recently interviewed by WPRO’s Gene Valicenti about the abundance of auto recalls recently.

Below is Paul’s interview with Gene Valicenti, which aired on October 20, 2015.

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 Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management Technology

More Information | Apply Now

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

NEIT Grad gets Spotlight in RI Emissions Newsletter

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To read the entire Rhode Island Emissions Newsletter click link: RI News-Sept 2015-20150930

Access Road Cookout a Success!

New England Tech would like to thank The Hinckley Yacht Company, Bald Hill Chrysler, RIPTA, Point Judith Marina and Carmax for attending the Access Road cookout on Thursday, October 15th. Students were able to speak with employers and learn about part-time opportunities and future jobs upon graduation.

ripta

Pictured are RIPTA employees, with the CEO Ray Studley and Warwick’s Mayor Avedisian.

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The New England Tech Chevy Camaro.