Automotive Competition Revs Up

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 1st Place  winners from Davies Career and Technical Center Savannah Monteiro and Jordan Vieira; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; and Bill Murphy, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 1st Place winners from Davies Career and Technical Center Savannah Monteiro and Jordan Vieira; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; and Bill Murphy, Automotive Teacher.

The annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, hosted by New England Tech automotive school faculty in cooperation with the RI Automobile Dealers Association, provides an opportunity for high school seniors to demonstrate their automotive technical abilities.

Students must work at various stations to complete assigned tasks or to troubleshoot technical “bugs” that have been planted in the vehicles. The workstations include braking systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical and electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, parts identification and engine performance.

Teams of two high school seniors from various Rhode Island high schools and career and technical centers had ten minutes to complete each station.

The winning teams received prizes ranging from Snap-on tools to NEIT scholarships.

The first place winners were awarded a one year tuition scholarship, second place winners received a $1,500 tuition scholarship, and the third place winners earned a $1,000 tuition scholarship. The winning teams will represent Rhode Island at the National Automotive Dealers Competition in New York on April 22-23, 2014. Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 2nd Place Winners from Warwick Career and Technical Center student William Matorelli; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; student Zachery Azeredo; and Bill Cilli, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 2nd Place Winners from Warwick Career and Technical Center student William Matorelli; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; student Zachery Azeredo; and Bill Cilli, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 3rd Place Winners from East Providence Career and Technical Center student Devon Bradley; Joe Barroso, Automotive Teacher; student Noel Fournier; and Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor.

Pictured is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 3rd Place Winners from East Providence Career and Technical Center student Devon Bradley; Joe Barroso, Automotive Teacher; student Noel Fournier; and Herb
Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor.

Cummins Northeast Visits New England Tech Marine and Automotive Departments

Cummins Northeast logoJuly 31, 2013 – Kathleen Travers, Senior Human Resources & Organizational Development Manager of Cummins Northeast, LLC.; visits the Transportation Technologies departments of New England Tech:

Kathleen spent time touring the marine and automotive school facilities to learn about these programs and how Cummins could partner as a future employer for our grads.

Additionally, Kathleen took some time to speak with a group of Marine Tech students about Cummins.  Gerard Tonno, Director of Transportation Technologies, along with some instructors, highlighted and showcased the various equipment and hands on skills that students master during the course of their studies.

We look forward to working closer with Cummins Northeast, LLC. in the future.

Six Bermudians to Train as Automotive Collision Repair Technicians at New England Tech

Bernews (Bermuda News) announces six Bermudians have been presented a scholarship by the Minister of Home Affairs, Michael Fahy, to attend Rhode Island’s New England Tech.

These  students will be enrolled in the Automotive Collision Repair Technology program.  Click here to read more.

Maggie Finds Happiness With Automotive Repair Technology At New England Tech

 

New England Tech is a premier automotive schoolcontact our admissions department for tuition and course information 401-467-7744  #automotiveschool #neit #rhodeisland

New England Tech Automotive School Grad from Bermuda Always Loved Cars

Boys often dream of cars but the dream has become a reality for one young mechanic.

By: Jonathan Bell | The Royal Gazette

New England Tech - leading automotive schools in Rhode Island

New England Tech grad Andre Smith -Bermuda

Andre Smith, 21, earned a spot as an apprentice mechanic with Rayclan Ltd and hasn’t looked back.

“Andre’s had to prove himself from the bottom of the barrel,” said company manager Sharon Davis.

The Pembroke auto dealership and repair shop gambles on hiring and helping to train promising young Bermudians, in the hope that they’ll stick with it.

Not everyone has what it takes, she warned. The apprenticeship programme is anything but an easy ride.

Explained Ms Davis: “While our model may seem a long, drawn out one, spreading over almost four years of on-the-job training and classroom work, it separates the young people with not only the interest but the willingness to put in the time and effort for success, from those who may only have a passing interest and who aren’t prepared for the long haul.”

Rayclan co-owner Daniel Greenslade puts it a little differently: “A lot of times we get boys whose mothers call us up asking for a job.

“Right off the bat, that’s a bad sign — they need to have the gumption to come in and say, ‘This is what I’m doing, this is where I’m going’.”

Andre graduated from Mount St Agnes Academy four years ago and knew he wanted to work with cars.

“I always loved cars,” Andre said. “I had all the Hot Wheels cars when I was young. I would draw cars and watch all the car movies.

“I was in school asking myself what I could do that related to cars. Being a mechanic was one option for the field.”

He learned of Rayclan through “word of mouth” and ended up shadowing Gil Santos, described by Ms Davis as “a very demanding, tough-as-nails senior mechanic”.

Andre decided to put off college courses and focus on accruing experience. It turned into 18 months’ work.

“A lot of people come into this trade thinking it’s going to be easy or fun,” said Andre. “I wanted to make sure it was something I really wanted to do and to make sure I was good at it as well.

“This trade isn’t meant for everybody. I like waking up in the morning and liking what I do.

“It can be tough. I’ve got a car right now where the indicators aren’t working.

“I just replaced the fuses, but they came back with the same problem. There’s something making the fuses blow.

“So I have to make diagnostic steps and figure out what. I like that kind of problem-solving.”

The company was impressed enough to help pay for his associates degree at the New England School of Technology in 2010.

“The experience helped a lot,” recalled Andre. “Half the things I already knew or knew the gist of. That’s where I learned how it worked, and got the general courses like physics.

“I’d always wondered how I was going to need things like physics and algebra. When it was applied to the field, I could see it.”

Mentor mechanic Mr Santos has since moved on.

His replacement is Jonathan Davis, another company apprentice who went through the New England Institute of Technology and brought the skills back home.

Andre is now a junior mechanic with the company.

“It’s like being a car doctor,” he said. “When you diagnose problems you’ve got to do it correctly — or they’ll be back.

“Or sometimes a car comes in and we have to tell the customer that the problem hasn’t happened yet and they might have to bring it back. It can be hard but there’s always something new.”

Asked if the glamour had worn off when it came to getting covered in oil, Andre laughed.

“Everybody complains that it’s a dirty job. And it is. But that all depends on how you work. I wash up regularly. You can work clean.”

Geothermal System Installed at New England Tech’s Automotive School

Wind turbine at NEIT automotive school - Rhode Island

New England Tech Automotive School

New England Institute of Technology continues to invest in its energy future with the installation of a new geothermal system in its automotive school (Center for Automotive Technology) – Access Road campus.

The new system utilizes both energy recovery and geothermal technologies to supply pre-heated and pre-cooled fresh air throughout the facility.

By using the combination of  two green technologies,  energy recovery and geothermal, it is estimated that the auto school will use 60% less electricity and gas to heat and cool the automotive lab.

Installation of the geothermal system is part of New England Tech’s campus-wide green initiative.

To be certain our students are well-versed on various renewable and sustainable energy sources such as wind power, hydro power, fuel cells, tidal power, solar hot water, and geothermal,  these topics have been incorporated into the Electrical, Plumbing, Heating, and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology programs. Then our students have the opportunity to complete hands-on exercises and examine the components, installation, environmental impact, maintenance, practicality, site sustainability, and local regulations as they relate to renewable and sustainable energy sources.

For additional information on our Building Technologies programs – contact our admissions department 401-467-7744

 

New England Tech Automotive School High Performance Professor Awarded

Derek Martel Teaching Automotive High Performance Class at New England Tech.NEIT Automotive School – High Performance Faculty Member, Derke Martel, receives national recognition

Derek Martel, Assistant Professor in New England Tech’s Transportation Technology department (the automotive school), couldn’t be happier.  The New England Tech college community couldn’t be prouder either.

Derek receives national recognition

Derek is the recipient of the MAHLE Champion Technician Award recognizing him as the top high performance engine technician in the country.
His nomination by Professor Christopher Bannister in New England Tech’s Transportation Technology program was chosen from all those received by MAHLE Clevite.  The other nominees were all very qualified as well, yet Derek was voted as the most qualified to be named “Champion.”  In addition to this honor, Derek and his wife will be traveling to Las Vegas to participate in MAHLE’s Champion’s Week and receive his award.MAHLE Celvite, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  MAHLE is an aftermarket supplier of more than 100,000 automotive products that are designed and manufactured to the same strict quality standards used for the large automotive brands. The company has 24 international locations including six sales offices and employs nearly 1,500 employees.

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We congratulate Derek for this well-deserved honor – we are so fortunate to have such an outstanding faculty member at New England Tech’s Automotive School!