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.

Ocean State Automotive Contest Postponed

Note from Amanda Metzger, Admissions Special Events Coordinator:

New England Tech is cancelling the High School Ocean State Automotive Contest that is scheduled for Friday, February 8th.  The contest has been rescheduled for Friday, February 15th.

Bermuda Provides Five Scholarships to New EnglandTech Students.

In collaboration with the National Training Board, the Ministry of Public Works is providing sponsorship to five students to attend the New England Institute of Technology.

The students are:

  • Dornielle Farrell – Associate Program in Automotive Technology
  • Sergio Richardson – Associate Program in Automotive Technology
  • Jonte Smith – Associate Program in Automotive Technology
  • Ricardo Dias – Associates Program in Body and Paint Technology
  • Dajon Carey – Bachelors Program Service Management Technology

Minister of Public Works Trevor Moniz recently greeted the students at the L.F. International Airport before they departed for the New England Institute of Technology.

Bermuda students train at Rhode Island automotive school at New England Tech

“It gives me great pleasure to officially launch a new technical education initiative that is aimed at promoting a sustainable workforce. Our Senior Management team has worked tirelessly to assess the current employee complement within the Ministry of Public Works Operations and Engineering,” Minister Moniz said.

He continued: “The demand for certified professionals today is unprecedented. It is the intent of the National Training Board and the Department of Public Works through this partnership, to continue to emphasize the importance of qualifications and certifications as a way to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competency.

“It is also a way to allow for the continuance of operations for generations with individuals who are professional, proficient and committed in a vocational occupation.”

“We are grateful for the relationship that we have with the New England Institute of Technology through the NTB to allow a consistent approach in the development of local talent. Thank you for assisting us in building a stronger and more sustainable Bermuda,” the Minister concluded.proficient and committed in a vocational occupation.”

A statement issued by the PLP said they were “pleased to note that the OBA government has continued with this initiative started under our government.

“We are confident that these young gentlemen will benefit greatly from the opportunity to train at the New England Institute of Technology,” the PLP said.

“This programme, in collaboration with the National Training Board, offers students access to opportunities to gain technical education certifications and return to Bermuda qualified and able to enter the workforce.”

Shadow Minister of Public Works Derrick Burgess said: “I am very pleased that these young gentlemen have headed off to further their education and develop skillsets that will enable them to return to Bermuda, qualified and ready to get to work. We are proud that this relationship was started under a PLP Government and we note the fact that the OBA Government has endorsed the value of this program by continuing it.”

Bermuda automotive and auto body students train at Rhode Island's NEIT“The PLP congratulates these gentlemen on taking this next step in their education, and wishes them well in their studies and career development,” Mr Burgess concluded.

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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

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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.”