NEIT grad helps bring Solar Company to RI

New England Tech Grad, Stephen Zariczny is helping Rhode Islanders go Solar!

From Providence Journal:

Starting in 10 R.I. communities, Calif.-based SolarCity will install residential systems and offer financing, providing a way around the large upfront costs that can deter homeowners from investing in systems.

The Rhode Island business will be headed by Stephen Zariczny, a regional operations manager and Glocester native. A graduate of the New England Institute of Technology and a carpenter by training, he says he’s typical of the company’s hires.

Source: Solar-panel company sets up shop in R.I. – News – providencejournal.com – Providence, RI

Skilled Work Force Needs Infusion of Youth

Regardless of whether or not the Senate passes the bill that would limit which companies able to bid on public works contracts one thing is clear, there is a pressing need for more skilled workers.

  • 52% of Rhode Island’s licensed plumbers are 50 or older
  • 58% of Rhode Island’s licensed pipe-fitters are 50 or older
  • 52% of Rhode Island’s licensed electricians are 50 or older

Critics warn that contract-bidding bill could create problems

From the Providence Journal:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A labor-backed push to restrict who can bid on public-works contracts could also create more work for the state, a study commission was told Monday.

The commission on apprenticeship programs and public-works contracts was created last year after a bid-limiting bill passed the Senate but stalled in the House. The group met for the first time on Monday for a presentation from the state Department of Labor and Training.

For two consecutive years, the Senate has passed a bill that would limit who can bid on state and local construction contracts worth $1 million or more. The contracts would have been limited to companies with approved apprenticeship programs that can guarantee apprentices will work at least 10 percent of the project’s hours.

Joseph Degnan, assistant director for work force regulation and safety at the DLT, said the state’s data show a prevalence of older workers in some licensed trades. Supporters of last year’s bill have argued for a need to provide a younger, skilled work force.

Of the state’s 1,954 licensed plumbers, 1,029 are 50 or older. Of the state’s 5,599 licensed pipe-fitters, 3,231 are 50 or older. Of 5,736 licensed electricians, 2,972 are 50 or older, Degnan said.

The DLT did not take a policy position on last year’s bill, but Matthew Weldon, DLT assistant director, warned that enforcement of the standard will mean more work for the department.

To read the entire story visit: The Providence Journal

For more information on New England Tech’s over 40 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, including Plumbing Technology, Electrical Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, call 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

Welcome, Liz Robberson

Liz RobbersonLiz Robberson has joined NEIT’s Office of Student Support Services with an extensive background in career counseling. She previously served as the School to Career Coordinator at William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School as well as the Senior Career Educator and Communications and Marketing Project Coordinator at Johnson & Wales University.

Liz’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Education in Teaching and Learning from Johnson & Wales University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Secondary Education from Rhode Island College.

She will be assisting students enrolled in the following technologies: Architectural Building, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Cyber Security, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Systems Engineering, Information Technology (Bachelor’s and Master’s level), Interior Design and Respiratory Care.

 

New Automation Lab is Developed in Response to Manufacturers’ Hiring Needs

New England Institute of Technology Collaborates with Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college has collaborated with Rockwell Automation, Inc. in the development of a new automation lab to be utilized by students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT). Beginning with the start of the fall quarter on October 6, 2014, students enrolled in the ELT program will have the opportunity to learn high tech skills on the latest equipment found in industry. Rockwell Automation personnel and New England Tech faculty worked together to procure the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), network and drive hardware needed to create six new work stations.

The new high tech automation lab will include programming and implementation utilizing ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC’s), Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s), power monitoring, and multiple industrial networks, including EthernetIP. It will also give students the opportunity to develop Human Machine Interface (HMI) screens for local operator interface and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Through hands-on learning, students will acquire the high tech automation and process control skills required in these industries, thereby enhancing their professional value to prospective employers seeking NEIT graduates.

“NEIT’s new automation lab will prepare students to design, operate and maintain advanced manufacturing systems. These systems integrate control and information, enabling customers to connect their enterprise,” said Blake Moret, senior vice president, Rockwell Automation and chair of the Manufacturing Institute. “NEIT is providing students with the skills required to compete successfully in a global market. “ 

Because of the industry demand for individuals with automation and process control knowledge, NEIT designed its Electrical Engineering Technology program utilizing a unique combination of traditional electronics and electrical skills. The program focuses on microcontrollers, automation systems, electrical design, process control, network communications, data acquisition, SCADA systems, and advanced sensors. Students utilize a hands-on, practical approach to master the required skills and later in the program develop and synthesize their own design project demonstrating the techniques they have acquired.  The Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Sherman stated, “We are grateful to Rockwell Automation for the support and expertise provided to New England Tech in establishing our new automation lab. Our students now have the opportunity to train on the same state-of-the-art equipment used in the automation and process control industry. These skills will allow our graduates to hit the ground running as they enter the labor market.” 

For more information on NEIT’s Electrical Engineering Technology program, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. 

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. 

About New England Institute of Technology

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 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, the college offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and on-line degrees in more than 40 technical and business programs. Each degree program is taught with a proven combination of technical expertise coupled with hands-on learning. For more information, call 800-736-7744 or visit www.neit.edu. Follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Electrical Engineers are in Demand

The first cohort from NEIT’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT) graduated in May, 2014. This program was designed as a result of numerous requests from local southern New England employers for graduates with automation and control experience. The bachelor’s level program was designed for those students who already possess an associate degree in fields related to Electronics or Electrical Technology. This program began in October, 2012, and is an accelerated 18 month curriculum.

The ELT program is a unique combination of traditional electronics and electrical skill sets to include microcontrollers, automation systems, electrical design, and process control emphasizing a hands-on, practical approach to the mastery of the skills needed in the electrical engineering industry. At the conclusion of the program, students are expected to develop and synthesize their own design project demonstrating the applied skills acquired throughout the program. Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship in the field. This first graduating class of 2014 has over a 90% employment rate!

All NEIT programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. In addition, the ELT program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the organization responsible for the accreditation of educational programs leading to degrees in engineering, engineering technology, computing, and applied science.

Today’s employers are seeking highly skilled technicians in the manufacturing and engineering fields so New England Tech has recently added to its extensive equipment inventory in the engineering technology department with high tech systems used in industry to provide enhanced hands-on training to students. The Instron 5982 Advanced Mechanical Testing System will give students the opportunity to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components used in a variety of industries.  A new automation lab is will soon be available to students for additional skills training.

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

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

Employment news from Career Services

Building Trades Employer Day

Career Services hosted the first annual Building Trades Employer Day on Tuesday, May 13th at the Post Road campus.  The focus of the event was specifically for the Building Construction, Refrigeration/AC Heating & Gas, Plumbing/Heating & Gas, Construction Management and Electrical Technologies.

Past graduates and currently enrolled students were able to speak with managers and recruiters about potential full-time and part-time opportunities.  They, along with the instructors, were able to make connections and to learn about companies that they may not have thought about as a job prospect.  There were 16 companies in attendance and most were following up with the students and grads that submitted resumes or filled out an application.  We are already looking forward to planning next year’s event

 

Fred Perrin, Recruiting Manager for Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment Company, met with sixth quarter Automotive students on May 13th  at the Access Road Campus.  Dejana has 6 facilities in the northeast and is currently recruiting for the Smithfield, RI location.    Mr. Perrin, who works out of the New York office, spoke with the upcoming grads about career opportunities at Dejana.

 

Clean Care of New England visited the campus on March 18,  to tour Construction Management Technology.  Clean Care, located in RI, visited the campus to learn about the Construction Management program and how grads could  work in the restoration and remediation field as project managers.

Faculty News: New Electrical Instructor

Edmund "Ed" Borges

Edmund “Ted” Borges

Edmund “Ted” Borges, Instructor Electrical Technology

Ted Borges comes to New England Tech with a wealth of experience in the industrial controls industry. Ted started his career as an electrical engineer designing and programming PLC-based systems for industrial process machinery and then progressed to management. Later, he worked in a sales position as a Global Accounts Manager for GE Fanuc Automation, managing global strategies with the company’s Fortune 500 partners.

In addition, Ted started his own industrial automation consulting firm, using his expertise in PLC controls, operator interfaces, HMI/SCADA programming, motion control, and AC/DC drive applications. As the principal in the firm, he managed everything from sales, to execution, to training and technical support for clients.

Ted has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a Computer Engineering focus from Brown University.

 

Building Trades Employer Day

Attention Students and Grads!  Plan to attend the first annual Building Trades Employer Day

Tuesday, May 13 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the CT Student Lounge 

  • This is a great chance for you to network with local employers who are interested in meeting students and graduates from our Building Construction, Construction Management, Plumbing/Heating/Gas, Refrigeration/Heating/Gas and Electrical Technology degree programs.
  • Students and graduates who are actively seeking employment opportunities should have resumes ready!  Stop by Career Services soon to review your resume.
  • Early quarter students should be ready to network with employers about future potential opportunities (internship or part-time).
  • Refreshments will be served!

Building Trade Day

Electrical Technology is the right program for Nicole at New England Tech

New England Tech Electrical Technology student, Nicole, is breaking ground in what had been a predominantly male field – hear her story in this short video.