A Salute to Marine Technology and Maritime History

SteamshipThe Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA), located in NEIT’s former library building on the Post Road campus, has created a fascinating display of artifacts and posters located at New England Tech’s library on the East Greenwich campus. SSHSA is the world’s leading organization dedicated to recording, preserving and disseminating the history of engine-powered vessels.

The SSHSA holds a collection of hundreds of thousands of images, artifacts, periodicals, artwork, official records, and memorabilia, archived in more than 100 collections and devoted exclusively to the history of engine-powered vessels, their passengers and crew.  Individuals interested in the history and development of steam navigation, both past and present, may stop by the SSHSA museum or visit www.sshsa.org.

In addition to the library’s maritime display, Eric Goetz, the Chief Technology Officer at Goetz Boats in Bristol, Rhode Island, will speak about the development and history of composite boats on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Presentation Theater. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The library display was established to bring attention to NEIT’s Marine Technology program and maritime activities. Stop by the library to see the exhibit. For more information, visit https://library.neit.edu.

Save the Date: Maritime Lecture

Summer, Marine Tech and Steamships!

Maritime Display in the Library!

The New England Institute of Technology and the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) have collaborated to bring you a fascinating display in the NEIT Library, East Greenwich campus. SSHSA is the world’s leading organization dedicated to recording, preserving and disseminating the history of engine-powered vessels.  SSHSA is newly located in the former NEIT library, 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886.

This display features the NEIT Marine Technology program and maritime activities with artifacts from the Steamship Historical Society of America and books from the NEIT Library print collection.

Maritime Lecture in the Media Presentation Theater!

Also, save the date, Wednesday, 7/29/15 and come to the Media Presentation Theater at New England Tech to hear Eric Goetz speak on the evolution and history of composite boats. Eric Goetz is a builder of sailing vessels used in the America’s Cup, owner of Goetz Custom Boats, and co-founder of the Resolute Racing Shells Company and Chief Technology Officer at Composite Energy Technologies. Eric has been known throughout his career as a leader in boatbuilding technology and was one of the first builders to use carbon fiber to increase stiffness and remove weight from racing sailing vessels.

This lecture begins 7/29/2015 at 6:00pm, is free and open to the public

2015 Transportation Technology Career Fair

10-Transport FairDealing with the challenges of this winter’s weather, 24 automotive, marine, and transportation employers located throughout New England were eager to attend New England Tech’s annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on March 10th to discuss employment opportunities with NEIT students. Representatives from automotive dealerships, collision shops, automotive supply companies, marinas, insurance companies and the military were actively recruiting students as more of their customers are having their vehicles and vessels serviced.

NEIT welcomed first time companies to the Fair: Orleans Auto Supply, State Auto Body, Nationwide Insurance, Oak Leaf Marina, D&D Auto, Toyota of Dartmouth/Check Collision, Newport Shipyard, and Wagner of Shrewsbury.

Paul Harden, Director of Transportation Technologies stated, “When talking to company representatives at the Transportation Career Fair who had hired our grads in the past, I was proud to hear them say how well prepared and trained NEIT’s graduates are for careers in both the automotive and marine fields.”

Harden Named Director of Transportation Technologies

Paul C. Harden

Paul C. Harden

Paul C. Harden of Newport, RI, will service as the college’s Director of Transportation Technologies for all automotive and marine technology programs.  He 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 as the Manager of Workforce Development and Business Services & Sector Lead for Marine Trades. Prior to his position, Harden 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.

Harden earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY).   He has served or currently 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.

SkillsUSA 2015 Advisor of the Year

Congratulations to New England Tech’s very own, Amanda Metzger on being named SkillsUSA 2015 Advisor of the Year.

Amanda Metzger

Ms. Amanda Metzger at New England Institute of Technology

Amanda Metzger, a member of the SkillsUSA RI Board of Directors, has been with New England Institute of Technology for 12 years serving as the Special Events Coordinator for the Office of Admissions. In this time, Amanda has grown from volunteering with SkillsUSA RI contests to leading the colleges SkillsUSA RI effort.

Amanda’s spirit and persistence has been instrumental in expanding the college’s student post secondary SkillsUSA chapter.  Amanda’s commitment to SkillsUSA RI  has helped to develop confident student leaders.  New England Tech students have come to rely on her coaching and encouragement to guide them through the pressures of the championship.

Amanda’s leadership has also been in the development of new SkillsUSA RI contests as Refrigeration Air Conditioning, Marine Technology and Criminal Justice.

The development of the Criminal Justice Crime Scene Investigation contest has lead to both RI high school and postsecondary team winning at the national level.

Career Day Highlights Growing Marine and Composites Industry in RI

From North Kingstown Patch

About 40 employers from across New England and as far as New York will be on hand in Newport Saturday to find workers to fill jobs in the growing marine and composites industries.

“The marine industry suffered such a blow from 2008 to 2010. We lost a lot of talent to other industries and we lost a lot of talent to retirement,” said Neal Harrell, president of Brooks Marine Group, a Newport-based recruiting firm that specializes in the marine industry, last year in advance of the ninth Career Day. “We have positions open all over the industry, all over the country, but we don’t have the skilled labor force to fill those positions.”

A skills-gap study being conducted for RIMTA estimated the trend isn’t going away anytime soon. By 2020, Rhode Island’s marine industry will need to hire an additional 1800 workers.

According to RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie, the perfect-storm scenario in the marine workforce is not news to the industry, and organizations such as RIMTA, area trade schools, and local high schools have worked in concert for several years to offer programs that give individuals a base of training on which to launch their careers.

The skills-gap study conducted for RIMTA puts the average marine-industry salary in Rhode Island at approximately 5% higher than the average salary in the state’s private sector.

To read the entire story click here.

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

Marine Career Day Comes to NEIT

On March 25, 2014, approximately 200 Rhode Island middle and high school students have been invited to attend New England Tech’s first “Marine Career Day” being held in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education

New England Tech NewsThese students, who are currently studying Marine Technology at their respective schools, will have the opportunity to gather information on marine trade careers and post-secondary education options, meet potential employers, and also experience marine trade demonstrations conducted by NEIT and SAMI instructors.

This event will be held at the Access Rd. campus from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  For more information, contact Fred Santaniello, CTI Account Executive, at ext. 3382 or fsantaniello@neit.edu.


New England Tech Preps Students for Job Growth

On the heels of an announcement by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chaffee that General Dynamic’s Electric Boat has signed a 25-year lease agreement with Quonset Development Corporation, ABC6 news stopped by the New England Tech campus to see how we’re preparing students for careers in the shipbuilding/marine trades.

welding training

While here, Rhode Island’s ABC6 reporter Nicole Gerber spoke with Steven Kitchin, the Vice President of Corporate Education and Training. Steven spoke with Nicole about the Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) that New England Tech is running, which prepares unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills assessments and training needed to land jobs in the shipbuilding industry at no cost to the program participant.

Part of the reason for the expansion at Electric Boat is due to Congress deciding to double the production of Virginia-class submarines, which are produced at Electric Boat’s Quonset facility. It is expected that this expansion will prove to be a huge boost to the Rhode Island economy and that there will be a surge in demand for qualified workers in the shipbuilding industry. In fact, some of the current participants in the SAMI program have already been offered positions at Electric Boat.

Click here to watch the entire segment from ABC6.


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.

New England Tech receives $2.5 Million Grant for Shipbuilding/Marine Education

New England Institute of Technology Receives $2.5 Million Gran To Establish Shipbuilding/Marine,  Advanced Manufacturing Institute

 Through a $2.5 million grant provided by the US Department of Labor, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is now in its final stages of developing a Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to serve 400 unemployed individuals over the three year life of the grant. It will also afford New England Tech the opportunity to operate SAMI for years beyond the grant. In addition, the Rhode Island Foundation, through its Make It Happen RI initiative, donated $50,000 to New England Tech to assist in marketing the SAMI program.

 The overall objective of SAMI is to offer eligible individuals the opportunity to enter the Institute and receive job information and educational services along with actual career based, hands-on laboratory experiences.  Under the guidance of SAMI’s industry experienced staff, these individuals will be referred to pre-employment training programs, on-the-job training positions, or job opportunities in the shipbuilding/marine and advanced manufacturing industries.  Courses of study will lead to the acquisition of needed credentials for these occupations.  For those individuals who wish to further continue their studies, New England Tech will offer both associate and bachelor degree programs in related fields. 

 New England Tech has partnered with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division, Senesco Marine, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, RI Manufacturers Association, and other employers in the state in the development of SAMI. This coordination will assist in the recruitment, screening, and training of individuals for these industries. Occupations being targeted include shipfitters, pipefitters, welders, machinists/CNC operators, engine and systems repair, electronics installation and repair, composites, and woodworking.  Electric Boat and Senesco Marine have already made commitments to offer on-the-job training experiences and employment to successful program graduates.

 SAMI will be centrally located at New England Tech’s Post Road campus in Warwick, Rhode Island, and will reach out to a variety of agencies and venues that serve the unemployed such as, the RI Department of Labor and Training, the Governor’s Workforce Board, two local Workforce Investment Boards, netWORKri, and community based and veterans’ organizations. For more information regarding the SAMI program, contact Fred Santaniello at 401-739-5000 or fsantaniello@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 in over 35 associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.