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.

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NEIT 2014 SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Click Here for 2014 Scholarship Application

Available to All Students attending January 2015 quarter: 

Deadline to apply is October 17, 2014

NEIT ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP –A minimum of ten scholarships are being made available through the generosity of New England Tech alumni, employees, vendors and friends that supported the Annual NEIT Alumni Golf Tournament. 

TEXTRON SCHOLARSHIPTwo scholarships are being provided by Textron, a pioneer of the diversified business model with over 32,000 employees and facilities in 25 countries. 

COMPASS CORPORATION SCHOLARSHIP – Five scholarships are being funded by Compass, a leading food service company that specializes in the educational sector and operates the Food Court at New England Tech.

MATTHEW J. FANDETTI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPMatthew Fandetti was a nine-year employee of the Providence Journal Company, a wonderful colleague to so many in the journal family. Matthew was a native Rhode Islander and was nearing the completion of the degree requirements at New England Institute of Technology when he was abruptly taken away. Three scholarships are available to assist students.

REQUIRMENTS: Must demonstrate a solid employment history, a love for learning, and interest in advancing his/her professional technical career.

NEW ENGLAND TECH EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIPThree scholarships are being provided by the generosity of the employees of New England Tech to financially assist our students.

Game Development and Simulation Programming, Video Game Design Technology, and Information Technology Scholarships 

CURT SCHILLING TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP – Three scholarships are being provided to insure students have the necessary financial resources to obtain their degree. These scholarships are provided by the generosity of Dr. Curt Schilling, an honorary degree recipient of New England Institute of Technology. 

Information Technology Scholarships 

PAT DaSILVA SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship is being offered to students pursuing a degree in Information Technology. Pat was an Assistant Professor in the IT department for 18 years prior to her passing.  Pat was a wonderful colleague and a dedicated instructor. 

WILLIAM R. TALLADAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPWilliam Talladay was a former New England Institute of Technology student pursuing his educational goals in the Computer Information Technology when he suddenly passed away. 

Mechanical Engineering Technology Scholarships – Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees 

STEVEN SEMINARA SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship is being offered to students in in honor of a dedicated Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Steve was not only a committed educator, but an outstanding colleague.

BOB DUPUIS SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship is being offered by Precision Metalforming Association of New England in honor of Bob Dupuis of Dayton Progress Corp. Mr. Dupuis is a 27-year veteran of the precision metalforming industry and a long standing member of PMA. 

Refrigeration/Air Conditioning/Heating Technology Scholarships  

W.W. GRAINGER, INC. SCHOLARSHIPW.W. Grainger, Inc. is a leading domestic and international business distributor of HVAC, Electrical, Lighting and numerous other products. Many of the New England Tech’s graduates are customers of Grainger Industrial Supply. There are a minimum of five scholarships available. 

REGAN HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING SCHOLARSHIPRegan Heating and Air Conditioning is a Rhode Island company with 40 years of experience in residential and commercial heating, cooling and indoor air quality systems. They were the heating and air conditioning contractor of our new East Greenwich facilities. This scholarship is to recognize Terry Regan, President, and Regan Heating and Air Conditioning’s generosity in supporting New England Tech.

Automotive and Automotive Service Management Technology Scholarships  

BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE SCHOLARSHIPFive scholarships are being offered by Bridgestone/Firestone, a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of quality tires with retail and repair centers throughout the United States and Internationally. Bridgestone/Firestone employs numerous New England Tech graduates.

Electrical Technology Scholarship 

ROSSI ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIPRossi Electric is a Rhode Island electrical contractor with 20 years experience in commercial and industrial construction. Vin Rossi, the company President, is a graduate of New England Tech and his firm was the electrical contractor of our new East Greenwich facilities. This scholarship is to recognize Vin Rossi and Rossi Electric’s generosity in supporting New England Tech. 

Michael P. Hickey Jr. Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship is being offered by the Electrical League of Rhode Island to honor a long standing member of the Electrical League with a passion and dedication to the electrical profession. The award will be provided to Rhode Island high school graduates residing in Rhode Island.

2014 Scholarship Application

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 

A “Round” of Applause

On Monday, July 14, 2014, NEIT hosted its 5th Annual New England Tech Alumni Golf Tournament at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, Rhode Island. An amazing field of 146 golfers participated in this sold out when the max is 144!  How can that be?

This year’s tournament generated interest beyond capacity. Despite the unprecedented large field of players, the round was played in record time. “The demand outweighed the supply”, said Joan Segerson, Director of Development/Alumni Relations. “We were sorry we had to turn foursomes away right up to the day of the tournament. That said, we were very excited about the overwhelming interest in the tournament.”

Congratulation to this year’s winners! First Place: Flagship Staffing; Second Place: Shawmut Design and Construction; Third Place: Saccoccio & Associates.

Flagship Staffing - 1st Place a

1st Place Winners, Flagship Staffing

The financial success of the tournament is attributed to the continued commitment of the tournament sponsors, players, and prize donors raising more than $83,000. A special thank you goes to Platinum Sponsor, Terry Regan, President of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning, and Titanium Sponsor, Vincent Rossi, President of Rossi Electric and a 1984 NEIT grad, both have been faithful sponsors of this event since its inception in 2010.

All tournament sponsors provide significant financial support so with sincere gratitude that we acknowledge their continued commitment and support of NEIT students. Dinner Sponsor: Shawmut Design & Construction; Gold Sponsor: DiFazio Site Corp; Silver Sponsors: Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC, Atrion Networking Corporation, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Chartwells, DiPrete Engineering Associates, Inc., DiSanto Priest & Co., and Ruggieri Brothers, Inc./Synet; Bronze Sponsors: Anodyne Corp., Delta

From left: Doug Sherman, NEIT's Senior Vice President and Provost, with Matt Regan and Terry Regan of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning

From left: Doug Sherman, NEIT’s Senior Vice President and Provost, with Matt Regan and Terry Regan of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning

Dental of RI, Inc., Dennis F. Leonardo Builders, Inc., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Roney & Labinger LLC, TD Bank, and United Health; Cart Sponsor: Portfolio Strategy Group; Grille/Lunch Sponsor: RICOH USA, Inc.; Hat Sponsor: WB Mason; and Print Sponsor: OmniColor Printing.

Unfortunately, no one got a hole-in-one but it was great having a kicky Beamer as the hole-in-one prize by provided by Inskip-BMW, the Hole-in-One sponsor. Snacks and beverages were provided by Foley Food Services, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and Chartwells.

Special thanks to the NEIT Golf Committee and volunteers who made the 5th Annual NEIT Alumni Golf Tournament a success in many ways. Mark your calendar for Monday, July 13, 2015, as we host the 6th Annual NEIT Alumni Golf Tournament at Alpine Country Club and celebrate New England Tech’s 75th Anniversary.
From left: Vin Rossi of Rossi Electric with Rocky McDonough and John McDonough

From left: Vin Rossi of Rossi Electric with Rocky McDonough and John McDonough

Video Student Wins National Contest

Harrison Brailey

Harrison Braley

Harrison Braley wanted to give his mom, Danielle, something special for Mother’s Day this year. And that he did! Using the skills he learned in NEIT’s Video and Audio Production Technology program, Harrison entered the 2014 CertainTeed Exterior Living Spaces® Home Makeover Contest. Each year CertainTeed invites homeowners to submit 30 to 90 second videos that showcase why their home needs a makeover using the company’s expansive line of home improvement products.

Harrison used his creativity and filmed and edited his 1 ½ minute video, “Nightmare on My Street”. Harrison’s mom explained, “He used a sepia filter depicting “scary” conditions of our home that included rotting window sills, peeling paint and even “creepy” critter damage accompanied by eerie background music and descriptive subtitles.” His video qualified for the final round by placing in the Top 10 as selected by Facebook users. CertainTeed’s panel of judges chose the Grand Prize finalists based on creativity (70%), theme (20%) and need (10%).

Congratulations to Harrison for winning a special second place prize that included installation of siding, trim, and roofing products for his home, as well as $500 for the videographer! Needless to say, the Braley family was extremely excited. Harrison’s video may be viewed on CertainTeed’s Facebook page.IMG_9305

BMW of North America visited NEIT

BMW

BMW of North America visited the Center for Automotive Technology at NEIT’s Access Road campus on Thursday, August 7, 2014, to speak with more than 75 students about the BMW STEP program for technicians. Charles Klasman, from the BMW Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, along with Charlie Antoniou, Service Manager of BMW of Shrewsbury, MA, presented three sessions regarding job opportunities and career paths that BMW has to offer NEIT graduates.  BMW recruits automotive and collision repair graduates to work in its dealerships throughout the country and has been a longtime employer with NEIT.  Many NEIT graduates have established careers as BMW Master Technicians.

Annette Niemczyk, A “Woman to Watch”

Annette Niemczyk

Annette Niemczyk

NEIT graduate, Annette Niemczyk, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems Technology, Networking Concentration, in September, 2004, and an Associate in Science degree in Computer Servicing Technology in March, 2003. Since that time, Annette has worked at Envision Technology Advisors in Pawtucket, RI, for 11 years.

Her hard work and dedication to the field of Information Technology was recently recognized by Providence Business News (PBN). Annette was nominated by the CEO of her company, Todd Knapp. She was named a “Woman to Watch” in the Technical Services category of this year’s Business Women Awards program from PBN. Annette joins 11 other award winners and 12 Achievement Honorees for 2014. As she stated, “I am honored to have been selected for this award. Technology has always been one of my passions, and it has been an amazing and rewarding experience climbing the ladder both technically and professionally with Envision.” 

Because of her commitment to excellence, Annette is reaping many rewards. She now shares her story with Tech News readers. 

What made you decide to attend NEIT? 

When I was first deciding on a career path, I was interested in Information Technology (IT) and athletics but knew that IT would be a better long term option. I had completed my freshman year at UMass Dartmouth. I was two weeks away from starting my sophomore year and decided that the IT program at UMass didn’t offer the courses I really wanted. I heard about New England Tech and quickly realized that its IT program was more focused in the areas I wanted to pursue, which is networking and infrastructure.  I was impressed with the hands-on approach to learning as well.  Because of the October start, the timing worked out perfectly for me.   

How did you choose your program? 

I was always interested in computers growing up, especially the physical characteristics. New England Tech’s networking program was very specific for what I wanted to do as a career. 

What did you do to get started with your career? 

One of my professors knew the owner of Envision Technology Advisors. During my last year at New England Tech, Envision was looking for interns, and my name came up. I worked as an intern from August, 2003 to September, 2004, at which time I graduated from NEIT.  I got my business cards and was asked to come on full-time as an engineer!  Internships are so important for students to get their careers going.  Seeing the day-to-day operations of a company are so valuable.

Tell us about your position. 

The company was growing quickly and because of my work ethic, I was promoted from Engineer to Senior Engineer within two years. In my current position as Senior Engineer, I provide IT services in the areas of infrastructure, security, networking, and virtualization. I work with two types of clients. First, I work with clients on their day-to-day operations, which involves consulting and helping them build their business from a technical aspect. These duties may include hands-on work or depending on the size of the company, I may be consulting with the IT Department developing its strategy. For the second type of client, I work as an engineer executing high level projects from start to finish.  

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position? 

My internship at Envision was the key to my success. It bridged the gap from book knowledge to real world experience. My classes were good, especially those that were hands-on. The hands-on classes really sparked my interest and made it stick! 

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search? 

My biggest piece of advice is to be hungry to learn. That motivation and drive you need to get through the learning process at the entry level will get you to the next level.  You have to be willing to put in the effort upfront to get what you want in the end.  You have to earn where you want to go. It just doesn’t happen. 

What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field?

Get out and look for internships. Look for industry exposure.  That is the biggest thing a student can do. All the certifications are great, but getting practical real world exposure is what counts.

Congratulations to First EHR Grads

(front row) Robin-Ann Houle with Assistant Professor/Department Chair, Paul Mangino; (middle row) Colleen Johnson, Brandy Taylor, and Laurie Ferreira; (back row) Chris Connell, Theresa DeCorpo, Regina Roberts, and Evan McAreavey

(front row) Robin-Ann Houle with Assistant Professor/Department Chair, Paul Mangino; (middle row) Colleen Johnson, Brandy Taylor, and Laurie Ferreira; (back row) Chris Connell, Theresa DeCorpo, Regina Roberts, and Evan McAreavey

NEIT’s Associate in Science in Electronic Medical Records (EHR) Technology program prepares students to maintain, collect, and analyze patients’ health information data. EHR technicians ensure the quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security of health information data, and they regularly communicate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to clarify diagnoses or to obtain additional information.  The Electronic Medical Record Technology curriculum combines elements of healthcare, business, and information technology. Students are trained using EHR software applications to maintain data on patient safety, patterns of disease, disease treatment and outcomes for biomedical statistics.

Electronic Medical Record technicians’ duties vary with the size and scope of the medical facility such as physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, home healthcare services, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, behavioral health facilities, and insurance companies.

The first cohort of Electronic Medical Records Technology students graduated in May, 2014. Congratulations to: (front row) Robin-Ann Houle with Assistant Professor/Department Chair, Paul Mangino; (middle row) Colleen Johnson, Brandy Taylor, and Laurie Ferreira; (back row) Chris Connell, Theresa DeCorpo, Regina Roberts, and Evan McAreavey.

The Electronic Medical Record Technology program is a full-time, 6 quarter program that may be completed in as little as 18 months. Graduates may sit for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) examination administered by the National Health Career Association and the more advanced Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) examination administered by Health IT Certification.

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

More Information | Apply Now

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