New England Tech Graduates First Welding Engineering Technology Class

Announcing our first graduates from the Welding Engineering Technology course!

Hands on welding degreesOf the five students graduating, three of the students immediately began full-time welding jobs, and the two remaining students will be continuing their education at NEIT in the Mechanical Engineering program.

Kate Messer was hired by Rhode Island Engine Company in Narragansett, RI and Wayne Conant was hired by Ocean State Technical Services, in Providence, RI. Both students took part in an internship at their respective companies and were hired on as a result. David Bustin was hired by a major Department of Defense contractor as a Production Welder, while both Keith Chasse and Gagny Diawara are furthering their education at NEIT in Mechanical Engineering Technology studies.

April is National Welding Month, according to one of NEIT’s welding instructors, Tim Kinnaman. Tim is the Deputy District 1 Director of New England and Montreal and also Chairman for Central MA and RI section of American Welding Society.  For more information, visit http://www.aws.org/resources/detail/making-the-most-of-national-welding-month.

Congratulations to All!

For more welding program information visit our Welding Engineering Technology page. #WeldingAtNEIT

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.

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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.