Warwick Beacon: NEIT shipbuilding program graduates 11 more

CLASSMATES: Friday’s graduating class was one of the biggest the SAMI program has seen with 11 students. All 11 students were able to secure employment before graduation. Of the 217 students to go through SAMI, 201 have been hired before or directly after graduation.

By Kelcy Dolan

Since its inception in July of 2013, the SAMI program at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) has seen nearly all of their graduates connect with employers.

The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) has two programs, one in welding and the other in machinery. The program began in 2013 through a collaboration between NEIT and employers within the industry to create a pipeline of skilled entry-level, reliable individuals for Rhode Island employers.

Initially, the program partnered with five companies, but since then the program has grown to include 64 employers hiring SAMI students.

Two hundred and seventeen students have graduated with the program and 201 of them were hired upon or just after graduation from the 10-week program.

On Friday, April 1, SAMI had 11 individuals graduate the program, all of which had been hired by various companies with an average starting salary of $15.75. This is one of the largest graduating classes for SAMI’s machinery program, which typically averages around four to five students per session.

Robert Palumbo, SAMI program coordinator, congratulated all the graduates for not only completing the program successfully, but also for securing employment.

Palumbo noted that currently there is a lot of opportunity in the industry because of what he considered the “gray tsunami.” The industry is seeing a generation begin to retire, allowing for new positions to be open at companies across the state that allow for a lot of growth for new hires.

SAMI also provides students with academic credits should they decide to further their education as well.

Todd Sposato, SAMI’s machine training coordinator, said the reason this program is so successful is because of the close partnerships with employers.

“We can change alongside the industry, see what employers are looking for and make sure our students match that,” he said.

Source: NEIT shipbuilding program graduates 11 more

AutoCAD: Multiline (MText) features

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Editing / Formatting text has never been so easy

Access to MText:

Command Line: type in Mtext

Ribbon: Annotate Tab / Text Panel / Multiline Text button

Also – Home Tab / Annotate Panel / Multiline Text button



The Contextual Text Editor tab becomes active / available once the Opposite corner (the second pick for the width) has been selected. A Contextual tab is a tab this is only available after a feature has been selected. Such as the Hatch Contextual tab is available after the Hatch command is activated or after a user had double-clicked on a Hatch patter.

Contextual tab
Here are just a few features that can help easily modify text within a drawing.

Justification: There are nine options – This adjusts the entire groups of text within that session
of the MText command to Update. Select the Justification style and the text adjusts.

All CAPS: When the MText window is active Right-Click inside that window and a Pop-up window appears Select the option All CAPS. Also found in the Contextual Text Tab / Tools panel – drop down / All CAPS – once this has a check mark next to it is active this stays active within this drawing and weather you have the CAPS LOCK key on or not all typed text will go into your drawing in Capital Letters. This is a great option to set within a Template so it will always be active.

JustificationRTclick all capsall caps button



Width of the text area: This is quickly adjusted while in the MText editor. There is a Ruler at the top of the MText window / on the far right side with the mouse pick – hold – drag to resize the area, the text will adjust accordingly. To keep specific text in a specific grouping an ENTER (hard return) will help. Once the size is how the user wants it let go. Text widths can be resized as needed.

Ruler: if you prefer not to see the Ruler at the top of the Multiline text window there is a Ruler button that will toggle that on or off.

Line Spacing: This offers a quick way to increase the spacing between the lines of text without using the ENTER key.

*For more great text editing option explore the Text Editor Contextual tab.

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RI Foundation awards over $100,000 to EG programs

New England Tech is proud to have been awarded not ONE but TWO grants from the Rhode Island Foundation which will help students achieve their career aspirations.

From The East Greenwich Pendulum:EAST GREENWICH- In what has been a record-making year, the Rhode Island Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to several local organizations and groups in 2015.

As part of over $41 million in grants dispersed throughout the state, EG organizations received funds ranging from $900 to $35,000 from the RI Foundation, allowing the organizations to fund several different programs.

Divided into eight key sectors, grants were given to organizations related to arts and culture, basic human needs, children and families, education, economic security, environment, and health and housing. The RI Foundation works in a partnership with donors and nonprofit to be able to release grants to Rhode Island programs every year.

“We are indebted to our committed donors for joining with us for 100 years to address on the state’s challenges and opportunities,” said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO in a statement. “Their extraordinary generosity made it possible for us to make investments in Rhode Island as never before.”

The New England Institute of Technology was awarded two $25,000 grants, one that will go towards scholarship assistance, and another will go towards the Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute which trains unemployed Rhode Islanders for jobs in marine trades and hi-tech manufacturing.

Source: RI Foundation awards over $100,000 to EG programs

AutoCad: Content Explore

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

This feature allows for quick searches for design content, (Layers,

This feature allows for quick searches for design content, (Layers, Linetypes Blocks, Text and Dimension Styles…) once the content is found it then can be inserted into the active drawing. Search parameters can be saved for quick reuse.

Where to access Content Explorer command: Ribbon: Add-ins tab / Content panel / Explore button to open the Content Explorer

Ribbon: Add-ins tab / Content panel / Explore button to open the Content Explorer

Pallet. This will open the Content Explorer Pallet.

Ribbon Location

Command Line: type in


This will open the Content Explorer Pallet.

Content Explorer Dialog box

Command: CONTENTEXPLORERCLOSEThis will close the Content Explorer Pallet.

This will close the Content Explorer Pallet.Step 1: path out to the directories / folders to search in. (as many as desired)

Step 1: path out to the directories / folders to search in. (as many as desired)

Step 2: Search for content within an entire directory:

Items can be brought in by a Right Click over the item / select the Insert option from the pop-up window or by Pick, Hold and drag the item into the active drawing.

        This example demonstrates a Block (Door) being brought into the active drawing.

Step 3: Search within one specific Drawing:

          This example demonstrates a Layer being brought into the active drawing.

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AutoCAD: Dimreassociate / Reassociate

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Not a highly used command but good to know to keep your drawings technically on track with functions and features that AutoCAD offers.

Reassociate / Dimreassociate is the command that connects (Associate) or disconnects (Disassociate) dimensions to the geometry. One of the greatest features that AutoCAD offers is the association between Dimensions and Geometry. With this association when you update the geometry the dimensions update automatically. So there is no reason to modify a Dimension to “fudge” in a number, modify the geometry and the Dimension will updates.

Where to locate this Command:

From the Command Line:

Command: DIMREASSOCIATE ↵ (Enter)

Select dimensions to reassociate

Select objects or [Disassociated]: (select the dimension to be associated) 1 found

Select objects or [Disassociated]: ↵ (Enter)

Specify first extension line origin or [Select object] <next>: (select where the First extension line placement is wanted)

Specify second extension line origin <next>: (select where the Second extension line placement is wanted)

Command: (the command completes itself so no Enter is require and you are ready to start with the next command.)

*Anything in the color RED is my added input you will not see this on the command line.

From the Ribbon:

Associate tab – Dimension Panel – Associate Button.

Ribbon 2

The Command line prompts are the same as if they were Typed in as the above example.

Below is a quick example of how the Reassociate / Dimreassociate command works:

*note this command also offers the revers of Associate [Disassociate] if you want to take the association of the dimension to the geometry off.

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AutoCAD: Area command quicker than bringing out the calculator

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

The Area command calculates both the perimeter and area of your selections.

Points in space, points on geometry or selecting Objects to calculate the area is done easily within AutoCAD.

Where to access the Area command:

Command Line: type in MEASUREGEOM ↵ (Enter) or AREA will also work

Area 1

Ribbon: Home tab – Utilities panel – Measure drop down – Area.

Area 2

The Breakdown of the Area options: Area 3

Object: Select this when you have an entity such as a Circle, Ellipses, closed Polylines,

Polygon, a closed Entity. Not when you will be selecting individual point on the screen. This must also be selected after both the Add and Subtract area options if you will be selecting a closed entity.

Add area: Select this when you will be calculation more than one area at a time or when you want to subtract and area form the previously selected area.

Subtract area: This is selected after you have added in all areas to be added. This will remove (subtract) the areas selected from the Added areas.

Exit: Brings you into the other Utilities options:

Area 4

*When selecting objects with anything other than straight lines (such as Arcs or Splines) the geometry must be turned into a polyline (Edit Polyline command) – then the Object option may be used. When using the Area command with selecting points this only allows straight line selections.


A: Object

Area 5

B: Points

Area 6a

Area 6b

Area 6c

C: Add and Subtract:

Start with the larger geometry to Add / Object options (select the larger Geometry) Enter when done – then within the same session of the command select Subtract / Object options (select the smaller object to be removed from the area) Enter when done. *Place a Rectangle or create a Polyline so there will be an Object to select

Notice the in the Command line the Total area decreases as each column is selected.

AutoCAD’s visuals are great the GREEN area is the Area being Added and Pink area is the Area being Subtracted.

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AutoCAD: eTransmit

Written by; Cindra Drowne-Walsh

eTransmit: A tried and true way to combine a drawing and its associated files (fonts and external references) together as a ZIP or an EXE file to easily archive or send to the customer / client.

How to access the command:

Application Menu – Publish – eTransmit:

Command Line: etransmit

The drawing example that will be usedDrawing for eTransmit

for this eTransmit exercise includes –

Working file: Floorplancomplete.dwg

Xref file: lthouse.dwg (the left side of the house

with attached deck.)

Font Styles: Times and Veranda

The above information will be included in the eTransmit ZIP file. You do have the option to exclude information by selecting the check mark next to the option you don’t want to send (this removes the selection).

STEP 1: Start the eTransmit command:

access eTransmit

STEP 2:  In the Create Transmittal Dialog box,

2a. A check in the boxes means the item will be included in the zip file. Select the check mark to remove any items you may not want to send along with this zip file.

Create eeTransmit

eTransmit Button

2c. To the right of the dialog box select Transmittal Setups… button:

Select or de-Select options within the Setup dialog box that is needed. Items I like to make sure are selected include some of the following options. Select OK once done.

eTransmit Setup


2d. Select the View Report button:

View Report

An Example of what the report consists of: Check out all the information this give you.

eTransmit transmital

2e. Select OK and save the file.

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AutoCAD: The tool palette that keep on giving

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Express Tool Palette, Convert to Mtext button.

Mtext is the way to go when placing text (just for the convenience of modifying it later) into a drawing these day, but the Single Line Text is still just click away. If the Single Line Text or if Multiline Text has been exploded the Express Tool Palette has the solution for you to convert that text back into MTEXT.

Convert to Mtext button

Located in the Express Tools tab / Text Panel / Convert to Mtext button


Command Line: type in TXT2MTXT

Command Line sequence to the video it typed:

        Command: txt2mtxt

Select text objects, or [Options]<Options>:

Select objects: Specify opposite corner: 5 found

Select objects:  ↵

5 Text objects removed, 1 MText object added ↵

Note that at the start of the command it offers Options. To access the <options> at the prompt Select Objects ENTER. This will bring up the following dialog box. Displayed is the default and should work for most applications.

txt to mtext options







Selection set order option when chosen, this option allows the user to select the Single Line text in any random order with whatever Selection set method they choose. The text will re-order to the order it was selected. The end results of the text in the video won’t make sense but will show why Selection Set order matters.

The end result is the text has been converted to Multiline text and you now have all the editing options of Mtext available.

* Command input is not case sensitive Lower or Upper case responds the same.

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SAMI Turns Two!

Sami Group

l-r: Sean Davies, Electric Boat; Rep. Patricia Sepe; Rep. Lou Raptakis; Karl Wadensten, Vibco; Matthew Topper,SAMI Welding Instructor; Senator Sheldon Whitethouse; Mayor Scott Avedisian; Kathy Partington, SAMI, Client Services Representative; Congressman David Cicilline; Congressman Jim Langevin; Steve Kitchin, NEIT, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training; Maria Rivera, SAMI Outreach Case Liaison; Senator Jack Reed; Todd Sposato, SAMI Project Assistant Machinist Trainer; Cynthia Toti, SAMI Program Case Manager; Lt. Governor Dan McKee; Catherine Cilcius, NEIT Administrative Assistant; Fred Santinello, Director of Workforce Grants and Programs; Amanda Handfield, SAMI Administrative Assistant; Michael Senerchia, SAMI Case Manager; Bob Palumbo, Project Coordinator.

The Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) celebrated its second birthday on Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Post Road campus. The celebration included accolades from the members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation. They complimented NEIT and the SAMI faculty for their efforts in training 200 unemployed Rhode Islanders in just two years for careers in welding and advanced manufacturing. Special thanks to Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman James Langevin, and Congressman David Cicilline for their continued support of the SAMI program.

Also bringing greetings at the celebration were Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, along with SAMI employers Sean Davies, Facilities Manager at General Dynamics/Electric Boat, and Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO Vibrators.

Following the speaking program, guests enjoyed tours of the SAMI facilities, lunch, and of course, birthday cake. Congratulations to the SAMI faculty, staff, and students for making the SAMI program such a great success.

AutoCAD: A Time Saving Command

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Move, Copy, Rotate within the same button:

The Express Tools tab offers many unique time-saving options. This button puts you in a (running mode) which means once you access the command it keeps you in the command until you finalize it by either the Enter or Esc key  While in the command you are able to switch between these command options (Move, Copy, Rotate, Scale, Base, Undo) without having to re-access the command.

MCR button

Located in the Express Tools tab / Modify Panel / Move/Copy/Rotate


Command Line: type in MOCOR

Command Line sequence to the first video: Move, Copy and Rotate options are used.

Command: _.MOCORO

Select objects: 1 found
Select objects: ↵

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: M

Second point of displacement:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: C

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: Select the end location

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: R

Second Point or Rotation angle:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: ↵

Command Line sequence to the next video: Move, Sale, Base and Copy options are used.

*Base allows a new point of displacement to be selected.

Command: _.MOCORO

Select objects: 1 found

Select objects: ↵

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: M

Second point of displacement:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: S

Second Point or Scale factor: 2 ←     type in a numeric size the item was scaled by

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: B

Base point:

[Move/Copy/Rotate/Scale/Base/Undo]<eXit>: C

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

Second point of displacement/Undo/<eXit>: ↵

*Recall you can either select the desired option with a mouse click or type in the capital letter of the option.

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