The Phoenix Partnership Manufacturing Center of Excellence


A Real Jobs RI Fully Funded Employee Training Program


The Manufacturing Center of Excellence (MCE) provides a resource for companies and workers for innovative training solutions that support industry growth and best practices. The MCE ensures that recent hires and incumbent employees are equipped to meet the needs of RI’s manufacturers, in order to fill more jobs, sustain employment, and increase career advancement.

Learn more about our free  Level 100 Manufacturing Essentials and Level 200 Manufacturing Developmental Series below.

Curriculum Info (Register Below):

  

The Manufacturing Center of Excellence is an employer driven training program in Lean Manufacturing and critical skills necessary for manufacturing employees.

Level 100 Manufacturing Essentials Series

The Level 100 Manufacturing Essentials Series is comprised of 4-5.5 hour classes held once per week for 9 weeks. The series features both classroom and practical application with classes held at either the Warwick or East Greenwich campus of NEIT.

  • Classes:
    • Introduction to Lean
    • Safety Practices and Procedures
    • 5 S
    • Quality, Reducing Errors/Defects
    • Standard Operating Procedures and Productivity
  • Level 100 Cohort 5 is set to start on September 19.
    • Sept 19th – Lean 101 – 4 hours
    • Oct 3rd – Lean 101 II – 4 hours
    • Oct 10th – 5S I – 4 hours
    • Oct 17th – 5S II – 4 hours
    • Oct 24th – Standard Operating Procedures – 4 hours
    • Oct 31st – Quality I – 4 hours
    • Nov 7th – Quality II – 4 hours
    • Nov 14th – OSHA I – 5.5 hours
    • Nov 21 OSHA II – 5.5 hours

Level 200 Manufacturing Developmental Series

The Level 200 Manufacturing Developmental Series is comprised of 4-5 hour classes held once per week for 6 weeks (+1 additional week if necessary). The series features both classroom and practical application with classes held at either the Warwick or East Greenwich campus of NEIT.

  • Level 200 Cohort 2 is set to start on December 5th.
    • Dec 5th – Framework for Manufacturing I – 4 hours
    • Dec 12th – Framework for Manufacturing II – 4 hours
    • Jan 9th – Problem Solving Tools and Methodologies I – 5 hours
    • Jan 16th – Intro to Process Improvement Methods – 4 hours
    • Jan 23rd – Intro to Process Improvement Methods – 4 hours
    • Jan 30th – People Management/Teamwork I – 4 hours
    • Feb 6th – (Extra Week in case of schedule change for Framework or People Management/Teamwork) – 4 hours

Employers who send employees to participate in the training will receive partial wage reimbursement for employee training hours as well as reimbursements for employee’s travel and child care need (outside of normal working hours) where applicable. All employers must commit to submitting reasonable evaluations and metrics to be eligible to participate.


Please complete the form below if you would like to be added to the registration list for the next cohort. The program manager will respond within 24 hours.


Program Highlights:

  • The courses will be provided at NO COST to employers
  • Employers will be partially reimbursed for wages paid to employees for training hours
  • Participants cab be reimbursed for childcare costs and mileage for classes
  • Participants will receive college credits for completed courses at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) and OSHA 10 Certification
  • Peer to peer networking opportunities
  • Employees need to attend 80% of classes to receive credits (possible make-up opportunities)
  • Participants do not need to be RI residents, but must be employed in RI.

Employer Commitment:

  • Commitment to making employees available to attend all courses
  • Supervisor will allow for reasonable on the job support, training and evaluation
  • Employer will complete evaluations for participating employees and provide necessary metrics

The MCE will be a conduit between educational needs and corporate needs to promote industry success. It will showcase Rhode Island as a great place to manufacture, attract new business from out of state, and will serve as a resource for those seeking employment, new hires and incumbent workers, and both in and out of state businesses and organizations.

Current Employer and Training Partners: H.Brickle & Son, Inc., Polaris MEP, Aspen Aerogel, Becker Manufacturing Company (dba Garland Writing Instruments), Boukaert Industrial Textiles, VIBCO Vibrators ETCO, Inc. Teknicote, Inc., Town Dock, and Edesia. The MCE offers a curriculum developed and taught by New England Institute of Technology as well as a new Manager Level Lean training provided by Polaris MEP. The MCE provides three tiers of manufacturing training designed to help prepare newly hired and incumbent manufacturing workers to meet the demands of their workplace, and to prepare them for advancement within their companies, leading to decreased turnover and increased productivity.