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