Warwick School Named to ABYC Marine League

As boats become increasingly complex and sophisticated, keeping them running in tip-top shape has become a more challenging task. Today’s engineers and technicians are called upon to stay current with the latest machinery and boatbuilding techniques while also mastering the basics of boat maintenance and operation.

Since 1940 the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick has been turning out well-trained marine experts, and the recent announcement that they have been named to the American Boat & Yacht Council’s (ABYC) Marine League of Schools proves that Rhode Island is producing some of the best workers in the marine industry. Students in the institute’s Marine Technology Program learn theory and receive practical training in marine mechanics, electronics, marine systems, repair and service, as well as business procedures using marine specific software. They can earn their Associate in Science Degree in Marine Technology in as little as 18 months and be qualified to work in such jobs as marina/boatyard operations, vessel manufacturing, engine repair and service, and wholesale/retail product sales.

“[New England Institute of Technology] is one of the ‘Flag Ship’ marine technology colleges in the country,” said ABYC President Skip Burdon in a statement. “Their emphasis on hands-on training and practical applications gives graduates a competitive edge in the workplace.” The institute joins five other marine post-secondary schools in the ABYC league: Broward College in Florida, Rappahannock Community College in Virginia, Skagit Valley College in Washington, The Boat School in Maine and Honolulu Community College in Hawaii. Each league school uses the National Marine Technical Curriculum- Post Secondary (NMTC-PS) developed by ABYC and meets monthly to discuss the latest trends in marine technology education.

Let’s face it: The future of boating doesn’t rest with us, it rests with our children. So it’s nice to hear that the ABYC has recognized that this Rhode Island school is bringing out the best and the brightest marine stars of tomorrow.