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Student finds a new career and home at BFIT

Posted by Tracy Williams on Dec 20, 2016 12:10:00 PM

Born and raised in Peru, Darleny L. first immigrated to the United States 10 years ago in search of a new adventure. She spoke no English, but learned on the job while working at The Cheesecake Factory at the CambridgeSide Galleria. She proved to be a quick study, and moved up the ranks in short order—from the bakery, to hostessing, and then to waiting tables. Unchallenged and unfulfilled, Darleny decided “It was time for another change.” She sought an industry with more opportunities for career and personal growth.

Darleny found her niche working in customer service at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. She found herself naturally excelling in her new role, at times making decisions far above her pay grade for the sake of efficiency. “At the time, I just saw it as being customer focused. I was passionate about my work,” she explained. But there was little opportunity for advancement without a college degree. Her boss would always say, “A degree is the way to move ahead.” Darleny heeded the advice, and enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College to study hotel management.

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Topics: News, Mechanical Engineering Technology

U.S. manufacturing is making a comeback, and so are good-paying jobs

Posted by Jaime Crespo on Dec 15, 2016 3:45:00 PM

“Manufacturing is flooding back to the United States,” says Joanna Dowling, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT). In the past, many American industries outsourced manufacturing labor to facilities in other countries; primarily China. But due to rising overseas manpower and energy costs, and companies’ desire to produce goods close to their customers, the trend is reversing.

Industries small and large in the U.S. are “reshoring” the manufacturing of a wide range of products—from automobiles and tractors to appliances—from countries like China. “The result is a surge in the number of jobs for skilled labor and a tremendous call for technicians,” says Dowling.

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Topics: News, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Procter & Gamble partners with BFIT to prepare students as technicians and leaders

Posted by Jaime Crespo on Sep 22, 2016 11:40:44 AM

When Dylan Foureau, a Mechanical Engineering Technology student, learned about a new co-op program at Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) Gillette headquarters in Boston, he knew right away that this was no run-of-the-mill co-op. Aside from a lengthy application and GPA requirement, the selection process included an in-depth reasoning test and two rounds of in-person interviews with P&G managers.

Excited about the prospect of learning and earning at a Fortune 500 company, Dylan, along with 12 other students, attended Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology training sessions to prepare. College faculty coached students, gave practice tests, conducted mock interviews, and polished resumes.

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Topics: Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industry Partnerships

Mechanical Engineering Technology program to meet Massachusetts skills shortage

Posted by Joanna Dowling on Apr 19, 2016 3:41:00 PM


Locally, regionally and nationally, manufacturing is making a comeback. Here in Massachusetts, manufacturing accounts for approximately 250,000 jobs with an average annual salary of $75,000. Yet, there is a lack of engineering and machining talent entering the workforce.  This skills-shortage, according to Michael Tamasi, President & CEO of AccuRounds, is affecting manufacturers throughout the Commonwealth.

“Not only are engineers and CNC machinists needed for manufacturers to grow their operation, they are also needed to replace an aging workforce,” says Tamasi. “Higher education focused on preparing professionals for advanced manufacturing careers is vital to the future of our economy. Business relies on educational institutions to help fill this critical pipeline need.”


"Higher education focused on preparing professionals for advanced manufacturing careers is vital to the future of our economy."



Manufacturing employs 50 percent more workers than all the banks and insurance companies in the state; double the number of workers in wholesale trade; nearly three times as many as in information services; and nearly six times as many as in all of the arts, entertainment, and recreation firms in the Commonwealth. Yet, according to a survey of over 700 manufacturers in the state, advances in manufacturing are being hampered by a lack of skilled craftsmen. (Twenty-five-percent stated it was difficult to recruit research and development technicians.)

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Topics: News, Mechanical Engineering Technology