WARWICK, RI — New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will partner with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to establish a Performance Training Center at NEIT’s 110 Access Road campus in Warwick.
Steven H. Kitchin, Vice President of Corporate Education and Training at New England Tech for the Center of Technology and Industry, said NEIT instructors will receive training in the service and maintenance of FCA vehicles at the center. In turn, NEIT faculty will instruct FCA dealer technicians.
“We are pleased to be selected by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to provide specialized training to their incumbent dealer technicians. In addition, students enrolled in New England Tech’s Automotive Technology degree programs also benefit from our relationship with FCA since we can incorporate emerging technology into our curriculum,” Kitchin said.
The Fiat Chrysler classes focus on the Fundamentals of Gas Engines as well as Noise, Vibration and Harshness training. Future plans include the enhanced training of NEIT instructors so that they can deliver additional FCA programs to dealer technicians. These training programs benefit FCA dealers since New England Tech instructors help expedite the training process of new-hire technicians through important phases of their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) training.
“We are delighted that New England Institute of Technology has agreed to join us in our efforts to increase the number of automotive instructors who will ultimately train new and existing service technicians in our U.S. dealership network,” said John Fox, Director of the FCA Performance Institute. “Enlisting the help of NEIT is yet another step that Fiat Chrysler is taking to combat the industry shortage of trained service technicians.”
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