Small Engine Repair & Technology Training at Gateway Community College

Through classroom and hands-on training, learn to inspect, service and repair motorized power equipment. The training covers safety, tools, fuel, chemicals, starting and charging; training in inspection, disassembly, reconditioning, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting; with regular hands-on practice on a variety of equipment. Taught by tenured automotive faculty member and master mechanic Scott McFarland. Tools and repair manuals will be available for use during class, provided by Connecticut's Manufacturing, Energy and Transportation (CT-MET) Initiative. You do not need to purchase your own tools or manuals to participate! Students are encouraged to seek out independent internship and employment opportunities in this field.

Schedule: Fall evenings 2014. Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 2 – December 18, 2014. 6-9 p.m. (No Class November 26)

Location: North Haven Campus, 88 Bassett Road, North Haven, CT

Tuition: $1,200 (Includes textbook)

Registration: Registrar's Office, Room N214, Downtown Campus, 20 Church Street, New Haven. Select Fall Term -- Course Name: Small Engine Repair & Technology – CRN # 4239. Registrar's Office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays (Except June & July).

Orientation: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 4 p.m. Room N102, Downtown Campus, 20 Church Street, New Haven. Please bring a current resume. For more information, contact program coordinator Ann Harrison at (203) 285-2309 or email For more non-credit course selections at Gateway Community College, search the Fall 2014 Catalog. A High School Diploma or GED is required for all workforce development programs.

This program is on the Eligible Training Program (ETPL) list for the CT Department of Labor if you are qualified for a training voucher. Veteran's Benefits may also apply. Visit your local CTWorks/American Job Center Career Center or Veteran's Affairs for information. As a non-credit program, traditional college financial aid does not apply. A Payment Plan is available.

Industry Credentials

Gateway Community College is an authorized testing site for the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) Certification(s) in 2-Stroke, 4-Stroke and Electrical exams. Instruction aligns with subject matter competencies. Test fees are $49 each are the responsibility of the student. EETC study guides are available via the EETC website.


This program is pending approval as related instruction for a small engine mechanic Registered Apprenticeship with the Connecticut Department of Labor. Other related instruction may include safety, math and blueprint reading. See program coordinator for details. A Registered Apprenticeship is an agreement between an employer and an employee. See for Apprenticeship guidelines.

Register for Tuition-Free Gateway CC Small Engine Repair & Technology Program

The GREAT Center at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut is now accepting registrations for its tuition-free, intensive 45-hour Winter Intercession Small Engine Repair & Technology Program that includes classroom and hands-on training to learn to inspect, service and repair motorized power equipment. This training is integral in many maintenance and service occupations as well as mechanic or technician jobs working on generators, snow blowers, lawn mowers, personal watercraft, garden tractors and other small engines.

The program will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from January 14 to January 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Gateway's North Haven Campus at 88 Bassett Road in North Haven, Connecticut. Nine classes taught over three weeks cover safety, tools, fuel, chemicals, starting and charging the equipment; training in inspection, disassembly, reconditioning, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting; and hands-on familiarity with a variety of equipment.

During the spring 2014 semester, the class will participate in an on-campus weekly practicum experience also at no cost to the student. Practicum sessions will be held each Friday from February 4 to May 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students may also seek out independent internship opportunities (paid or unpaid). Classroom instruction and practicum will be taught by tenured Gateway automotive department faculty.

Upon completion of the 45-hour classroom training and spring practicum, students will sit for Equipment and Engineering Training Council (EETC) Certification(s) in 2-Stroke, 4-Stroke and Electrical. Test fees of $49 each are the responsibility of the student. Required course text and study guides are also additional. Tool kits and repair manuals will be available for use during class.

Orientation will take place on December 13, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gateway Downtown Campus, 20 Church Street, New Haven, Room N103. Technical knowledge and mechanical aptitude will be assessed. Spots in the training will be determined following orientation. A high school diploma or GED is required. Complete a registration form to register for orientation. For more information, please contact CT-MET Coordinator Ann Harrison at (203) 285-2309 or

This program is pending approval as related instruction for a small engine mechanic Registered Apprenticeship with the CT Department of Labor. Other related instruction including safety, math and blueprint reading to be completed within the first year of a registered apprenticeship. Contact the program coordinator for details. This opportunity is made possible through Connecticut's Manufacturing, Energy and Transportation (CT-MET) Initiative.

Register for Free Gateway CC Transportation Training Program

Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut is now accepting registrations for its free Transportation Career Trainee Program. Participants will earn an industry-recognized safety credential, strengthen vital skills, knowledge and abilities, and be introduced to a variety careers in maintenance, repair and operations related to roads, rails, buses, trains and engines. Professionals with railroad, public transportation and mechanical experience teach key modules. Students will prepare for highly selective employment examinations, with a special focus on the railroad industry for those who are interested.

Classes will run from March 3, 2014 through May 30, 2014 from Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The final week of class will be a daytime only 30-Hour OSHA General Industry Training from May 27 to May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday).

All potential candidates must attend an orientation and pre-assessment session to be considered for this program. Candidates will be assessed for transferable skills and aptitude beginning with the orientation session. Spots in the training will be determined after orientation. Candidates may be referred to Associate Degree or credit certificate programs related to transportation. Successful completion of the Transportation Careers Trainee Program may be eligible for college credit. People with CDL licenses are especially encouraged to apply.

Course modules include:

• Blueprint and schematic diagram reading;

• Locomotive electrical components: troubleshooting; maintenance and repair (basic electricity & electronics; electrical measuring; electrical circuits; motor controls; A/C controls);

• Signaling equipment and infrastructure; wireless and mobile communications systems; basic GPS and GIS functions;

• Overview of vehicle operations; transit facility and maintenance practices;

• Communications skills overview and mock interviews; technical resume assistance; leading industry guest speakers; professional development advisement. Job placement is not guaranteed.

Candidates should expect to participate in an unpaid job shadowing experience. Students may also seek out independent internship opportunities (paid or unpaid).

Orientations will take place on December 13, 2013, January 3, 2014, and January 17, 2014. All orientations begin at 10 a.m. at the Gateway Downtown Campus, 20 Church Street, New Haven, Room N103. Complete a registration form to register for orientation. For more information, please contact CT-MET Coordinator Ann Harrison at (203) 285-2309 or

Precision Manufacturing & AutoCAD Classes at Gateway Community College

The Gateway Community College Workforce Development Institute still has room available in the following classes. Day and evening classes are available and are ideal for employee training and CEUs. To register, please contact Erika Lynch at 203-285-2302 or The Gateway Workforce Development Institute is located at Gateway Community College at 20 Church Street in downtown New Haven.


This course covers the basics of reading mechanical blueprints. Both the English and Metric systems are discussed. Various topics are covered such as the alphabet of lines, detail and assembly drawings, pictorial drawings, orthographic projection, auxiliary views, section views, dimensions, tolerances, threads, title blocks, revision blocks, bill of materials and standards of drawing paper. CRN 4262 Thursday, September 12 - October 10 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Frank Renaldi $239.00


The science of measurement as it applies to manufacturing processes. This course will study the various types of measuring devices and instrumentation widely used in the manufacturing industry. Differentiate between precision and semi-precision. Proper use of Scaled and Venire Instruments, Micrometers, Dial Indicators/Calipers, Gage Pins and Blocks will be discussed and demonstrated. Comparative methods using Sine Plates, Height and Surface Gages will also be covered. Students will learn the correct method of inspection based upon the accuracy of a components feature to be measured. CRN 4270 Saturday, October 5 - 19 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Room N004 Paul Delandra $229.00


This course will introduce students to the AutoCAD environment and operations. Topics include simple and complex drawing commands and modification, basic constructions and geometry, text manipulations, dimensioning and basic print layouts. CRN 4400 CEU 3.2 Saturday, October 5 - November 23 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Room N010 Joseph Kardos $459.00


Provides an affordable path for small- to mid-sized companies to become ISO compliant. ISO 9001:2008 provides an effective mechanism for interaction among participants in an enjoyable workshop format. The ISO 9001:2008 format provides ample opportunities for gaining insight into a variety of implementation strategies. CRN 4267 CEU 0.6 Monday & Wednesday, November 4 - 6 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $199.00


This course studies the industry accepted ANSI/ASME Y14.5-1994. This standard creates a unified symbolic language through which engineering requirements are specified on prints with respect to actual function and relationship of part features. Subject matters include the application of five categories of symbols: form, profile, run out, orientation, and location. Critical topics such as datums, feature control frames, and modifiers will also be discussed. CRN 4264 CEU 2.4 Saturday, November 9 - December 14 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Room N004 Frank Renaldi $459.00


Develops the concepts of a total quality system, including policies, objectives and organizations. Reviews such topics as cost of quality, planning, improvement techniques, reliability, supplier relations and evaluations, inspection, measurement and process control techniques, customer and consumer relations. CRN 4305 CEU 1.2 Monday & Wednesday, November 11 - 20 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $229.00


Presents a practical aid to management adapted from the science of statistics. The scope of study ranges from basic statistical concepts to techniques for the cost and quality control with emphasis on control by charting and acceptance sampling. The computer is utilized as an aid in calculation and control chart preparation. CRN 4268 CEU 2.7 Monday & Wednesday, November 25 - December 18 (No class November 27) 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Room N004 Samuel Eskridge $459.00


Basic concepts and techniques of CNC programming with emphasis on multi-axis machining and methods of handling part geometry. Instruction in current standard CNC language programming through use of simulation software and realistic exercises. WINTER 2014 CEU 3.0 Monday & Wednesday, January 6 - February 10 (No class January 20) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room TBA Joseph Kardos $459.00


Advanced problem-solving and programming techniques with emphasis on complex part programming. Transition from programming to hands-on set-ups and production using concrete component projects. WINTER 2014 CEU 3.0 Monday & Wednesday, February 12 - March 19 (No class February 17) 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Room TBA Joseph Kardos $459.00


Advanced programming and machining techniques are employed in the manufacture of complex components, requiring multi-stage set-ups and activities with multi-axis requirements. Coming in April 2014.

Study Finds Half of STEM Jobs Do Not Require a Four-Year Degree

This article was adapted from an article appearing on on June 10, 2013.

About 20 percent of all American jobs are now in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, with half of those open to workers who don't have a four-year college degree, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution called "The Hidden STEM Economy."

Those jobs constitute a "hidden STEM economy," the Washington, D.C.-based think tank says, because they are "prevalent in every large metropolitan area," but many people believe at least a bachelor's degree is necessary to work in careers that require STEM skills. Many of these so-called "blue-collar" stem jobs are in construction, installation, manufacturing and health care. They include registered nurses, mechanics, carpenters and electricians.

"Of the $4.3 billion spent annually by the federal government on STEM education and training, only one-fifth goes towards supporting sub-bachelor's level training, while twice as much supports bachelor's or higher level-STEM careers," the report says. "The vast majority of National Science Foundation spending ignores community colleges. In fact, STEM knowledge offers attractive wage and job opportunities to many workers with a post-secondary certificate or associate's degree."

STEM jobs that don't require a four-year degree pay about $53,000 on average, about 10 percent higher than non-STEM jobs available to people with similar education backgrounds. "Today, there are two STEM economies. The professional STEM economy of today is closely linked to graduate school education, maintains close links with research universities, but functions mostly in the corporate sector. It plays a vital function in keeping American businesses on the cutting edge of technological development and deployment. Its workers are generally compensated extremely well," the report says. "The second STEM economy draws from high schools, workshops, vocational schools and community colleges. These workers today are less likely to be directly involved in invention, but they are critical to the implementation of new ideas, and advise researchers on feasibility of design options, cost estimates, and other practical aspects of technological development."

Of the country's 200 largest metropolitan areas, Silicon Valley's economy most relies on STEM workers, with a third of all employees in San Jose working in STEM jobs. Tech hubs such as San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Denver, Austin, Houston, Raleigh (a banking hub) and Hartford, Conn., are also STEM hotbeds, according to the report.

Gateway Community College Small Engine Repair & Technology Program

The new Gateway Community College Small Engine Repair & Technology program provides the skills needed to perform small engine repairs and offers the option to test for the Equipment and Engineering Training Council (EETC) Certification. This intensive, 36-hour program includes three workshops designed to provide classroom and hands-on training in order to maintain, troubleshoot, identify problems and make repairs on a variety of small engine types. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest Occupational Outlook Handbook, the small engine mechanic field will see a 21% increase in job growth between now and 2020. For those with formal training, the outlook is particularly bright. Recent stories in the media also point to the explosive growth in sales of generators, snow blowers, riding lawn mowers, home-garden tractors and all kinds of motorized outdoor equipment.

The Gateway program will run on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. from May 16 through June 14 on Gateway's Long Wharf Campus at 60 Sargent Drive in New Haven. The 10th day is the testing day, when students can opt to be tested for the EETC Certification in three types of small engine repair.

The course outline includes:

Small Engine Technology 1 – the Basics. This workshop provides information on safety, tools, fuel, chemicals, starting and charging the equipment.

Small Engine Technology 2 - Principles of operation. The second workshop provides classroom and hands-on training in inspection, disassembly, reconditioning, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting.

Small Engine Technology 3 – Equipment. The last workshop features classroom and hands-on training on a variety of machines including lawn equipment, tractors, snow throwers, personal watercraft and generators as well as transmission drive systems.

The total cost of the program is $2,500, which includes a tool kit, texts and selected manuals. Gateway offers a payment plan for the program. For complete information or to register, contact Ann Harrison at 203-285-2309 or

Women in Science Fair April 3

Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) has invited six accomplished female scientists to speak with students at the fifth annual Scott Lawrence Pond Memorial Women in Science Seminar on Wednesday, April 3, from 11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. The seminar will be held in Room E440 of Ekstrom Hall located at 750 Chase Parkway in Waterbury.

Women in Science provides a forum in which local women scientists share their work and describe their personal and intellectual journey toward joining their respective fields. NVCC students and approximately 75 local middle school girls will attend to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career paths. The public is also invited to register for the free event by calling 203-575-8065.

"We are very pleased to host this event for the fifth time," said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. "We are particularly glad to do so this year in concert with the very exciting Connecticut State Bio Initiative, which is bringing the Jackson Labs to the UConn Health Center campus. This is an excellent time for women to consider a STEM career in our state and programs like the Women in Science seminar are introducing our students and local middle school students to the fascinating career opportunities available for women in STEM fields."

A brief luncheon will be provided following the event to encourage one-on-one conversations with the speakers, who include:

• Dr. Ruth Washington, founder and president of Forward Education Consulting, LLC, and former professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Storrs;

• Keshia Ashe, chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate at UConn Health Center and co-founder of ManyMentors, a nonprofit organization focused on connecting middle and high school students interested in STEM fields with college-aged mentors;

• Dr. Carol Rizzolo, professor and researcher with a focus on the psychology and mythology of death;

• Dr. Yih-Woei Fridell, assistant professor of molecular biology in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UConn with a research focus on the aging process;

• Mary Angelicola, former NVCC and Waterbury State Tech student with a career focus in industrial and commercial environmental management and manufacturing engineering; and

• Rabia Baz, chemical engineer at Evonik Industries, chair for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in New Haven, and NVCC graduate.

Call 203-575-8065 for more information on the Women in Science Seminar.

Next Generation Connecticut STEM Videos

The University of Connecticut's "Next Generation Connecticut" initiative has created several videos about science, technology, engingeering, and math (STEM) careers and programs at UConn. Next Generation Connecticut is Governor Dannel Malloy's proposal to greatly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the STEM disciplines at UConn over the next decade. Click here to watch videos about UConn initiatives in areas including digital media, smart robotic drones, biodiesel fuel, robotics, and stem cells.

Governor Malloy Announces ‘Next Generation Connecticut’ Proposal

On January 31, 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy announced 'Next Generation Connecticut,' a $1.5 billion investment in UConn to support major expansions across three campuses. The proposed initiative seeks to bring thousands of jobs to the state, and, over the next ten years, catalyze hundreds of millions of dollars in research investment and business activity.

"Connecticut used to lead the world when it came to innovation--we had more patents, more groundbreaking discoveries than anywhere else in the world. Somewhere along the way the world caught up. This is about to change," said Governor Malloy. "By targeting state resources to our flagship university we ensure that our young people have the skills they need to fill the jobs we are so aggressively pursuing."

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman added, "This initiative will fuel Connecticut's economy with new technologies and companies, patents, licenses, and high-wage STEM jobs. UConn will be not just a great place to get an education, but will be a driver of job creation and economic growth now and for generations to come."

Among other STEM-related investments and goals, the Next Generation Connecticut proposal calls for:

• Expansion of the School of Engineering by increasing enrollment by 70 percent.

• A 47 percent expansion in the total number of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduates.

• Addition of 50 STEM doctoral fellowships and creation of the premier STEM honors program in the U.S.

• $1.54 billion in bonding to construct new STEM facilities, build out teaching and research labs, upgrade information technology, and renovate and build additional housing and parking.

Over the next ten years, the curricular expansion and focus on STEM is expected to attract $270 million in research dollars and $527 million in business activity. The proposal will create 30,000 construction jobs and support 4,050 permanent jobs.

Data shows that from 2000 to 2010, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs, and unemployment in the STEM fields are 4.4 percent lower. Responding to the needs of business, the Governor's plan will increase STEM graduates by 47 percent, turning out a workforce that is trained for real-world jobs.

The Next Generation Connecticut proposal, announced at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, is part of the Governor's legislative package which will be unveiled on February 6.


The CT State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education has announced that the three new community college manufacturing centers – in addition to the existing center at Asnuntuck Community College (Enfield) – are currently enrolling students for the fall 2012 semester with an expected Advanced Manufacturing Certificate completion date of May 2013. The funding for the new manufacturing centers at Housatonic (Bridgeport), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury) and Quinebaug Valley (Danielson) was included in the bipartisan Jobs Bill considered by the legislature and signed by the Governor last year.

"Last year on my Jobs Tour, I visited dozens of businesses in our state and one constant refrain I heard was the need for an educated and skilled workforce, particularly within the manufacturing sector. If we're going to increase job growth and remain competitive, we must be aware of how critically important it is for manufacturers to have access to employees with an advanced skill set," Governor Dannel P. Malloy said. "Having a workforce that is able to fill these jobs is vital to spurring economic growth, and these manufacturing centers will play a significant role in boosting those efforts."

"These centers will provide the training and experience necessary for our students to fill the positions that exist in advanced manufacturing in our state," said Board of Regents President Robert A. Kennedy. "Following the successful Asnuntuck model, these three new centers will serve more students from across our state and ensure that they are ready to compete in the 21st century global economy."

Students who earn their 16-credit Machine Technology Level I Certificate will receive a primary level of essential skills and knowledge in the machining area of manufacturing. This certificate provides essential entry level skills by combining hands-on instruction, interactive lab experiences, theory and possible on-site manufacturing internships. Successful mastery of this certificate is required for entry into the Advanced Manufacturing Machine Technology Level II Certificate. The 18-credit Level II Certificate will provide additional skills to those seeking employment in machine technology and CNC manufacturing environments. Additionally, credits earned in this certificate may be applied to the College of Technology's (COT) Technology Studies Advanced Manufacturing degree option, which may be used for seamless transfer to several four-year universities including Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.

Students who enroll in these programs may be eligible for financial aid. In addition, these certificates are Workforce Investment Act (WIA) approved and qualify for assistance under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). Interested students can learn more about the program by visiting or by contacting any of the following people:

Jodi Calvert (General Inquiries) Manufacturing Centers Coordinator 860-885-2601

Housatonic Community College:

Bill Griffin 203-332-5056

Naugatuck Valley Community College:

Mia Samsel 203-596-8690

Quinebaug Valley Community College:

Mark Vesligaj 860-412-7230

Asnuntuck Community College:

Paul Felici 860-253-3189

To learn more about the CT Board of Regents and to read this article please click here.

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