Three new state-of-the-art Electrical Technology Labs and classrooms will ensure that electrical technology

students trained at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology are on the cutting edge of a rapidly changing field. In addition to Electro-mechanical and Wiring Methods Laboratories, the College is also unveiling a Renewable Energy Laboratory that includes both lecture and lab space to train students in emerging technologies like photovoltaic and wind power. Congressman Michael Capuano, Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, and City Council President Bill Linehan were present to christen the official opening of these innovative facilities on Tuesday, October 26th. Congressman Capuano mentioned that these new labs were a great advancement for this institution , and even goes as far to say that This institution [BFIT] is an incredible value to this community as a whole and to Massachusetts . Graduates of the College s two-year degree program in Electrical Technology leave with the 600 classroom hours needed to sit for the Commonwealth s Journeyman Electrician exam. Electricians today do a lot more than just hang pipe and pull wires, said Professor Tracey Arvin, chair of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology s Electrical Technologies Department. These laboratories mean our graduates will be better prepared to perform installation and maintenance work on large complex jobs like the Cape Wind project. The new teaching facilities, wired by Interstate Electrical Services Corporation, were made possible in part, thanks to a generous gift from Benjamin Franklin graduates George ( 50) and Melvin( 42) Hurwitz of Broadway Electrical Company, Inc. The Electrical Technology Program, the College s second largest program after its Automotive Technology Program, currently serves about 67 students, and the number is expected to rise in coming years. [Click here to see a full list of donors who have made these new Electrical Technologies Labs possible] Related Topics: [Click here to see a full description of our three new ET labs] [Click here to read the Boston Globe article on BFIT and the new ET labs] [Click here to read the South End Patch article on BFIT and the new ET labs]

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