Working in the 21st Century

The landscape for skilled workers in the shipbuilding/marine and advanced manufacturing trades has changed drastically in recent decades. Here at the SAMI Program we offer training for the job opportunities outlined below. In the 21st century not only have manufacturing wages increased dramatically, but the skills required to work these jobs have also changed. Gone are the days when materials were manufactured by hand on an assembly line. Workers are now required to utilize computerized equipment to ensure precision and accuracy in every aspect of their job. SAMI is here to bridge the gap between unemployed Rhode Island residents and well-paying manufacturing jobs.  Employers looking to hire through SAMI seek candidates that enjoy physically demanding work, are willing to comply with safety procedures and guidelines and have excellent work ethic. Click on each job title for more information.


Welders use both traditional and state of the art welding equipment (by hand-welding or flame cutting) to weld together steel plates, angles, channels, and other components.

  • Average Entry Level Annual Wage = $29,580
  • Average Annual Wage = $45,160


Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments and may also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines. They are able to set up and operate both manual and CNC machines by reading and following a variety of blue prints and diagrams.

  • Average Entry Level Annual Wage = $30,230
  • Average Annual Wage = $46,080



What is SAMI?

The SAMI Program makes things happen! Since opening in 2013 SAMI has connected hundreds of individuals to employers upon program completion. SAMI’s goal is to train and deliver skilled entry level individuals who are reliable and productive workers and give them the opportunity to secure jobs with about 100 different employers.

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We’re preparing unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills required for some of the most in-demand careers!

Call us at 401-739-5000 ext. 3700 or email


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