Staying Current

Joe Mattiello

Joe Mattiello, RWU Class of 2013

Technology, Leadership and Management

Although he already had earned an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Joe Mattiello '13 was focused on advancing his career and expanding his options as a Field Application Engineer for Taco hydronic systems in Cranston, RI.

“Coming on board at Taco really allowed me to re-focus on my education. Whenever I bring people through the facility, I’m a walking commercial. I encourage people to take advantage of the opportunities for education that employers provide.”

RWU and University College helped Joe to transfer his past credits and experience, and a partnership between Taco and the University allowed Joe to take classes online on the Providence campus or even right in his company’s facility.

“Absolutely it can be tough to juggle everything. But I take my books with me when I travel for work, when I go to the gym, when I’m at the waiting room in the doctor’s office. I dedicate my Sunday mornings to school work – I make a full pot of coffee and I don’t leave the house until my work’s done," Mattiello said. "Is it tough? Absolutely. But it’s all worth it. I actually like it and I never thought I would be the one to say that.”

Two years later, Joe has increased his role at Taco, earned his Bachelor’s Degree and is starting his MBA program in the fall.

“I’m going to be 50 years old when I start my MBA. But with the job market the way it is, if you’re not current, you’re not marketable. Going to school helps me stay current and learn skills that I’m actually using the next day at work.”