Engineering students at Western Michigan University are invited this week to one of the best opportunities for engineering students all year.
The Engineering Expo will offer a variety of job opportunities for students on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will place in the main lobby of the Engineering and Applied Sciences Building on WMU’s Parkview Campus and is free and open to the public.
Chris Sell, assistant director of Career and Student Employment Services, said the Engineering Expo is designed with the College of Engineering and Applied Science students in mind.
“This event does not just apply to engineering majors; it applies to students studying Supply Chain Management, Computer Integrated Systems, Chemistry, and other majors as well,” Sell said. “Students from other colleges in the area are also welcome to come to the expo, and recent college graduates are also encouraged to attend.”
Over one hundred companies will be at the expo willing to talk to students. Sell said that some of the more formidable companies at the expo are Chrysler, Compuware, Consumers Energy, Domtar, Ford, Gentex Corp., Georgia Pacific, Kellogg, Nissan North America, Perrigo, Skanska USA, Stryker, TowerPinkster, Walbridge and Whirlpool.
Sell encourages students to research the companies that interest them before attending Engineering Expo. He said that students can prepare for the expo by checking out the website.
“Students should research the companies that are participating in the expo,” Sell said. He also said that students can learn more about the companies that are coming and will gain more knowledge about the products that some of the companies create and distribute.
Sell said that students that are interested in attending Engineering Expo should wear professional business attire and bring multiple copies of their resume.
Sell said that drop-in career advising office hours are available every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the advising complex at Parkview.
“Students are encouraged to come to the career advising office hours before the event to get advice on their resume and how to prepare for the event,” Sell said.
The Engineering Expo has continued to grow rapidly over the years. Sell said that 46 companies were at the event in 2010, 86 companies in 2011 and 105 companies this year.
“This year, there is a wealth of companies open to talking about the internships and jobs they have to offer at this one event, and students should definitely take advantage of this opportunity,” Sell said.
Sell said that attending career fairs is a natural part of the career finding process.
“You get the chance to network with companies, learn about and pursue career opportunities and potentially find a co-op, internship or future professional career opportunities,” he said.