Archives—September 2013

First-Year Advising Meetings

During fall semester, all academic advisors meet with first-year students to go over the requirements for the department, scheduling, and degree options. Students who are undecided (General Engineering) about which engineering discipline they want to pursue should attend the meeting with Engineering Fundamentals (General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science, 10/09/2013, 6pm, U115 M&M). These students are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).

  • Biomedical: 10/14/2013, 6pm, 641 DOW
  • Chemical: 10/16/2013, 5:30pm, 102 Chem Sci
  • Civil: during CE1000, 10/7/2013, 2:05pm, G002 Forestry
  • Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify students via e-mail, 131 EERC (non-majors e-mail eceadvise@mtu.edu)
  • Environmental: during ENVE1501, other students by appointment, e-mail Ms. Ross (jzross@mtu.edu)
  • General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/09/2013, 6pm, U115 M&M
  • Geological: during GE1100, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (jsgierke@mtu.edu)
  • Materials: please schedule an appointment with Ms. Kramer (mseadvise@mtu.edu)
  • Mechanical: 10/14/2013, 3pm, 111 MEEM

Career Professionalism

So, you are planning to go to the Fall Career Fair (September 24, noon-6pm, SDC). What do you need to prepare? What should you expect?

  • Dress nicely. You do not need a suit; a nice shirt/blouse and slacks will do.
  • Go prepared to tell them what you can do for them and why you are interested in working with their company.
  • Prepare a resume.
  • Publish your resume on HuskyJOBS and bring paper copies with you.

Present yourself well. Everyone knows that companies will look at resumes and transcripts. Other things to consider:

  • If you are not using your Michigan Tech e-mail address, be sure your personal e-mail address is professional.
  • Listen to your phone message to be sure that it is professional.
  • Google yourself and be aware of what information is on your Facebook account.

For events that can help you get ready for the Career Fair, see the Career Services calendar.


Fall Career Fair: September 24, noon-6pm, SDC

Fall Career Fair 2013 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment which can help in making career decisions. A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at www.career.mtu.edu). A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.


Last Day to Drop Without a “W” (Withdrawal) is September 20, 2013 (Friday, Week 3)

All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class after orientation. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes after 1st week.

When a student drops a full semester class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 10th weeks, a withdrawal grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do.


Preparing To Get A Job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2012 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.mtu.edu/career/:

  • Resume Blitz: MUB Commons, September 12, 17, and 18, 11am-2pm
  • Interview Skills Week: Admin Building 220, September 16-20, 9am-4pm, one-on-one mock interview
  • SWE ‘Evening with Industry’: MUB Ballroom, September 23, 5:15-8:30pm, for info swe.students.mtu.edu or swe@mtu.edu
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 24, noon – 6pm

No Time For Lunch?

Do you have a meal plan with the Residence Hall but skip lunch because you have classes through lunch time? You could get a bag lunch from your dining hall, and here is how it works:

Dining Service provides bag lunches for students in the residence halls that cannot make it to lunch due to their class schedule (note, class schedules will be checked to confirm lunch-time conflicts). To request a lunch, ask any dining services staff person for a Bag Lunch form. To complete the form, you will need to specify service days and pickup times. Bag lunches, which will require a swipe when picked up, include a sandwich of your choice, fruit, chips, yogurt, and cookie. You will need to pick up your bag lunch at your dining hall.


Writing Professional E-mails

Professional e-mails (those going to a professor or to a prospective employer) are different from personal e-mails or text messages in several ways.

  • Include a descriptive and detailed subject line for the e-mail. See the following examples:
    • Poor: I have a question
    • Better: ENG1101 Homework
    • Best: ENG1101 Homework due 9/12/2013, Problem 3.5
  • Address the person you are e-mailing (e.g., Hello Dr. Smith,).
  • Use full sentences.
  • Use capitals and punctuation.
  • Do not shorten words (i.e., use “you” instead of “u”).
  • Spell check the e-mail.
  • Sign the e-mail.
    • Thank you,
    • Your Name
    • Your Contact Information

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First-Year Courses (what do I take next)

The courses in which you enroll during your first 2-3 semesters at Michigan Tech will depend largely upon your initial math placement, and somewhat upon your intended major. For course descriptions, go to the Michigan Tech undergraduate course descriptions.

If you start out in Calculus I (MA1160) or higher,$ your approximate schedule for your first two semesters will be (see your academic advisor for any changes):

Fall 1 (15-17 credits) Spring 1 (15-17 credits)
MA1160 or higher$ – Calculus I (4-5) *
ENG1101 – Engineering Analysis & Problem Solving (3)*
PH1100 – Physics Lab (1)*
CH1150 – Chemistry I (3)**
CH1151 – Chemistry I Lab (1)
UN1015 – Composition (3) (English)
MA2160 or higher$ – Calculus II (4)
ENG1102 – Engineering Modeling & Design (3)
PH2100 – Physics I (3)
Major Specific Elective (1-4)
UN1025 – Global Issues (3) (Social Studies)

* Learning community scheduled: Groups of 20-24 students are scheduled in the indicated classes.
** Chemistry readiness guidelines
$ Typical Math sequence: MA1160 or MA1161, MA2160, MA3160, (MA2321 and MA3521) or (MA2320, MA3520). NOTE: Electrical Engineering students typically take MA2320/1 and MA3520/1 before MA3160. Computer Engineering degree does not require MA3160.

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First-Year Engineering Learning Center

Engineering Fundamentals has a First-Year Engineering Learning Center for students taking first-year ENG courses. If you have questions regarding your ENG course you can see your instructor or go to the First-Year Engineering Learning Center.

  • Room: 208 Dillman
  • Sunday – Thursday
  • 7-9pm
  • Staffed with Coaches

Dillman 208 is also open for students to do homework when there is not a class in the room.

If you need help with other classes, there are other learning centers available across campus.