Engineering Fundamentals

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First-Year Advising Meetings

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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.

Preparing To Get A Job

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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

Choosing a major, choosing a career

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

One way to get information to help you make a decision regarding major and/or career is to find a summer internship or co-op working with engineers. Such experiences help you determine what work you enjoy, learn more about what engineers do, and explore different companies. Go to Career Day and start talking to companies (see the September blog “Career Day“).

Ms. Erin Zimmer: How to get hired, stay hired, and win in Corporate America – September 15, 6:30pm, MUB Ballroom B

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Ms. Erin Zimmer, Michigan Tech alumna, will give students tips from her recruiting and professional experiences. Topics will include:

  • Approaching and speaking to recruiters
  • Obtaining an interview
  • Interviewing advice
  • Sample interview questions

First-year advising meetings

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

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. These students are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).

  • Biomedical: 10/12/2011, 6pm, 641 DOW
  • Chemical: 10/10/2011, 6pm, 102 Chem Sci
  • Civil: during CE1000, 10/10/2011, 2pm, U115 M&M
  • Environmental: during ENVE1501, 10/11/2011, 2pm, 101 Chem Sci, other students by appointment, e-mail Ms. Ross (jzross@mtu.edu)
  • General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/11/2010, 6pm, 641 DOW
  • Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify you via e-mail, 131 EERC
  • Geological: during GE1100, 10/12/2011, 4pm, 320 Dillman, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (jsgierke@mtu.edu)
  • Materials: please schedule an appointment with Ms. Kramer (ruthie@mtu.edu)
  • Mechanical: 10/10/2011, 5:00pm, 112 MEEM

Looking ahead: preparing to get a job

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2011 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.career.mtu.edu/general/calendar.php:

  • Resume Blitz: MUB Commons, September 6, 7, 13, and 15, 11am-2pm
  • Career Development Conference: MUB Ballrooms, September 8 and 14, 11am-3pm.
  • Benefits of a Co-op or Internship: EERC 103, September 21, 6pm
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 27, noon – 6pm

How to Choose a Career/Major?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

There are many factors that go into choosing a career/major. Here are some steps to help:

  • Complete MyPlan on the Career Services web page (see details below).
  • Meet with Career Services to review MyPlan results.
  • Talk with engineers (parents, friends, home/local companies, etc.).
  • Talk to prospective department advisor.

Engineering Advisors Contact Information

  • Biomedical Engineering: Mr. Michael LaBeau, malabeau@mtu.edu
  • Chemical: Ms. Katie Torrey and Mr. David Zei, both use 202M ChemSci, 487-4327 or Dr. Faith Morrison, 304B ChemSci, 487-2050, for all use cmadvise@mtu.edu
  • Civil and Environmental: Ms. Julie Ross, 103 Dillman, jzross@mtu.edu, 487-3410
  • Computer and Electrical: Ms. Judy Donahue, 131 EERC, eccadvise@mtu.edu, 487-2232
  • General/Undecided Engineering and BS in Engineering: Ms. Amy Monte and Dr. AJ Hamlin, 112C Dillman, engadv@mtu.edu, 487-3057
  • Geological: Dr. John Gierke, 405 DOW, jsgierke@mtu.edu, 487-2535
  • Materials: Ms. Ruth Kramer, U101 M&M, ruthie@mtu.edu, 487-3375
  • Mechanical: Ms. Danise Jarvey, 205A MEEM, dnjarvey@mtu.edu or Mr. Ryan Towles, 204 MEEM, ratowles@mtu.edu, for both use 487-2564

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Preparing to Get Your First Job

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

As you plan your college career, think about what employers like to see on a resume.

  • Education: major, minor, and/or certification
  • Work experience: general employment, summer internship, and co-op
  • Special experience: study abroad (see the January blog “Looking Ahead“.) and examples of leadership
  • Service activities: volunteer efforts at any level

Work Experience

Work experience can come in many forms: general employment, summer internship, or co-op and each has many aspects that interest employers. Any type of employment can demonstrate reliability, dedication, independence, maturity, and team work. Summer internships may or may not include engineering experience, but co-op positions almost always do. Generally, a co-op student works on site for a company on an engineering project while receiving guidance/mentorship from a supervising engineer. Students who participate in a co-op experience are typically paid by the company. In addition, the student earns college credit while retaining full-time enrollment status at Michigan Tech.

Special Activities and Service

As people prepare their resumes, they usually think of listing college major, GPA, and work experience, but extra-curricular activities should not be forgotten. Employers are looking for students who are well rounded and service, leadership, and international experience are important. This experience can be obtained through athletic, professional, academic, and social organizations. If your resume needs some of this type of experience, it is important to get involved early. Start checking out organizations now and plan to join this spring or next fall.

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