Category Archives: Choosing a Major, Minor, Certificate

Selecting a Major

If you are still deciding on a major, there are several items you may want to consider.

1. Meet with an academic advisor before you leave for campus for the summer.

– Biomedical Mr. Mike Labeau (344 M&M, malabeau@mtu.edu))
– BSE & Engineering Undecided Ms. Amy Monte (112C Dillman, efadvise@mtu.edu)
– Civil & Environmental Ms. Julie Ross (103 Dillman, jzross@mtu.edu)
– Chemical Ms. Katie Torrey (202M Chem Sci, cmadvise@mtu.edu)
– Computer Mr. Trever Hassell (131 EERC, tjhassel@mtu.edu)
– Electrical Ms. Judy Donahue (131 EERC, eceadvise@mtu.edu)
– Geological Ms. Kelly McLean (627 DOW, kelly@mtu.edu)
– Materials Dr. Daniel Seguin (U-101 M&M, mseadvise@mtu.edu)
– Mechanical Mr. Ryan Towles (205A MEEM, ratowles@mtu.edu)

2. Take an engineering seminar course Fall 2016 to see if a particular major is right for you. The courses that are offered are listed below.

– Biomedical BE2100
Chemical CM1000
Civil CE1000
Computer EE1111
Electrical EE1111
Environmental ENVE1501
– Geological GE1100
Exploring Majors at Michigan Tech – Sciences and Arts Undecided SA1000
– Career Development Foundations UN2525

3. Meet with Career Services for career guidance, discuss your MyPlan results, or gain career development strategies.

4. Check out the information about different engineering fields at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.

Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview.

Get your resume reviewed at a Resume Blitz (starting Feb 9).

When you have your resume ready, submit it for your Advising: Gen Eng assignment (needs to be submitted each year).

Getting Started: Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.

Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview. Continue reading

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, 10/08/2014, 6pm, U115 M&M). You are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).

  • Biomedical: 10/14/2014, 5pm, U115 M&M
  • Chemical: during CM1000, 10/16/2014, 11:05am, 103 EERC
  • Civil: during CE1000, 10/13/2014, 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, 10/14/2014, 2:05pm, 101 Chem Sci
  • General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/08/2014, 6pm, U115 M&M
  • Geological: during GE1100, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (jsgierke@mtu.edu)
  • Materials: please schedule an appointment with Dr. Seguin (mseadvise@mtu.edu)
  • Mechanical: 10/13/2014, 5pm, 641 DOW

Preparing to Get a Job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2014 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.mtu.edu/career/fair/students:

  • Resume Blitz: The Van Pelt and Opie Library , September 17, 18, 24, and 25, 11am-2pm
  • Career Fair Preparation: The Van Pelt and Opie Library, September 17, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Mock Interviews: Admin Building 220, September 22-26, 9am-4pm, one-on-one mock interview
  • Career Fair Cookout: Career Fest Tent outside Library, September 29, 11am-2pm
  • SWE ‘Evening with Industry’: MUB Ballroom, September 29, Social 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm, Information elpoli@mtu.edu, Cost $20, Tickets MUB 106 M-F 10-2pm
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 30, noon-6pm

Fall Career Fair 2014 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.

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.

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