As with every type of organization, Michigan Technological University (also known as “Tech,” “MTU,” and “Michigan Tech”) has a unique language and associated acronyms. The following are some definitions to help you learn Michigan Tech’s unique language.
Mr. John Rockwell, founder of Element Partners, a Michigan Tech alumnus and former Husky hockey player, will be speaking to all 1st-year engineering students.
- Tuesday, August 30, 2011; 6-7pm, Rozsa Center
Whether you have decided to change your major, retake a class, or just want classes at different times, you may find yourself wondering if you should change your schedule. Fall 2011 registration will be open most of the summer, with a brief shutdown in mid-July. Before rescheduling classes, make sure that there are seats available in the classes that you intend to switch into. If you are changing your major and are unsure of which classes to take, contact that major’s academic advisor (www.mtu.edu/student-affairs/interests/handbook/academic/advisors/). If you need to get into a class that is full, here are some options:
- Check to see if there are open sections that may fit in your schedule if you move other classes. Double check seating availability for all classes that you will need to move before changing your schedule.
- Contact the department of the class that is full to see if you can get into the class.
- If you cannot get into a class, contact your academic advisor to see what other class you should take.
If a class is full, or you do not have the pre-reqs or there is a major or class restriction, then you will need a waiver to get into the class; contact the department offering the class.
If you do not plan to return to Michigan Tech in Fall 2011, you will need to officially withdraw from the university. For information on how to do this go to the following website: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/policies/withdrawal/.
The PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) first-year design competition is for engineering students taking ENG1102, Engineering Modeling and Design. The PACE partnership is made up of leading software and manufacturing companies: GM, Autodesk, Hewlet Packard, Siemens, and Sun Oracle. For this year’s competition, the field was first eliminated to 16 semi- finalists and then reduced to 8 finalists. Continue reading
A student that is on probation two semesters in a row is automatically suspended from the university (see www.admin.mtu.edu/catalog/university/academic/#standing). The student is able to appeal the suspension by submitting a petition on-line at www.sa.mtu.edu/dean/forms.html by clicking on the link “Petition to Appeal Academic Suspension/Dismissal.” When filling out this form, it is best to prepare answers in a word processor that will allow a spell check. Proof read the responses before copying and pasting them into the on-line form. For a first notice of academic suspension, when the appeal is not granted, the student is not allowed to attend Michigan Tech for at least one semester plus a summer. It is recommended that the student spend this time productively, for example by gaining employment and/or taking classes at another institution.
Taking classes during the summer can help lighten a student’s course load or help the student get back on track. Students may take classes at Michigan Tech or on-line during the summer or at another institution. See the links below for more information:
- Taking Summer Classes: January 2011 Newsletter, www.geneng.mtu.edu/newsletter/
- On-line Courses: www.techonline.mtu.edu
- Transfer: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/transfer/
Before taking a class at another college or university, you should check with the Michigan Tech Transfer Office to be sure that it will transfer as the course you need.
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, email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Civil and Environmental: Ms. Julie Ross, 103 Dillman, email@example.com, 487-3410
- Computer and Electrical: Ms. Judy Donahue, 131 EERC, firstname.lastname@example.org, 487-2232
- General/Undecided Engineering and BS in Engineering: Ms. Amy Monte and Dr. AJ Hamlin, 112C Dillman, email@example.com, 487-3057
- Geological: Dr. John Gierke, 405 DOW, firstname.lastname@example.org, 487-2535
- Materials: Ms. Ruth Kramer, U101 M&M, email@example.com, 487-3375
- Mechanical: Ms. Danise Jarvey, 205A MEEM, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Ryan Towles, 204 MEEM, email@example.com, for both use 487-2564
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 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.
Many students find courses outside their major that are of great interest to them. One way to receive formal recognition for taking such extra courses is by meeting the requirements for a minor or a certificate. Each option has a set of rules for meeting those requirements.
The purpose of a minor is to officially recognize a student who takes a prescribed set of courses in a discipline outside their major. To earn a minor, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in minor courses.
- Minimum of six credits must be 3000-level or higher and not used for degree (other than as free electives).
- Minimum of six credits of the 3000 level or higher minor-required courses at Michigan Tech.
- May not be completed after receiving a bachelor’s degree.
- May not be earned with the same title as the student’s major or major concentration for the student’s bachelor’s degree.