More than 90 employers set up tables on the basketball courts to showcase their companies and talk with interested students at the 2015 engineering job fair last Thursday.
Some of the notable companies who flooded the New Balance Rec Center include General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Bath Iron Works, and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
“The competition at the job fair is pretty high,” Samuel Pierce, a third-year mechanical engineering student, said. “There are a lot of companies here, but there are a lot of students applying to the jobs they offer.”
The event was organized jointly by the University of Maine College of Engineering and the Career Center. The Career Center specializes in helping students search for jobs in their field and help them prepare their resumes and cover letters.
Organizers gave out name tags at the door and took professional photographs for participants. Many students dressed professionally, adorned in suits and ties.
“It is usually a big event every year,” Adam Bucknell, a third year computer science student, said. “Every year there are new companies to look into and new positions available.”
Many companies hire UMaine students as part of their workforce, and all engineering majors were represented by the employers and had positions designed for them. Positions included full-time jobs, internships or co-ops for the spring, summer or fall.
“We are ecstatic with the number of students that came by,” Kevin Reed, a fourth-year engineer at Sappi Fine Paper, said. “We have a lot of chemical engineering interns so it is nice to see.”
“We have seen a variety of students of all disciplines,” Adam Brewer, the senior sales engineer for New England Controls, said. New England Controls is a local business partner for Emerson Process Management.
The University of Maine Career Center is also holding the 2016 Career Fair which will be held on Feb. 3, 2016 in the New Balance Student Recreation and Fitness Center. The event is open to all majors and will feature organizations such as Bangor Savings Bank, Lucas Tree Experts and Athenahealth.