A total of 756 students worked their way through Mizzou Arena on Feb. 7 in search of a cutting-edge job or internship. And 117 companies were there to greet them at the Spring 2018 Mizzou Engineering Career Fair, looking for their next hard-working employees.
For many of the current employees manning the various booths, however, it was an interesting look back. Many of the 117 employers who visited the Career Fair have had excellent experiences with hiring Mizzou Made engineers in the past, and many sent MU Engineering alums to staff their booths.
In other words, these recruiters had a unique perspective. They’d been on the other side of the table — some very recently.
“All of us are recent enough that we know how nerve-wracking it can be. I try to use that in the back of my mind. We know you’re nervous. It’s no big deal,” said Nathan Park, a 2014 MU Engineering alumnus who was at the Career Fair recruiting for Argus Consulting.
Brian McCullough is a manufacturing engineer with Altec, which provides high-quality products and services to electric utilities, telecommunications companies, tree care companies, light and sign companies and contractors. He’s also a 2013 alumnus of the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department. Altec is currently expanding, and McCullough convinced the company that spending time at the Career Fair was an excellent way to land quality engineers.
“I think it’s really important not only that we’re there but that we find good people. … And I’m pretty sure that Mizzou is going to put out some good people,” he explained.
Quantum Solutions, headquartered near St. Louis in Columbia, Ill., was also in the market for some brilliant future interns and employees. QSI’s Dave Menne remembered what it was like on the other side of that table. He landed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mizzou in 2011.
“Our company is more or less half Mizzou people, so we found that the engineering department does a good job preparing people for the real world. We like to come back. We’ve had a lot of success here,” Menne said.
“I got a co-op out of (the Career Fair when I was a student). It pretty much spear-headed my career. It got me experience and got me recognized.”
Argus Consulting, a fueling systems design company located in Overland Park, Kan., has had plenty of luck with Mizzou Engineering alums of late. Argus sent a trio of recent alumni in search of more Mizzou Engineers — Seth Newbold (BS EE ’13), Park (BS ME ’14) and Claire Stockman (BS CIE ’16). Given their recent track record, it’s no wonder Argus is committed to attending the Career Fair and seeking out the best and brightest the MU College of Engineering has to offer.
“As Argus has been growing, I’ve noticed even while recruiting, Argus has taken a lot of action to sponsor (college events). … It’s something we’re taking effort to do,” Stockman said.