The job search will begin for new graduates, who will be competing against legions of prospective applicants in just a few months. Here are several career fairs across the country that can help boost chances of getting hired in the manufacturing and engineering fields.
Jan. 17, University of Michigan, Pierpont, Duderstadt Center
Students who attend this career fair committed to startups may find a different kind of company culture among exhibiting employers — and prospective applicants are encouraged to check them out to get a better sense of what to expect. Attending companies represent engineering, physics and art and design fields, among others, and students can filter their searches or find jobs here.
Jan. 29, Reed Arena
One of the largest student-run engineering career fairs in the nation, this event has as many as 6,000 engineering and industrial distribution student attendees, who have an opportunity to get an internship or a full-time position with top companies.
Jan. 30, Main Campus
This three-day career fair involves a wide spectrum of majors. Students of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Businesses and DAAP can talk to professionals in creative and design fields during the first day, while engineering and computer majors can talk to employers in the technical fields on day two. A list of participating employers is already posted on the school website.
Feb. 6, The McKimmon Center
North Carolina State University claims that its engineering career fair is one of the country’s largest career fairs that connect engineering students with government organizations and hundreds of companies. Mechanical, computer and aerospace engineering companies participating this year are looking to recruit mechanical, computer and aerospace majors, to name a few.
Feb. 8, Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center
Free to the public, this job fair held by the Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center of Wright College in Chicago requires professional dress and plenty of resumes. For more information, contact Jose Reaves here.
Feb. 12, Hilton Coliseum & Scheman Building
At this career fair, engineering students can network, connect with more than 250 organizations, or simply get more information about different companies ranging from aerospace to materials science engineering.
Feb. 19, California State University, Bell Auditorium
Attendees of this fair will include majors in electrical engineering, computer science, sustainable manufacturing and more. Past company participants have included Harder Mechanical, Intel and Chevron. Early confirmations are encouraged and a full list of companies attending can be found here.
Feb. 26, FARGODOME (Business, Agriculture and Liberal Arts)
Feb. 27, FARGODOME (Engineering & Technology)
Students can jump-start their careers in a variety of fields during this two-day event at NDSU. While the fair is not open to the public, the university says that in 2012, 1,254 students and alumni attended the expo. Employers interested in attending can register for the two-day event now, and students can get a head-start and check out the companies scheduled to participate.
March 26, Hampton Roads Convention Center
At this career expo held in partnership with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Six Peninsula school divisions, students can sharpen their job-application skills through mock interview training, and polish their resumes with the help of feedback from career professionals. Exhibitors will include companies from the STEM, green, advanced manufacturing and shipbuilding sectors.
April 10, Bryan, Tex.
A fair for high school juniors and seniors, the Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley’s career expo encourages students to acquire the right skills for employment in five specific career clusters presented at this year’s event: Manufacturing/Production, Energy, Education/Government, Health Care, Construction and Retail/Hospitality.
Graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy can check out these conferences spanning both coasts.