College of Engineering to host Engineering Day

The Florida A&M-Florida State College of Engineering will host its bi-annual Engineering Day on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Engineering Day is a career fair for students to meet employers and search for full-time, part-time, co-op and internship opportunities in their prospective fields.

Chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, environmental, computer and biomedical engineering students are all welcome to attend. All students are to bring copies of their résumés and dress in appropriate business attire.

“It’s extremely vital on all spectrums for students to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Melissa Forges, assistant director of engineering recruitment services. “It provides exposure for students to help them start thinking about their careers.”

This opportunity provides freshmen a chance to gain internships, practice their networking skills and create relationships with future employers. For seniors, graduate and doctoral students who are ready to enter the work force, employers will be in attendance looking to fill job positions.

Joseph Petit-Homme, a senior mechanical engineering student from Vero Beach, Fla., said the career fair is a vital resource for his goals.

“As a graduating senior, this year’s Engineering Day is more important than ever,” Petit-Homme said. “I can appreciate the extensive measurements FAMU has taken to ensure that graduating students get good jobs and internships for non-graduating students. My résumés are already printed and [my] elevator pitch practiced.”

Fifty-five companies will attend, ranging from those based locally to globally. Among the companies attending include the Naval Air System Command, Atkins Global, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, General Motors, BMW Manufacturing Co. and the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

Emanuel Odies, a senior civil engineering and environmental engineering student from Lake Worth, Fla., said his goal is to network effectively.

“I want to build relationships with various engineering firms,” Odies said. “My goal is to obtain a career opportunity that will allow me to showcase my leadership skills while utilizing my formal education in civil and environmental engineering.”  

Scott Soliz, a senior civil engineering student from Miami, is looking forward to the Engineering Day.

“I definitely hope to obtain a job offer or two at Engineering Day,” Soliz said.

Forges said companies are looking for students who are knowledgeable in their fields and willing to learn.

“Students are to bring their A-game and a good attitude,” Forges said.