HOUGHTON - "Swipe your ID, grab a book, get a job."
With those words, Michigan Technological University students entered the Student Development Complex gymnasium Tuesday to meet with prospective employers at Tuesday's Fall Career Fair.
Two-hundred-eighty companies registered for Tuesday's event, said Jim Turnquist, director of career services at Tech. Firms included the Big Three auto manufacturers, several Tier 1 suppliers and other top companies in utilities, oil, mining and chemical engineering, among other fields.
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Environmental engineering major Taylor Domagalla talks with Mike Ostendorf of SEH Services at Tech’s Fall Career Fair Tuesday. Two-hundred-eighty companies were registered.
"Just about all of them that would come here in the past when times were good, they're all coming back, and they're all hiring," he said.
Turnquist estimated that 60 percent of the students at the fair would get some kind of job offer.
"You go to a lot of schools, the students have to go on the Web and search for employment," Turnquist said. "Here, the companies come to the schools. You can't get much better than that."
The job fair was only part of a week of activities that included the "Ride and Drive" event with GM and Chrysler, boat rides on Portage Lake from Mercury Marine, and a picnic by Kohler.
Taylor Domagalla was looking for an internship in her major of environmental engineering, preferably in solid waste management, remediation work or water projects.
She was hoping for some real-world experience to supplement her schoolwork. And she wasn't alone.
"I think that companies need to have more representatives, because there are a lot of us looking for work, and it took a long time," said Domagalla, who was standing behind a line of several students after a talk with SEH Services. "Other than that, I liked the career fair."
Civil engineering major Troy Sabo is graduating in December. He was looking for a job in the rail industry.
So far Tuesday, Sabo had talked to a handful of businesses. He was feeling good about the outcome.
"I've had some pretty good relationships with people who are here, the representatives, so that makes it easier," he said.
In some cases, students were talking to Tech alums. Loren French and Brian Juckette were representing Wacker Chemical Corp. Part of the trip, they said, is getting Wacker's name to the students, and showing them how large the company is.
Juckette, a recent graduate, had convinced the company to recruit at Tech for the first time.
"There's a lot of jobs now," Juckette said. "If you're going to find the best in the industry, this is the place to do it."